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American flag shirt sparks controversy

PacSun says it's pulling T-shirt

Local 6: Morning News at 6a
Local 6: Morning News at 6a

A major retailer is under fire for selling a shirt with an upside down American flag on it.

California-based PacSun has pulled the shirt, which some called disrespectful to those who fought for the United States.

In a statement, PacSun said in part, "Out of respect for those who have put their lives on the line for our country, we have decided to stop selling the licensed flag T-shirt and are removing it from our website immediately."

Not everyone feels the shirt is controversial, however.

A comment on the PacSun website reads, "Keep it.  It's not disrespectful or unpatriotic.  The upside down flag is traditionally a sign of distress. Can anyone argue our country is not in distress?"