In Reply to: Re: Betsy Ross Shirts posted by John in Mich on July 30, 2019 at 13:30:37:
In the 60's it was common for Vietnam War protestors to wear the US Flag in various forms of disrespect -bandanas, pants, shirts, decals, and one popular protest was the wear the US Flag upside down. Socialist hippie punks like Jerry Rubin, Abbie Hoffman, Bobby Seale, Rennie Davis, John Sinclair and Pun Plamomdon had a lot to do with instigating the trend with the Yippies/White Panther Party and other ant-war organizations like the SDS -students for a democratic society. I saw first hand the latter group as I was a young 15 year old involved in the Detroit rock music scene led by the revolutionary Sinclair managed group the MC5. The most famous event to turn on the anti-war radical socialists was at Woodstock (the FIRST one) when during a break in songs from The Who's set, Abbie Hoffman tried to garb Pet Townsends microphone and managed to spew out a few sentences about imprisoned fellow radical John Sinclair who had been jailed in Federal prison for possessing two joints. marijuana was a felony at the time. As Hoffman began to ramble off his rhetoric, Townsend swung his Gibson SG guitar at him and shouted, "...get off my fuc*ing stage..!!! Townsend years later stated the whole hippie culture of which he and the Who were part of, did absolutely nothing for their generation to do anything pro-active about the war, crimes, poverty, racism, and the other radical protests at the time. The Who, an English group, as was with other UK bands, often wrote about the war though the UK was not technically involved on Vietnam. I still don't get the latest fad of portraying the US Flag with black and white stripes and even blue stripes.