May 10th, 2010
09:55 AM ET

Roger Ebert vs. Tea Party supporters on Twitter

Movie critic and cancer survivor Roger Ebert has run afoul of some proclaimed Tea Party supporters and things turned ugly. has some of the tweets which document the skirmish. It all started after Ebert took to Twitter last week to comment on a story about five teens who were sent home from their high school after wearing American flag t-shirts on Cinco de Mayo.

“Kids who wear American Flag t-shirts on 5 May should have to share a lunchroom table with those who wear a hammer and sickle on 4 July,” Ebert tweeted from his @ebertchicago account.

Gawker reports that what followed were some pretty harsh responses from those who took offense. Tweets like “I mean honestly. How many pieces need to fall off @ebertchicago before he gets the hint to shut the (expletive) up” and “You know, @ebertchicago, I’m not as expert on flag etiquette as you. Tell me, which do I fly when you die of cancer?”

Ebert lost part of his lower jaw to cancer and has not spoken or eaten in several years.

The critic tweeted in response “Dear TeePee tweeters making fun of my cancer: You want ugly? For that, you have to look at a mind, not a face.”

He also addressed the Twitter skirmish on his blog and even had some advice for the five students.

“That there are five of you in matching shirts demonstrates you want to be deliberately provocative,” Ebert wrote. “Therefore, you and your buddies should try wearing the hammer and sickle on the Fourth of July. You could try it at a NASCAR race, for example.”

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  1. Piper Balck

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    November 17, 2011 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  2. Mike

    Ugh. "People should be allowed to wear a flag shirt any time they want." ... then the same people "but Ebert is out of line for saying what he said..."

    Nuff said on that.

    Why is everyone fixated on WHAT they wore, not WHY they wore it? The "why" is the issue, not the what.

    May 14, 2010 at 6:04 am | Report abuse |
  3. 60sGen

    In the 60's if you wore the flag or stars & stripes anywhere on your person, narrow-minded people called you "unpatriotic," & "Commie," & disrespectful of the flag, even if you wore it proudly in a march to proclaim that you loved your country & wanted it to make better decisions.

    But now it's OK to wear the flag to disrespect folks of Mexican heritage? Be sure to wear the flag next March 17 in an Irish pub.

    May 14, 2010 at 4:56 am | Report abuse |
  4. 60sGen

    I can remember in the 60's when students who wore the flag or even stars & stripes on any of their clothing were called unpatriotic Commies who were disrespecting the flag, although I & others proudly wore our flag as folks who loved our country & wanted it to make better decisions.

    Now it seems that the same condemning mentality is all for wearing the flag, putting it on lapels & bumpers to say how "American" they are. And using it to disrespect folks from another culture is now OK? Don't forget to wear the flag next March 17 in an Irish pub.

    May 14, 2010 at 4:46 am | Report abuse |
  5. Lenny Pincus

    It's "incivil" to call the self-described teabaggers "teabaggers"? It's a pure fact they made the name up to describe themselves without realizing its meaning. Too bad.

    Turns out the main conservative culprit in this whole thing-one Caleb Howe–is the genius who made serial fun on Twitter of Ebert's cancer and appearance. He has now apologized and blames his behavior on the impersonal nature of the internet and large amounts of alcohol. Vodka, to be specific. So congratulations to all you beautiful people here who took up his cause. Your leader is quite the jerk.

    May 13, 2010 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Wendy

    ....and for Goodness Sakes PEOPLE.......have you looked up what the word "Teabagging" is???? Please, they are are "Tea Partyers" not the other!!!!

    May 13, 2010 at 7:05 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Christopher McCabe

    I did a search for my name on this discussion–mainly because I'm a little narcissistic–but also to see if anyone took offense at what I said. I received a wonderful compliment from SSgtAF (thanks!) as well as a more critical comment from "Jane" informing me that Obama has added to the incivility of this country by using the seemingly disparaging term "teabaggers." I don't disagree with this comment in the slightest and I think Obama would even agree with you. I simply stated that I agreed with what our president is saying, which is that we need to be more civil to each other. Please bear in mind that this man is human and will most certainly make more mistakes and gaffes while in office. It is an inevitable part of the job. Thankfully, I do not judge a president based on one incident, no matter if their last name is Bush, Clinton, Nixon, or Obama.

    I must reiterate my belief that the students in question were minors and that their safety was more than likely the issue at stake. I do not agree with many of the posters on here that these kids should be allowed to express their civic pride and that they had a right to wear American flag t-shirts to school. Well, no, they don't have that right. They're kids. Their main job in school is to learn, and sometimes that includes learning how to deal with things that seem unfair to a teenager.

    I remember when I was in high school (I'm in my mid-30s now) and feeling put upon because I wasn't allowed to express myself in the way I wanted to. I attended a religious-themed school that had a fairly strict dress code. This was during the grunge era and I pined to grow my hair long and wear combat boots to school. Nuh-uh. They weren't having it.

    There was another time when the students all seemed to rebel en masse to protest something or other by leaving their classrooms and gathering in the parking lot. I learned long after the fact that this was an activity organized by the faculty to teach us how to protest peacefully in the vein of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s idea of Civil Disobedience. And here we thought we were being so bold!

    My point is that minors–most of them, at any rate–are simply not in possession of enough knowledge and experience to make such decisions on their own. Yes, there was a time when young teens could run farms and lead armies, but we no longer raise our children that way, for better or worse. Boys used to be taught at a very young age how to bleed a living pig or put down a lame horse. Men today often reach their 40s without ever really growing up, if they do at all.

    Of course, none of this excuses Mr. Ebert for making such an incendiary comment through a technological medium that prevents him from explaining his comments at length before they offend readers. I hope he learns from that mistake. I see his point, but ten years ago I would not have. Yeah, I was kind of dumb growing up, I admit. Typical guy. ;)

    May 12, 2010 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Matt

    what this ass doesnt understand is that this isnt the Soviet Union or Mexico. This is America and loyal Americans have the right to wear their flag. Anyone who is Mexican and is offended by the American flag can freely return to Mexico anytime they like and no one here will miss them!

    May 11, 2010 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
  9. David

    The last I looked, this is the United States of America, not the Untied States of Mexico. You wanna wave your Mexican flag, go to back to Mexico. And while you are at it, stay there because we don't you here. As far as Roger Ebert, too bad the cancer didn't kill his sorry ass.

    May 11, 2010 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Highly Offended

    I have to laugh at these people quoting rules and reg's about WEARING the American flag, but liberals support Freedom of Speech for BURNING the American flag.... duh...

    May 11, 2010 at 7:15 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Rebecca

    Last time I checked, Cinco De Mayo was not a US holiday but a Mexican one. Therefore, these boys shouldn't have been punished. In the United States of America, which is where they were, this is just another ordinary day. I say bravo to them for asserting their citizenship! Also, what about the first amendment right to freedom of expression! The shirts did not have profanity or any other-wise offensive wording. We aren't forced to celebrate any other nation's holidays. Why should this one be forced upon us. And by "US" I mean legal, law-abiding US citizens.

    May 11, 2010 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Allen B

    Theodore Roosevelt's ideas on immigrants and being an AMERICAN in 1907.

    "In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person's becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American...There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag... We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language... and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people."

    Theodore Roosevelt 1907

    May 11, 2010 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  13. CJ Wakefield

    First and Foremost – I won't say anything about his cancer but if you are going to enter into a confrontational subject, then don't expect sympathy. I really thought that was a good questions as to Which Flag he would like flown...People should think before they open mouth and insert foot. Also, EVERYONE and I do mean EVERYONE needs to remember – if you LIVE IN THIS COUNTRY – REMEMBER –WE ARE AMERICA FIRST.. LET ME SAY THAT AGAIN...WE ARE AMERICA FIRST. NOT 364 days a year, Not 363 days a year – WE ARE AMERICA FIRST 365 DAYS A YEAR AND SHOULD BE ABLE TO WEAR, FLY , HOLD, and EMBRACE OUR AMERICAN FLAG 365 DAYS A YEAR.

    May 11, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Susan R

    I have read many comments both for and against these boys. Questions:
    Why are Mexicans, many who come here illegaly, for a better life insulted by the flag that represents such a life?
    I never witness the US flag removed for St Patty's day or the Chinese New Year. Never heard the Irish say they were insulted by our flag and they experienced a great deal of prejudice. I saw Mexicans throw our flag on the ground. Noone told them they couldn't celebrate, but the Mexican flag flying higher that the US flag on US soil?????

    Since when is it permissible for immigrants to tell us what insults them ???? They don't like our flag, they can find a country with a flag that doen't insult them. Unlike the African American decendants of slave, noone forced them to come here.

    May 11, 2010 at 2:20 pm | Report abuse |
  15. moon627

    The wonderful thing about the internet is that people can easily reach out and communicate like decent human beings.

    The worst thing about the internet is that it allows vile individuals to spew their malicious hate anonymously.

    Shame on all the evil and ignorance in the name of freedom.

    May 11, 2010 at 1:27 pm | Report abuse |
  16. Reality Check

    LMAO! Lenny beat me to it!

    May 11, 2010 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Reality Check


    "Tea bag the Liberal Dems before they tea bag you!"

    That was the sign being held by a protester during the first big Tea Party rally on Tax Day, April 15, 2009. I wonder when FOX told you – uhm, I mean when you "looked up" the "fact" that MSNBC first coined the term. Care to post a date?

    If your inability to look up actual facts didn't betray you, your terminology for a pundit you don't agree with who happens to be a lesbian certainly does.

    Right back atcha, "Dumb A$$." Thanks for playing!

    May 11, 2010 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Lenny Pincus

    KPS, we'll make this easy for you. Click on this link:

    Teabaggers referring to themselves as teabaggers in April 2009. Enjoy learning something.

    May 11, 2010 at 11:15 am | Report abuse |
  19. Heather

    The reason that the American flag is not supposed to be printed on apparel is because it BECOMES a flag the second it is matter the material it is printed on. When you print that shirt with a slogan or words, it violates the flag code. When you take that shirt off and mindlessly throw it on the floor or in the laundry basket, it violates the flag code.

    Just because everyone gets away with it, DOESN'T make it right. It just means that the government has better things to do than prosecute every uninformed citizen of this country.

    May 11, 2010 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |
  20. Heather

    Remember this melting pot friends: above all else we are AMERICAN. The Red White and Blue made it possible for you to practice your freedom. You aren't black, you're AMERICAN, you aren't white, you're AMERICAN, you aren't mexican, you're AMERICAN. Don't forget that. United We Stand. Divided we fall.

    May 11, 2010 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  21. Ken

    I'm first generation american, my parents are from Argentina and still live there. My heritage is English and Swiss, but I do have a hispanic heritage too after living in Argentina for 20 years. So even though I'm white, it's not out of some racist or bigoted posture that I make this comment. I can tell you that I'm sick of SOME immigrants, not all, coming here for the opportunities they don't have at home and demanding that we offer them services in their language, Spanish, for instance. No other immigrant population demands such things, presumes that no one will take offense to thinking it's ok to sing our national anthem in spanish, or be so hypocritical as to organize under a national non-profit named "La Raza" (The Race) while complaining about being treated differently. People of all backgrounds will react angrily to that.

    Having said that, I'm just as sick of these self-righteous teabaggers. I don't see you out there in NY trying to block the St Patrick's day parade. When did a bunch of you coordinate wearing the american flag to make a point when everyone was wearing green? Where are you during Octoberfest celebrations? I'll tell you where, slouched over a bench, drunk. Your arrogance born of ignorance is a national shame. It is because of people like you that there is so much hatred toward us. No, you idiots, they are not jealous of us. You don't see many Germans, French, Canadian or English people banging on our borders, and mostly because they hate the likes of you. And you hate everyone who isn't like you. Anyone with different preferences than the average white american conservative is automatically unamerican, an enemy. You think just like the extremist muslims in the middle east we are fighting. You just have a Christian perch and know you can't go kill your neighbors or make their lives so unpleasant they have to leave and get away with it. But if you could you would, and you'd jail all those who "insult" Jesus... just like the muslim fundamentalist who still force Salman Rushdie to live in hiding for writing a book.

    You teabaggers and jihadists are bosom buddies. We recognize you for what you are and are just waiting for you to cross the line so we can take action against you. And you will cross the line, you are so full of hate you can't help yourselves.

    May 11, 2010 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  22. KPS

    Uhclem – Dumb A$$ ...... "Teabagger" was first used by MSNBC... Look it up!!! I believe it was by carpet muncher Maddow.

    Sorry for my minor spelling errors earlier.

    May 11, 2010 at 7:20 am | Report abuse |
  23. Justin

    Ebert was right in the fact that they were deliberately provocative. However, Cinco de Mayo really isn't a huge Mexican holiday. It's just a celebration over France in 1862 and is celebrated more OUTSIDE Mexico than inside the country itself. Mexican Independence Day isn't until September. What will people say if these kids are wearing an American flag on a day that's actually important to Mexicans?

    May 11, 2010 at 6:06 am | Report abuse |
  24. you silly sausages

    enjoy sh it in your ugly face. americanos kill each other everyone kill each other in vietnam iraq pay other to kill americanos lov kill kill. reagan sell you clinton sell you bush sell you obama sell you but i laugh becoz you think different. dont cry when usa fall to piece you plant seed you get what seed grow – plant hate get more hate. forever. you kill earth for your mtv. no more dodo so you have plasma. happy now? "oh poor me, me not blame"...poor sausage, never learn to think take blame for anything... now you finished live shiit life in your plastic toilet for million years.

    May 11, 2010 at 12:54 am | Report abuse |
  25. you silly sausages

    forget 1 ting. when stupid americanos see that is slave will cry cry cry "how we so blind so stupeed you take ours". you happy to take take take when good weather never think what come – you love your plastic your TV your pop idiot couch potato dog doodoo – when hamburger football going your way no care whole woorlld burning until burn your hole. now we own you we always own you mf now you pay for for ticket to riding. jp morgan laugh big till burst with money but you pray to him and rupert "please pee on me with your bootiful mooney". rupert morgan cia give you up passage back. you like. i promise. HAHAHAHAHAHA i lov americanos so much without them me bored and not have 25 mercedes. keep coming for more. BURN YOUR BOTTOM SILLY SAUSAGES you already dead

    May 11, 2010 at 12:39 am | Report abuse |
  26. JoelG

    I like how the argument is made here that Cinco De Mayo isn't a Mexican holiday, it's a US holiday. That's told to people arguing that there's nothing wrong with the US flag on Cinco De Mayo.

    But... it's US holiday not a Mexican one according to this argument!

    So why on earth would displaying a US flag on a US holiday be confrontational to anyone? Does.not.compute.

    Also, Ebert and the media are asses to label everyone 'Tea Party supporters' just because they think Ebert's a jerk. I guess I'll start calling all people that lean left 'Communist Party' supporters.

    This whole thing is one big FAIL.

    May 11, 2010 at 12:32 am | Report abuse |
  27. you silly sausages

    it great to see american idiot argue with self – left right up down black white – while you not look me sell drug gun plastic TV shiiiiit – my mafia friends stab you stupid eejits in back and take everything, you can live in toilet we don care – you all slave hehehehe get used to it yankee moron pig we fascist have all power since 1911 reserve bank make you stupid and take away sight – me born in the USA all the way forever me LOVE america only contry in world people so stupid love government love flag hate land animal tree each other – me love stupid americano – bush best kind man only kill the stupid wimp towel on head christian killer arab oily sheep sheik. do you get it DO YOU GET IT YOU IDIOT!? soon we all a stupid wimp imbesile DEAD. goodnight sausages.

    May 11, 2010 at 12:25 am | Report abuse |
  28. bill

    Typical liberal Hollywood slant here.....
    These Phony Bolony Hollywood types like to use their position of fame to further the liberal / socialist agenda.

    Ebert should keep {what is left of his mouth} shut.

    Looks like Ebert has "jumped the shark" & he is now regarded to be in the same trash bin as Natalie Maines from the Dixie chicks.

    We said to the "Ditzy Chicks" Shut up & sing.

    We now say to Ebert Shut up & review.

    May 11, 2010 at 12:21 am | Report abuse |
  29. Idjeet Americano

    kill everyone – this only way bring peace – usa all da way – kill kill kill

    May 11, 2010 at 12:17 am | Report abuse |
  30. Tim

    Good grief liberals are stupid.

    An American kid has the right to wear a shirt with the image of an American flag any day he pleases.

    Just because it might hurt someone's feelings is no reason to send them home for the day.

    Roger Ebert is an idiot; cancer or no cancer.

    You may now resume your flag burning and hand-wringing over all the perceived social ills in the world.

    May 11, 2010 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
  31. Lenny Pincus

    "Tea Bag the Liberal Dems Before They Tea Bag You"–Sign at Tea Party Rally, March 2009.

    Enjoy how the original Teabaggers referred to themselves as such. Folks like Nobama strike the martyr pose–almost reflexively–but you guys named yourself, so live with it.

    May 11, 2010 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
  32. Zack

    So stupid.

    On St. Patrick's day, you'll see US flags in abundance. Go to a parade and you'll see people dressed in green, but waving the red white and blue, not just Irish flags. No one ever made some stupid demand that displaying the US flag in the US on St. Patrick's Day was anti-Irish.

    But whenever anything deals with Mexico, notice how stupid the whole debate suddenly becomes. Suddenly, it's some grave racist insult and 'confrontational' to display an American flag in ones own country on May 5th. Why? Because political correct insanity dictates it?

    It's amazing sometimes how it takes kids to demonstrate the absurdity of what are actually adult hang-ups. The kids wearing the US flag t-shirts found a simple way to expose just how irrational and silly, even stupid a lot of adults can be- getting riled up over a t-shirt! And they have the vision to realize the simple fact that getting upset over national banners actually has NOTHING TO DO with Cinco De Mayo- and if a US flag on ANY DAY of the year somehow upsets someone, then the problem isn't the flag or the person with it- it's with whatever P.C. insanity has made a FLAG of the country you live in into something to be feared.

    These kids did a service in pointing this out- there's NO DAY in France where it's not okay to display the French flag. Not the 4th of July, not any day. There's no day in Mexico where it's not okay to display the Mexican flag. And: THERE IS NO DAY IN THE US WHERE IT'S NOT OKAY TO DISPLAY THE US FLAG! If you think so- then YOU'RE THE ONE WITH A CHIP ON YOUR SHOULDER over some agenda you have. Period.

    Hats off to kids that have more common sense over simple things, than many adults who get themselves worked up over nothing.

    May 11, 2010 at 12:04 am | Report abuse |
  33. george watson

    NoBama May 10th, 2010 8:49 pm ET

    It makes you look like a bigot a bully and a racist. You all sound so immature.

    You, whose name is bigoted and immature, are perfect in that you have no self-awareness whatsoever. You are in fact the perfect portrait of a Teabagger. Thank you for that.

    May 10, 2010 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Nat Turner

    I am so upset I missed this story earlier. It would have given me the opportunity to argue with the mindless idiots that think some how waving a flag, a gun and a teabag gives them some super patriotic power over everyone else. Morons did you consider the climate of that school on that day... Tensions may have already been high with whatever white supremacy to hispanic ratio in that school and adminstrators took the necessary steps to insure a safe campus for every one. Not everything that happens is an assault on your freedoms!!! Just note as I read these comments alot of you have the wrong idea about so called liberals... For one, I'm not a liberal I beleive in common sense... and for two all the "liberals" I know have guns too!!!!!

    May 10, 2010 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
  35. NoBama

    LMAO @a typical response from a drone.

    May 10, 2010 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
  36. CT

    Ebert posted his opinion, not a personal attack. The people who used personal attacks as a way to defend their opposition, just proved how thoughtless there are.

    May 10, 2010 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
  37. ang

    I guess calling you teabaggers is worse then what you guys call Obama? Or John Lewis? I think a African witch doctor sign is much more offensive, but you still allow those people to come and participate in your group. So the lefties are offensive but the teaparty's signs arent?

    May 10, 2010 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Sgoud

    Well said Dave Baker...

    May 10, 2010 at 10:00 pm | Report abuse |
  39. M. Harrison

    Why does EVERYONE have to be so mean?

    May 10, 2010 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Dave Baker

    5-5 means nothing here in the US, and a citizen can wear the flag whenever they want. If an immigrant wants to celebrate their heritage, that's fine, but not at the expense of our own.

    May 10, 2010 at 9:51 pm | Report abuse |
  41. 9/11 was only 9 years ago

    The hypocrisy of the left is amazing. They ridicule (rightly so) those who make comments about Ebert's cancer, then go on to call Tea Party members 'Tea Baggers' which is offensive.

    By the way, did the person who said these things call him or herself a Tea Party member? No. Just like the lame stream media and the leftists who follow it. First accuse, no one will notice the retraction later.

    May 10, 2010 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Sam

    It's one thing to insult someone's attire, it's another to insult someone's disease. Ebert tastefully expressed disagreement. The Tea Partier could have respectfully disagreed and said so, but instead was extremely hateful toward Ebert. This is just awful.

    May 10, 2010 at 9:47 pm | Report abuse |
  43. ang

    there is limited free speech in schools. it's not like the real world. this was a Supreme Court decision, people. Stop throwing in the first amendment here and free speech blah blah blah. the school has the right to limit free speech when that speech disrupts things, which this whole t shirt thing clearly did. Got a problem with that? Talk to the big judges in DC
    Americans dont surrender the right to free speech in schools because of Hispanics and all those darn non-white people....unless there was a Hispanic on the Supreme Court when they decided fist amendment rights do not always apply in schools. Stop blaming the Hispanics for it. It just makes you look more bigoted.

    May 10, 2010 at 9:43 pm | Report abuse |
  44. Jim

    Robert Ebert is the one who said that the people who were posting against him were members of the tea party movement. They didn't say this. Amazing how the media picked up on this and ran with it just based on his accusation.

    Sad really, we should be able to celebrate all nations and cultures, regardless of what day it is. And the things said to this cancer survivor are reprehensible.

    Just a whole lotta sad in this whole story.

    Shame on you CNN for not checking the facts before you went to print.

