HGTV viewers were outraged after the Home and Garden network suggested using a U.S. flag as a tablecloth for Fourth of July celebrations.
“Using an American flag as a table cloth dishonors all Americans who love Old Glory — especially those who gave their lives defending it,” one viewer wrote, Fox News reported. “No one dies for a tablecloth.”
The HGTV website featured a segment titled,”Classic Fourth of July Table Setting Ideas,” that showed photographs of summer fare sitting atop the flag, draped across a dining room table.
“Drape a large American flag over the table as a bright and festive table runner,” HGTV suggested, Fox reported. “Use a nylon flag so spills can be easily wiped off, and the flag can later be hung with pride on a flag pole.”
The U.S. flag code states that “the flag should never touch anything beneath it, such as the ground, the floor, water or merchandise.”
But as of Wednesday afternoon, HGTV removed the photos from the collection and apologized via Facebook.
“HGTV Fans, regarding the recent article that appeared on our website … This was a regrettable use of our flag and it never should have happened,” the network said. “We sincerely apologize and have removed the post from our website. We want to assure our fans that HGTV is proud of the American flag and everything it symbolizes for our people.”
The reception of the apology appeared to be relatively positive. One viewer thanked the network, suggesting it air a show on American flag etiquette.