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June 8, the 6th “Sha-ho Cup” China Swimwear Design Contest Finals were hosted at the National Swimming Center “Water Cube”. However one of the swimwear designs using China’s National Flag caused heated discussion and debate. Does using National Flag as a design of swimwear tarnish the Nation Flag or even the Nation? Should this be condemned?
“People’s Republic of China’s Law on the National Flag” Article XVIII: the national flag and its design must not be used for trademarks and advertising, it shall not be used for private funeral functions. Article XIX also sates in public, intentionally burning, mutilating, insulting such as trampling on the flag of the People’s Republic of China shall be held criminally accountable. In a less serious case, public Security Ordinance penalties will be imposed by public security authorizes such as detained for 15 days.
Support: Does not matter much
Looking at the “National Flag Law” article 18, if not used as a trademark and advertising, as long as it is not being disrespectful, in the fashion design printed on the flag is actually being patriotic, should not constitute as offense. It is just like fans paint the flag on their faces sheering for the Chinese team. In the United States, stars and stripes bikinis are common occurrences.
Against: Disrespecting the flag
Surprised to see pictures from water cube of the bikini fashion show, models wore “five-star red flag” printed on bikinis is disrespectful. I am afraid that the national flag is tarnished. I think the organizers did not take into account of the feelings of common Chinese people, they should be held accountable.
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