An image from HGTV showing an American flag used as a tablecloth
(WXIA) -- Officials at HGTV had to apologize after an upcoming special suggested that an American flag would make for a "bright and festive" tablecloth.
Commenters on the HGTV Facebook page were very quick to express their anger about the suggestion.
The network posted an apology on its page Wednesday:
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. 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 United States Flag Code, which spells out the rules for display and care of the US flag, is established within the United States Code as part of the law of the land. The code notes that the flag should not be used as drapery or any sort of decoration, with the exception of coffins.
Section 8.d: The flag should never be used as wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery. It should never be festooned, drawn back, nor up, in folds, but always allowed to fall free.
Section 8.h: The flag should never be used as a receptacle for receiving, holding, carrying, or delivering anything.
The Flag Code also says that the flag should never touch anything beneath it.
Section 8.b: The flag should never touch anything beneath it, such as the ground, the floor, water, or merchandise.