    May 10, 2010 at 9:41 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Ken H

    I think Roger dilutes the importance of the american flag by comparing it to the hammer and sickle and degrades those who have served and died for our country. The flag represents many things to us as Americans, including our diversity, but also the memory of the sacrifices upon which this great country has been built. It represents the United States of America every day of the year, without compromise!

    May 10, 2010 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Shaun

    Mike Maz....

    I agree it's pretty insensitive and provocative...especially considering people seem to forget that unless you're a native american, you don't have much ground to stand on regarding immigration, illegal or otherwise...

    However, you sort of undermine your point when you say 'How about arguing your point instead of insults' when you use phrases like 'Joe Patriot' and 'redneck quotient' ... while trying to make your point ...

    Its not that they wore the shirts, its that they did it really to be provacative. If you want to be Joe Patriot more power to you. But to do it on 5-5 really just shows a lack of class. But whatever... The fact that so many made fun of his cancer shows the redneck quotient among the teabaggers. He made a comment that was thought out and direct, then you get response back talking about cancer. How about arguing your point instead of insults?

    May 10, 2010 at 9:36 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Roger is right

    Roger Ebert is right...

    There is a difference between being a patriot and being a horses buttox.

    Tea Baggers need to wake up and smell the coffee. Native americans are the ONLY ones that can make the argument about illegals and other races taking over thier country. The rest of the Tea Baggers along with me need to realize that every single good ole boy came to america from some other country. That is what America was described as in the earliest of its existance... A place to start new... Freedoms from tight wad governments.

    From.. A patriot who is not a raging biggot.

    May 10, 2010 at 9:34 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Sgoud

    People and their politics! I don't care what party u belong too. Whats right is right and whats wrong is wrong. Their rights were violated and if it were reversed and a Mexican wore their flag on their shirt on the 4th of July and they were asked to turn it inside out or get kicked out of a "federally" funded program, bet you butt their would be a lawsuit faster then you could blink. That Mexican would be a millionaire, and someone would have gotten fired. If YOU say that it would not have ended that way then YOU are in denial...

    May 10, 2010 at 9:33 pm | Report abuse |
  49. 9/11 was only 9 years ago

    MikeMaz, please inform the rest of us which days our freedom of speech is allowed.

    Liberals and multiculturalism has stopped us from being Americans and simply individual groups who live in a place called America. Individual groups seperate themselves and demand special rights be given to them and taken away from others. There is no right 'not to be offended', however, I find it offensive that Americans must surrender their right to free speech so that other Americans can celebrate another culture.

    By the way, Cinco De Mayo is NOT celebrated in Mexico.

    May 10, 2010 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
  50. James

    At the bottom of each comment it says "Flag this comment." Does that have to be a flag other than the American flag?

    May 10, 2010 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  51. an american

    May 10th, 2010 8:36 pm ET

    This attack on a dying man is so typical of the nastiness and stupidity that is basic to the whole Teabagger/Conservative movement. Their leader Rush Limbaugh and court jester Glenn Beck daily vomit lies and garbage and the Tebaggers lap it up and screech for more. The Teabaggers are a disgrace to this country but exactly the garbage we have come to expect from the Republican Party.
    Those students were dead wrong to wear the shirts with the US flag. They were looking to cause a fight not to show any respect for the flag. They were wrong, stupid and hostile...just like the Teabaggers.

    Really? Come on I've heard it all now. Are you serious? I am an American sir and your tripe is ridiculous. Me A disgrace? I think not
    I think those kids wearing an American flag t-shirt is truly patriotic,
    and to say they are wrong stupid and hostile is just ignorant. That's
    what is wrong with you people on the other side of things. Have you seen anything blatantly wrong with this?U just sit back and accuse and blame ........aww you get the picture.

    May 10, 2010 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
  52. brightred

    @Joe C, May 10th, 2010 10:34 am ET

    Best comment in this entire thread.

    @aliveintheNW, May 10th, 2010 3:04 pm ET

    Thanks for proving Joe’s point.

    May 10, 2010 at 9:26 pm | Report abuse |
  53. Lenny Pincus

    Of course, the "patriots" ask the wrong questions. Try these. Do these five kids wear American flag t-shirts regularly, or was this a stunt? Did they consult each other on this or was it some strange coincidence? Someone brought up St. Patrick's Day. Dear bigmouth, try wearing a Union Jack to Chicago's St. Patrick's Day parade. See how your adherence to freedom of speech works there. How about a Confederate flag on MLK Day? A German flag on Yom Kippur? A Russian flag on Pulaski Day?

    If you use an American flag to thumb your nose at people, you are being nothing more than a provocative jerk.

    And teabaggers have certainly proved the old adage correct: patriotism is the last refuge of scoundrels.

    May 10, 2010 at 9:20 pm | Report abuse |
  54. Timmy

    Let's see...where to start. I know, how about the fact that Cinco de Mayo is nothing like July 4th. Its not Independence day but rather a "celebration" of a forgettable battle with the french that no one celebrates in Mexico but is a holiday that like Valentine's Day that is meant to sell more merchandise (beer and Tequila). It would be if a Mexican Student wore a Mexico T shirt on St. Patrick's Day. Pretty frivolous is it not, Also Mr. Ebert, did you not forget we live in the United States and not Mexico??? Hammer and Sickle? Maybe if we were in Moscow and a bunch of American immigrants got angry because the Russian kids wore hammer and sickle shirts on Columbus Day. Maybe, your argument wouldnt be a farce. I wont say anything mean about him except maybe he is angry and bitter about his situation, but I cant say for sure his reasons for his argument.

    May 10, 2010 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
  55. Harvey in Colo


    Thank you for showing that there is someone out there with a brain - Someone that has reasoning power, and is not single-minded regardless of reason and couth. To reduce a debate to the point of deriding an opponent’s physical attributes exhibits an IQ of less than 10. You know who you are.
    Bravo to Ebert !

    May 10, 2010 at 9:16 pm | Report abuse |
  56. jimbo

    The thing is these students knew exactly what they were doing and who they were offending.


    The question is what should a school do when a group of kids seeks to insult and provoke fights with other students?

    It wasn't the American flag shirts – it was the deliberate message being sent by the wearing of the shirts: that Mexican American US citizens are not welcome to celebrate their heritage, unlike every other American ethnic group.

    May 10, 2010 at 9:15 pm | Report abuse |
  57. Cambob

    Thanks Billybob... Oh by the way, it's called sarcasm, but you have the freedom to not understand. I am Canadian and I admire much of what America has given the world. Luckily, I also have the right to laugh when a few (hopefully a minority) of Americans make complete idiots of themselves. America is a great.. GREAT country, but if you don't smarten up, you'll end up a tragic comedy footnote in history.

    May 10, 2010 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  58. AntiPop

    Thomas H.
    you know a holiday called Christmas ? It is the epitome of exploitation ! You shouldn't be surprised or puzzled.

    May 10, 2010 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  59. AntiPop

    you are very educated in the matter you speak of. ROFL @ you and the other Teabaggers.

    Yeehaw ! Sarah for president ! She is the perfect front for you TeaBaggers !

    May 10, 2010 at 9:06 pm | Report abuse |
  60. ang

    only 1 in 7 say they are a republican now. that's the lowest its been in 20 years. There's a reason for that

    May 10, 2010 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Thomas H.

    I've read a number of posts that state emphatically that Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican holiday, not an American one. Yet at the same time, thousands of American businesses have "Cinco de Mayo" specials, promotions and deals. You can't pass any restaurant or club in the south western United States without seeing a huge promotional sign up taking advantage of the May 5 "holiday". If the holiday means nothing in America, why exploit it?

    May 10, 2010 at 9:05 pm | Report abuse |
  62. Bob

    By the way, I think most normal, non-hysterical Americans are getting really tired of the teabaggers' self-righteous pose. All you are is Republicans desperate to re-brand yourselves after the Bush administration proved beyond a doubt what epic failure results when wing nut policies are attempted in the real world. Stop with the make-believe super-patriotic faux heroism. You're just garden-variety right wingers. Perhaps nastier and more intolerant than most, but nothing we haven't seen before at any RNC or CPAC meeting.

    May 10, 2010 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
  63. MikelB2010

    Apparently Mexicans don't like their own country so they come here to celebrate by drinking the hate away.

    May 10, 2010 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Bob

    Agree with Ebert's comments or not, it was reasonable political rhetoric and neither grossly unfair nor disrespectful to anyone, unless the image of sharing a table with someone sporting a hammer and sickle t-shirt somehow represents the epitome of poor taste for some. In contrast, the tea-bagger response mocking Ebert's illness and the multiple surgeries that have disfigured his face are just way beyond the pale. It demonstrates that the heart and soul of the tea party movement is bitter, intolerant and hateful. The wingnuts damn themselves with their own foul rhetoric and hateful posturing much more than a decent and intelligent man like Ebert would ever do.

    May 10, 2010 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  65. sqawking

    What I find interesting is that the answer, was actually in the response.
    He received a tweet from someone that made fun of his cancer, purely bad taste.
    But this response was not to a person, but to a group he probably despises. Therefore he fired the first shot in the situation.
    I always find it interesting when one person makes a comment and a group is blamed for the statement.
    "You want ugly? For that, you have to look at a mind, not a face.”

    May 10, 2010 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  66. NoBama

    I am reading a lot of the comments here and i see the libs love to call us Teabaggers. lmao.
    The term teabagging is when one person dips their testicles into another persons mouth like a tea bag. Aren't you embarrassed to type that in you comment? It makes you look like a bigot a bully and a racist. You all sound so immature. It has only strengthened us. You have started Obama saying it now. Let me tell you all a secret, your in the minority.
    I know you think that the main street media represents the majority of Americans but they don't. Just look at their ratings and subscriptions. Dropping like flies. You think that the majority of Americans are progressive. Wrong!
    Don't believe me?
    Google the 1980 and 1984 elections results right now. Open another tab and do it right now and come back to read the last sentence here. Go on.... I'll wait.......

    Well? That was nothing compared to what is coming. Oh you'll see.

    Now Google Obama's in 2008........ Go ahead, don't be scared.

    See a difference. 1984 was a landslide victory for Reagan. Obama isn't even close. I'm not saying, I'm just saying.

    Still on the fence? ok. But he who dips last... dips deepest!

    Open wide.

    May 10, 2010 at 8:49 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Dan

    ebert should stick to movies and leave the rest to those with intelligence

    May 10, 2010 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
  68. ang

    Kent Diamond-

    I think you call people stupid or childish when you get called out on your selective fiscal responsibility.

    Sorry I appear stupid. So are you saying that I am just too dumb to to not understand how signs depicting Obama dressed as an African witch doctor are not racist? Am I just not smart enough to understand how spitting on a civil rights icon and shouting epithats does not equate to racism? What about all the signs that have the "n" word on them that have been splashed all over the news? Well, I guess I'm pretty dumb 'cause when I see a sign that calls the president the "n" word, I think it's racist . But you're right. It's not at all about the color of his skin. Gosh, I'm stupid

    May 10, 2010 at 8:44 pm | Report abuse |
  69. kent diamond


    11 trillion dollars has been spent in Iraq?!


    May 10, 2010 at 8:40 pm | Report abuse |
  70. SealfromHell

    This attack on a dying man is so typical of the nastiness and stupidity that is basic to the whole Teabagger/Conservative movement. Their leader Rush Limbaugh and court jester Glenn Beck daily vomit lies and garbage and the Tebaggers lap it up and screech for more. The Teabaggers are a disgrace to this country but exactly the garbage we have come to expect from the Republican Party.
    Those students were dead wrong to wear the shirts with the US flag. They were looking to cause a fight not to show any respect for the flag. They were wrong, stupid and hostile...just like the Teabaggers.

    May 10, 2010 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
  71. SAW

    In America, regardless of what day it is, wearing a t-shirt that bears the American should never be admonished! Despite the fact that it may be provocative, it is still a form of symbolic speech protected by the republic for which the flag on the shirt stands. Unless wearing this t-shirt on Cinco de Mayo presented a clear and present danger to those wearing it (which it did not, and to assume that it did would mean that you believe the Mexican American students at that school would unreasonably resort to violence or aggression in retaliation, which is highly prejudicial) then it should not be chastised in any way, shape, or form. Even if you disagree with their tactics, you have to respect the fact that the flag upon their shirts gave them the right to do that. And for the record this is coming from a Conservative Democrat (and yes we still exist).

    May 10, 2010 at 8:36 pm | Report abuse |
  72. jack

    Ebert is just a jack@@@ trying to be relvant again.

    May 10, 2010 at 8:34 pm | Report abuse |
  73. kent diamond


    We probably SHOULD have been standing up tp George Bush too. Let me correct that: WE SHOULD HAVE BEEN STANDING UP TO GEORGE BUSH TOO. Now, that being said, we didnt. But I think most Americans were "woken up" by the financial meltdown in 2008. It was at the end of Bush, and the beginning of Obama. These are just the facts. Americans tend to wake up when their pocketbooks are affected, and thats exactly what has happened. Our jobs have gone away, our housing market crashed, our banking industry nearly imlpoded... The list goes on and on. Its a very crucial time in our nations history, and George Bush deserves much of the blame in recent years for the money that was spent, and for the expansion of Government. Ima Conservative, but Im also a realist. We need to learn from our mistakes, and I think that is what most of the Tea Partiers think as well. YOU just take the easy way out, and say its a "racist movement". Either you are incredibly childish, or incredibly stupid... Which is it?

    May 10, 2010 at 8:33 pm | Report abuse |
  74. SealfromHell

    You conservatives lost the election because put up candidates that were losers from the word go. This country does not want you, this country does not want to hear from you and this country does not want to see you.
    Leave. Just pack up your teabags, flags, KKK hoods, Republican elephants, guns and the rest of your junk and just go. You are not what this nation wanted or go.

    May 10, 2010 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
  75. MikelB2010

    To reiterate:

    Chris in Atlanta said:

    Here's my strategy: All of these issues stem from Mexico being a separate country from the USA, and yet their people treat the USA as if they are already citizens.

    I have a VERY fast path to citizenship for Mexicans, and this will solve the issue once and for all.

    On the 5th of May, 2011, the USA will invade and take over Mexico. So many issues will be solved with that one simple, imperial action:

    1) Instant citizenship granted to Mexicans
    2) Our own US DEA and ARMY will deal directly with the drug issues in Mexico.
    3) Mexican natural resources will become the property of the USA (there's a fair amount of oil)

    4) The US will then have a very good reason to celebrate the 5th of May ... Cinco de Mayo will be the day that Mexico became the 51st State

    As for any other country that is giving us problems ... lather, rinse, wash, repeat.

    Imperialism does have its upside, you know.

    May 10, 2010 at 8:25 pm | Report abuse |
  76. ang


    Um... Look at the facts Obama has already spent more in one year than Bush did in eight.
    Flag this comment

    Ohhh, I think that you should actually look at the facts. You dont know what you're talking. Bush spent 11 trillion dollars just for the war. 11 trillion dollars. So, why don't you show me some of your so called "facts" and show me where Obama has spent 11 trillion dollars in the last year Warning- those facts dont exist, because you made them up.

    May 10, 2010 at 8:22 pm | Report abuse |
  77. Molly

    We are all proud Americans, whether we Tea Party participants or NOT. As an American Indian, French, Spanish- American, I will never deny my pride in belonging to this country and having served in our Armed Forces. Neither would my husband as a soon to be retired US Army soldier, neither would my father, brother and grand-father who have also retired and served. However, as Americans with respect to my heritage and the heritage, religion and creed of others IT IS NOT ACCEPTABLE TO TEACH that it is okay to be disrespectful to a day of recognition for any culture. The issue at hand is not 1st Amendment rights, or who is right or wrong- but simple respect for others. What would one say, if there was a display of disgust or shirt that stops on a Leprechaun at the St. Patrick's Day Parade? Or the display disgust of non-Christians on Christmas? There has been a long line of great line of pride that is associated with being an American, but we cannot disregard the fact that our descendants came from another place or country. Our pride should not be a hindrance to our thinking, there are many unfathomable mistakes that our history is filled with from our beginning. There is the fact that we robbed and killed so many for this land that was not ours to conquer, the treatment of people from Asians, Africans, Mexicans and many more so that we could become what we are today. I am a honorable proud American, however I will not teach my children and other lives that I touch to be ignorant of our past mistakes as a country, as a person and as a human being. WE ARE ALL CREATED EQUAL- OUR COUNTRY WAS FOUNDED BY THOSE SEEKING TO BE FREE, FREE FROM RELIGIOUS PERSECUTION! We are all EQUAL AND HAVE EQUAL RIGHT TO CELEBRATE OUR HERITAGE as Americans and as descendants of our ancestors. We would not have all that we have without one another's sacrifice and contribution to our country. (Mr. Ebert, my heart held apologies for the non-humane remarks of others in regards to your battle with cancer.)

    May 10, 2010 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
  78. Chris

    First of all let's get one thing clear. Making fun of someone with cancer is a personal attack that has nothing to do with the topic of this discussion. It's crude, tasteless, and idiotic.
    Second they didn't where the shirts to be patriotic. They did it to provoke a reaction and get to play the victim card. "They are trying to take our right to where the flag away" they say. They where really trying to take away the right of these people to celebrate a holiday from their homeland by wearing American flags in protest. In protest of the right of every American to celebrate any holiday they choose or ignore it completely. They showed up to disrupt the holiday.
    Would they do that for St. Patrick's Day? Easter? Hanukkah?
    What if some one showed up with a swastika for Veteran's Day? They'd have a right in America to do it, but they don't. I guess that makes what they did worse than what Nazi's do?
    Maybe they should have just ignored this holiday like all the other holiday's everybody else does like... ...March 6, National Frozen Food Day... ...February 23, Dog Biscuit Appreciation Day... ..Be Nice to New Jersey Week–2nd week in July. I could go on but I've probably annoyed even more people with this topic than it was worth.

    Peace and Chicken Grease

    May 10, 2010 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
  79. John

    I’ve been to Savannah’s Saint Patrick’s Day celebration before and you know what I saw?
    American flags, on buildings, on shirts, and just about every where else. I saw police every where and they didn’t arrest any of those people selling, wearing, or carrying the American Flag.
    The Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team always runs out on to the field with one the team captains carrying the American Flag.
    So there goes your theory.

    May 10, 2010 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
  80. jeru0455


    Um... Look at the facts Obama has already spent more in one year than Bush did in eight.

    May 10, 2010 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  81. lonestar57

    Hmm...still trying to figure out how enforcing our borders would be considered "racist idiocy"

    May 10, 2010 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
  82. ang

    All libs seem to think that the tea-party movement is about racism. Just like they seem to all conservatives everywhere are racist. I guess it is easier to point your finger at something and start screaming and name calling than to actually try to learn anything about it.

    That is really funny. Seems to me that rather then you trying to make it out like Im throwing the race card, why dont you answer my questions, based on fact, about why there were no tea party protests while George Bush was doing the largest govt expansion in recent history? Where was your sense of fiscal responsibility then? If you are not a bigot, then tell me why these teabaggers are conveniently ignoring the fact that Bush bankrupted us. If you are not racist, then just respond to the facts and tell me where you were with your dumb (probably mis-spelled) sign during Bush's 8 years. Seriously, if it's not about racism, then you would have treated Bush the same way, if not worse. But you didn't. WHY?

    May 10, 2010 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
  83. jeru0455


    As a person who considers themselves a "tea-partier" and someone that has participated in tea-party rallies, please elaborate as to what "racist idiocy" your talking about, because I sure haven't seen it.

    May 10, 2010 at 8:14 pm | Report abuse |
  84. Todd Grigsby (Manteca, CA)

    I disagree with Ebert, but shame on the people that wrote such hateful insults. I have no problem with kids showing pride in their country, and in an era that sees Mexican activists daring to challenge the sovereignty of the United States, waving Mexican flags and burning American flags in protest while standing on our soil, I can hardly blame these young men for making a visible stand. I'm actually surprised that Mr. Ebert would look down his nose at their First Amendment right to express their views. I just hope that Mr. Ebert hasn't closed his mind to the extent that he can't consider other ways to look at the situation.

    May 10, 2010 at 8:13 pm | Report abuse |
  85. kent diamond

    CNN: Obviously, you guys don't have a friggin' clue as to why your ratings suck so bad huh? Its because of "articles" like this. You are trying to associate the Tea Party movement with a couple of teenagers, who actually did nothing wrong.. lol Seriously... Sit back for a minute and try to do the math here. The only thing that could have made this any worse, was if you would have had the racist Roland Martin write the article... lol

    May 10, 2010 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
  86. jim

    This is stupid.
    Ebert has no clue as to what he is talking about. You are in America and we do not, nor are we required, nor should it ever be thought that someone has to not wear an American flag on Cinco Demayo. Would he say the same thing if if Mexicans wore Mexican t-shirts on the 4th of July while in mexico?
    No, it would be asinine to even think that. Celebrate the 5th of May (a great day!) but others in this country are not insensitive to wear American flag shirts on the 5th of May. It is not a holiday here. If you think everyone should celebrate your former country's national holidays then you need your head examined.

    Of course the crap being thrown at Ebert about his medical condition is repugnant and far beyond any decency.

    May 10, 2010 at 8:11 pm | Report abuse |
  87. Mavent

    ...also, those of you that are trying to turn this into some sort of "Liberal vs Conservative" issue are ALSO morons. I'm a Liberal guy working a Liberal job in a Liberal community, and I don't know a single person that isn't supporting those kids. But that hardly excuses the other racist idiocy that the Tea Party constantly takes part in. :)

    May 10, 2010 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
  88. jim

    This is stupid.
    Ebert has no clue as to what he is talking about. You are in America and we do not, nor are we required, nor should it ever be thought that someone has to not wear an American flag on Cinco Demayo. Would he say the same thing if if Mexicans wore Mexican t-shirts on the 4th of July while in mexico/

    May 10, 2010 at 8:08 pm | Report abuse |
  89. Tom

    Cinco de Mayo is not a national holiday in Mexico, but is observed in the state of Puebla (where the battle happened), and is celebrated in Puerto Rico and many parts of the United States. It's not Mexican Independence Day. That's 16 de Septiembre. But I agree that the five students were intending to be provocative. Wearing a piece of clothing with an American flag on it is not necessarily a patriotic act. I've lived in Texas most of my life, and Cinco de Mayo has always seemed like a time for a big party, not a big expat power play.

