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At first glance, you might think the image on this T-shirt is a silhouette of the iconic image of Marines at Iwo Jima raising the American flag. The original photograph by Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal has become a memorial to U.S. Marines.

But look closer. The screenprint is really a group of men raising up a basketball hoop.


The T-shirt originally produced by the brand Under Armour with the slogan "Band of Ballers," a spinoff of the World War II book and miniseries "Band of Brothers," was deemed offensive to some and has since been discontinued.

"This is a memorial. With the names of the fallen. Not some group of 'ballers' putting up a basketball hoop," Brett Duffus commented on Under Armour's Facebook page. "I will never even think of buying an under armor product again. I hope they get pulled from all the military px's as well."


U.S. Marines of the 28th Regiment, 5th Division, raise the American flag atop Mt. Suribachi, Iwo Jima, on Feb. 23, 1945 during World War II. (AP/Joe Rosenthal)

"I want you to know that I think this shirt is really in poor taste," Heidi Harting wrote. "I know we have turned in to a country of 'you hurt my feelings and I don't like it so stop' but this is something a little deeper then that. I don't want to shame you for it or 'ban' your clothing, just maybe try to make you understand …. I know you all love the troops. I know because you offer your clothing at a discount price to them, I know because every day I see our troops wear your clothing on deployment, to PT for all kinds of things. So maybe it was an oversight or maybe even just something you didn't realize but this is really such a bad taste idea. A lot of Marines died on Iwo Jima, a lot. Raising that flag was a beacon, of hope. Our museum is a reminder of that day, of that hope. This week we lost more Marines, Marines doing humanitarian work, in Nepal, doing good work, again a beacon…of hope. Please don't take away our beacons …don't minimize them. Thats all."

"Are you guys serious? Who approved this?" Jd Gruntstuff added. "I can't believe I actually saw this on your website. I'm embarrassed to own anything with the Under Armour logo. Here's a piece of advice… discontinue this shirt immediately and issue and apology to the veterans who served in WWII who you've blatantly disrespected."

And those are just a few of the dozens of comments Under Armour received.

Shortly after the backlash, Under Armour announced that it would discontinue the T-shirt and issued an apology.

"Under Armour has the utmost respect and admiration for the men and women on active duty and veterans who have served our country," it wrote on Facebook. "As such, we deeply regret and apologize that a T-shirt that was not reflective of our values in honoring and supporting our country's heroes went on sale. We have taken immediate action to remove it from retail and will take great measures to ensure this does not happen again. Supporting those who serve our country has been part of our brand's DNA since the very beginning, and through our partnerships and by working directly with military organizations, it will always serve as the foundation of our efforts to give back."
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Ok, I have to say, first off, if you have to be TOLD this isn't the Marines raising the flag at Iwo Jima, you're in serious need of a short bus. That first paragraph: "At first glance, you might think the image on this T-shirt is a silhouette of the iconic image of Marines at Iwo Jima raising the American flag. The original photograph by Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal has become a memorial to U.S. Marines.

But look closer. The screenprint is really a group of men raising up a basketball hoop."...made me cringe. So, some people might think that this IS the flag raising on Iwo Jima? As I see it, if you can't tell the difference, THERE is the problem.

A simple take off on an iconic photo is not only harmless, but a bit of an homage, especially when it's so very clearly (to anyone with an IQ over 2) NOT the original.

I'm a history buff, WW2 especially. I hold the "Greatest Generation" in the highest esteem. I've read "Flags of Our Fathers" and have nothing but respect for those amazing gallant men who fought the fight in the 1940s, not just those who raised the flag (Who made it very clear, that was all they did-but we know otherwise) but ALL those to wrestled tyranny from the hands of maniacs and brought freedom to the Earth, each and every one of them. They had more guts and balls than I could ever hope to have and have been honored time and time again by their successors in our Armed Forces. I respect and have a deep appreciation for all of them and a fondness as well. By simply enlisting, they have made far more of a contribution to this nation than I have ever done in my life or will ever do. How can I NOT hold those men and women in awe?

But it's a nice, harmless joke and pretty clever as well. One more example of something essentially harmless being taken way too seriously....and personally, I've criticized many on all sides of the political spectrum of doing this. In the Imortal words of Sgt. Hulka, "Lighten up, Francis."

And no, I'm not directing that at Pvt. Cowboy. I sincerely respect his opinion. I'm directing that at the world in general.
 

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Ok, I have to say, first off, if you have to be TOLD this isn't the Marines raising the flag at Iwo Jima, you're in serious need of a short bus. That first paragraph: "At first glance, you might think the image on this T-shirt is a silhouette of the iconic image of Marines at Iwo Jima raising the American flag. The original photograph by Associated Press photographer Joe Rosenthal has become a memorial to U.S. Marines.

But look closer. The screenprint is really a group of men raising up a basketball hoop."...made me cringe. So, some people might think that this IS the flag raising on Iwo Jima? As I see it, if you can't tell the difference, THERE is the problem.

A simple take off on an iconic photo is not only harmless, but a bit of an homage, especially when it's so very clearly (to anyone with an IQ over 2) NOT the original.

I'm a history buff, WW2 especially. I hold the "Greatest Generation" in the highest esteem. I've read "Flags of Our Fathers" and have nothing but respect for those amazing gallant men who fought the fight in the 1940s, not just those who raised the flag (Who made it very clear, that was all they did-but we know otherwise) but ALL those to wrestled tyranny from the hands of maniacs and brought freedom to the Earth, each and every one of them. They had more guts and balls than I could ever hope to have and have been honored time and time again by their successors in our Armed Forces. I respect and have a deep appreciation for all of them and a fondness as well. By simply enlisting, they have made far more of a contribution to this nation than I have ever done in my life or will ever do. How can I NOT hold those men and women in awe?

But it's a nice, harmless joke and pretty clever as well. One more example of something essentially harmless being taken way too seriously....and personally, I've criticized many on all sides of the political spectrum of doing this. In the Imortal words of Sgt. Hulka, "Lighten up, Francis."

And no, I'm not directing that at Pvt. Cowboy. I sincerely respect his opinion. I'm directing that at the world in general.
I hear you... I guess there's just some things in life that I feel we shouldn't joke about. Just my opinion, but I also do agree that in today's society, we've become overly butthurt about nearly everything.

Some stuff needs to stay sacred. Symbolism of military sacrifice is one of them. Again, just my opinion.
 
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