PacSun Pulls A$AP Rocky Shirt Out of Respect for Veterans

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PacSun pulled a shirt designed in collaboration with A$AP Rocky after shoppers complained the image was offensive over Memorial Day weekend. The shirt -- which prominently features an upside down flag -- was viewed as disrespectful to members of the military because, according to the U.S. flag code, the flag is only meant to be displayed "with the union down" as "a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property."

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The rapper featured a black-and-white version of the flag (as appears on the shirt) on his cover art for Live.Love.A$AP and Long.Live.A$AP. In a statement on Facebook, PacSun said that "out of respect for those who have put their lives on the line for our country," they "have decided to stop selling the licensed flag t-shirt and are removing it from our stores and website immediately." See the controversial shirt and read their full statement below:

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Posted by PacSun on Monday, May 25, 2015


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