    May 10, 2010 at 8:07 pm | Report abuse |
  90. Mavent

    There's a lot of morons in this thread. Let me sum up the situation for you: American kids should be able to wear the American flag any time or place they choose while standing on American soil. All the other idiocy you people are trying to drag into it is just your own juvenile baggage.

    May 10, 2010 at 8:05 pm | Report abuse |
  91. jeru0455


    All libs seem to think that the tea-party movement is about racism. Just like they seem to all conservatives everywhere are racist. I guess it is easier to point your finger at something and start screaming and name calling than to actually try to learn anything about it.

    May 10, 2010 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
  92. ang

    And as for the Teabagging lady who says she is in the majority. Thats the most hilarious thing I've heard all day. Watch the news, even the conservative Fox comedy hour or look at the polls. Pretty much everyone thinks you guys are a bunch of racist loons. You only seem to have a problem with spending when a black man does it. Where were all of you when George Bush was spending like a repub at a strip club? He spent a lot more money and had the largest govt expansion in the last 40 years, but mysteriously, no teaparty protests. It's a-okay when George Dub spends it. I guess it only becomes a problem when someone who's not like you does it. And you are certainly not in the majority. Honestly, if you believe that, then you are not only a bunch of bigots, but also have no idea how to read a paper....or poll numbers

    May 10, 2010 at 7:59 pm | Report abuse |
  93. Sgoud

    @@Chris Atl... Nice..... If it were only that easy....

    But frankly It would be nice to see my hubby home from wars for a little while. I just wish they they would invest in a wall, and fix this problem.

    People need to realize that this country was built on immigration, and that good things can't last forever. When American citizens cant get assistance because funding has been drained from our economy because we are too focused on making sure illegal people are treated "fairly". It is time for a change. America needs to focus on America for once. Hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, are DRAINING FEMA. We cant even take care of our own people who are suffering from disaster... but we pour billions into other countries disasters.

    Once America gets it's economy back on track, then we should worry about others. We have ensured that the welfare of others is taken care of to the point that we can't take care of our own.


    May 10, 2010 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  94. lonestar57

    The point is...that principals actions were anything but Pro American.

    May 10, 2010 at 7:56 pm | Report abuse |
  95. jeru0455

    I like all these liberal comments "we don't hate America, we just think students should be sent home for wearing the country's flag." Wow I can't believe I used to be affiliated with that liberal garbage. I see kids on my campus wearing "communist party" and Che Guevera t-shirts all the time... Including independence day, but are they sent home? no.....

    May 10, 2010 at 7:55 pm | Report abuse |
  96. Robert

    I wonder if they wore their American flag t-shirts on St. Patrick's day? I doubt it. These boys weren't being patriotic, they were being disrespectful.

    May 10, 2010 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  97. Robert

    Lot of space devoted to something so trivial. Wouldn't have been a little easier just to have a teachable moment about tolerance and celebration of culture rather than a beat down of kids wanting to get some attention. It would be nice to have a teachable moment with Roger and his detractors too. Get over yourselves. It's not about you.

    May 10, 2010 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  98. G Miller

    When left-wingers and illegals do something "provocative" the liberally-handicapped praise it.

    When Americans do something "provocative" the liberally-handicapped call it "toxic".

    Lenin was correct. You libs are certainly useful idiots to the anti-American coalition cause.

    May 10, 2010 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  99. Tim

    Ebert is clearly more intelligent than the idiots that got all riled up, because those people weren't educated, intelligent or willing to get the point he made. Being Pro-American doesn't mean pushing it in people's faces, as if they are less of people because they didn't come to America 200 years earlier. In fact, they were here when our ancestor's kicked them out and took over and now people think it's pro-American to make people of other non white races feel uncomfortable or intimidated? Anyone that's clueless enough to think that doesn't send a message is too stupid to debate the matter.

    May 10, 2010 at 7:47 pm | Report abuse |
  100. lonestar57

    Chris in Atlanta
    AMEN to that!

    May 10, 2010 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
  101. Dave

    To Wendy, in response to your comment "They wore those shirt to be anti-hispanic, not anything else. For shame."

    One question- how do you know why they wore those shirts?

    According to several other articles I read on the subject (from San Francisco and Los Angeles newspapers, not any kind of right-wing sources), it appears that the students were sitting at a table by themselves eating, and not confronting or in any way bothering anyone. The principal approached them and told them they could wear the shirts any other day, but not on May 5. The district school board later ruled that the principal was wrong, and the students should not have been sent home.

    I agree that the comments made about Ebert's cancer were mean-spirited and insensitive, but ultimately everyone has the right to freedom of expression: everyone posting here, Ebert, those who crassly mocked him, and...the students who wore the shirts.

    May 10, 2010 at 7:37 pm | Report abuse |
  102. Chris in Atlanta

    Here's my strategy: All of these issues stem from Mexico being a separate country from the USA, and yet their people treat the USA as if they are already citizens.

    I have a VERY fast path to citizenship for Mexicans, and this will solve the issue once and for all.

    On the 5th of May, 2011, the USA will invade and take over Mexico. So many issues will be solved with that one simple, imperial action:

    1) Instant citizenship granted to Mexicans
    2) Our own US DEA and ARMY will deal directly with the drug issues in Mexico.
    3) Mexican natural resources will become the property of the USA (there's a fair amount of oil)

    4) The US will then have a very good reason to celebrate the 5th of May ... Cinco de Mayo will be the day that Mexico became the 51st State

    As for any other country that is giving us problems ... lather, rinse, wash, repeat.

    Imperialism does have its upside, you know.

    May 10, 2010 at 7:34 pm | Report abuse |
  103. some chicka, proud too

    Funny how its called"expressing your rights" when it serves a purpose of hate, but un-patriotic if you disagree.

    They wore the shirts to start trouble, plain and simple.
    grow up America

    May 10, 2010 at 7:30 pm | Report abuse |
  104. Sgoud

    Regardless of why they wore their shirts, it is their right to do so. All these people on here stating that the kids were being disrepesctful and blah blah blah. Even if they did it to protest something, again it is their right to do so. Our youth need to learn life lessons. If they wanted to get a reaction, guess what... they did.

    If those were my boys I would have let them do the same thing, and then I would have made sure there was a lesson learned from it. By the way at least two of the boys had Mexican heritage. They need to learn consequences for their actions, good or bad!

    What about the 200 plus kids who skipped school the next day out of protest. Those "children" need to learn that just because they get "butt-hurt" by someone else's actions does not give them the right to skip school and protest because they feel "their" country was insulted.

    Take pride in the country you live in. Respect and celebrate your heritage and origins, but be thankful to the country that is giving you the freedom you enjoy and the free education you are privledged to have. If you don't want to become an American and accept our culture and way of life as your own, then please go elsewhere. I bet there are millions of people all over the world that would love to take your place and would proudly call themselves "American" if given the oppertunity.

    And for those people that keep saying everyone that lives in North America and South America are Americans... give me a break! Tell a Canadian he is an American and see what he/she sais. I bet you can ask any person who lives in another country in "south or north America" what their nationality is and I BET they don't call themselves American. Rediculous!

    May 10, 2010 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  105. lonestar57

    What I'm really laughing at (not) is how much of a lack of respect people have now days for OUR country. Maybe you should think about that.

    May 10, 2010 at 7:29 pm | Report abuse |
  106. JeffA

    Robert: Nothing says an image of the flag (printed on a t-shirt, for instance) is wrong. Wearing an actual flag is improper. (tying it on with a belt for instance).

    So I also don't agree with people who say they should never wear the shirts. Like poetry, the words are not relevant until they relate to the others to form a purpose. They had a purpose, misguided as it were, but they had something in mind. So they have the right to have done what they did, it doesn't mean they have taste, and shouldn't receive criticism, by Mr. Ebert, or anyone else, and forms of protest, in schools, is usually something which must be planned, and managed. Being intentionally inflammatory is not generally accepted in school, neither is drawing attention in some ways. Our school doesn't allow pink hair.

    May 10, 2010 at 7:25 pm | Report abuse |
  107. Harry


    You do realize that North America and America are actually two different things right? Because stating that Mexicans are residing in America has nothing to do with the fact that they are on the same continent.

    And for those saying the shirts were provacative, how can they be meant to insult Mexican students when this isn't even a national holiday in Mexico? It is recognized nationwide here in the US, not Mexico, and is NOT Mexico's Independence day, so Ebert comes off looking even more ignorant with his comparison.

    May 10, 2010 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
  108. Mars

    I'm not sure what the issue is with wearing an American flag t-shirt on cinco de mayo–I'd have to know more about the situation. Was it a deliberate plan to rile people up? Was it in a school with a large Mexican American population? Did the five students know each other? Until I know those facts, I can't weigh in.

    I'm assuming Ebert knew more about the situation that I do, but I think comparing it to the Fourth of July (Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico's Independence Day) and the communist symbol is disingenuous. Seriously. As a liberal, I don't see the issue of wearing a t-shirt with the American flag UNLESS it was an attempt to start something (which it might have been, like I said, my knowledge of the situation is limited). By the same token, if someone wanted to wear a hammer and sickle t-shirt on the Fourth of July then that's their prerogative–unless, again, it's part of a larger attempt to create an incident (and mistakenly wearing a communist t-shirt on the Fourth of July is a little harder to do than mistakenly wearing an American flag on Cinco de Mayo).

    Ebert is too glib with his knee jerk reactions to things he doesn't agree with. Some of his movie reviews make you role your eyes, they seem to have completely missed the point. I think this might have been another case of that, of Ebert missing the forest for the trees. But who am I to say? My knowledge of the situation is limited to this rather brief article.

    That said, the response to his comments are completely out of line. Making fun of the fact that he had cancer? That's low. Attack his comments if you will, but don't stoop to below the belt remarks about the man's health.

    There seems to be a rather tenuous tie between these comments and tea partiers. Were they self identified tea partiers, or by Ebert calling them "TeePee tweeters", are we just taking Ebert's word for it that these people who disagree with him are TPers?

    Look, I think the tea party is ridiculous. I'll be the first to call them on their ridiculous statements and, at times, out right offensive ideologies, but I think they do a good enough job of making themselves look bad without attributing everything minutely conservative to them. That makes us look ridiculous.

    So please, can we have a little bit of maturity and civility here please? Or is that impossible expectation?

    May 10, 2010 at 7:21 pm | Report abuse |
  109. Joe B.

    HOLD THE PRESSES EVERYONE!!! Dan P. and his liberal army are going to defend America against tea baggers!!!!!

    The day ANYONE is at fault for wearing an American Flag shirt while in America – whether they are trying to be controversial or not – is the day this country ceases to be America.

    Just a question for all of you critics of these kids: If you think what they did was tasteless, where the hell were you when stores owned by Mexicans were flying the Mexican flag over the American Flag? Or how about people burning our flag? Not a peep from most liberals. Now be careful – all I'm asking is where you were to say how tasteless it was on any of their parts. The Mexican flags were flying over the American Flag every day and you can see it all over the place. Burning our flag happens at protests all the time.

    One more reason why I'm neither a teabagger or a coffee cupper or a conservative or a liberal.

    Let's all try a little honesty, rationality, common sense and middle ground sometime...before all over you on the extreme left and right completely rip this country apart.

    May 10, 2010 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  110. John

    So if you wear a shirt with an American flag on Saint Patrick’s Day than that is offensive to people who had ancestors from Ireland?
    So if you wear a shirt with an American flag during an October fest celebration than you are offending people with German ancestry?
    Is wearing a flag during black history month is offensive to people who have ancestry from Africa?
    This is totally insane and it doesn’t surprise me the ones who agree with Roger Ebert are from states where the middle class is few and the races are generally separated by social-economic status such as California and New Jersey.
    Roger Ebert personifies the true ideology of the Democratic Party. He is nothing but a gated community liberal who can yap about tolerance from the safety of his segregated gated community. I hope this serves as a wake up call to all Americans about what the Democratic Party is really all about. As a person with influence Roger Ebert should really think about what he tweets. The person who tweeted back at him has no influence. Ebert is not a victim. He is only a victim of his own unhealthy life style which lead to the surgery.

    May 10, 2010 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  111. observer

    lonestar57 OR I should say idoit. Leave the stereotypes and the racism out of the discuss

    May 10, 2010 at 7:17 pm | Report abuse |
  112. Robert

    There is no law stating that the United States Flag is not to be worn as attire, but merely that it may be in poor taste due to the method of design. While it may have been in poor taste to wear the shirt to illicit a reaction, I find it hard to vote on the side of asking anyone in the United States to remove any representation of the U.S. flag from anywhere in these United States.
    Also, does anyone here have any information regarding these 5 kids wardrobe throughout the year? I'm just curious if this really is, in fact, the only day they've ever worn the U.S. flag stated so often since this event occurred. Please, let me know.

    May 10, 2010 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
  113. observer

    The thing is most likely the students didnt even know anything about cinco de mayo. They probably thought it would be funny to wear the shirts or maybe they just dont like hispanics or the idea of hispanics celebrating one of their holidays in america. Even though this was great stand for american rights or even a protest, cause there was nothing to protest their not trying to make it a national holiday.

    May 10, 2010 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  114. JeffA

    @ lonestar57 – really? You actually wrote that? LMAO!

    May 10, 2010 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
  115. JeffA

    @Jay – I understand your point, but take my comments in context please; childish people are best describes in their manner. The majority of disgusting comments are based on reprehensible social ineptness. Some of the comments on both sides are silly, but all this attack of Roger is disgusting, and the kids making an irrelevant statement is disgusting.

    And yes, my comments were attacking – some people need a reality check – others need it via osmosis.

    May 10, 2010 at 7:12 pm | Report abuse |
  116. Gloria

    The teabaggers are a bunch of ignorant, self-centered morons. Too bad they don't lose their voices with their brains.

    May 10, 2010 at 7:10 pm | Report abuse |
  117. lonestar57

    I wonder how many kids at that school ..dare I say Hispanic...are legally here?

    May 10, 2010 at 7:09 pm | Report abuse |
  118. Steve M.

    The way it's SUPPOSED to work is that people who want to celebrate Cinco de Mayo get to do so, and people who want to display the American flag get to do so, on the same day and in the same place. And here's a novel thought, how about celebrating Cinco de Mayo while displaying an American flag? Hispanic culture is a part of American culture.

    May 10, 2010 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  119. Tim

    Just a small point to people complaining that these people live in 'America' and not 'Mexico'..... You do realize that Mexico IS in North America right?

    May 10, 2010 at 7:07 pm | Report abuse |
  120. america_eating_itself

    this message board is nice representation of the internal conflict in america.

    while we argue here over semantics, nationalism, and personal political slants, the banks have still have our 700 billion dollars. oh wait... we should focus on mexico and not worry about the money stolen from us.

    ok. i suppose i should conform too. damn you other country that isn't america!

    May 10, 2010 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  121. JeffA

    oh by the way – freedom of expression includes Mr Ebert's ability to comment negatively about this situation – in case you all missed it, the very patriotism and expression you are defending, is the same defense you should be providing Mr. Ebert for expressing his opinions about this.

    Ooops – is your double-standard showing?

    May 10, 2010 at 7:02 pm | Report abuse |
  122. Jane

    I am disgusted with the people who mocked Ebert's cancer. It is not because I am a cancer survivor, which I am, but because the comments are vile.
    @uhclem Extreme Liberals have become the narrow-minded thought police in this country. Also, Tea Party supporters do not refer to themselves as tea-baggers, liberals such as those on MSNBC started it.
    @Christopher McCabe Obama has added to the growing incivility in political discourse by using the phrase tea-baggers.
    @Ed Shaw and others who have equated Tea Party members with Hitler. Hitler wanted to control all forms of expression and thought the government was the solution to all issues. That doesn't sound like what the Tea Party stands for, it sounds like far-left Liberals.

    May 10, 2010 at 7:01 pm | Report abuse |
  123. Jay

    Dolts, morons, insignificant dweebs? Jeff...again, Jeff. I'm extremely educated and find that your last post was in very poor taste and meant as an equal attack if not worse.

    See, you are already basing things on what you read without knowing the people behind the posts.

    Post back at your leisure but I'm educated to the point that I only make my point once (as far as responding to your last post).

    I do agree with you that many people and I added the 'many' word, need to grow up.

    Also the cancer attacks DO need to stop. That's not actually providing a base of conversation here.

    May 10, 2010 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  124. Wendy

    Ebert – You go ahead on with your bad self and open up that can of whoop-ass!!!! Being American means being tolerant and accepting of change and different cultures. Why don't we ask these kids where their ancestors came from and from which boat. Do we all forget where we come from already? Everyone in America comes from some other place. A place of persecution of faith and freedom. and color...and that's how we all got here in the first place. Lest we all forget what being an American meant to our Ancestors. Funny how our visions get changed in only a couple of hundred years. Ignorant kids.....

    They wore those shirt to be anti-hispanic, not anything else. For shame.

    May 10, 2010 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  125. Sara

    Would people still be offended if a group of Latinos wore their native countries flag to school on St Patrick's day? High school is no place for political protest and it is the principles job to maintain peace and a safe place for all students. These kids were just being jerks. You can't tell me they were just loving their country and they were just expressing their freedom of speech, more like abusing it and others in the process. Cultural discrimination should not be tolerated, especially in our schools.

    May 10, 2010 at 6:57 pm | Report abuse |
  126. msurandy

    What Mr. Ebert said was repulsive, and so were the comments regarding his cancer. Just goes to show that there are plenty of idiots on both sides.

    May 10, 2010 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
  127. allhaileris

    Who gives a fig for other countries' holidays? I couldn't begin to care that Mexicans kicked the French out 150 years ago. It's not even a federal holiday in Mexico.

    All Cinco de Mayo is here is an excuse to get plastered on mojitos, tequila poppers, and margaritas.

    Can I fly this country's flag on St. Patrick's Day? Columbus Day? Melting pot means melt. This isn't a freaking soup pot. Maybe I'll raise a glass to my Mexican friends on May 5'ths, but I'll do it in my American flag shirt if I want. If you don't like it, you can have a little meeting with my friends Smith and Wesson. They'll help you figure out just what you can do with your opinion.

    May 10, 2010 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  128. AppleBee

    observer – and what's wrong with that?
    Student protests have been a long standing essential RIGHT.

    May 10, 2010 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  129. chaz

    The flag should never be worn, look it up end of subject. Not even tea baggers are allowed to wear it believe it or not.

    May 10, 2010 at 6:54 pm | Report abuse |
  130. BobbyBricktown

    @American Celt - Your comparing wearing the American Flag during Cinco de Mayo to wearing Orange during St. Patrick's Day?!!!!!!! Are you INSANE! We may have had our fights with Mexico, but to compare that to what has and is going on in Northern Ireland is such a stretch as to be idiocy.

    I really want to know HOW is the US Flag inflammatory to Mexicans? Please, any Mexican let me know why your so angry with America that wearing a flag on and psudo-holiday makes you upset?

    May 10, 2010 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  131. observer

    Well the thing is they wore the shirts on cinco de mayo specificly to stand out and show how they disagree(this is more of a disrespect than disagreement for non-american traditions) with the day/holiday. It would of been different if they wore the shirts all year long and this was regular wardrobe for them but the five of them wearing it on the same day shows it not.

    May 10, 2010 at 6:53 pm | Report abuse |
  132. Robert

    Oh my gosh!!! I'm sorry if I missed anyone's comment regarding this item on here but I hope they weren't flying the United States Flag at the school on May 5th...or is that okay with those of you who are so grief stricken that the U.S. flag was displayed on Cinco de Corona? Just curious.

    May 10, 2010 at 6:51 pm | Report abuse |
  133. AppleBee

    I'm thinking that P.R. has been living under a rock.
    Those things do happen, every year in many places.
    Demonstrations are by their very nature provocative, but that's the point!
    What these kids was no more provocative than the million man march, or the anti-war gatherings, but they're EQUALLY protected and essential to our liberties.

    May 10, 2010 at 6:50 pm | Report abuse |
  134. JeffA

    Well, here we have it – lots of very stupid irrelevant, uneducated, idiots, making fools of themselves for all to see. Good Grief! – Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence Day... they celebrate their culture when they won ONE BATTLE, but were later defeated anyway – I'm not really sure what all the celebration is about, except for the few-against-many thing. Why the five kids thought it was reason to make a statement of patriotism is beyond me – the celebration has nothing to do with us anyway, other than.... oooops – oh yeah – some parts of the country have not been ours for forever..... and yes, I think... Mexicans were here first? Is that right historians?

    And I guarantee you 'patriots' that if you moved to Australia but were still patriotic, that you would in fact, still celebrate 4th of July.

    And what kind of baseless, morons call in cancer as an attack... what insignificant dweebs....

    If those kids made the concerted efforts to make some kind of anti-may 5th statement, they deserve the reprimand they have received, and are still due some kind of guidance on how not to be idiots.

    Attention Patriots – we took this country from others, and built it on freedom for all to come here, and celebrate anything they wish to celebrate, as long as it doesn't violate someone's rights. Oh the "shove it down our throats" thing is just silly. Really? Anyone forcing you to shoot tequila beyond your free will? Really?

    Grow up "Americans" (by the way, "Americans" includes Mexico, you dolts")

    And those of you who say "go back to Mexico to celebrate" – – – do you hear what you are saying? Perhaps you should go back to 2nd grade elementary school where your emotion and childish mentality belong.

    Thank you and have a pleasant tomorrow.

    May 10, 2010 at 6:49 pm | Report abuse |
  135. Aaron Brown

    Mocking Ebert's cancer is cruel, and irrelevant to the issue at hand. I doubt most posters would say such hurtful things to him in person. That does not change the fact that Ebert’s position is ridiculously wrong on this issue. It is completely illogical and inconsistent to be tolerant of the act of celebrating a non-American holiday at an American public high school and yet be intolerant of displaying the American flag, whether you think it to be provocative or not.

