Tomi Lahren’s Halloween costume turned into a star-spangled national controversy this week, as critics say she disrespected the flag law by wearing a flag as a set of wings.
Lahren, a conservative pundit famous for criticizing the “Take a Knee” movement, posted an Instagram picture of herself in costume, telling critics to “find your safe spaces.” The costume featured a “Make America Great Again” bodysuit, a flagged fanny pack, and another American flag draped across her shoulders (in case you missed it the first time).
While some were confused by what Lahren’s costume was meant to be, others claimed that Lahren was dressed as The Selective Patriotism Fairy. They cited American flag law, which states that “the flag should never be used as wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery,” and that “no part of the flag should ever be used as a costume or athletic uniform.” While the penalty for doing so is not legally enforced, many Americans see flag law violations as a sign of disrespect
The backlash against Lahren’s so-called sartorial slip-up is particularly strong because she has repeatedly criticized NFL athletes for kneeling during the National Anthem to protest police racism. In a recent speech, she called the protest a “temper tantrum,” and said that she’d be happy to remind protesters “what that flag and that anthem mean.” But, in the wake of her Halloween costume, critics are wondering what Lahren thinks the meaning of the flag is.
If you’re okay with people carving up the flag into a costume but not with them kneeling before it, maybe it’s not about the flag. https://t.co/IZ3rtowDCX
— JenAshleyFRIGHT! (@JenAshleyWright) October 29, 2017
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