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Soldier Wraps Baby In American Flag For Family Photo: Patriotic Or Disgraceful?

Fri, March 13, 2015 11:58am EDT by 13 Comments
Baby Wrapped In American Flag
Image Courtesy of Vanessa Hicks Photography

One tiny baby is in the midst of a huge controversy after a photo of him wrapped in an American flag was posted to Facebook. While his military father’s intentions were purely patriotic, some people are calling it ‘disgusting’.

Navy veteran and photographer Vanessa Hicks, didn’t think doing something wonderful for a fellow soldier would turn into a huge controversy. During one of her photo shoots, she snapped a picture of a veteran holding his infant wrapped in an American flag. When Vanessa posted the picture on her Facebook page, she started to get heavily harassed. See some of the hateful comments below.

Soldier Wraps Baby In American Flag — Patriotic Or Disgraceful?

Vanessa had nothing but honest intentions when she posted a photo to Facebook from a military family’s newborn photo shoot. She didn’t think for a second it would stir up such backlash.

In the picture a sleeping infant is wrapped in an American flag being held by his father, who was in his military uniform. Harmless right? Well, others didn’t think so and took their very strong opinions to social media.

A Facebook page titled “You Call Yourself a Photographer” reposted the photo and tore apart Vanessa’s work.

“This flag is a symbol of everything my son died for many years ago. It was of the utmost honor to have a flag laid upon your coffin as my son did. That honor is taken away when disrespectful photographers throw our flag code out the window. Although you can’t see it anymore, I posted another picture from this same photographer a few minutes ago who had a naked baby on that same flag I laid upon my son’s casket. She allowed that baby to pee and poop on that flag that is meant to honor our fallen soldiers. Disgusting.”

“The flag is not a prop. I repeat: THE FLAG IS NOT A PROP”

“To use the American flag in such a way is disrespectful, rude, tacky, disgusting, and against the U.S. Flag Code.”

Vanessa Stands Behind Her Controversial Photo

Obviously this led to large amounts of people leaving Vanessa hateful comments under her photo, which left her devastated. How horrible!

“I know how low I felt during those first few hours,” Vanessa told ABC News. “[I felt] am I not a good American or veteran or wife. It’s a train-wreck you can’t help but watch.” That’s so terrible!

She went on to say that she stayed up until 4 a.m. taking down the vicious comments from her business page. Some people even left hurtful messages on Vanessa’s other client’s photos. But after receiving positive messages from other people who support the work of art, Vanessa knew she had done something beautiful.

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Now that this story has made major headlines, Vanessa is getting requests from other veterans for photos shoots. She plans to give 15 percent of all profits related to these shoots to the USO, according to ABC News. Amazing!

It’s great to see that even though her photo created so much undeserved backlash, it has allowed her to turn the tables on these cruel cyberbullies.

HollywoodLifers — is the photo offensive to you? Let us know your thoughts below!

— Brittany King