    May 10, 2010 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
  136. Three Dog Mama

    I'm not a Tea Party person, I'm not a Republican, I'm not a Democrat. What I am is an American. BUT I'm tired of everyone finding something wrong with whatever someone said. That is the beauty of our country – we can say what we want. I happen to agree with Mr. Ebert. It did appear that those 5 kids wore their shirts deliberately and knew exactly what they were doing. It seems as if our country wants to celebrate everyone else's holidays and the heck with our own. And the heck with all of us if we disagree with someone's comments. That is the beauty of living here – we can say what we want. When can people stop looking at labels and ACCEPT the person for who he/she is and what they do and LEAVE the skin color out of it.

    May 10, 2010 at 6:48 pm | Report abuse |
  137. Splintter

    Look we dont like in Mexico so who cares what day they wear there T-Shirt. If u wanna be all mexican and celebrate there independence day then GO there and celebrate w/ them.

    May 10, 2010 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  138. Dave

    Why is it acceptable to proclaim that "Tea Partiers" or the derisively used "Tea Baggers" all think the same way when stereotyping is supposedly so abhorrent to those who espouse such garbage? Of course it is much easier to hate people by labeling them first. Demonizing a group is so much more convenient than making the effort to understand a real person? Nothing is ever accomplished by building a wall around yourself and then lobbing insults at anybody you think might disagree with you. Apparently the view is better when to have ascended to the moral high group. Just so we are clear, shame on anyone for slamming Roger for courageously fighting back against a disease that anyone of could someday face. Disagree, don’t disrespect.

    May 10, 2010 at 6:47 pm | Report abuse |
  139. lonestar57 all you liberal, give the country away's no wonder America is in the state it's in now. I thank God that those boys have the gumption to defy you by showing their patriotism, because you don't.

    May 10, 2010 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  140. P.R.

    For those who can't see the difference between attacking cancer patient and this topic I have the following question:

    Imagine if during Christmas eve someone would walk the streets with a Star of David (Jewish symbol) or with any Muslim symbol (they have the right to do it!!!!) wouldn't you see it as a provocation? Regardless if I have cancer or not!!!

    Or imagine during any special Black day someone chooses to wear a confederate symbol (they have the right to do it!!!!!) would not you see it as a provocation? Even if I have cancer or not.

    Or during a pro-Gay demo you chose to wear a T-shirt with biblical references against gays (you have the right to wear it)? It would be offensive even if I had no cancer.

    May 10, 2010 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  141. Jay

    Dave, you hit it right on the head! :)

    May 10, 2010 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  142. George

    Amen 'jana' as well :)

    May 10, 2010 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  143. rlrwkc're a shining example if bleeding-heart write "poor little tea-baggers can't stand when people express their rights as an American Citizen" and then you attack these kids for expressing their opinion (which is what I guess you meant by expressing their rights in your dullard way)...

    May 10, 2010 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  144. Eric

    I can hardly wait until this war goes HOT!

    May 10, 2010 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
  145. Patrick Manley

    I like Roger Ebert and I do not condone rude remarks regarding his illness.

    Nevertheless, I disagree with him and do not appreciate equating a group of students promoting the American flag with communist Russia. The only actions that day that resemble a communist country were taken by the principal, not the students.

    The Mexican celebration is fine, but let's not forget that America comes first and these students have the right to celebrate our flag. There is no moral or legal obligation, nor should there be, to make the American flag subservient to another country.

    Cinco de Mayo is a celebration for those who wish to enjoy it. Nothing more. It is no different than St. Patrick's Day, for example. I am of Irish descent and celebrate this day. If the five students did this on St. Pat's Day, I would celebrate with them, for if the United States did not exist, there would be no reason to celebrate to begin with.

    Mr. Ebert, you are way off base here. I do hope you will rethink your position.

    May 10, 2010 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  146. CodeMonkee

    I wasn't aware that Cinco De Mayo was an official American holiday. I'm called a liberal by my more conservative friends, but I'm getting really tired of everything American being shameful. The only way this wasn't an anti-American, brown supremicist action will be if people wearing ANYTHING, such as the American flag, the Mexican flag, the British flag, etc on ANY known ethnic or religious celebration – heaven help the Mexican students who might wear a Mexican flag on the 4th of July, as there will be no alternative but to send them home.

    May 10, 2010 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  147. Dave

    To Spendlove: Your comment about "tea-baggers can't stand when people express their rights as an American Citizen" doesn't really make sense. In this case, wouldn't it be the students (presumably American citizens) who were denied the right of freedom of expression when they were banned from wearing shirts of their choosing? It would be hard to make a case for the U.S. flag being a racist or obscene symbol, or anything else that could justifiably be banned, when the flag flies in front of nearly every public building in the country.

    Come to think of it, aren't the "Tea Partiers" (who still don't seem to actually be relevant to the initial Twitter posts), simply exercising their right to freedom of expression? Ironic that for nearly eight years, people organized protests (occasionally violent ones) all over the country against Bush, the wars, etc, and were applauded by liberals and tolerated by conservatives. Now that the shoe is on the other foot, and conservatives are organizing protests, you seem to think this shouldn't be allowed. Interesting...

    May 10, 2010 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  148. jana

    May 10th, 2010 6:17 pm ET

    I am a military mom, very proud of my country and my children. I was the patriotic instructer at out VFW post. The Flag rules of regulations states when asked this question....Is it okay to have a flag t-shirt with words written on it?
    No, the flag should never be worn and no, the flag should never have marks or words written upon it. Section 8d (see below): "The flag should never be used as wearing apparel." Section 8g: "The flag should never have placed upon it, nor on any part of it, nor attached to it any mark, insignia, letter, word, figure, design, picture, or drawing of any nature."
    I think we have gone lax in our knowledge of our flag and how it is to be displayed. I thought this would add a different spin to the topic. And please, enough with the "cancer" attack, that is way out of line reguardless of how you feel.

    May 10, 2010 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  149. Cletus

    Sucks when a disease progresses to the point that it consumes your brain and none of your close friends or family has the guts to tell you so before you post crap like Ebert has done!

    May 10, 2010 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  150. AppleBee

    If Ebert feels it necessary to condemn these children for expressing their rights, then it should come as no surprise when he's condemned for expressing his.

    You cant applaud one without applauding the other by proxy.

    May 10, 2010 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  151. Louis Kuhelj

    It is the response to provocation that is usually violent, not the provocation itself and it is the result of incivility expressed in action that the response is packaged in. The sole reason for this incivility that has cropped in our youngsters, apart from immaturity of youth, is an inordinate focus on tolerance and away from civility. If we taught youngsters civil behavior(positive action) toward those they disagree with, instead of politically buying people into politically correct tolerance(negative action masquerading as inaction), maybe we would put a stop to all this nonsense and allow everyone to exercise their liberty of expression.

    May 10, 2010 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  152. George

    Amen Tony!!

    May 10, 2010 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  153. Rich H

    It's true that TP'ers love to talk about free speech, until you disagree with them. Then they tell you to shut your mouth. I know. Happens to me everyday on Facebook! :) As far as the students go, they weren't getting punished for wearing a flag shirt, they were getting punished because they wore those shirts to cause trouble. Try to remember what it was like to be a teenager. You did dumb stuff all the time. These kids just wanted to stir up trouble and they got sent home for it. They didn't get sent home for loving our country... despite what Fox "News" says.

    May 10, 2010 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  154. Brad

    Can't we all just get along?

    May 10, 2010 at 6:39 pm | Report abuse |
  155. Dan Harrigan

    I guess being provocative was only acceptable when it was code pink or some other left wing cause being the provcateurs.It's amazing how it's always the liberals who want to stifle other peoples speech like maz and his "teabagger" comment Like Harry "the soon to be Ex-congreesmen "Reid said What a loser!

    May 10, 2010 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  156. Tony

    These so-called patriots who advocate wearing a US flag as clothing, clearly know nothing about the US Flag Code which discourages using it as clothing.


    May 10, 2010 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  157. kevin

    You can't compare July 4th in America to May 5 in Mexico. MAY 5 ISNT THEIR INDEPENDENCE DAY. HALF OF MEXICO DOESN'T CELEBRATE THE "HOLIDAY".

    Maybe people should quit taking up for everything EXCEPT America. If America is so F'ing bad.... LEAVE.

    May 10, 2010 at 6:38 pm | Report abuse |
  158. RichO


    Cinco de Mayo is NOT Mexican Independence Day, (Sept. 16th is) so the comparison to the 4th of July is irrelevant. It is not nearly as widely celebrated in Mexico as it is in the states. Regardless of intention, no one in this country should ever be lambasted for flying our colors, even if the intent is malicious. If anything at all, people of Mexican heritage and Americans should be allowed to fly both colors at the same time with pride, with neither being an insult to anybody. The Mexican victory over the French prevented the South from being supplied for almost a year, which in turn helped the North win and put an end to the slavery of which the Mexicans could have fallen victim.

    Both sides should present their flags together is solidarity instead of this childish bickering.

    May 10, 2010 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  159. George

    Wearing the flag ehh? 'Patriots' get bent out of shape when the flag is not properly cared. What do you think happens when you wear it?? Does not take much of a stretch to figure this out.

    May 10, 2010 at 6:37 pm | Report abuse |
  160. Jay

    Voting in this country is by the majority. How come the minority (AND I AM NOT TALKING RACE but the smaller count of objections) always has the voice???

    May 10, 2010 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  161. ace

    QUICK Cinco De Mayo HISTORY LESSON: The war of the French occupation was from 1862-1867. France invaded Mexico and WON the war in 1862 and occupied and controlled all of Mexico, installing Maximilian emperor of Mexico. On May 5, 1862 the mexicans won a small battle in Puebla, Mexico, barely putting a dent in the French march to Mexico city, which was French controlled until 1867. Mexico left on its own would be a French colony to this day- but what happened? The USA and it's military decided to get involved and enforce the Monroe doctrine. They sent the army to the mexican border then they launched a naval blockade so France could not supply its troops. The USA pressured France out of Mexico! Without the USA (and its flag) Mexico would be a French colony today!
    HOW IS IT THEN DISRESPECTFUL TO WEAR THE US FLAG on cinco de mayo? Without the USA there would have been nothing to celebrate!

    May 10, 2010 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  162. Shaun

    It DISGUSTS me that these kids were sent home for wearing AMERICAN flag shirts in AMERICA. I dont care what day it was. This is America, if our children want to be patriotic, and wear the stars and stripes proudly then more power to them, and shame on the school system that sent them home.

    May 10, 2010 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  163. oompaloopma

    The Battle of Puebla was important for at least two reasons. First, although considerably outnumbered, the Mexicans defeated a much better-equipped French army. "This battle was significant in that the 4,000 Mexican soldiers were greatly outnumbered by the well-equipped French army of 8,000 that had not been defeated for almost 50 years."[20][21] Second, it was significant because since the Battle of Puebla no country in the Americas has been invaded by a European military force.

    May 10, 2010 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  164. billy5521

    This is really getting out of control. I dont know how many times I have to say this, but we have to look in the mirror FIRST. These kids should wear their American flag shirts, where they want, and when they want. Its America for crying out loud. HOWEVER, being that it is America, ANYONE should be able to wear what they want, when they want, where there want. It IS that simple. If the same kids wanted to wear a Mexican, or Russian, or Iranian shirt proclaiming their love of country, we would still have a story about it–which makes no sense whatsoever...

    If this is a free country, great. If it isn't, then lets stop acting like it is....

    May 10, 2010 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  165. AppleBee

    Deliberately provocative, eh?
    Sort of like viciously and publicly attacking 5 kids for wearing American flags on American soil?
    America is the ONLY country in the world that something like this could happen. How long do you think a self-loathing country can really last?

    May 10, 2010 at 6:32 pm | Report abuse |
  166. Spendlove

    Go Ebert.. poor little tea-baggers can't stand when people express their rights as an American Citizen. And btw I agree, better to send little punk ass kids home to their punk ass parents that teach behavior like that in the first place.

    You can take that to the Tea Party.. :P

    May 10, 2010 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  167. George

    Jude, do your research. It appears most people taking the handouts are from our own party...

    May 10, 2010 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  168. Jay


    When they were simply wearing the American flag. It's funny how sooooo many Mexican immigrants move to the U.S.A. and still wave their own flags around. I don't find much wrong with that but DON'T get TICKED WHEN WE WAVE OURS IN OUR OWN COUNTRY!!!!

    May 10, 2010 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  169. todd widick

    Roger should move to Mexico. 5 may isn't there independence day 5 of may was created to sell beer and food. Since when can't kids where american flag tee shirts on some other countrys made up holiday. I want my country back god bless the USA l love Arizona for what there doing and I pray that Texas, New Mexico and weak ass California follows suit. Were done all immigrations stops for the next 100 years Love the United States or leave please go and live somewhere else. God bless America!!!!!!!!!

    May 10, 2010 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  170. Jason

    Be proud americans!!@!!

    And SAY IT LOUD..


    CINCO DE MAYO , is the day mexicans and americans fought in order to defeat Napoleon III.

    Mexicans, you see, never forget who their friends are, and neither do Americans. That's why Cinco de Mayo is such a party - A party that celebrates freedom and liberty. There are two ideals which Mexicans and Americans have fought shoulder to shoulder to protect, ever since the 5th of May, 1862


    May 10, 2010 at 6:30 pm | Report abuse |
  171. nonesuch

    Some of them, like Pepi, can't even spell "immigration". Go grow a brain, get an education, and learn some manners. Then we'll talk.

    May 10, 2010 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  172. Kacee

    I find over the years, the problem with most Americans is, because they are imbued at an early age with such an enormous arrogance of supremacy over all other countries, they have a very dificult time taking criticism----they can't laugh at themselves.
    In other words 'because we are so much better than you, you should love us and if you don't, we hate you'.

    Now how childish is that?

    Maybe it's time to grow up.

    May 10, 2010 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  173. america_eating_itself

    divided by nationalism. brilliant. whether it's stars and stripes, sickle and hammer, or a kick ass bird eating a snake, they are simply pictures on cloth.

    was it east-asia or eurasia we're supposed to hate again? I've forgotten.

    May 10, 2010 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  174. Rubin Safaya

    Roger Ebert has done a fantastic job I couldn't have thought imaginable... In fewer than 140 characters, he has caused every racist idiot to crawl out of the woodworks and identify themselves so we know who they are.

    You don't think this is racism? Okay. Please tell me, how many white people protested the celebrations of Oktoberfest, lefse-eating contests or the number of car bumpers with Scandinavian flags on them in North Dakota last year?

    May 10, 2010 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  175. Jay

    I wonder if they (Mexican citizens) celebrate America's Independence day in Mexico?

    Really thought provoking....hmmmmmm....

    Also, why as Americans do WE have to tip toe around EVERYONE else's rights when simply

    May 10, 2010 at 6:28 pm | Report abuse |
  176. Jude

    I love how everyone blames the tea party. This country has been run amock by bleeding heart liberals who want to take from the hard working to give to the lazy. The tea party is not a mob it is simply a group of people sick of working to support lazy liberals!!!!!

    May 10, 2010 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  177. nonesuch

    The redneck jerks who ridiculed Ebert's terrible battle with cancer are nothing but ignorant hillbillies who don't deserve a minute's notice. Their points are lost in their ugly rhetoric and they're so damn stupid they probably can't figure out the meaning of the word "rhetoric".

    May 10, 2010 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  178. twitch66

    I am 99% certain that the 5 kids were probably racist hicks who were thought that by wearing american flags on 5/5 MIGHT somehow insult hispanics....

    BUT... if the school and everyone else would have ignored them... that would have been for the best, itwould have angered the hicks even more. I am sure, given enough time, that those kids would have said or done something that actually deserved punishment.

    you cannot allow them to wear american flag t-shirts every day of the year but one. Just as anyone can wear a shirt with the mexican flag on july 4th (and I hope that many do).

    May 10, 2010 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  179. oompaloopma

    Who cares, really as soon as these kids grow up and they are able to enjoy the half price margaritas and coronas they will no longer have any complaints. We still had to go to school and work, so I have a complaint I would like that day to become a national holiday, then you will have no one complaining, lol.

    May 10, 2010 at 6:26 pm | Report abuse |
  180. Mavent

    Apparently Ebert's brain fell out along with his jawbone. Perhaps he doesn't realize this, but America remains America every single day of the year. It doesn't magically become Mexico on May 5th. As for his statement about "Ugly being in the brain, not the face"... he has plenty in both.

    May 10, 2010 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  181. Mr. Pepi Lee Kenison

    Since when do I, or any other American, have to feel caution when expressing pride in our country. They did it on a day and at a time when the subject of imigration is very sensitive. We fine an American war veteran for flying a flag in his front yard. We send our children home for expression of national pride. The series "Lost" has a new and very real story line for "Lost 2". America...

    I welcome all good people who wish to share and bless this country with their culture. The true beauty and depth of color is in it's many layers. We, as Americans, are only asking that our culture and country be respected. Come and eat from my table, sleep under my roof and let me give you my jacket when you are cold. All I ask is that you would respectfully work towards being part of the fabric of this great nation rather than tearing it apart. Together we stand, and divided we are falling.

    May 10, 2010 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  182. Chuck

    This makes me sick. A hammer and sickle on July 4th? Seriously? There's just one problem with that, Roger. WE ARE IN AMERICA!!! We are not in the USSR! Are we, in America, obligated to celebrate another country's holiday while we forget about our own flag??? Give me a break! I think the world has gone insane!

    May 10, 2010 at 6:25 pm | Report abuse |
  183. Dave

    After reading the CNN story, and the posts on Gawker, I don't really see what this has to do with the "Tea Party". Nowhere in any of the reprinted comments do those people claim any affiliation with the "Tea Party". Seems Gawker created the Tea Party tie-in to demonize a group it disagrees with, no different from when some on the right-wing singled out the crazies at the anti-Bush demonstrations to attack all Democrats.

    While I agree their comments about his cancer were offensive, I also think Ebert's comparing the U.S. flag to the Soviet one was fairly classless. No one should ever have to apologize for displaying a U.S. flag in the U.S., on any occasion. If the students were picking fights or doing something else, that's different, but to send them home for wearing a symbol of their country is really beyond the pale.

    May 10, 2010 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  184. techman

    Nobody should be "punished" for displaying old glory. This is America after all. I can imagine that a kid in CA might feel a bit overwhelmed by all the illegals out there it's just a teenagers way of saying "we don't like this.".. Did anyone here ever do something to get a rise out of people, or to show support for something they believed in? It's no different than the people that protested the things they didn't like in the '60's and '70's.

    And shame on the school for suspending those kids, and thanks to the Mexican-American kids that walked out with them in support of the right to wear the American Flag to school.

    May 10, 2010 at 6:24 pm | Report abuse |
  185. Mike

    Ebert was wrong. It isn't equivalent. What he should have said was this was a sign of ignorant racism. That was the intent. Anyone who thinks this was patriotism is about as uneducated as the white trash students desecrating the flag of this nation by wearing it at a T-shirt..

    It has only been in the late 20th century that cheap US flag clothing, mostly made in Asia, has become popular with Americans too stupid to know that wearing the US flag on anything other than a uniform is a sign of disrespect.

    How far we have fallen.

    May 10, 2010 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  186. James

    Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican holiday, not an American holiday. We will sport the American flag no matter what day of the year it is. I can not believe these kids were sent home for wearing a tee shirt with the American flag on it. If you don't want to see or it bothers you that Americans wear the flag on their shirt on 05/ are in the wrong country my friend.

    May 10, 2010 at 6:23 pm | Report abuse |
  187. chela

    I am not at all against students wearing t-shirts with the American flag, however, it is quite obvious what the intent of the students was. The school was put in a very tough spot. The school either could have sent the students home and face a backlash from those who see this as a slight against America. Or they could have waited for some type of altercation to occur. Then, as public schools often are, they would have been criticized for not being able to keep their student under control.

    It is obvious that the comments making fun of Ebert's cancer are the last resort of those who are not intelligent enough to make a valid argument.

    May 10, 2010 at 6:21 pm | Report abuse |
  188. Highly Offended

    Firstly, Ebert... consider the source. NEXT! Secondly, Is it actually the mexicans that are offended by the American flag, or bleeding heart liberals? If it's the mexicans, there's a place on this earth that will welcome them back with open arms. Don't like it, GO HOME!! Get over it!!

    May 10, 2010 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  189. Zach

    It should never be wrong to display a US flag in the US. Learning about this story absolutely disgusts me.

    Since when do we hide our flag from anyone?? Never. I take no pity on those who are in our country that might find our flag offensive. If our country or our flag offends you, no one is forcing you to stay here. Go somewhere that is more to your liking.

    May 10, 2010 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  190. Eric in MI

    This is the problem that I have with the whole issue that happened in CA – These kids were in an American school, in an American city, in an American state of the United States. While I understand various ethnic festivals, (numerous German, Polish, Irish festivals are held in MI every year), the simple fact remains that these are American's participating in a heritage festival. As American your country comes first, not the country of your heritage.

    The people making the complaints against the students seem to fail to realize that while in the "old country", May 5th might be an important day, it is no more important in the US than is St. Patrick's day. Let's stop and think for a minute, if we were to celebrate an Independence Day or other significant national holiday from every country that is represented by the citizenry of the United States, when could we fly the US Flag, or wear a color combination of red, white and blue without offending someone else?

    Let's take this a step further...I lived in the south for a number of years so shouldn't my children and I then be allowed to wear a Rebel flag? Is it not a symbol of our past and heritage, be it good or bad? How about the fact that in WWII I had relatives who lived in German and fought on behalf of the Nazi's, should I then be allowed to proudly wear a swastika as a symbol of that heritage without reprisal? I wouldn't....but if we are going to go to these kind of extremes where do we set the boundaries? Should we set boundaries?

    I make no shame in saying that the school was completely out of place by reprimanding these students. While the students who are Mexican decent had the privilege of celebrating there heritage on school property, on school time and on the school's dime, the students who wore the red, white and blue most certain had a right to do so. And as far as I am concerned, rights trump privilege every time.

    May 10, 2010 at 6:20 pm | Report abuse |
  191. MikelB2010

    Go back where you came from Steve O! Or perhaps you'd like to buy u some property down south since you think so much of America.

