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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? 

  • laurenghini

    I agree with Mr. Burri’s position!!!…but the flag burning was overkill.

  • fancypants

    According to CNN, NJ has flown the flag at half-staff for other native sons at their passing, so this wasn’t that out of line.

  • N’jaila Rhee

    Christie only did that to distract from vetoing Marriage Equality in NJ.

  • ChariseJerve

    Sooooooooooo You’re mad that your states flag was flown at half staff and to protest the disrespect… you burn the same flag. Im sooooooooooooo confused right now.

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  • Kim

    I knew there was going to be a silly so called black person posting they agreed with this man’s stance. LoL. You can always count on it.

  • Ant

    Can’t say I disagree with him. This was an honor Whitney Houston did not deserve. Mr. Burri wasn’t burning the American flag in protest, it was the state of NJ flag. He’s not from NJ, he’s from MI…
    And yes, Gov. Christie has set a standard now, after allowing the US flag to be flown at half-staff when Clarence Clemmons does last year. But this needs to stop…celebrities, who have done nothing “heroic” do not deserve to be honored this way.

  • laurenghini

    uuummm so a black person is either silly or not black enough because they dont agree with giving Whitney Houston heroic honors? you ma’am are very short-sighted

  • Mel

    I remember growing up that this would be a prime example of someone unable to use their words instead of behaving disrespectfully and aggressively. I do not understand how burning the flag of New Jersey, when you live in a random state like Michigan with no attachments to New Jersey, makes a point?

    Why not create a video, write a letter, or call into a radio show expressing your admiration and respect for your deceased son. Using those mediums to inform people of the US how the death of a fallen soldier is more deserving of honor than a celebrity.

    Burning a flag in protest, in this circumstance, is equivalent to something as immature as pushing someone because they hurt your feelings.

  • Ann

    I mean, if it could be done for Elvis, why not Whitney?

  • james woods

    hi im a white man i think whitney houston deserved the flag lowering i thought this was a free country what are they fighting for if you cant do that nobody has respect for the family they did this for elvis in 1977 in every state nobody complaned oh i forgot he was white so doing drugs tons of them dont count shes buried now time to get over it life goes on time to leave her alone.

  • 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.

  • marais morris

    so you agree with the flag burner. but what about all the people who KNEW that the iraq war was wrong at the ONSET; still they were FORCED to go along with it [majority rules] and even had their taxes assist in the payment of this war. i do not believe they burned the flag over their disappointment, a disappointment which took over 5,000 american lives and 100,000 iraqi lives, all because of one LIE. you remember, don’t you? WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION which were never found.

  • 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?

  • TheBestAnonEver, Part 2

    ….. that is the most boggling part.

  • 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.

  • Whatever

    Soldiers volunteer their service. This man is disgracing his own son’s memory. Whitney gave a lot of money back to various organizations in Newark. People really need to get a damn grip.

  • 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…

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