Leftist Singer Demands America Gets 'New Flag' - Old Glory 'Divisive & Incorrect'
Macy Gray attacks U.S. flag in op-ed, hit with backlash from conservatives
Leftist singer Macy Gray has sparked outrage from patriots after demanding that America should get a "new flag," arguing that Old Glory is "tattered, dated, divisive, and incorrect."
Gray, whose music career has been in the rearview mirror in recent years, made her case in an op-ed this week written for Juneteenth.
But the article, published Thursday by MarketWatch, was met with a swift rebuke from several prominent conservatives.
The five-time Grammy nominee's article appeared the same day Democrat Joe Biden signed a bill making Juneteenth a federal holiday commemorating the end of slavery in the 1860s.
She argues that Old Glory has "replaced" the Confederate flag, suggesting it's a symbol of racism.
"It no longer represents ALL of us," Gray declared.
"It’s not fair to be forced to honor it," the singer argues.
"It’s time for a new flag."
She went on to say a new flag should have 52 stars, with the new pair representing Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C.
She claimed both the U.S. territory in the Caribbean and the nation's capital city deserve statehood and that the supposed purity and innocence represented by the flag's white stripes is a fallacy.
"America is great," she wrote.
"It is beautiful. Pure, it ain’t. It is broken and in pieces."
She suggested the stripes could be off-white and the stars the "colors of ALL of us — your skin tone and mine."
OPINION: "Sixty-two years later, in 2021, we have changed and it’s time for a reset, a transformation. One that represents all states and all of us," writes singer Macy Gray. https://t.co/VTezKfjxdr— MarketWatch (@MarketWatch) June 18, 2021
The 53-year-old Ohio native, born Natalie Renee McIntyre, added that she believes America embodies the blue "vigilance and perseverance" and the red "valor," which she would keep.
The "I Try" singer noted the current 50-star flag was designed by a high school student in the late 1950s, soon before Hawaii and Alaska became states.
"Sixty-two years later, in 2021, we have changed and it’s time for a reset, a transformation," she concluded.
"One that represents all states and all of us."
It didn't take long for conservatives to fire back.
Jenna Ellis, who served as an attorney for President Trump, tweeted, "I don't like to brag, but we're kinda proud of that ragged old flag."
"@MacyGraysLife had one hit song about 20 years ago and hasn’t done anything since," Republican Lavern Spicer, who ran for Congress in Florida last year, wrote.
"Now she wants to come out from the dark and say that she hates our flag.
"Your world would crumble if you weren’t in America."
.@MacyGraysLife had one hit song about 20 years ago and hasn’t done anything since.— Lavern Spicer (@lavern_spicer) June 18, 2021
Now she wants to come out from the dark and say that she hates our flag.
Your world would crumble if you weren’t in America. https://t.co/g5S8zaykDn
Gray has been an active supporter of progressive causes for years.
Before the 2020 election, she performed in an "I Will Vote" concert to raise money for Biden.