Actor Jon Voight paid tribute to the American flag after a singer argued that the flag should be changed because it “no longer represents democracy and freedom.”
“Our flag is pride, glory, freedom, and no one will destroy her stars and stripes of blood, sweat, and tears. No one,” Voight said in a video posted to Twitter. “Our flag is our greatest truth. Our greatest past, our greatest trust, our memory of the greatest American heroes, who won the battles we shall never forget.”
The actor slammed people who suggested the American flag be redesigned days after singer Macy Gray called Old Glory “tattered, dated, divisive, and incorrect,” arguing that it “no longer represents ALL of us.”
“I read that there are some who want to destroy our flag. Yes, destroy. This is discussed. To think that one could suggest such horrors. This is a Left mentality with a scornful soul of racism to dare try turn our flag to a flag of negativity,” the 82-year-old actor said, later describing the flag as a “sacred bond connects the land of the free.”
“We will wave her strong. We will wave her with dignity, for she is and always will be the red, white, and blue. And every child who is born will remember the sacrifice their ancestors won, the Civil War, the righteousness of the American dream. God’s dreamland of the free, God’s glory.”
In an op-ed published Saturday, Gray wrote that the “American flag has been hijacked as code for a specific belief … [and] it’s not fair to be forced to honor it.”
Gray argued that the flag is “incorrect” and two stars should be added to represent the U.S. territories of Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico, and that the color of the stripes should be changed from white to off-white and the stars should be in various skin tones “like the melanin scale.”
“Assuming D.C. [representatives] would be African-American and Puerto Rican [representatives] would be Hispanic, the ultimate assumption is that these elected officials would be Democratic. That alone is racist.”
Earlier this month, Mara Gay, a New York Times editorial board member, similarly said it “disturbed” her to see “dozens of American flags” on Long Island, New York.
Sunny Hostin, a former prosecutor and co-host of The View, defend Gay, saying that Trump was “to thank” for the politicization of the Stars and Stripes.
“Remember that on Jan. 6, just a few months ago, you had the Capitol rioters tearing down the flag and replacing it with the Trump flag. You had them waving the American flag and then beating police officers with that flag.”