Fox News host Sean Hannity revealed the U.S. Olympic Committee is considering a change to its logo that would redesign the American flag.
“The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic have actually been considering a redesign of the American flag for all of their official documents and promotional materials,” Hannity said on his show earlier this week. “If they approve this design, that would strip the U.S. flag — or the flag of at least most of the stars and stripes.”
The committee claimed the proposed change was based on a survey of team members.
Hannity added, “Here is my message – stop wasting your team’s time and money with a redesign of the American flag – it’s an awful idea.”
He added, “Our stars and stripes should be the only flag representing our country at the Olympics and the Paralympics – there are so many amazing athletes and champions we are all so proud of.”
It seems in this case, Hannity’s words had some impact. Hours after his Monday broadcast to address the topic, the U.S. Olympic Committee released a statement, saying, “We want to be clear that we love our country and respect the American flag. We do not have any intention, not to mention the authority, to change our country’s flag that flies above the podium when a member of Team USA achieves Olympic or Paralympic greatness.”
Good to know the committee still loves the flag. Or at least it says it does.
Americans are starting to wonder, and for good reason. It wasn’t long ago Gwen Berry, who qualified for the Olympic in the hammer throw, turned her back on the American flag during the National Anthem.
Any criticism from the U.S. Olympic Committee? Nada.
In fact, it was the international Olympic Committee that had to introduce a new rule to prohibit wearing apparel with social justice messages. Why? So American athletes wouldn’t show up with their BLM related messages and kill support for the Olympics.
People have the right to support what they want, but an American Olympic athlete is not there to represent a social justice cause. They are there to represent America.
This is why keeping the flag prominent in the Olympic logo is important. There will be plenty of other opportunities to focus on world events. But for just a moment, it would be nice for American athletes to be AMERICAN ATHLETES and support the nation they represent instead of becoming social justice commentators parroting the views of their other sponsors.
This year’s Tokyo Summer Olympic Games will be an odd one in many ways. It’s a year late and there will be no live spectators. Athletes will not be shaking hands, and winners will have to put their own medal around their necks.
It’s frustrating enough for athletes and fans alike. One thing we should be able to agree on is the country we represent. For now, the logo will stand and we can continue to see our flag as the uniting point for Americans at this summer’s Olympic Games.