    May 10, 2010 at 6:19 pm | Report abuse |
  192. MrRyan

    I like Roger Ebert and cancer is nothing I wish on anyone, some people... Just would not say I would see myself being upset at some one wearing a hammer and sickle t shirt on July 4th, thats the point we won are independence we are in our country, and so are the people wearing a hammer and sickle t-shirt not in Mexico or any were else they are in our country. Thing is you should be able to wear what ever flag on any god given day in America that you want! Even the american Flag, especially the American Flag any day of the week. It is as simple as that people... It should never be OK to tell anyone that wearing an American Flag T shirt is wrong.

    May 10, 2010 at 6:18 pm | Report abuse |
  193. jana

    I am a military mom, very proud of my country and my children. I was the patriotic instructer at out VFW post. The Flag rules of regulations states when asked this question....Is it okay to have a flag t-shirt with words written on it?
    No, the flag should never be worn and no, the flag should never have marks or words written upon it. Section 8d (see below): "The flag should never be used as wearing apparel." Section 8g: "The flag should never have placed upon it, nor on any part of it, nor attached to it any mark, insignia, letter, word, figure, design, picture, or drawing of any nature."
    I think we have gone lax in our knowledge of our flag and how it is to be displayed. I thought this would add a different spin to the topic.

    May 10, 2010 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
  194. Bob

    Why don't we have a reasonable, measured discussion in this forum? What is with all of the hating of liberals and Mexicans?

    May 10, 2010 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
  195. MikelB2010

    You shut up! That comment was directed at Steve O, he's a communist liberal!

    May 10, 2010 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
  196. A Canadian

    Roger Ebert is an intelligent man who spoke out about something he believes...and yet those who do not agree lash out about his looks, his many unintelligent, intolerant people voice their concerns in your country...In all honesty...I would not feel proud to be an American these days..because you do not allow your citizens freedom of speech, unless it coincides with what you believe...

    May 10, 2010 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
  197. humvees

    if only social networking sites weren't invented. same with texting and other non-personal forms of communication. if tea party members and roger ebert had this discussion face to face, neither would've said what they did

    May 10, 2010 at 6:17 pm | Report abuse |
  198. MikelB2010

    You shut up!

    May 10, 2010 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  199. DAN

    I think u can wear a T shirt with our FLAG ON IT ANYTIME ANYWHERE IN THE GREAT USA USA

    May 10, 2010 at 6:16 pm | Report abuse |
  200. america_eating_itself

    national self destruction is always entertaining. eat your own face America.

    May 10, 2010 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  201. John

    This is retarded....if some Latino were wearing a mexico flag to school or work or whatever on the 4th of July they'd be perfectly fine and nothing would be said, the double standard in this country now is appalling.

    May 10, 2010 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  202. Nyarlathotep

    Wear what thou wilt. As for Ebert, evidently it's the chemo talking.

    May 10, 2010 at 6:15 pm | Report abuse |
  203. Steve-o

    Yeah, tea-baggers. Scream and shout about the first amendment until someone says something you don't like. Then ridicule and mock them. How much lower can you go than making fun of someone who has fought and survived cancer? And why not just parent-up to borrow the phrase and admit that the kids wearing the flag T-shirts were doing it to be jerks and teach them a little cultural sensitivity? Let them think they can offend anyone they want whenever they want without consequences and you have – oh, tea-baggers.

    To all the fatheads saying Cinco de Mayo isn't an American holiday – then why is it that ON Cinco de Mayo all the bars are always crammed with drunken white kids from the 'burbs? Mexicans are home doing family things, holier-than-thou whities are out getting hammered. Now THAT'S American!

    May 10, 2010 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  204. David Gutierrez

    The fact that they wore it on Cinco De Mayo? Let me see here? The US is where they flock too have a better living. The US is where they go to get provide for their future kids. So on Cinco De Mayo it's bad to fly an American Flag on American soil on Cinco De Mayo and the 5 kids wanted to instigate something?

    Let's clear out the fact that 2 of the kids were of Mexican Heritage and know who their allegiance is too. Let's clear the fact that the other 200 Mexican students want to kill the other 5 kids.

    Let me tell you guys that I am of Mexican Decent and if I chose to wave the American FLAG on Cinco De Mayo it says, in my opinion, that I know my heritage but at the same time I know my allegiance is with the States that helped my parents and their parents to provide for me as such it's still providing for me with a job and helping support my life and my kids future life.

    What has Mexico done for those kids? Answer that? What? And if you say this was there land before it was ours. Mexico was a war with many Native Americans in the California area fighting and taking away the land. Mexico had the California land for 27 years until the US legally bought the land from them and Mexico never put a dime in bettering the state.

    May 10, 2010 at 6:14 pm | Report abuse |
  205. MikelB2010

    If your illegal, go home and celebrate. Good for you. If you're American of hispanic heritage, happy Cinco-de Mayo!

    But DON"T EVER tell an American they can't show they're pride on any day of the year on their own home land!!!

    May 10, 2010 at 6:13 pm | Report abuse |
  206. ace

    LITTLE HISTORY LESSON: Cinco de mayo is celebrated by Mexicans in the USA, not in Mexico. The war of the French occupation was from 1862-1867. France WON the war in 1862 and occupied and controlled all of Mexico, installing Maximilian emperor of Mexico. On May 5, 1862 the mexicans won a small battle in Puebla, Mexico, barely putting a dent in the French march to Mexico city, which was French controlled until 1867. Mexico left on its own would be a French colony to this day- but what happened? The USA and it's military decided to get involved and enforce the Monroe doctrine. They sent the army to the mexican border then they launched a naval blockade so France could not supply its troops. The USA pressured France out of Mexico! Without the USA (and its flag) Mexico would be a French colony today!
    HOW IS IT THEN DISRESPECTFUL TO WEAR THE US FLAG on cinco de mayo? Without the USA there would have been nothing to celebrate!

    May 10, 2010 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse |
  207. Mark in Toronto

    I agree that Ebert is overstepping his bounds as a movie critic, but show some respect, we don't mock people for suffering terminal illnesses. If you want to actually be better than those you criticize, you have to literally elevate yourself about this kind of crap.

    May 10, 2010 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  208. Nate

    @ all the absolute twits going on about how Tea Party supporters only support the First Amendment until it's something you agree with...

    How absurdly intellectually inept are you? Who's calling for him to be censored or jailed for his speach? Not a single soul. Then again, you all are sitting under the balls of Obama waiting for a little dribble to go your way while he's busy trying to shut the Tea Party movement up through any means possible.

    If you have a problem with a US flag being worn on ANY day...GTFO of the country. Seriously.

    May 10, 2010 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  209. MikelB2010

    If your illegal, go home and celebrate. Good for you. If you're American of hispanic heritage, happy Cinco-de Mayo!

    May 10, 2010 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  210. dwinone

    TO I LOVE SANDRA-I hope you never have cancer. You should never make fun of something like that. Get over yourself!!!!

    May 10, 2010 at 6:10 pm | Report abuse |
  211. Jefe

    WOW!!! Do TP's realize Bush and Repbulican Congress in 2005 made it and ack of gongress to up the cellibration of 5-5 to show support to the culture of Mexican/ Americans and GET THIER VOTE.

    May 10, 2010 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  212. MikelB2010

    Hispanics come to another country to celebrate the independence of the country they apparently don't think enough about to stay put in.

    If you're that proud of your country then what the hell are you doing celebrating it in another country. Grab your gear and head south! Celebrate how proud you are over there!

    I'm Mexican-American, I celebrate the Fourth of July. Mexico's never done a thing for me or my family.

    May 10, 2010 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  213. Alan Carmon

    5 De Mayo is the Mexican Independence Day. Americans like to celebrate this foreign holiday because it's fun and it's fraternal. Doing fun things is very American. Back in the days American were known for being cheerful and happy people all over the world. That's why we celebrate 5 De Mayo and Saint Patrick's day, because it shows how tolerant and open minded we can be. Xenophobes out there, stop being such party poopers and buzz killers and join the happy America. This is your chance to build one.

    May 10, 2010 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  214. Kelly

    I love Ebert and despise the tea baggers, most of whom I believe are indeed racist xenophobes. Still, I think Roger got this one wrong. This is the United States of America. Even if the kids wore the shirts to be provocative, which I'm certain they did, how do you get sent home in the United States for wearing a flag t-shirt? That's insane. The Mexican students were offended? Okay, weird, but duly noted. Now get back to class. That should have been the principal's response. If they had worn KKK hoods? Okay, suspended – no question. But it was a flag people, an American flag. How is that offensive? Well, unless you're al quaeda. But back to the Twitter war. Can't you disagree with someone without hoping they die of cancer? Well, I can. Apparently the tea baggers cannot.

    May 10, 2010 at 6:07 pm | Report abuse |
  215. George

    err smell :)

    May 10, 2010 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  216. dwinone

    All I can say is Americans can be so arrogant!

    May 10, 2010 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  217. Adam

    Telling someone to die of cancer... That sounds really familiar... Oh yeah! Sean Penn said he hopes all of his critics would die of rectal cancer. The ol' double standard strikes again.

    Now, I'm not saying that the guys attacking Ebert were right because wacky liberal Sean Penn said the same sort of thing. Far from it in fact. But anyone who says that all tea party people are like that are (probably) indoctrinated morons. And I think that those kids with the shirts were in the wrong too, though it does seem like people have forgotten that Cinco de Mayo is not an American holiday

    May 10, 2010 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  218. uberben

    While I rarely would miss a chance to champion an anti French holiday (Cinco de Mayo), I think as Americans, we have lost our sense. In the past, many Immigrant groups celebrated national or cultural holidays from their old country. However, they did so carrying American flags and doing so proudly. The difference is that many Mexicans want to celebrate a holiday as a Mexican living in America and not a Mexican-American, and that is what offends me (more than wearing a US flag shirt, which while intended to inflame, I understand).

    May 10, 2010 at 6:06 pm | Report abuse |
  219. George

    Me 'liberal?!?' ROTFL. When I see and small a goat, I call it a goat.

    May 10, 2010 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  220. hammerhead

    i am honestly gettin sick and phukin tired of reading about how the american flag is offensive. if you dont appreciate the country you live in move to pakistan and get caught standing next to a car bomb going off.

    i think its time i should start wearing shirts in public displaying the taliban flag so everyone can feel at peace for once.

    May 10, 2010 at 6:05 pm | Report abuse |
  221. MikelB2010

    We're being invaded, overtaken, at war with, call it what you want. Mexican's and organizations like La Raza, etc. are trying to take back what they lost. Check out their agenda for yourselves.

    And for what, so that they can turn California into the world's largest trash can?

    May 10, 2010 at 6:04 pm | Report abuse |
  222. purple politics

    Let's invite Mexican students to wear a Cinco de Mayo shirt on July 4th in Mexico and see if they get sent home from their school.

    May 10, 2010 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  223. Bob

    Although I do think that the students were trying to be somewhat provocative, I don't think that wearing the American flag on any day should be a punishable offense. The only time, in a school setting, a punishable offense would be defiantly wearing something clearly offensive or harassing someone.

    Although I don't a hundred percent agree with what Roger Ebert had said, I think that some of the hateful responses are examples of vengeful idiocy.

    May 10, 2010 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  224. Rob

    This appears to be an issue not of free speech or hate crimes or bashing Roger Ebert, but of brandishing our "American Rights" as a giant club, smashing any sense of reason or compassion that might get in the way.

    I can only speculate as the the intent of these 5 students, but I think we can all agree that a fair guess is to incite turmoil and infamy at school. The issue is not whether they should wear a flag shirt, but rather why would they want to? Unfortunately, many of our fellow Americans use crude, albeit legal, tactics to attempt to state their position. Reason is lost and no one becomes any better informed.

    Making fun of Roger Ebert is petty and unnecessary... If you (and your children by proxy) have a problem with someone else or your local government or the government at large, then educate yourselves on the issue. Don't attempt to incite hatred in others by passive-aggressively wearing a flag shirt.

    As Jeff Goldblum said best, "Yeah, but your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn't stop to think if they should." (Jurassic Park)

    You could wear any variety of t-shirt (as suggested above), but have you ever stopped to think if you should?

    May 10, 2010 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  225. Max

    May 10th, 2010 5:55 pm ET

    "Concerned and Conservative" It was the 'Tea Party' who first referred to themselves as "Tea Baggers..." Learn the timeline before posting stupid comments.

    Does it matter who first used the term. It's derogetory and it's continued use is no different than others using the "n" word.

    Please George (and other liberals) if you want to preach tolerance, then try and practice it as well.

    May 10, 2010 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  226. Nurse Lisa

    why are the students expected to be tolerant of Mexican student's feelings, but to not be afforded the same courtesy regarding their own national pride in AMERICA?! If our American freedom allows us to legally burn the flag, how could it not be alright to wear it?

    May 10, 2010 at 6:01 pm | Report abuse |
  227. MikelB2010

    Why would there be any confrontation with five students who wore American flags on their clothing? Seems that principal was more concerned with how the hispanics felt than what the americans felt.

    Since when is it illegal to wear the symbol of our nation anywhere or at anytime? Seems to me if anybody was going to cause trouble it would have been the hispanics. And why, because they didn't want americans to wear the american colors on their day?

    That principal and any other administrator involved with doing what was done to those kids should be fired!

    May 10, 2010 at 5:58 pm | Report abuse |
  228. Heinrich Estévez

    'Cinco de Maio', does anyone know what that is. I've never heard of it before this article. Now 'Día de los Muertos', now thats a day to celebrate.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:57 pm | Report abuse |
  229. Chris

    I wonder what flag was flying out side the school that day? hmmmm It is so very disrespectful to wear an American flag in America........ Now while I disagree with him, IT IS NEVER okay to attack a person for their believes. Just say you disagree you dont have to attack him for having cancer... And then he stoops to their level by mocking a whole group of people (the tea bag party) for what two people said. Wow. Real mature on both parts.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:56 pm | Report abuse |
  230. Its Deluxe Son, Deluxe

    Sure, those comments to Roger Ebert were classless and are indicative of the moronic and none thinking nature of the tea party. However, Ebert is a moron for even considering that a Citizen of the United States should not wear a shirt or any other article of clothing for that matter that prints the US Flag due to the fact that on this particular day some other country celebrates The Battle of Puebla.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  231. George

    "Concerned and Conservative" It was the 'Tea Party' who first referred to themselves as "Tea Baggers..." Learn the timeline before posting stupid comments.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:55 pm | Report abuse |
  232. Kevin

    What everyone seems to forget is that these were high school kids, high school kids who where trying to be obnoxious. More than likely they were not sent home just for wearing uniformed t-shirts. How much do you care to wager that they where insulting other students whilst wearing those t-shirts? As for the group that chose to comment on Mr. Ebert's Cancer in 'retaliation' for a simple OPINION, maybe you should be wearing some Iranian Flag Shirts...

    May 10, 2010 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  233. David

    I feel Ebert's comment was irrational and poorly thought out. However, deliberately wearing American flag shirts, while certainly within the students' First Amendment rights, as some sort of patriotic protest was equally idiotic. I don't understand what they are protesting: Cinco de Mayo is NOT, contrary to popular belief, Mexico's Independence Day. It celebrates a battle fought at the town of Puebla against French invaders in 1862. I can't imagine any reason that American students would "protest" this beyond old-fashioned ignorance and prejudice.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:54 pm | Report abuse |
  234. Brad

    I've read so many comments that say the boys should have been courteous and respected the rights and feelings of others?

    Since when is wearing a flag (EVEN ON MAY 5th) disrespectful? The flag stands for freedom and even represents one's right to celebrate a cultural holiday like Cinco De Mayo.

    I don't have a problem with Hispanic students taking pride in their culture. There's a lot of beautiful things that we can all learn from each other. But it seems that the administration has let develop there an undercurrent of racial tension.

    My gut feeling is that the boys were probably trying to be jerks.

    But it should never be wrong to wear an American Flag.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:52 pm | Report abuse |
  235. MikelB2010

    Mexicans come to another country to celebrate the independence of the country you apparently don't think enough about to stay put in.

    If you're that proud of your country then what the hell are you doing celebrating it in another country. Grab your gear and head south! Celebrate how proud you are over there!

    I'm Mexican-American, I celebrate the Fourth of July. And why is it Mexican's need two holiday's for the same thing. What's up with that?

    May 10, 2010 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  236. Pauly K.


    Totally agree. Lots of my ancestors died so that this country could expand west. Lots of Chinese along with them. Where are my reparations?

    May 10, 2010 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  237. Alcibiades

    Do any of the fools opposed to the five who wore the flag realize that two of the kids were themselves Hispanic?

    May 10, 2010 at 5:51 pm | Report abuse |
  238. Tom

    Dear Roger:

    Your analogy is flawed. It does not take into account the home country the kids were living in. They flew the colors of their home country. In order for your scenario to be an apples:apples comparison, you'd need to fly those students to Russia, and have them wear the Russian flag on the 4th of july, (The hammer and cicle died like a decade ago, time to read a paper every now and then) in order to draw a proper analogy. I guarantee you, it wouldn't be received with near the openness that the Mexican flag is greeted on Cinco de Mayo here in the US.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  239. Joe

    The kids tried to provoke, and they were sent home. No big deal. They got what they were looking for (and maybe their parents): attention.

    However, to tease someone about cancer and their jaw is pretty lame.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  240. D A B

    I live where this happened. Those students did it on purpose to make a point. They wanted to be provocative. The only reason they were asked to change or go home was due to the fact that the administration feared that there would be physical confrontations on the school campus and that they were concerned for the safety of the students. Plain and simple, the safety of the students. With the way the budgets are set, it would be difficult for a bunch of teachers and administrators to control a situation involving hundreds of students......

    May 10, 2010 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  241. Gary

    Seriously, this is a guy who made a living watching movies and giving his opinions. He wasn't a Nobel Peace prize winner, a renowned scientist, human rights activist who sacrificed all he had to get his point across. He watched movies. If you're taking his opinions seriously then you should step back and realize something. This is the guy we would watch to see how good Star Wars was, not someone you read to find out how right or wrong someone is.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  242. Concerned and Conservative

    Thesis: Use of the term "tea bagger" is hate speech. Talk amongst yourselves.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  243. Biff

    Let's not forget, that those who cannot do, criticize. Roger Ebert made a career offering absolutely nothing. This latest tweet is just more nothingness from someone with zero lifetime accomplishments.

    PS As an Irish-American I can tell you my ancestors went through a lot worse than working while not paying taxes, getting free child-care, and people wearing the American flag on their shirts. If you want to wear the flag on St. Patty's Day, be my guest.

    PPS For the liberals talking about how the Indians are the true owners of America, well they sold it. Try actually getting an education instead of parroting some other pseudo-intellectual. There's a reason why the poor and uneducated vote liberal, it's because they're too dumb to think and too dumb to get skilled jobs. How ironic that these useless dummies think of themselves as the enlightened...

    May 10, 2010 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  244. deepthot

    Since when has this guys comments made ANY difference except when it come to movie reviews. Even then most everyone knows to ignore them!

    May 10, 2010 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  245. MikelB2010

    You come to another country to celebrate the independence of the country you apparently don't think enough about to stay put in.

    If you're that proud of your country then what the hell are you doing celebrating it in another country. Grab your gear and head south! Celebrate how proud you are over there!

    I'm Mexican-American, I celebrate the Fourth of July. And why is it Mexican's need two holiday's for the same thing. What's up with that?

    May 10, 2010 at 5:48 pm | Report abuse |
  246. Brett

    Are we talking about a bunch of kids being jerks or are we talking about something else? This seems a bit overblown and over analyzed...

    Were these postings moderated? I think some of you may need therapy.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:47 pm | Report abuse |
  247. Southern

    I love how the USA is supposed to be "tolerant" of Hispanics and their flag, but we can't even be tolerant of our own DIXIE flag.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:46 pm | Report abuse |
  248. C


    You are so irrelevent...please just fade into the sunset and accept the fact that you will forever remain....two thumbs down!!

    May 10, 2010 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  249. Jimmy S

    You want free speech? Let’s see you acknowledge a man whose words make your blood boil, who’s standing center stage and advocating at the top of his lungs that which you would spend a lifetime opposing at the top of yours. Michael Douglas, The American President.–better said than me

    May 10, 2010 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  250. RW

    Ebert, you are an idiot as well as anti-American. How dare you compare the United States flag to the Russian symbol. Also, this is America, not Mexico. The death threats by Mexicans toward the students wearing the US flag just shows why most Americans (60% by CNN pole) really like Arizona's new law. Its time Mexicans realize this America, not an extension of Mexico. Legals and illegals all feel they have a God-given right to undeserved US benefits. Go to Mexico and see what kind of benefits the Mexican government offers you!!!

    May 10, 2010 at 5:45 pm | Report abuse |
  251. Max

    I just returned from AZ where Mexican protestors were stomping and burning the American flag and carrying signs promising the overthrow of America.

    Why are students, wearing t-shirts with American flags, assumed to be bigots, racists, etc. yet non-citizen protestors burning the flag and promising the overthrow of the US government are okee-dokee with the liberal left?

    May 10, 2010 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  252. MikelB2010

    Mexicans come to another country to celebrate the independence of the country they apparently don't think enough about to stay put in.

    If you're that proud of your country then what the hell are you doing celebrating it in another country. Grab your gear and head south! Celebrate how proud you are over there!

    I'm Mexican-American, I celebrate the Fourth of July. Mexico's never done a thing for me or my family.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  253. Chuck

    Honestly, how is this even tied to the TEA Party? A twitter name of TeePee? Really? I see no other connection, yet this moron has made a story out of that is enraged both left-wing and right-wing nut jobs.

    The facts are this: This is the United States of America. Cinco de Mayo is NOT an American holiday. It is an observance of a Mexican-American culture. It's celebrated here more than in Mexico, for goodness sake.

    There should never be a time, not one day or one minute, that I am not permitted to wear something that shows my allegiance and patriotism.

    I would permit Mexican-Americans to celebrate Cinco de Mayo, it in no way affects my personal life as an American... but the moment someone tells me to take off a flag shirt or whatever I might be wearing, for ANY reason, there will be hell to pay.

