No Patriotism Allowed in Seattle. It's 'Triggering.'

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You would think that an event described as a "hoedown" would have room for a dance troupe wearing patriotic costumes, but you would be wrong. 

At least that's true in Seattle, where audience members apparently get triggered by seeing anything resembling a US flag. 


Of course, the triggering had nothing to do with disrespecting the flag. The outfits are created to conform to the US flag code. 

No, the problem was that America sucks, so being patriotic makes you a racistsexisthomophobictransphobiwhitesupremacist MAGA supporter or something. The flag represents all the evil in the world, so it is like a cross to vampires or something. 

Members of a country line dance team set to perform at the Emerald City Hoedown in Seattle over the weekend were told they weren't welcome, with organizers saying their American flag-themed shirts were making some attendees feel "triggered and unsafe."

It was right before the Borderline Dance team was to take the stage that the event's organizer, Rain County Dance Association, effectively asked the military-supporting dance group to leave. The association describes itself is an LGBTQ+ nonprofit social dance organization driven by its members.


Who could have imagined that a dance troupe focused on supporting military families might sport American flags on their costumes? 

Only in Seattle could a hoedown be filled with Antifa members. 

Stamp said one of Rain County Dance Association's board members spoke on behalf of organizers, explaining it was a small number of convention-goers who had expressed being upset over the uniforms. Those uniforms consisted of shirts with stars on one side and stripes on the other and weren't official prints of the American flag.

Since the incident, Borderline Dance explained to its approximately 2,000 followers on its Facebook page what happened and that it had been inundated with queries and support.

"They had several claims for this reasoning. Mostly associated with the situation in Palestine and Trans community in America. At first we were told we would just be booed, yelled at and likely many of them would walk out. This did not deter us. But then we were given an ultimatum. Remove the flag tops and perform in either street clothes (which most didn't bring as they traveled there in their uniforms) or they would supply us with ECH shirts from years past ... or, don't perform at all, which effectively was asking us to leave," the post read.

West Coast Country Heat, another team also scheduled to dance at the convention, also did not perform because dancers were donning the country's colors of red, white, and blue.


This being Seattle, I suppose we shouldn't be surprised. It's not like they are part of America or anything. In all likelihood, half the state wants to rename itself to something more politically correct, like George Floyd. The High Schools could be renamed after various criminals as a form of reparations or something. 

Still, one would think that the community of people obsessed enough with Country-Western dance to attend a contest might be built of stuff stern enough to endure seeing red, white, and blue colors. 

One would be wrong. In Seattle, you have to be all Red. 


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