The Home & Garden Television network has apologized for an online segment that suggested viewers use American flags as tablecloths for their Fourth of July celebrations.
“This was a regrettable use of our flag and it never should have happened,” HGTV said in a statement late Wednesday. “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.”
In the segment, titled “Classic Fourth of July Table Setting Ideas,” the network suggested viewers "drape a large American flag over the table as a bright and festive table runner."
The segment recommended using a "nylon flag so spills can be easily wiped off and the flag can later be hung with pride on a flag pole.”
Many viewers expressed outrage. “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 on HGTV's Facebook pageRead More »from HGTV apologizes for suggesting American flag tablecloth in Fourth of July celebrations