    Whether or not the boys did it to be provocative doesn't change what happened... they were discriminated against.

    If you can tell me what happened to the 200+ M-A students who WALKED OUT OF CLASS to protest this "injustice" at their local school central office, I'd really like to know. I've read dozens of articles telling that they walked out, but none that said they were punished for doing so.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:44 pm | Report abuse |
  254. Greg

    No Corey, just guilty of completely misunderstanding the issue. Good try though.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  255. For the Republic in which is stands

    Tolerance of countries invading our nations? Silly. I have been to other countries during American holidays and I never saw anyone there celebrating. It didn't make me angry and it didn't make me think they hated Americans. I think if people have a cultural holiday that they wish to enjoy more power to them; more power towards cultural acceptance. With that said, this is America and we should not be "creating" exceptions so others can have their countries Holiday. Do you really need a country to sanction your countries holiday to make you feel good? I don't care how many Latino's, Middle Eastern's, Asian's, etc there are in the United States of American if they are living here and what to live her they need to take the whole package; To be or not to be an American! Happy Cinco de Mayo (Mexico's Independence Day from Spain), that has nothing to do directly with American History, but we did benefit. Appreciate cultures and friendly parties, fight things that are negative and tyrannical. I wish people a Happy Yule and Kwanzaa they are not part of my up bring nor religion; yet they are festive and well intended. Grow up American and evolve; fight for what matters, let the mice and ants feast on the crumbs!

    May 10, 2010 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  256. Pauly K.

    Well said, Sean5294. Everyone should take a breath.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  257. jason

    The day you can't display our nation's flag on our nation's soil is a sad day indeed. I don't care what their motivation was, they live in America, and if they want to wear flags every day, what business does a civil servant have persecuting them for it? This over-the-top PC nonsense is going to ruin our country.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  258. joe

    attacking him for having had cancer is really low way to go. absolutely nullifies anything else you have to say. no so surprising that those who did so completely failed in bringing up any valid points as it was. this was not about the flag. it was about school safety. kids wanted to start trouble and it is the job of the schools administrators to stop that from happening. no one was punished for being patriotic. that's not what it was about in the least.

    one more point is that wearing an american flag on clothing is not considered proper treatment of the flag. especially since some of those worn in this case were advertisements for a company. if you truly love the flag you should support asking the kids to take off the flags no matter what day it is.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:42 pm | Report abuse |
  259. S

    "Will 5 kids wear Mexican Flag T-Shirts on July 4 ? If they did, would they be allowed a free pass? No, the Tea Party will go berserk and preach about how those kids are un-American and un-Patriotic."

    Um, have you ever SEEN neighborhoods populated primarily by Mexicans or Puerto Ricans or whatever–the flags are ALL OVER the place 365 days a year! Doesn't matter Memorial day or July 4th or whatever, they are devoted to their "home country" and not this one. Should Americans be removing flag decals from their cars on 5/5 or 3/17 or even Columbus day (a big Italian fest around here) because it might offend someone?

    You move to the US, you accept the flag, regardless of who you are and what day of the year it is!!

    May 10, 2010 at 5:41 pm | Report abuse |
  260. Pauly K.

    Isn't this the United States? The only reason that American's celebrate 5-5 is as an excuse to get drunk. If we can't fly the flag on 5-5, then St. Patty's day should be off limits too. It is offensive to my Irish heritage to have someone thrusting their uber-nationalism in my face while I am trying to tie one on.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  261. jbfletch

    Seems to me that everyone has exercised their right to free speech. The students (good for them), Mr. Ebert (good for him), the TeaPartiers ( Good for them).


    May 10, 2010 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  262. Scott

    Why is it that people don't get that Cinco de Mayo is not a Mexican holiday or even a celibration in Mexico. It is only celebrated in the U.S., it has nothing to do with Mexico's independence so to compare it with the 4th of July is crazy. Cinco de Mayo is about the Mexican Army defeating the French Army in Puebla and successfully keeping them from invading their country. Also, Mr. Ebert mentioned that the 5 kids wore matching shirts. This is not true, anyone who watched the news story would have known
    better. It is amazing to me that with the internet and all of it's available knowledge, people can still be so ignorant.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  263. sean5294

    it's just a damn shirt, who cares? it's not like it was a shirt of jesus raping muhammad while buddha was pouring sugar in their gas tank.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  264. Whathashappenedtothiscountry?

    @Moxin.... When did you get the deed to America. This is MY country as well! To imply that anyone (whether the kids, Ebert or other posters) who has an opinion that differs from yours should leave this country is absolutely ridiculous! When on earth did this country become so politically-, religiously- and patriotically-correct that one cannot express his or her own opinion without being accused of being anti-American? Have we all (on both sides of the political spetrum) become so entrenched in our own ideologies that we refuse to believe that anyone else can have an opinion that is different from our own but still equally valid? When have we, as a country, become afraid of ideas and discussing them civilly and honestly?

    May 10, 2010 at 5:40 pm | Report abuse |
  265. MadMarge

    Wow...all the hostility towards one another. We have forgotten that we all have the right to an opinion...even if its right or wrong. And when we don't like the opinion...we throw nasty speech at one another. I have never known this country in the "coming apart at the seems" like I see it now. When is the next civil war going to start? We can no longer be civil towards one another.

    Attention everyone...this country better figure out how to come together. While we fight among ourselves, the rest of the world is watching and laughing at the "Great Nation" tear ourselves apart. We are not watching whats happening around us because we are to busy fighting. We are in debt to China and they are kicking our backsides in business. If we continue on this path, we will talk about how the US was once the great nation...the good old days and how we screwed it up.

    Ugh...why do I bother? Everyone is too busy fighting anyways to pay any attention.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  266. mke4me

    What flag was on the flag pole in front of the school building that day?
    Who is Roger Ebert?

    May 10, 2010 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  267. Christopher Rogers

    There is only one problem with Mr. Ebert's comment. The Hammer and Sickle belong to a communist system. We live in the United States, and our flag belongs to us. Throw it away and stomp on it all you want Mr. Ebert. It is what allows you and others to criticize for a living.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  268. Corey

    I have my flag waving on the flagpole outside my house. And it was flying on the 5th of May. Am I guilty of harrassment?

    May 10, 2010 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  269. Heather

    To John: You are misinformed. First of all, an American flag is determined by how it looks, NOT what it's made of. The fact that "millions" of flags are printed on shirts and are being sold in department stores, does not make it right. Second, it wasn't just flag shirts, they also wore bandanas...clearly a flag replica. When the flag emblem is worn on the human body (as in a uniform for the military or government), it should be worn over the left breast closest to the heart.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  270. FYI1234

    I don't see the big deal, May 5th isn't a big deal. I don't see how any one "race" could be offended. Cinco de Mayo (English for: 5 of May) isn't even a holiday, it's just another day, do your Mexican research before you start preaching your "Political Views".

    May 10, 2010 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse |
  271. Bob Barker

    "Cinco de Mayo" Celebrates a battle the Mexicans won in a war they eventually lost. It just sounds cool more than anything, that's why drinking is involved.

    I think we should start a holiday commemorating the day we pushed the tyrant Santa Anna and his army out of the country. How do you think that would fly today?

    May 10, 2010 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  272. MikelB2010

    You come to another country to celebrate the independence of the country you apparently don't think enough about to stay put in.

    If you're that proud of your country then what the hell are you doing celebrating it in another country. Grab your gear and head south! Celebrate how proud you are over there!

    I'm Mexican-American, I celebrate the Fourth of July. Mexico's never done a thing for me or my family.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:37 pm | Report abuse |
  273. sean5294

    Tea Baggers, republicans, democrats....all idiots. they do nothing more than fight with each other for money and power. they care very little about the real problems.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  274. TheDude70

    Mike in NYC,

    Mike, man, did you read the rest of the entry?

    May 10, 2010 at 5:36 pm | Report abuse |
  275. Steven

    I wouldn't be offended at all by someone wearing a hammer and sickle on the Fourth of July especially since the USSR no longer exists and therefore is no longer our enemy. In fact I'd love to share a table with five people who wear shirts showing a picture of Muhammad on the Fourth of July. Now that would be more appropriate for the times. So these kids wore a shirt with the US flag, big deal. I see a lot of people in Arizona protesting by carrying the Mexican flag. Is that ok?

    May 10, 2010 at 5:34 pm | Report abuse |
  276. sean5294

    tweet this..

    May 10, 2010 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  277. MikelB2010

    How ironic, you come to another country to celebrate the independence of the country you apparently don't think enough about to stay put in.

    If you're that proud of your country then what the hell are you doing celebrating it in another country. Grab your gear and head south! Celebrate how proud you are over there!

    May 10, 2010 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  278. ollie

    How can CNN say tea party supporters made those comments. And even if if was, one idiots comments are not the sentiment of the whole bunch.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  279. Matthew A. Sawtell

    If anything, it looks like more than a few people, Mr. Ebert included, are at fault for (figuretively and/or literaturely) shooting off at the mouth, before reading all the subject matter at hand. I would advise that all here would consult the various links at Huffington, Drudge, Fark, etc. before coming out with an option.

    As for the subject at hand... you had a school admin that dropped the ball – as shown by the total lack support from the higher ups after the incident, period.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  280. shane

    For the few that are saying wearing the American flag on the 5th is trying to start something... You sound like a bunch of scared, little cowards!!! I don't know if you drive the same streets that I drive or even see what I see, but on a daily basis I see MEXICAN flags, shirts, bumper stickers, hats, jackets, car accessories etc. It's not the 5th of May every day, so are they trying to start something with us every day by waving that stupid Mexican paraphernalia around every day??? And before everyone starts labeling me as racist, let it be know that I am Mexican, My Wife is Mexican, My kids are Mexican, 75% of our friends are Mexican, but we do not live in Mexico, we were born and raised here, so we call ourselves American and proud to be so.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  281. chris

    The only appropriate place to fly the mexican flag is IN MEXICO! It is NEVER inappropriate to show your countries colors IN YOUR OWN DAMN COUNTRY!!!

    May 10, 2010 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  282. JGS

    Can you believe the school had the NERVE to fly an American flag on Cinco de Mayo! The hypocrites. Kicking kids out of school for proudly displaying the very same flag that they were flying. The flag of the country whose people pay for the salaries of all those teachers and administrators. If you want mexican flags on Cinco de Mayo at your local school you should ask Mexico to pay for 1/180th of the education (one day out of a standard 180-day contract at public schools in La Republica de California)

    May 10, 2010 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  283. Greg

    Can we please stop hearing comments about flying your flag? This has NOTHING to do with flying your flag. It's about five kids who tried to start something by wearing American flags on 5/5. No, the flag itself is not a symbol of hate , but how the kids used it for, could be considered so.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  284. Scott A

    You go Ebert, tell those bigots a thing or two. Even if these teenagers are just teenagers, they're heading towards a life of idiocy and prejudice that only the tea party / Sarah Palin supporters can embrace. Roger Ebert's just trying to save these kids from that kind of life. Someone's gotta teach them right from wrong. And those who wish for his death from cancer...shame on all of them. That shows just how evil they are.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  285. Sgoud

    This is a sad day in America when the flad cannot be worn for fear of starting an altercation. This country respects and honors Cinco de Mayo and people in this country have the right to not celebrate it if they choose not to. The freedom we have in this country gives its citizens the right to take pride in their own country on ANY day they choose to. For too many years Americans have been pressured into being politically correct for fear of offending others, and enough is enough.

    Those boys have every right to wear their flag with pride. Our soldiers are dying everyday, just as too many before them to give those boys the right. I support immigration when it is done legally and Just as
    President Theodore Roosevelt declared in a letter before he died in 1919.

    "In the first place we should insist that if the immigrant who
    comes here does in good faith become an American and assimilates
    himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with every one
    else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because
    of creed or birthplace or origin. But this is predicated upon the man’s
    becoming in very fact an American and nothing but an American.

    "If he tries to keep segregated with men of his own origin and
    separated from the rest of America, then he isn't doing his part as an

    "We have room for but one flag, the American flag, and this
    excludes the red flag which symbolizes all wars against liberty and
    civilization just as much as it excludes any foreign flag of a nation
    to which we are hostile. We have room for but one language here and
    that is the English language, for we intend to see that the crucible
    turns our people out as Americans, and American nationality, and not as
    dwellers in a polyglot boarding house; and we have room for but one
    soul loyalty, and that is loyalty to the American people."

    I have been and will always be loyal to the American people.

    SHAME on YOU Robert Ebert, and shame on ANY "American" that denies these boys their freedom.....

    May 10, 2010 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  286. Matt

    So who cares if they wear a shirt on Cinco de Mayo. Can we not be patriots everyday or just on some days. Ebert has a point and if those who believe in Mother Russia want to wear shirts on July 4th then so be it. The beautiful thing about this country is that we will fight for your rights if they're notwhat the majority believes in. Simple as that.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  287. Tara

    I am also baffled by the whole "St. Patrick's Day" remark. I wore a green Shamrock shirt that had the U.S. Flag in the middle of it this year. Are you kidding me, what with the large population of Irish Americans? How would that be offensive? St. Patrick’s Day deals with religion actually, not anything else—there are tons of Irish, Americans who practice what St. Patrick was preaching. That remark is ridiculous... Cinco De Mayo... was fending off the French for land rights... two different things. People are just looking for problems… this is why you can no longer Celebrate anything anymore…because people are just looking for a problem. Many of these comments are uneducated ramblings’ from people who want to cause problems.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  288. nickc1969

    So many people here are so impressed with themselves for knowing that CdM is not Mexico's independence day, and yet some ignorantly associate anti-illegal protesters with the Tea Party. The Tea Party movement is about limited government, fiscal responsibility, and free markets, so you geniuses educate yourselves first, and then take your statist slurs to a more appropriate forum.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:28 pm | Report abuse |
  289. Lloyd from CA

    I suppose the demonstraters who on 5/5 at Montabello Hgh School in CA. who disrespected our countrys flag by placing it under their Mexican flag and upside down at that. They faced no discipline at all, what the h*** are we letting these people get away with, last time I looked it was USA, when I represented our country by serving in another part of the world I at least took the time to learn their language, I personaly did not want to look like another a**hole who thought everyone should learn english...Don't expect us to learn another language just to show tolerance, it's my country if you don't want to learn then leave...

    May 10, 2010 at 5:26 pm | Report abuse |
  290. George from NJ

    Does anyone care that it's a blatant violation of the United States Flag Code and, as such, can be construed as flag desecration?

    May 10, 2010 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  291. Max

    In southern California a student was expelled for a similar incident. Up until the day of his expulsion, the Mexican flag had been prominently display above the US flag in his classroom. He simply changed the order of the flags so the US flag was correctly displayed above all others.

    Apparently his action was seen racially insensitive and he was punished.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  292. ghead

    I am an American, 1/4 native (Catawba), the rest is a mix of German, English, Welsh, God knows what else. I am a true American, some of my ancestors were there to meet the rest when they came ashore. Those that came later were required to become Americans, take lessons in our history and government, and learn to speak our language. They were not forced to give up their heritage but to interweave it into their new country and become Americans. This is what made us the great country we were and are. If you come here to find a new life you are welcome, if you come here to supplant our way of life with your old way of life, go home. This is AMERICA, not north Mexico, or east, west or south anywhere else. If you come here to become an American you are welcome, if you come here to change America to a new version of what you left, go back home to your country and change it to match what you need. We like what we have.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  293. amy

    His example doesn't even make sense. Cinco de Mayo is not an American holiday. July 4 is. So anyone coming into THIS country on a holiday for THIS country wearing a hammer and sickle would be considered provocative – and yet their speech would still be protected. The only way wearing an American flag on Cinco de Mayo is provocative is if you go to Mexico to do it.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  294. Ben

    Sounds like a lot of the people posting comments on this story are missing the historical facts about why we, as AMERICANS, celebrate Cinco De Mayo just as much as the Mexicans do. Do your homework, people, and that includes you Mr. Ebert!

    May 10, 2010 at 5:24 pm | Report abuse |
  295. Adrian

    So much ado about nothing. Poor kids. Ebert you were a bully and totally out of line. The losers who brought up his cancer and aftereffects, you suck at life. Being a TP'er or not has zero to do with this, of course.

    Total nonsensical overreaction by school administrators. I just checked Wiki (ya ya I know), but apparenlty Cinco do mayo is about celebrating a Mexican victory over French forces in 1862. Which some say had a trickledown effect of hindering France's ongoing support of the Confederacy during the Civil War, perhaps even helping the Union to defeat them sooner rather then later.

    So ummm......wouldn't wearing a US flag on that day be a way of saying, "Thank you Mexico, for helping us maintain and solidify the United States as a whole country"? Since it wasn't US vs Mexico I just can't see this as a putdown of Mexican culture in any way shape or form. It was an event between armies of two totally different countries. Sheesh.

    The whole issue is just assinine. Ebert needs to stick to what he's good at (I do generally appreciate his reviews).

    May 10, 2010 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  296. D2

    It is beyond me how we as Americans continue to attack ourselves when it comes to foreigners. The criticizm should have gone the OTHER way. Be PROUD to wear American colors any day any time.

    The wetback Mexicans who celebrate Cinco de whatever have no clue as to what it is about! Not even a holiday in Mexico for Christ sake!

    Stop bowing down to the buttwipes from south of the border who want to take full advantage of the freebies here in the USA, but still want to "express our culture"!. Fine, express it in MEXICO, not MY country.
    Ship them all back to Mexico City where they can get a knife in their back anytime of the day. (But bring a limited amount over to here in chains every picking season........tee hee!)

    May 10, 2010 at 5:23 pm | Report abuse |
  297. Corey

    Since when is May 5th a holiday in America

    May 10, 2010 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  298. AmericanDan

    I think that everybody should be proud of their country. That means wearing the Mexican flag on cinco de mayo, and an American flag on July 4th–or any other time one wants to express pride in one's culture and country. I do think, though, that the American flag t-shirts worn on that day were a method of insulting Mexican American people. So I disagree with their motives. Also, we should remember that everybody everywhere is proud of their heritage and culture; being patriotic to America shouldn't mean that we think of everyone else as inferior.

    So I guess I'm saying this: Respect.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  299. Jake Y

    It is sad that what 5 teenagers wear to school can provoke so much hate on both sides of this argument. The fact that this is a news story is just embarrassing. Any person who feels strongly about this debate is strung way too tight and has been brainwashed by the "right" or the "left" into fearing and hating the other side. Take a step back and you will realize how absurd this is.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  300. dave

    JoBlow ect....
    he said something he gets stupid reactions..what do you expect?

    lets just focus on......what he said....its just stupid...

    May 10, 2010 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  301. Bill

    ebert, stick to movies dmubsas.
    We all know your a bleeding heart liberal.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  302. John

    The point isn't that 5 kids wore a t-shirt with an American flag. The point is that 5 kids deliberately wore the t-shirts on the biggest celebration of the year for Hispanic Americans. Their point was not to show their own patriotism, but to be anti-Hispanic.

    They took a symbol of pride to most Americans and used it as a weapon to be disrespectful of Hispanics-Americans. THAT'S the point.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  303. MikeTR

    Personally, I think that the kids should be allowed to wear whatever they like, whether in protest or not.

    To everyone that has posted on CNN that thinks that Cinco De Mayo is the Mexican Day of Independence, read a history book. The day of Mexican independence is ACTUALLY September 16th. On May 5th 1862, a Mexican army of 4000 defeated a French army of 8000 at the Battle of Puebla. Its a significant day but NOT THE MEXICAN DAY OF INDEPENDENCE. For all those that use the word Teabaggers to refer to the Tea Party, you completely invalidate your point and reveal your immaturity and inability to discuss a topic like an adult.

    Anyway, the holiday is not even celebrated throughout Mexico, only in the state of Puebla. HEY CNN, HERES SOME NEWS : AMERICANS ONLY USE CINCO DE MAYO AS AN EXCUSE TO DRINK CORONAS AND TEQUILA, MUCH LIKE ST. PATRICK'S DAY. Now you can do an investigative report into why all your co-workers were hungover this past Thursday. Everyone can get off there pedestal now. Life is too short to be bothered by this non-event.

    Thank you,


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  304. Jim

    Everyone should be allowed to demonstrate as they see fit, as long as no one gets physically hurt, that includes responses to the demonstrations and the responses to those responses! This is still America folks, deal with it!

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  305. GVG


    How can people really not see it's not about being pro US. It's about not being an ass about it. We all know deep down they had the shirts on to show how much they hate people who are not like them. I think it's a shame that the stars and stripes get twisted into a symbol of hate, intolerance, ignorance, and disrespect.

    It's our right as Americans to be critical, but not hateful. The Tea Party is becoming a mob that thinks we can just turn back the clock to the wild-west days. This isn't the 1800s!

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  306. mike teabagger

    look i am sorry i have to even begin to post this or even think this way but it has come a point in society where all hope seems to have been lost......i understand we should all be kind and courteous but at what point do we start to punish kids for simply wanting to make a statement at what point do we start brain washing our children into believing that it is only propper to speak up when others want to hear it and at what point to we teach these kids that if you are direspectful even in the slightiest to someone then you are the criminal cause i really don't want either of my boys to ever learn that maybe we should discuss with them why they did it what point they wanted to make and what exactly motivated them and then show them how they should be doing it rather then just telling them they are dissrespectful little ***** and then throwing a bunch of mud on far as i am concerned what they did might have been in poor taste but someone like ebert with the fame and clout shouldn't have even begun to compare them they way he did maybe he could have pointed out that this country was founded on dissagrements and arguments and if we just take away childrens voices rather than teach them to use it eventually americans will be silent and we all know that is what the government wants so it can contiue its 40 year streak of cramming everything and anything down our throtes and calling it "for our own good" personally i say good for the teens they are learning and i hope over the next 10-15 years they learn to refine their polittical tactics

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  307. Max

    I guess I'd be more concerned as to why the hispanic assistant principal is so offended by the American flag. If he insists he sent the students home for their own safety, I'd be even more concerned over the mental health of the students that would resort to violence because the t-shirt hurt their feelings.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:19 pm | Report abuse |
  308. L

    The last thing that I am is some Tea bagger! But the last time I checked Cinco de Mayo is NOT a U.S holiday And if someone wants to wear an American Flag T shirt on that day or ANY day more power to them.
    As much as Ebert sounds like an idiot we have been distracted by the REAL issuse here. The High School that these kids went to are the ones who sent them home. THE SCHOOL SENT THEM HOME. Would they be offeneded if someone wore an American Flag T shirt on St.Patricks Day? I understand if they wore something offensive, lewd, or inappropiate but it was a US Flag. So either the kids were doing a lot more than we have been told or the school board and principal has a lot explaining to do.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  309. Billybob


    PALIN 2012

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  310. kevin

    Leaving all insults aside, I support these kids who wore the American flag. Whether or not they did it to incite an incident (which common sense says they did), a lot of people are simply tired of seeing people from other countries come to the United States, take part in our culture and benefits, then wave their own flag. This is not Mexico, it is the United States. It is a great place specifically BECAUSE it is the United States. Furthermore, immigrants come here specifically because it is BETTER then Mexico.

