PacSun’s upside down American Flag T-shirt considered offensive

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.
5.25 pacsun shirt

(Photo: Pac Sun)

DENVER -- A t-shirt for sale online from the popular store PacSun, was making the rounds on social media but not for a good reason.

It is a black t-shirt with the American Flag printed on it, but what's causing uproar is that the flag is upside down.

Some say it is offensive for portraying the flag like this, others disagree.

The shirt was on sale on Monday at Denver's Park Meadows mall location.  Employees there told FOX31 Denver that they had not received any word from corporate to pull it off the selves as of Monday afternoon. That changed by Monday evening.

PacSun has lots of American flag apparel for sale that they are promoting on this Memorial Day, but only this T-shirt was getting backlash.

"We're going to disgrace the American flag by flying it upside down?  I codemn them," said Ron Davies, a Vietnam War veteran.  "I don't see anyone in distress with that shirt.  As far as I'm concerned, anybody that disgraces the American flag is an enemy of mine."

The T-shirt is part of the store's A$AP Worldwide collection, according to their website.

Tell us your opinion on our Facebook page.

RELATED: Memorial day reminder on American flag etiquette

https://twitter.com/PacSun/status/602889441330524163

https://twitter.com/PacSun/status/602934774538366977

By Monday evening, the company decided to stop sales of the t-shirt. It made the following announcement on its Facebook page:

"As a retailer grounded in youth culture, PacSun values artistic and creative expression through the brands that we sell in our stores. 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."

AlertMe
Notice: you are using an outdated browser. Microsoft does not recommend using IE as your default browser. Some features on this website, like video and images, might not work properly. For the best experience, please upgrade your browser.