媒体, and celebrities alike, have a long history of bashing America and symbols of democracy, typically when trying to make a political point that condemns conservative ideology. 上个星期, Green Day lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong said he would renounce his U.S. citizenship and move to England because he is so upset over the Supreme Court overturning landmark abortion case Roe v. 韦德.
“F— 美国, I’m f—ing renouncing my citizenship,” Armstrong said during a London concert. “I’m f—ing coming here.”
But outspoken rock stars aren’t the only liberal public figures to condemn America, its flag and what it stands for. 在最近的记忆中, pro athletes kneeling during the National Anthem have been celebrated, the Supreme Court has been vilified, liberals have attempted to redesign the American flag and the significance of July 4 has been downplayed altogether.
去年, in one of the more notable examples in recent memory, New York Times editorial board member Mara Gay shocked by going on MSNBC to declare that she witnessed the “令人不安” sight of American flags during a visit to Long Island in New York.
The Times columnist appeared on “早上乔” and spoke about how “Americanness” 和 “Whiteness” need to be separated.
“I was on Long Island this weekend visiting a really dear friend, and I was really disturbed,” Gay said. “I saw, 你懂, dozens and dozens of pickup trucks with [expletives] against Joe Biden on the back of them, Trump flags, and in some cases just dozens of American flags, which is also just disturbing… Essentially the message was clear. ‘This is my country. This is not your country. I own this.’”
Gay received swift backlash on social media for her condemnation of the American flag, but critics were off-base according to a statement released by her employer.
“New York Times editorial board member Mara Gay’s comments on MSNBC have been irresponsibly taken out of context,” the Times said. “Her argument was that Trump and many of his supporters have politicized the American flag.”
The View co-host Sunny Hostin rushed to Gay’s defense as proud Americans condemned the columnist.
“I’m so surprised, 其实, that she is receiving this kind of backlash,” 霍斯廷说. “When someone of color, a Black woman, is telling you her feelings, people need to listen and not repudiate it and not say, '好, that can’t be true.’”
A few weeks later, the New York Times published a piece by staff writer Sarah Maslin Nir headlined, “A Fourth of July Symbol of Unity That May No Longer Unite,” which declared Americans “now make assumptions, true and sometimes false, about people who conspicuously display American flags.”
The story featured a potato farmer who had been told by customers they were “apprehensive of interacting” because he proudly flies the American flag.
“Thirteen stripes, a dusting of stars, the American flag has had infinite meanings over the 244 years since the country began flying one. Raised at Iwo Jima, it was a symbol of victory. Lit on fire, it became a searing image of the protests against the Vietnam War. Ribboned around the Twin Towers on commemorative Sept. 11 lapel pins, it is a reminder of the threats against a delicate democracy,” Maslin Nir wrote. “Politicians of both parties have long sought to wrap themselves in the flag. But something may be changing: 今天, flying the flag from the back of a pickup truck or over a lawn is increasingly seen as a clue, albeit an imperfect one, to a person’s political affiliation in a deeply divided nation.”
The piece continued: “What was once a unifying symbol — there is a star on it for each state, after all — is now alienating to some, its stripes now fault lines between people who kneel while ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ plays and those for whom not pledging allegiance is an affront.”
CNN’s “新的一天” then aired a segment on the Times piece in which liberal host Brianna Keilar read directly from the article.
Also last year, the Times published an opinion essay that imagined new designs for the American flag, some of which emphasized divisions and decline in the country.
“美国国旗是国家形象的有力组成部分, 但它的设计直到 1900 年代初期才频繁变化. 如果今天重新设计会怎样? 我们请艺术家和平面设计师尝试,” 时报写道. “Some are functional designs, others artistic renderings; some represent America as it could be, others how the artist sees the country now.”
One design from Andrew Kuo showed a flag split into four rectangles with one square consisting of red and white stripes while the other three are solid blue, yellow, and green rectangles. 据艺术家说, the red stripes represented the past, the white stripes represented the future, while the solid colors represented “untapped potential,” “repairing systemic racism,” 和 “taking care of our planet.”