    Everyone can maintain pride in their culture. But you don't have to do it by insulting the United States of America, which is what I believe all the huge groups of Mexican's and Americans who are from Mexico are doing by waving the Mexican flag and not the one that now belongs to them.

    I say that it is the Mexican flag wavers who are agitating the issue.


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  311. Billybob


    USA USA USA!!!!

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  312. Tim

    Such venom, such hate..Tea Baggers, you are a disgrace to this country and your 15 minutes of fame are fleeting. So, puff out your chest and spew your nonsense, cooler heads will prevail!!!

    May 10, 2010 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  313. Max

    I'm amazed at the number of liberals here that propose to know the motive behind these kids wearing the shirts. Maybe, much like the hispanic students, they simply wanted to wear their country's flag as a display of pride.

    Ultra liberals like Ebbert love to play the victim. Liberals have done it for decades and has served them well. Speak to anybody on welfare, in prison or in a labor union and you'll find nothing but die hard, card carrying Democrats. It's not an opinion, it's a fact. Social leaches loves the Democratic agenda.

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  315. John

    To Becca:
    The flag code prohibits an actual flag being used as apparel, not flag-based imagery. There are literally millions of American flag-themed t-shirts in thousands of department stores nationwide and none of them are in violation of any law.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  316. Jeff Hupp

    The new America: people hiding behind email to say nasty or inaccurate things to each other. Real proud of ya!

    May 10, 2010 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  317. RPV

    If Cinco DeMayo were just a celebration of culture, I would have no problem with it being celebrated here in America; no more or less so than St. Patrick's Day, or Black History Month, etc. But it appears the fact that is lost on many of you, is that it is the celebration of Mexico's victory over French forces, and not a celebration of culture, or diversity, or and of the other current and politically-correct celebrations. As a vet, I praise those kids for wearing those shirts, and reminding their fellow students that they are living in country where many men and women fought and died to assure the rest of us, the freedom to express ourselves, without fear of oppression and retribution. A fact that many of us seemed to have forgotton or overlooked.

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  318. Moxin

    Excuse me, but this is the United States of America! I'll be damned if anyone is going to tell me (or my kids) that they can't be patriotic on ANY day of the year. To those of you who think it's offensive...then get out of MY country.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
  319. JoBlow

    Let's just call it what it is, a subtle form of racism. I don't have a problem with people being patriotic, but when you do it as a slap in the face to another ethnic or racial group, that's exactly what it is. If they wore patriotic attire throughout the year maybe they would get a pass. However, hiding behind the American flag for one day, that just happens to be Mexican independence day, is cowardly. Not to mention the fact that I'm embarrassed, as an American, to be lumped in with these asses.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  320. Tara

    I really don't see the correlation between celebration of Cinco De Mayo and these kids. Firstly, they are random shirts—not one of them the same; it doesn't look like they just ran out and bought them for some calculated protest. I see a dozen shirt like that at the school that I teach at. In addition, Cinco De Mayo fought the French; the day commemorates the victory of the Mexican militia over the French army at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. I don't see those boys even knowing who Cinco De Mayo is, let alone when his day is celebrated or for why it is.

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  322. James

    These students were making a statement. it wasn't a statement of tolerance or of love, but it was still their right to make it. Ebert spoke out about it. That was his right. The Tee Partiers spoke out about him speaking out about the students. That was their right. Since everyone did something that was within their rights, what's the problem here? if we're going to talk about tolerance, then we have to tolerate the intolerant as well, or become the worst of beasts; the hypocrite. Either that, or maybe everyone should just shut the hell up.

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  323. JES

    It's time for all Americans to stand up for their rights and the hell with trying to be politically correct.

    Since when do we have to apologize for just being an American.

    If it wasn't for people like me (Viet Nam VET) and all the other VETs before and after me you might not have the right to say what you want and speak and read english. My question is why don't we have one flag, one language and one country everyother country in the world does.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  324. Seth

    LOL, I love when ignorant teabaggers throw out words like "effete" against liberals. First of all, I doubt most of them even know what it means. Secondly, it reveals the closeted nature of the typical conservative. Keep coming up with those "creative" insults you witty individuals you!

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  325. Vulture

    Last I check the US flag isn't a hate symbol, and if Mexicans take offense to it then they need to do some soul searching and decide which side of the border they belong. If they think they can stay here and refuse to assimilate then we have an invasion at hand. It doesn't help that the Mexican government is trying to undermine our nation's sovereign rights every day through nationalist propaganda aimed at legitimizing the unlawful civil invasion of the US.

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  326. Tim W.

    MY FLAG waves 24/7/365...and it was flying on 5/5 ! You don't like it then come try to take it down ! No one should be forced to be UN-AMERICAN on any say you can't fly the AMERICAN FLAG on some other countries holiday is BS ! This is AMERICA, here you can celebrate Hitlers birthday or Cinco de Mayo or what ever you wish.....just don't tell me I cant be AMERICAN on that day !

    May 10, 2010 at 5:12 pm | Report abuse |
  327. cathy

    May 65 is not a national holiday in US. End of story. Our freedom to as Americans is slowing slipping away.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  328. Carl

    It is so tiring to hear right wingers and tea party types act like they know what Liberty, Freedom, and Patriotism are all about when everything they do flies in the face of it. Basically all I hear from the right is "either you believe exactly what we believe or you hate America". That is about as un-American and fascist as it gets.

    Wearing the American flag can be patriotic, but anyone who thinks the intent of wearing it in this context is not racist and xenophobic is fooling themselves. Cinco de Mayo and wearing the colors of the Mexican flag on that day is not in conflict with being a proud and patriotic American.

    Funny how you don't see supposed "proud patriotic Americans" getting upset about St. Patrick's Day the way the do about Cinco De Mayo.

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  329. Billybob



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  330. Cambob

    I am Canadian. You freaks better not try to wear American flags on July 1. We demand that you conceal your wretched American symbols on Canada's National day of Liberation! In fact, you should all be drinking maple syrup on July 1 or else we will whine and cry about how intolerant you damn yankees are.. Trust me, stupidity knows no borders!

    May 10, 2010 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  331. sean5294

    Why do we have these "holidays" to begin with? why does everyone in this country think they are special?We have so many different versions of "Americans" that is sickening. Mexican American, African American Irish American, Hispanic American and the list just goes on. If you legally immigrate to this country than you are an American and nothing more. you are not special, You do not deserve more than others. Everyone knows why the kids wore the shirts. They did it because they wanted to start something. But you know what, they have that right to were that shirt. If they get the crap kicked out of them then so be it. I would never immigrate to a foreign country and expect everyone to observe my "holidays" that is just arrogant.

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  332. erik

    so how about you people really actaully look at the truth.....the truth is cinco de mayo is NOT EVEN CLOSE

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  333. jim

    Ebert is so full of $hlt his eyes are turning brown! He used to be of some value, but even his movie reviews haven't been worth a damn since he became a basket case!

    May 10, 2010 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  334. David

    I thought all these illegal aliens were supposed to love America and want to be American. If not, buy them a bus ticket to the border and kick them over the line. As for Ebert, just another misguided liberal who lost his brains to the cancer of PC.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  335. david

    Every one of you whiny liberal hypocrites who's calling this provocative would be on the other side of this argument if the kids had been forced to remove Mexican (or Canadian) flag t-shirts because it was July 4, Memorial Day or Veteran's Day.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  336. Rose

    How is wearing US colors provocative?

    I'm still trying to figure out what's offensive about the American flag.

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  337. Billybob



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  338. Jude

    We live in the USA, not Mexico, if you wanna celebrate your country you should be able to do it no matter what day of the year it is.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
  339. Max

    In SD, Native American students wear a popular t-shirt picturing a native warriror, standing over a dead cavalry soldier, holding his freshly cut scalp. The t-shirt states "Native Pride" and or "The Original Homeland Security". As offensive as these shirts are, the liberal faculty at these schools allow them to be worn, however, late last month, several white students were expelled for wearing t-shirts with a peace symbol above the words "white Pride".

    Double standards such as these only inflame racial tensions and ultra liberals like Ebbert are all too willing to perpetuate them.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  340. John

    In the process, the school denied the 5 their freedom of speech and demonstration by sending them home. Sure, their gesture could be seen as offensive to Mexican-Americans, but it isn't racist. Cinco de Mayo is more or less the equivalent Memorial Day or Labor Day – an observed party day. I've seen several Cinco celebrations and had a great time at each. It's fun!! Let a Mexican kid wear a Mexican flag shirt on July 4th, or a Russian kid or British kid. Talk to them and learn something that you wouldn't have otherwise. That's kinda why we have these celebrations, isn't it?

    May 10, 2010 at 5:08 pm | Report abuse |
  341. rosa

    These were High School students expressing their political beliefs.
    What is hard for many adults is that these young men have beliefs and were expressing them. A latino administrator "felt" that these beliefs would cause others to arise in anger and cause a riot. In any good school we are always asking the students to think and express themselves. Looks like that is all well until the administration does not agree with them. For those who are not familiar with this story read up on it and maybe you will realize that some of the students were upset at the very pro – mexican/anti american speeches made at prior years 5-5 rallies.
    Also, California has for over 300 years had spanish last names in their history. So when you see a spanish last name this may belong to someone whose families have lived here for centuries and do not see themselves as anything but American.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  342. Mountaineer

    So when St. Patrick's day roles around... no flag shirts other than Ireland? Where do we draw the line?

    May 10, 2010 at 5:07 pm | Report abuse |
  343. ooby

    ad hominem, the failure in logic is displayed daily by the sheeple masses who wouldn't understand gravity if a comet landed on their face

    it's sad that you can't display your own countries flag in your own country without being branded a terrorist

    good luck with your revolution america, you'll need it

    May 10, 2010 at 5:06 pm | Report abuse |
  344. Heather

    This was NOT a group of patriots. This was a group of spoiled kids looking for a fight who USED a national symbol as a weapon, plain and simple. Maybe they should spend a little extra time in history class reading up on the sacrifices made that helped create that symbol that they waive around so lightly. Or maybe brush up on the Flag Code, which specifically prohibits the flag being used as apparel.

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  345. Becca

    The flag should NEVER be worn on or as clothes. As if using the flag as a weapon to intimidate and hurt others isn't bad enough, these kids showed a blatant disrespect for the flag of the United States.

    They weren't showing love for their country or patriotism, they were only showing intolerance and hatred for others. They have also managed to show their ignorance of the US Flag Code as well, which is definitely not patriotic in my opinion.

    Anyone who claims to truly love this country and can't take 10 minutes to learn the proper respectful way to display it is all talk and show. Those of us who have real pride in our country, bother to respect the flag as was intended; and object, as Ebert did, to it being used as a tool of intimidation.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
  346. Vulture

    Wow, really?

    It is not in bad taste to display the US flag within the US at anytime. Cinco De Mayo is a Mexican holiday not a US one, and regardless US flags should never have to come down on US soil to appease those who refuse to assimilate . Sure people are free to express there 1st Amendment rights for the most part , but that doesn't mean to violate another's be forcing them to remove the US Flag! So did this High school remove the US flag all over the school on Cinco De Mayo too? Shame that these people take offense to the flag of the very country they live in!

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  347. cpt. obvious


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  348. andy

    cinco de mayo isnt the mexican independence day. its an anniversary of a battle where mexican troops defeated a much larger french force, in a war the mexicans eventually lost. the holiday isnt even celebrated in mexico, other than the city where the battle actually took place. the only place cinco de mayo is widely recognized is in the usa. and unfortunately for people who would love to label these kids racist provocateurs, two of them are part mexican.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:04 pm | Report abuse |

    Where does it say anywhere in the rude reply to Ebert anything about the Tea Party? It amazes me how now whenever anyone maligns anyone on the left or a minority they automatically become a member of the Tea Party. Why don't all you liberals come up with something real to complain about your opposition instead of making up stories like kindergarteners.

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  350. Billybob


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  352. Mary

    Wow. He is insane. Maybe his mental health is declining?

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  353. victor

    The Left, and Roger Ebert, have proven that their beliefs are the result of intellectual abdication: That young men wearing patriotic shirts are "provacative and must be expelled", yet the unconscionable Westboro Baptist Church "must be allowed to desecrate soldiers' funerals".
    No intellectual consistency is present between the two opinions, and actually, neither opinion qualifies as an intellectual excercise since they both are reactions, without much thought.

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  354. Billybob


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  355. wpm5

    I dont see any reason why anyone cant wear what they want on any day, are those boys trying to start something or state something probably buts its there right.

    Do people have to be so harsh and mean to ebert, absolutly not, but thats just people hiding behind there computers.

    May 10, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  356. George

    It makes no difference if the kids did it to be "provacative". That's the whole point. Why would the Mexicans take offense to the flag of THE COUNTRY THEY ARE IN? It completely exposes the culture and upbringing these Mexican kids are subject to from their first and second generation parents. Mexicans have one thing on their mind; reclaiming the southwest states back into Mexico. The apology given by the Superintendent of that school was a disgrace. He refused to acknowledge that the "incendiary" environment was caused by the misguided mindset of the Mexican students.

    And Ebert just exposed himself for the goof he is. How do you even compare this incident to that of wearing a Soviet Union flag on the 4th? That's a foreign flag. The only proper example to use would be to go to Mexico, celebrate the 4th of July, and then get mad at anybody showing support for Mexico. Yeah, good luck with that.

    The white people in this country better start reading the demographic predictions because there are some troubling ideas out there about where we are heading. Do we really want to let the combined minorities claim majority status in this country? Think of the potential danger that represents for votes.

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  357. MartyinLA

    Take it down a notch everyone – its just a tweet! Although the 5 kids sure sound like the typical in your face bullies that we all had to deal with in school, that latter went on to become irrelevant trailer trash. The 5 kids have the equivalent of 1 brain between them.

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  358. acylate

    Uhhh....Independence day in Mexico is Sept 16. Cinco de mayo started in America for probably earnest reasons in 1967. Like any holiday, corporate America (tequila makers and Mexican restaurants in this case) commercializes it to make money. Donning old glory on 5th sounds more like a protest then patriotism. Well within anyone's definition of freedom of speech.

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  359. jimbo

    . Lets hope the Mexicans don't decide to wear Mexican flags on their T-shirts on 4th of July to protest all the Americans (many illegal) living in their country.

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  360. R Lance Goodell

    Well Roger, I have been an admirer of yours for many years. However , in this case, I think you have crossed the line between voicing your opinion and attacking peoples freedom of expression. Not that I totally disagree with you but , in this case , it is the tone in which you speak , that makes your msg so hard to hear!

    Your loyal fans and followers have not always agreed with you but they still loved and respected you, . . .don't we all deserve the same?

    Respectfully , Lance Goodell

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  361. Martin in NO

    To Loren in SF: If anybody had their first ammendment rights trampled on in this episode, it was the kids who wore the American flag t-shirts. And whether they did it to "be provocative" as Ebert claims is irrelevant. Many political protests are provocative. That doesn't give the school administration the right to take away the students first ammendment rights. And if a Mexican holiday is so sacrosanct to these hispanic students that the mere sight of an american flag on that holiday offends them, then they are living in the wrong country. Perhaps they should go live in Mexico.

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  362. JR Vette

    Ebert's statement about the hammer and sickle would apply if these students wore US Flag shirts in a school in Mexico. Cinco de Mayo is a Mexican Holiday, not an American one. We live in the USA, not Mexico. You are either a (1) US citizen (2) legal immigrant seeking citizenship (3) a legal visitor (4) an illegal immigrant. If an American Flag offends anybody in category 1, 2 or 3, then they need to leave our country with those in category 4. USA, Love it or Leave it!

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  363. chuck sherman

    Seeing as how most of the comments have been directed towards Party politics, or nationalism and patriotism, I think that I can boil my addition down to tolerance. Tolerance is often spoken of, considered, and implemented as a one way method in workplaces, schools, and generally the structure of American life. My only observation here is that tolerance should not always be reactionary and immediately in favor of the recipient of a supposed slight. While yes, I do not doubt that the 5 students were looking for a reaction, what they did merited just as much tolerance from the school administration as the target of their antagonization recieved. This is probably not the best example but the reactionary measures taken by many administrations in order to save public face, even if the measures are unjust or beyond reasonable reciprocation for the initial action.

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  364. C Masson

    I agree with Ebert. It seems everybody needs to scream and yell and get in your face with their beliefs. I'm delighted those five kids feel so patriotic. But they don't need to go out of their way to flaunt it on 5/5. How would they feel if five Hispanics showed up on Fourth of July wearing t-shirts depicting the Alamo (where the Mexican army killed everyone)? How about we all just calm down? And as for the side comments about Ebert's cancer? Beneath comment.

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  365. bob

    Cino de Mayo IS an American holiday, to say its a Mexican holiday proves how stupid you are. So you dumb rednecks know Cino de Mayo is celebrated in the U.S.A. and the Mexican state of Puebla only. The real date for Mexican Independence is September 15. Der Der Der they took our jobs.

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  366. tw

    This is the United States, not Mexico. The idea that the US flag should not be displayed because some of those who are now in the country identify more with their former countries than with the US is patently absurd. Many of us realize that the liberals hate the US, its traditions and its history and would prefer to wipe out or ignore any differences between that history and tradition and the fuzzy multi-culturalism of no core beliefs the liberals promote. We won't let you do that. We will remove the Obamacrats from office in November, and the apologist-in-chief in 2012, and restore pride in this country, and its history, traditions and ideals, even if it offends those who snuck in in the dead of night.

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  367. KevinM

    I don't believe we have a dress code for any holidays in this country. Most of us are tolerant of the intolerance of others as long as the intolerance doesn't involve acts of cruelty or violence. I am just as tolerant of the liberal remarks of Ebert as I am of the flag wearing students. Everybody wants to evoke strong emotions about foolishness. Why not direct our anger toward the real violent intolerance of the Taliban and the muslim extremist. Let's stop trying to stifle the freedoms within our country and start promoting freedom in the world again.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Report abuse |
  368. Tired of Bickering

    Wow! I guess its true that opinions are like $%#holes, everyone has one and they are neither right or wrong. People need to get over all of the us vs. them. It old and tiring. Let them speak their mind and get over it. If you truly love our freedoms in this country, state your mind without posting negative responses to someone else's idealogy.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  369. ross

    YO, this is NOT mexico. this the United States Of America, you want to celebrate Mexico, GO BACK. if its so dam great why are you here ??

    May 10, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Report abuse |
  370. Timothy Pollard

    So, what flag was flying on the flag pole that day outside the front of the school? It was the flag of the United States of America.

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  371. Sixoh

    Huh. What a shame, I always thought he was a pretty kool dude. Evidently, he's an America-hater like the rest.

    As a Conservative, it did strike me that these guys were being a little in-your-face with the flag thing. But who cares? After all, it IS America and NO ONE is to be told by ANYone not to wear the American colors.

    It should have been seen as an annoyance and nothing more. If these hispanics want to show pride, show AMERICAN pride.

    If you're down to be brown – GO HOME and be brown. And stop wasting that "machismo" on the ladies, grow a pair, and get your country back.

    I hate to beat on this some more, but Cinco De Mayo is for selling BEER! LOL Not a holiday. Not a source of pride. Dare I say it's as false a holiday as Kwanzaa?

    May 10, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  372. Proud to be an American ANY DAY!!

    If you don't like America or OUR FLAG – Leave while it's still a free country! No one is keeping anyone here unless you're in prison!

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  373. Fake-Holiday

    This is absolutely ridiculous. The Mexicans don't even understand they are celebrating a tiny battle in Mexico's history.

    If they want to really be PATRIOTS to MEXICO, then why not celebrate Mexico's Independece day of September the 16th and not just the glorified commercial opportunity America created. HAHAHA.. or rather.. JA JA JA, the joke is on you.

    Btw, Cinco De Mayo was not even celebrated until it was commercialized back in the 1940's as a marketing opportunity for Coporations in America.

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  374. Paul

    Cindo de Mayo is not the Mexican Independence Day so stop using that for a comparative analysis with July 4th. Also, 5/5 is not heavily celebrated in Mexico. It is an American celebration of Mexican culture.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  375. waitress

    It looks like we are going to go into a civil war over so many things these days. Doesn't anyone believe in "live and let live" anymore? Why do we need to wear tshirts with the american flag (in america) on the mexican new year?? Like really?? And if this stuff continues (because there is so much more going on besides this incident) who is going to fight?? Certainly not the teenagers in America...way too many losers who wouldn't lift a finger unless it worked out in their favor!!

    May 10, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  376. Lola

    Wearing the American flag is not provacative any day of the year. We all live here and should love our flag. As for Cinco de Mayo, it is not Mexican Independence Day (which is Sept. 16th) and it is not widely celebrated in Mexico. If anything, the kids who painted their faces with Mexican flags were being provacative. Can I paint my face with a Peruvian flag on 5-5? My family didn't come from Mexico & I resent being lumped into that...La RAZA garbage.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  377. gary

    Of course, they wore the flag clothing to provoke Mexican-Americans who were celebrating Cinco de Mayo. I wonder if they're do the same think on St. Patrick's Day to let the Irish-Americans know that there are "real" Americans and then there are those who are loyal to Ireland?

