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VFW slams Kid Rock for flag poncho

By JUSTIN GEORGE
Published February 4, 2004

While Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake's stunt that closed the Super Bowl halftime show continues to fuel a national backlash, the Veterans of Foreign Wars is criticizing another halftime performer.

Kid Rock donned what appeared to be an American flag slit in the middle so he could wear it as poncho for his part of the show Sunday, and the VFW is outraged.

"That is just blatant, disgusting disrespect for the flag," national spokesman Jerry Newberry told the St. Petersburg Times on Tuesday. "We have people dying for that flag right now, and that just goes beyond any realm of understanding in my mind."

The organization wants apologies from everyone involved with the performance, including CBS, which aired the Super Bowl; MTV, which produced the halftime show; the NFL; and Kid Rock.

Newberry said the organization has received hundreds of e-mails from complaining veterans.

"It's not clothing," Newberry said. "It's a flag. No one should be allowed to cut a flag under any circumstances. He slit that flag in the middle and wore it as a poncho. Shame on him. And shame on him and CBS and MTV and the NFL. Shame on them."

The Detroit rock-rapper is well-known for draping himself in various permutations of stars and stripes, and he displays huge flags during his shows. He also sings patriotic songs such as America the Beautiful in addition to his raunchy fare.

[Last modified February 4, 2004, 01:31:46]

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