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Is It Fair to Ban US Flags While Allowing Pride and BLM Symbols in Fitness Centers?

Is It Fair to Ban US Flags While Allowing Pride and BLM Symbols in Fitness Centers?

Here’s The Scoop

An internal memo from 24 Hour Fitness has stirred up controversy by establishing a policy that allows the display of Black Lives Matter and Pride symbols in its facilities while restricting the display of the American flag to federal holidays.

The memo, obtained by Libs Of TikTok, claims to support “creating a more inclusive environment” and invites employees to express their support for particular movements, but only permits patriotic symbols on specific days like Memorial Day, Flag Day, and the Fourth of July.

The timing of this memo is notable as Americans are currently being inundated with corporate campaigns promoting LGBTQ Pride month. The directive sharply contrasts with the stance towards the American flag, raising questions on the company’s criteria for inclusivity and freedom of expression.

This revelation comes on the heels of a turbulent period for corporations embroiled in cultural controversies.

Target, for example, recently faced severe backlash for its prominent display of Pride merchandise last year, including “tuck-friendly” female swimsuits, which led to boycotts and a significant drop in sales and stock prices. Despite scaling back its LGBTQ-themed offerings this year, Target maintains its commitment to supporting the LGBTQIA+ community.

The ongoing debate about corporate America’s role in social issues is intensifying. Many conservatives argue that such policies and promotions alienate a significant portion of the customer base and compromise the principle of genuine inclusivity.

This memo from 24 Hour Fitness is likely to fuel that debate further, highlighting the growing divide over what constitutes freedom of expression and inclusivity in the workplace.

What do you think? Let us know by participating in our poll, or join the discussion in the comment section below!


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15 Comments

15 Comments

  1. Cyndy

    June 13, 2024 at 7:15 am

    Displaying any other flag other than the USA Flag is treasonous in n my eyes shame on you

    • Jeff

      June 13, 2024 at 7:24 am

      I completely agree

    • Don

      June 13, 2024 at 7:54 am

      I agree with all of you. Fly our flag or get out of the country traitors.

  2. Jason Packs

    June 13, 2024 at 7:18 am

    I believe that the USA
    Flag should be flying every where because of pride of our history

    • donny stewart

      June 13, 2024 at 8:21 am

      I agree with all of the ones above!

    • CJP

      June 13, 2024 at 8:30 am

      Inclusivity should NOT mean excluding the USA flag. Another business becomes woke. Remember even the white house flew the pride flag between 2 American flags and at the same level. That was two strikes out wrt flag policy.

  3. Doris

    June 13, 2024 at 8:01 am

    I fly the American flag every day & proud to do so.

  4. Dianne Fowler

    June 13, 2024 at 8:29 am

    No business in America should be able to make a penny that don’t fly our and BE PROUD TO DO SO. BOYCOTT THIS COMPANY ARE MANY OTHER GYMS TO GO TO.

  5. Randy Mr. Race

    June 13, 2024 at 8:35 am

    I would never go to that fitness center !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Itasara

    June 13, 2024 at 9:55 am

    I agree with all the comments here. American flag is the most important flag in this country and there’s no reason to ban it in favor of any other flags.

  7. Debra

    June 13, 2024 at 10:16 am

    Acting patriotic is far more important than waving a flag to appear patriotic.

  8. F -LIBERALS

    June 13, 2024 at 11:41 am

    I’ve always wondered why so many limp wrists were seen leaving 24 Hour Gayness.

  9. Dakotahjoe

    June 13, 2024 at 11:58 am

    If you bothered to read the statement by 24 hour fitness, they are not banning the flag from FLYING, but not allowing people to wear American flag, t-shirts, shorts, or whatever. This is a corporation, which I seem to recall all you flag waving conservatives seem to think they have every right to do what they want. Freedom for all. And a corporation is a citizen, according to the supreme court.

  10. Vivian Bowker Scharren

    June 15, 2024 at 4:33 pm

    I am a supporter of inclusion and celebrations of differences as long as one group is not harming another.
    People forget the it its because of our United States and its people who have fought for the right to be “out of the closet “ that any celebration is permitted to occur.
    Many other countries have banned public displays and have killed those who do not agree with the status quo.
    Respect the freedoms of the USA and fly the American flag above all others. Be thankful and demonstrate gratitude.

  11. Scotty

    June 16, 2024 at 7:34 am

    Fitness centers are private property. They can fly any flag they want. I won’t patronize any business that doesn’t respect the American flag!

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