Professional photographer and Navy veteran Vanessa Hicks recently did a photo shoot with active-duty Navy member Rodney Clevenger, his wife Samantha, and their newborn son.
One of the photos has caused a huge controversy on Facebook, however, with many saying that Hicks and the Clevengers disrespected the American flag by swaddling their newborn in it.
Hicks wrote on Facebook that she stands by her photos and that standing up for what she believes in is the American thing to do.
Yesterday, I woke up to see this photo was shared on a group site that is meant to bash other photographers. It was in their opinion I had disrespected our nations flag. I had disrespected our country by taking this picture. Several of these people not only bashed the picture, but me, saying I should be ashamed of myself, my husband should be ashamed, etc and I received several private messages to my business page. They even took it a step farther and bashed the service member in the picture, hoping he gets in trouble for participating in desecration of the flag.
I am very well aware of our U.S Flag code. I also know exactly what desecration of a flag is. It's when you pull into ports and you see protestors with our flag and have spray painted horrible things on it. It's when you watch the news and you see other countries burning our flags, and you are a young Quartermaster scared because you know you are just a few nautical miles from that exact country.