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Dance Crew Told Their Flag Costumes Were ‘Offensive and Triggering’

Is patriot a dirty word now? We live in a culture where the simple sight of the American flag, in America, is deemed offensive and triggering.

In Seattle, a regional women’s country line dance team, Borderline Dance, known for their patriotism, faced an unwarranted controversy that’s both alarming and revealing about the state of our society. The team, prepared to perform at the Emerald City Hoedown, was confronted by the event’s organizers, the Rain Country Dance Association, an LGBTQ+ dance community. Their offense? Wearing American flag-themed shirts. It’s a testament to how skewed our values have become when the symbol of our nation, a banner under which countless men and women have sacrificed their lives for the freedoms we enjoy, is deemed offensive.

The issue wasn’t about fashion; it was about ideology. A small but vocal minority at the event felt “triggered and unsafe” by the sight of the American flag, drawing bizarre connections to international conflicts and domestic social issues. This is an affront to common sense. The team, showing up to celebrate their love for their country and its heritage through dance, was faced with an ultimatum that should never have been posed: discard your patriotism or leave. They chose to stand by their principles, a decision that speaks volumes about their integrity and love for their country.

This incident is reflective of a broader issue where symbols of our nation and the very essence of patriotism are being maligned under the guise of progressivism. It’s concerning when expressing love for your country and acknowledging its history becomes a point of contention. Supporting our military, veterans, and first responders shouldn’t be controversial. It should be a unifying act, transcending political and social divides.

The response from the dance community, banding together in solidarity against this unwarranted censorship, was a powerful statement. It underscores the importance of standing firm in our convictions and values, especially when they’re unjustly challenged. Being an American should symbolize freedom, including the freedom to express patriotism without fear of retribution or exclusion.

The organizers’ failure to appreciate this, opting instead to capitulate to baseless complaints, is disappointing. It’s a stark reminder of the challenges we face in preserving our cultural heritage and principles. In the end, the true colors shown weren’t just on the shirts of the Borderline Dance team; they were in the actions and decisions made in response to this controversy. It’s a call to action for all of us to reaffirm our commitment to the principles that define us as a nation: liberty, unity, and respect for the sacrifices made to protect our freedoms.

Robert Chernin

Robert Chernin

Robert B. Chernin has brought his years of political consulting and commentary back to radio. As a longtime entrepreneur, business leader, fundraiser and political confidant, Robert has a unique perspective with insights not heard anyway else. Robert has consulted on federal and statewide campaigns at the gubernatorial, congressional, senatorial, and presidential level. He served in leadership roles in the presidential campaigns of President George W. Bush as well as McCain for President. He led Florida’s Victory 2004’s national Jewish outreach operations as Executive Director. In addition, he served on the President’s Committee of the Republican Jewish Coalition. Robert co-founded and served as president of the Electoral Science Institute, a non-profit organization that utilizes behavioral science to increase voter participation and awareness. Robert can be heard on multiple radio stations and viewed on the “Of the People” podcast where you get your podcasts.