Other ideas for a new American flag featured several prominent flags like the “Don’t Tread on Me” 和 “黑人的命也是命” merged into one, while another monochrome, gray one with stars “represents America surrendering to its fall from power and loss of the ideals it once stood for.”
在六月 2021, then-MSNBC host Brian Williams called America “破碎的” before promoting an advertisement from the disgraced Lincoln Project that compared Antifa to the Americans who stormed the beaches of Normandy on D-Day.
Washington Post media reporter Paul Farhi had a similar take when he tweeted, “Friend points out on D-Day anniversary that the men who stormed the beaches of Normandy were the true and original antifa.”
在 2020, the left spent significant time celebrating the destruction of statues of now-frowned upon Americans that were being toppled amid civil unrest.
上 “风景,” Hostin declared that statues of Founding Father such as George Washington might not deserve to be honored because of ties to slavery.
USA Today was a few years ahead of the statue movement when it pondered in 2017 why Christopher Columbus statues weren’t being toppled along with those commemorating Confederate leaders.
“While historians caution against lumping in Columbus with Confederates who came three centuries later, they say Columbus’ holiday and monuments remain ripe for reassessment — whether they stay, change or vanish entirely,” USA Today’s Josh Hafner wrote.
“Many Americans think that if something terrible happens, the best way to be patriotic is to try to forget about it as soon as possible,” NBC News presidential historian Michael Beschloss said on MSNBC last year during coverage marking 100 years since the Tulsa race massacre, before oddly saying Americans who want to move on from the COVID pandemic are unpatriotic.
“This is something I’m even worried about in a totally different category, our pandemic with COVID. 在 1920 after the influenza pandemic that killed 675,000 美国人, tens of millions of others around the world, 美国人, the second the pandemic seemed to be over, they wanted to forget about it as soon as possible,” Beschloss continued. “I would bet you, 也, that a little bit more than a year ago more Americans had never heard of this terrible influenza… because people were so eager to forget. My point is that we’re more patriotic to remember and try to make this a better country.
NewsBusters recently published a plethora 的 “recent and not-so-recent examples of journalists trashing the United States on its birthday” ahead of July 4 周末.
Among the examples were a National Geographic writer declaring, “Not everyone is equally at risk from the noxious particles that suffuse the sky during our pyrotechnic light shows. 在加利福尼亚, 例如, vulnerable populations are more exposed to fireworks pollution on the Fourth of July… vulnerable populations appear to be more exposed to this pollution.”
在 2019, “哥伦比亚广播公司今早” discussed the July 4 rally in Washington, 直流电, when Margaret Brennan told viewers some feel it “overemphasized America’s military might” 和 “underplayed the American values that have been used to justify the use of force.”
NewsBusters also pointed out that in 1994, Matt Lauer asked if America was an “inherently racist place” 在七月 4. The conservative media watchdog also unearthed a 2019 New York Times video op-ed titled, “Why America is Just Okay.”
Between polarizing issues related to gun control and abortion, unpatriotic takes have been plentiful in recent months.
在五月, longtime NBC Sports football writer Peter King referred to America as the “United States of Guns” in a piece that was supposed to be about football but was published on the heels of the tragic Texas school shooting.
“Our country is sick,” 他写了.
本月初, “风景” co-host Sara Haines declared she recently learned the meaning of Juneteenth and now feels it’s “more authentic” than Independence Day.
“How did I not know about this? That we were celebrating Fourth of July which was freedom of America, when freedom of American people didn’t happen until Juneteenth,” 她问. “所以, 在某些方面, the celebration feels more authentic on Juneteenth.”
Hostin responded that her family “never celebrated” 七月 4.
Unpatriotic takes poured in last week after the Supreme Court irked liberals by overturning Roe v. 韦德.
CNN’s Jim Acosta said the United States isn’t in “stellar company” and claimed only El Salvador, 尼加拉瓜, Poland have rolled back abortion rights since 1994 before a guest notified him that most European countries don’t need to roll anything back because abortions are banned after 12 要么 13 weeks in most nations.
福克斯新闻的约瑟夫·A. 沃夫松, Lindsay Kornick and Lorraine Taylor contributed to this report.