- The Washington Times - Tuesday, May 26, 2015

PacSun has announced it will stop selling a T-shirt featuring an upside-down American flag after a photo of the shirt on display at an Alabama store went viral on Memorial Day.

The $24 T-shirt was designed in a collaboration with rapper A$AP Rocky and features a black-and-white, upside-down American flag, which symbolizes a nation in distress.

Florida resident Rachel Zawacki-Kuss took a photo of the shirt displayed in the storefront window in Foley, Alabama, which was shared nearly 8,000 times and spurred a #BoycottPacSun hashtag.

“Saw this at your location at Tanger Outlets this morning in Foley, Alabama,” she wrote. “I understand freedom of speech but this shirt, displayed prominently at the entrance of your store, for Memorial Day weekend is more distasteful and disrespectful than anything I thought I’d see. I will not be shopping at PacSun again.”

The photo caught the attention of actor James Woods, who tweeted his support for #BoycottPacSun on Monday.

“Please, every follower of mine, please #BoycottPacSun. Disgusting trashing of American Flag on Memorial Day,” he wrote, receiving more than 2,100 retweets.

By Monday afternoon, PacSun announced it would stop selling the shirt.

“As a retailer grounded in youth culture, PacSun values artistic and creative expression though the brands that we sell in our stores,” the retailer said in a statement on Facebook. “Out of respect for those who have put their lives on the line for our country, we have decided to stop selling the licensed flag T-shirt and are removing it from our stores and website immediately. We thank the men and women in uniform for their extraordinary service.”

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