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If the folks from the Westboro Baptist Church doctoring up photos to show them protesting at Whitney Houston’s funeral last weekend weren’t enough, here’s another ridiculous reaction to the singer’s memorial.

After Houston died, Gov. Chris Christie ordered flags around New Jersey to fly at half-staff to honor her. Some felt this honor–typically bestowed upon soldiers, police offers, and politicians–wasn’t warranted, but Gov. Christie stood by his decision, calling Houston of of New Jersey’s “cultural icons.” But one guy just couldn’t let it go.

According to NBC Philadelphia, a Michigan man burned a New Jersey state flag to protest Gov. Christie’s decision to honor the singer.

John Burri of Wyoming, Mich., told the Detroit News, “It was $12.95 and it was the best money I ever spent.”

Burri’s son died in 2005 in Iraq, and he feels like lowering the flags for Houston was a slap in the face to those who have laid down their lives for the country.

He explains, “I didn’t do this to offend the people of New Jersey,” Burri told the Detroit News. “If I did and you’re offended, I’m sorry. But I did this because it was wrong and it was to show the governor (of New Jersey) how wrong this was.”

What do you think? Does Mr. Burri have a point or did Gov. Christie make the right call? 

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  • Lady Bella

    This whole thing made people show their true colors. It’s horrible for doing this for Whitney, but if it were Jon Bon Jovi or Bruce Springsteen, people wouldn’t say a word, I bet.

  • Nikki

    When did it become the standard that unless it was done for a soldier that no one can be honored? None of these people had anything to say when the flags are lowered for other celebs or politician, and it is not out of the ordinary for native of that state to be honored when they pass. I also don’t think anyone would have complained if California had lowered its state flag for Steve Jobs.I appreciate all that the military does for this country, but that does not entitle them to some special class of citizenship that places them above all other citizens and requires that all honors and recognition go to them first, or no one can be honored/recognized.

    As far as I read, Gov. Christie has had the flags lowered for New Jersey servicemen/women who were killed in action and other NJ celebs. So why is this a big deal? Since we still have soldiers in action, being killed daily, shouldn’t ALL flags stay lowered under these people’s standards?

  • Reason

    The point is, pedastal celebrities are put on is ridiculous. Who can argue with that?

    And most of the time, comparing the hysteria that surrounds celebrities to that of warfighters drives the point home. Is the guy racist? Maybe. Could he be uppity because she was a woman, black, or an addict (or all three and sistas are just hated in this country)? Probably. But on a foundational level, soldiers DO something more substantial for the country than pop stars. Even ones as talented as Houston.

  • prettyblakk

    Get a dam grip…what did it solve by you burning the dam flag?……NOTHING….Whitney Houston was born in New Jersey and i know she gave a lot back to the city of Newark so i totally agree with the mayor for lowering the flag in her honor…if you don’t like it that’s your problem and it is done now……I LOVE YOU WHITNEY…