Few things make Americans more hopping mad than damaging a flag or misrepresenting the nation’s founding documents. Two national institutions—the Atlanta Braves and Rolling Stone magazine—had to field some of that anger Wednesday.
For the Braves, the trouble came after a fan, Julie Paulk, posted an image to Facebook
with the caption, “WOW! The American flag caught on fire at the opening day game! Glad I had my camera!”
Soon thereafter, the image was on Deadspin
and The Huffington Post
, among other sites. Clearly, the fiery flag was a result of a pyrotechnics accident, but it still doesn’t look so good, especially right next to the huge Braves logo at Turner Field.
According to an Associated Press report
, the Braves have promised to move the fireworks show farther away from the flag. A spokeswoman also noted that the flag didn’t actually burn up, because it was made of flame-retardant material. A few holes did burn into it, though.
Meanwhile on Wednesday, Rolling Stone
was left having to explain why John Hancock, who famously signed the Declaration of Independence, but wasn’t a signer of the Constitution, had his name scrawled on actress Julia Louis-Dreyfuss’ back
on the magazine’s most recent cover.
The joke of the cover is that the "Veep" star drunkenly got the Constitution tattooed on her back, but quite a few amateur historians pointed out that John Hancock’s John Hancock isn’t on that document.
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Louis-Dreyfuss ended up explaining the mistake away in a (not-safe-for-work) tweet in which she, in character as Vice President Selina Meyer, blamed her press secretary, Mike, played by Matt Walsh, for getting it wrong.
According to NPR
, the magazine attempted a different explanation: "Rolling Stone
spokeswoman Melissa Bruno said the Declaration of the Independence is on the other side of Louis-Dreyfus' body, but they couldn't fit in the signatures."