    I'm for free speech, so I have no objections as long as these students don't get upset when Mexican-American's have a Mexican flag on their clothing on Cinco de Mayo or when Irish-Americans have an Irish flag on their clothing on St. Patrick's Day. Free speech is free speech and no one should question another person's loyalty or patriotism because they are proud of their ancestry.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  378. Clay Black

    Looks like MIchael Moore has a new buddy, maybe they should make a movie together.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  379. Phyllis N.

    We Mexicans will take over your country while you argue among yourselves. LOL!

    May 10, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  380. reddy33

    Ebert should stick to talking about films, and he isn't very good at that either. I wish people like this would either shut up or leave the country.....for good, since they find so much fault with it.
    People who live in this country and get all the benefits should support it, I don't care what country they came from, or what color they are.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  381. Frank

    I think the kids with the American flag, were just trying to incite controversy. If you are going to make an insensitive gesture then don't bat your eyebrows sheepishly when someone calls you on it. Not sure how differently the Cinco de Mayo celebrations are in CA as opposed to GA (where I live), but outside of some TV commercials I didn't see that much going on. My point is the teens were obviously lashing out, but what is the source of the anger? Were they that threatened because Mexicans were celebrating an important holiday to them?

    If you think about it, many of our holidays are an attempt to reach out to a subset of the population (St. Patrick's Day as an example). This is akin to white kids showing up to their school wearing the Confederate Flag on the first day of Black History Month. Everyone, including them understands the symbolism of the gesture. Dunno if they should be suspended over it, but they wanted controversy and they got it.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  382. A View From Your Northern Neighbour

    Ebert has a point. And if you don' see it, you may have just proven that there alot more problems with the country that used to represent the land of the free and opportunity.

    P.S.: If you don't know who your northern neighbour is, you are likely an individual that is OK with the behaviour these students exhibited AND you are likely a Tea-Party member.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  383. Aquarius

    I have never really liked the man. Ebert is the movie industry's equivalent of a used car salesman always pushing Hollywood trash to beef up box office take. He's part of the rotten studio system and has no real criticisms of anything all the rubbish made in tinsel-town is great to him. As for his comments on the t-shirt topic he's a jerk. Too bad he still has half of jaw left. How come his 'kind' never sees a unemployment line like other ordinary Americans do?

    May 10, 2010 at 4:54 pm | Report abuse |
  384. Scott

    As an former Marine who served in Afghanistan, I can't imagine ANY day of the year that someone should be denied the right to wear the flag of the USA on their clothing. Furthermore, the last time I checked Mexico, or any other country for that matter, wasn't funding the public education system in the US. As for Mr. Ebert, I am a little shocked that someone such as himself would say something so naive. Perhaps, he is under a great deal of "stress".

    May 10, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  385. Kelly G

    I really don't get the original problem. Cinco De Mayo is celebrated in Mexico about as much as Columbus Day is in the USA. It is NOT equivalent to our July 4th holiday. If any of that matters, of course. The kids were wearing an American Flag shirt, in America. Nobody should have said a thing. It was a complete non-story until the people in charge made something of it. It's still a freedom of speech issue anyway....

    May 10, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  386. MC

    Shame on pretty much everyone in this scenario. The kids if they were trying to be provocative. The hispanic kids who were actually provoked by someone wearing an American Flag. The school for being so stupid. The media for making too much out of nothing. And the people who felt they could get their point across by taking shots at Ebert... how small.

    I say, Wear the flag of your nation proudly if you are proud. My dad flies the Canadian flag and the American flag on flag day. I wear the Irish flag on Saint Pats.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  387. Gerry Benson

    I am on the right of most of the Tea-Party crowd but I think the comments regarding Mr. Ebert are way out of line. I do agree that the intent of the young men wearing the Stars-and-Stripes tee-shirts was meant to be provocative but it was not obscene or racial. If the display was causing a violent response among the remaining student body then the teachers needed to intervene. But 5/5 is a celebration of Mexico's independence from France not from the U.S. I support Mexican pride but not at the expense of American pride. If we can't wear U.S. colors on the independence day celebrations of the countries repesented by our ethnicities we would be limited to wearing red-white-and-blue only on July 7th.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  388. K Smith

    This is insane. The principle of the school who sent these kids home for wearing the american flag should be put on leave w/o pay. We are in America and should be able to show pride and respect to the American flag on any day of the week. Please tell a soldier or his familiy who has died or lost a limb to protect the American flag that it's wrong to honor it at anytime or at any place when on American soil. When on this soil, you have 2 flags that fly. Your state flag and most importantly your american flag. If you are here and still have support or allegiance to the other national flag then go back there, you are not welcome.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  389. azrich98

    I will take a wild guess and say what is really driving the celebration of Cinco de Mayo in the good ole USA is not Mexicans, or liberals, or this or that, or Roger Ebert, or The Tea Party, or clueless Sarah Palin and her wonderful world of dinosaurs. What is really driving the celebration of Cinco de Mayo in this country are REVENUES!!!! This is the United States of Money Making ladies and gentlemen. Any chance to make a buck, and we are on it!! Pesos, Euros, Dollar bills, we loves our money.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  390. Mike T

    We wear green on St. Pats Day. Let's be gracious and welcome Hispanics as well. Won't hurt to recognize them on 5-5. If some students feel insecure on 5-5 and need to wear the flag that is OK – not everyone is inclusive – they may need some sensitivity training. Lets do onto others as we would want them to do onto us.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  391. Rob M

    Roger Ebert. movie critic maybe he should stick to what he does best watch stinking movies his opinion is as relevant as anyones I guess but since he is a "celebrity" people think it is more just like the rest of Hollywood that takes themselves so seriously. I want his job certainly does not take much in qualifications.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  392. Jaki

    Cinco de mayo is a commemorative holiday. It is a celebration of Mexican heritage NOT Mexico's Independane Day. It's no different then celebrating African or Polish heritage. You live in America and regardless of your heritage you should be honoring the display of the flag and what it represents because many men have died for it to give us all the freedom we having living in America. If you find it offensive then go live somewhere else. Last time I checked this was still America and not Africa, Poland or Mexico.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  393. Mark

    @AL – Ebert's comments are in no way patriotic. They in fact speak AGAINST freedom of speech. As another poster pointed out, 5/5 is not even a material holiday IN to suggest that we in the USA need to avoid wearing flags to respect another country's holiday (and in this case an insignificant one), isn't just anti American and anti freedom of speech, its just plain ignorant. Did Obama refrain from wearing a flag pin, or flying an American Flag at the white house? What's flags on Bastille Day? How about we not celebrate 4th of July, in case it offends England?

    It appears Ebert is falling prey to what plagues many others on the web – typing without thinking. Or, perhaps worse, floating ideas such as this out there to generate a "buzz" about himself – trying to get attention to replace the recognition he used to have. He can always just say "I said it to generate discussion." If so, then he really is just sad.

    BTW – I don't defend the idiotic posters making fun of cancer either, but that's a no-brainer.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  394. JeffG

    Look at all you people, not one of you knows what these kids were thinking or doing!! They never got to explain, they were sent home without having their point listened to or responded to.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  395. ElvisPresley

    My uncle and my grandfather are in the ground as a result of fighting for the American flag during WWII and Vietnam. The American flag flies everyday including 5/5 and should not be disrespected by Mexican cartel supporters who are proud of their decaying country.

    If they love Mexico so much, they can feel free to head back there at anytime.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  396. Art

    This is why I stopped following him on twitter. Too much liberal politics and not enough film tweets.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  397. LJ

    omg...let's all just drink a margarita and be happy.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  398. Tijeffe

    Cinco de Maio, as I know it, is not an hispanic holiday. It is solely Mexican.
    It marks the day that the Mexican common folks beat back the invading French forces for the first time and won the day. They were subsequently defeated by the French who installed Maximillian as the ruler of Mexico. He was eventually executed after he lost all support from France.
    I think the rigid school rulers make too big a deal out of any kind of personal expression among the students. If they had ignored the shirts, there would have been no incident. They are too quick to punish, and too slow to use this as a teaching tool instead of a senseless confrontation.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  399. Tony

    Are we surprised that some ignorant people made ignorant comments? Really? I vehemently disagree with Ebert though. Comparing that to wearing the old Soviet colors on the 4th is a poor analogy. So far as I know, we never almost launched a nuclear hell storm based on decades of tension with Mexico. It's the same kind of sensationalist over dramatization that you see in the news all too often. Don't even tell me you think a kid would be sent home for wearing a Mexican flag shirt on the 4th of July. Would never happen. So it shouldn't happen this time either.

    @Sean S- You are partially correct. The colors or an image of the flag on a shirt is fine. What you can't do is wear a flag as clothing or convert an old flag into clothing. But almost no one knows flag etiquette rules these days.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  400. Moonbeam

    @Sean S: I believe you are correct in flag etiquette. In the 60's, those students would have been in trouble at school for disrespecting the flag by wearing it as clothing. It is not even supposed to be left hanging in an unlit area after dark, much less worn as a T-shirt by a group of scraggly teenagers who are not so much expressing freedom of speech as they are instigating unrest and potentially endangering themselves and other students.

    The school could have been sued had it not taken such steps to defuse a volatile situation. And they were not punished - just asked to turn their shirts inside out. They were sent home only after they refused.

    I also have to wonder why they just had to wear it on Cinco de Mayo and not on St. Patrick's Day or any other day. I believe they would be very offended if a small group of students made a point of wearing the Mexican Flag or British Flag on the 4th of July, because it would obviously be for the same reason: to instigate unrest.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  401. J in LA

    You know freedom of speech goes to all... tragically the stupid are usually the ones who use it most.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  402. Hope A. Dope

    Wow, I guess freedom of speech only counts for the pro-illegal immigration, anti-war crowd. Remember kids: tee shirts with explicit or vulgar expressions- good; tee shirts with american flags- bad.

    This country is going down the toilet. Wake up America.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  403. marvin Rhodes

    Being a patriot isn't about expressing support for anything. It's about serving this nation. The five kids wearing the Old Gory tee shirts haven't done anything and neither have most of you verbose bums who claim to be patriots. I served four years in the Marine Corps and went to war for this country. Most of you sniveling Republinazi bums don't even drive American made automobiles. Shut up!

    May 10, 2010 at 4:46 pm | Report abuse |
  404. Sean

    Another interesting perspective on this whole thing; Cinco de Mayo is a USA holiday.

    But ya those kids threatening the ones that wore the flag tshirts would have an entirely different perspective if they spent a week in Mexico.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  405. Ray S.

    Roger and the boys are both wrong. The boys were probably trying to see what they could drum up, and were probably not just doing it for patriotism. They should have been punished for what they did, if this is true. First amendment, maybe. But being a boy that age once myself, I figure they were seeing how far they could push it.

    Roger made a bad call about the hammer and sickle tee shirts on the fourth of July.

    The hammer and sickle comment would be appropriate if citizens of the old Russia were wearing hammer and sickle Tees so that the millions of Americans invading the old "Russia" in search for work could see them on their special day.

    Oops... Americans didn't do that did they? Hmmm... Sounds like the hammer and sickle comment was totally inappropriate!

    Lets remember two things:

    1. Not ALL Mexicans in America are here illegally.

    2. The are millions of illegal Mexicans here in America. Every single one of these Illegal Mexicans broke US laws in order to be here. Every one of them continues to break US laws in order to stay here. Many US citizens are breaking US laws helping to keep them here.

    All people should be treated with respect because they are people. But that does not mean that illegal Mexicans, or anyone else here in America illegally should be allowed to stay. Americans should be very respectful when sending them back to the country where they ARE citizens.

    These illegal Mexicans are NOT citizens of America. They ALL jumped in front of LEGAL Mexicans trying to come to America LEGALLY.

    America is being overrun by illegal aliens, and many of them are Mexican citizens. For some reason the US government keeps turning a blind eye to the problem. Some states are trying their best to fix the problem just to be thwarted by people that think these illegals somehow should be treated as US citizens.

    Illegals are not and should not be granted or assume any of the privileges of US citizens in this country. If they want those privileges, let them earn them like so many of the precious immigrants coming to America legally are doing.

    As for the cancer statement... Totally inappropriate!

    Roger, I love you as a person and I'm glad you have recovered, but I disagree with your politics. Keep reviewing movies.

    God Bless America! God Bless The World! And... God Bless You!


    May 10, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  406. Brandy

    @ Colorado May 10th, 2010 10:21 am ET – It is NOT Hispanic. Spain and Mexico are not the same country. Hispanics are Spanish. Mexicans are NOT Hispanic. Ask a real Mexican to explain this to you. I'm not Mexican but my Mexican friends HATE being call Hispanic and wear shirts proudly proclaiming so.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:45 pm | Report abuse |
  407. Edna

    the truth is most of you supporting and even praising these kids are a bunch of racists. These kids were not showing patriotism, they were showing disrespect to other peoples culture, its the same thing as if a kkk person showed up to some kind of african american culture. Its not illegal, but its disrespectful.

    And it might not have even been such a big deal if the Arizona Law hadnt recently passed, but these kids did it just at the right time to offend most hispanics.

    I myself dont celebrate 5 de mayo, its not a Mexican holiday its a State of Puebla holiday that was made a big deal to get ppl to get drunk just like st. pattys day.

    It really saddens more than it angers me. What are we teaching our children? Its ok to hate and disrespect people? just because they are different or from another place.
    America will never prosper unless we stop hating each other and dividing each other.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  408. Mg

    PensiveT, the African flag of which of the many African nations would you propose they wear???

    May 10, 2010 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  409. Danimal11

    I'm no expert but I've heard Cinco de Mayo is really not celebrated much in Mexico, and that we Americans have adopted it as another reason to drink. How many people here who celebrate it actually know it's meaning? Ask them...probably not many. I personally don't care if those 5 wore flags on their shirts or not. But I DO get angered when people jump to conclusions and make hateful/cruel comments, such as the dying of cancer remarks from the teabaggers. Why do people need to be so freakin mean?

    May 10, 2010 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  410. JeffG

    Sean S – you want to but you don't? Why is that? Maybe because that's not how civilzed people act, maybe they choose to have some productive discourse?

    May 10, 2010 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  411. Reggie

    While I do agree with this guy I do not think attacking his cancer survival is proper. I do not understand why any American would support cynco de mayo but that is my opinion. If more kids had the guts to stand up for the US we would not be losing our country to illegals and gangs. Ebert should be commended for surviving his cancer. I have lost 8 family member to cancer and my wife is a cancer survivor. The ACLU and Al Sharpton should have stood with those kids.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  412. zephyrwinds

    You have to understand all this man has ever done is be a movie critic. you can't expect him to have any intelligence.
    He is probably on heavy medication and doesn't know what he is saying. No one could be that moronic.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  413. Mark

    First May 5th is not a US holiday so it should hold no special place in our year, we don't celebrate Canadas holidays. To compare wearing a shirt with a US flag on it in the US on a Mexican holiday is not the same as wearing the hammer and sicle in the US on the 4th. Those who chose to wear the shirts on that day were simply trying to get noticed and look at that they were.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  414. Mark

    I have always liked to read commentaries from Mr. Ebert, but I must disagree with the comment “Kids who wear American Flag t-shirts on 5 May should have to share a lunchroom table with those who wear a hammer and sickle on 4 July,” .

    I have never understood why when people disagree the action always seems to be to try to force someone to do something.

    The truth of the matter is that these five teens had every right to wear any shirt they chose as long as it did not meet some specified dress code. If the American flag is offensive to anyone then it would seem that that is where the intolerance is.

    And in response to Mr. Ebert's comment, if someone did wear a shirt depicting a hammer and sickle on 4 July, well that is their choice and others should respect it.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  415. wow

    "Yes, because being a patriot is an unforgivable crime. God forbid one expresses love towards one country. So 'unsophisticated'!!"

    I don't think you could've possibly misunderstood that post more.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Report abuse |
  416. Tad

    Once a United States citizen should forget about any alleigances to any other country. It chaps my butt that immigrant Americans and even 3 and 4th generation American citizens continue to fight the old country's ethnic and class battles.
    Once a US citizen are not , Jewish, italian, Polish, Greek , Mexican, , etc. etc. etc .. You are American ..end of story

    Leave all that othe crap back where you came from .

    May 10, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  417. Mscott75228

    September 11th, 2001 – after the attacks on our country, we couldn't find an American flag in stores, it was sold out everywhere....we all wore it proudly, flew it patriotically. Does it take a national tragedy for us to be proud Americans again.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  418. Mike in NYC

    Jacob – I believe this is the first time anyone will ever read me saying that I am in full agreement with a self described "lifetime social liberal who voted for Obama" : – )

    May 10, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  419. SSgtAF

    Mike In New York: You have to realize that the dynamics of our country have completely changed. I don't agree with what's happened but it has. This country has truly lined it's ground with egg shells where people are trying to pull the trigger on anything. I fear that the very morals that this country was founded on are fading quickly. It's simply not acceptable to claim to be an American anymore. Sad indeed.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  420. Mg

    Look, the bottom line is that the kids wore those t-shirts not because they are loving their country but because they are trying to prove a point...was it a valid point? Yes, it probably was. They have been taught to feel threatened by the influx of immigrants who are "taking our jobs" and "using our social services" and "invading our schools". "English-only" say the descendants of Italians, Germans, Poles, Czechs, Russians, French and so many people who are posting negative things about the celebration of a holiday that isn't "ours" sit at home for Christmas and remember a dish from another country's cuisine that was part of their grandparents' holiday celebration? The truth of the matter is that none of us originally belonged here...we are the product of the work and sacrifice of our ancestors...the land does not belong to us and the right we have to defend it and love it was given to us by our founding fathers.

    Just, exactly, when did we become a nation of haters????

    May 10, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  421. Brandy

    Cinco de Mayo, May 5, 5/5 means NOTHING. It is a day Mexicans in America throw a party. In Mexico, it is a small battle victory that is not celebrated. The American Flag is the symbol of America. What is wrong with wearing that on 5/5? We are NOT here to celebrate Mexico. We are not Mexico and we do not want to be Mexico.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  422. PensiveT

    Betcha if a group of black students wore an african flag to school on May 5th, they wouldnt have been sent home. This country is way too accepting of racism upon whites.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  423. Moderate Maude

    "By the way, the next time you put food in your mouth, just remember that it was grown by a redneck. Without us you'd starve."

    ...yeah...don't forget about the Mexican migrant workers doing all of the hard labor in the field...

    May 10, 2010 at 4:40 pm | Report abuse |
  424. Sean S

    When I see the US flag on a shirt I just want to slap that person so silly they don't know if it's day or night.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  425. Paul from Phoenix

    Everyone has a right under the First Ammendment to say whatever they want.....unless their view is opposite of mine.

    BTW, lets be honest, the only reason the majority of Americans care about Cinco De Mayo is because it is an excuse to drink margharitas and eat mexican food.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  426. soup guy

    i love how CNN makes liberal stupidity front page news.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  427. zephyrwinds

    Ebert needs to stick to his movie judging.
    This is the United States of America, its flag is Old Glory, there is never a time when it is not appropriate to honor it. If I were in Mexico celebrating July 4th, I would not expect them not to honor their flag.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  428. New Guest

    This article is very mis leading, it states that Ebert and part of the Tea Party movement got into on Twitter, However in this article it never stated how they knew these commenters were members of the Tea Party Movement.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  429. JeffG

    How is wearing a starts and stripes t-shirt on a Mexican holiday, in America, offensive? Should I not wear it on July 4th so as not to offend any Britts that may see me? I thought cinco de Mayo was just another excuse for college kids do binge drink anyway.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:37 pm | Report abuse |
  430. Andy H

    I can't believe anyone would find it wrong to wear a T-Shirt with the American flag on it. It doesn't show disrespect to others, regardless of their holiday. Would it be bad to wear that shirt on Yom Kippur?

    I've seen countless of other people wear shirts saying Irish pride or stuff like that on July 4th. Who cares??

    Ebert is a complete jerk for his comments regarding those kids. It is completely in their right to wear that. BUT, the poeple who attacked Ebert regarding his cancer is so beyond bad taste. Everyone is allowed their opinion, if you don't like then debate it with them, don't take personal shots at them like that.

    Does anyone have any character / integrity any more?

    May 10, 2010 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  431. soup guy

    thank you CNN for giving me a place to remind liberals how stupid they are!

    May 10, 2010 at 4:36 pm | Report abuse |
  432. Mike in NYC

    George Watson May 10th, 2010 3:25 pm ET – Why don't you Teabaggers pick up a book on American history and acquaint yourself with just how diverse this country has been since inception?

    While I don't consider myself a Tea Party supporter – I felt I had to comment on this point. Yes ... this country IS all about our diversity but the strength of this country has always been the immigrant's ability of join the larger society, put aside their alligiance to the former land and 'melt into the pot.'

    When my grandparents came to this country my parents were tought NOT to speak anything but English. It was felt that to stick out in anyway would be a bad thing. Italian was never spoken when I was a kid except to my Grandmother who learned very little English. It wasn't that my family was ashamed of their heritage but my Grandparents knew that the only way to truely get ahead was to blend in as quickly as possible. They did NOT wave the Italian flag over the American flag. They did NOT expect everyone else to be careful not to offend them. They did NOT insist that everything be printed in English AND Italian. The did it the right way. The came here legally – they learned the language – they blended in and were PROUD to be Americans. Why is that suddently a bad thing????

    May 10, 2010 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  433. Karoli Cvicek

    He is missing the point. This is like Russian kids wearing a hammer and sickle tshirt to a Russian school on the 4th of July. Would he make a big deal of that? It should NEVER be wrong to show support of your country IN your own country. Am I confused or is he?

    May 10, 2010 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  434. Kevin

    The vitriol aimed at Mr. Ebert is amazing... what's more amazing are those who refuse to acknowledge that the boys wore the shirts purposefully to provoke a reaction. If you can't be honest about that, then why bother trying to cram your opinions down the throats of others.

    Admit it – we all know the boys were "protesting" against Cinco De Mayo... simple as that; They were sent home specifically because they were attempting to provoke a reaction – and the school acted appropriately to remove the potential threat.

    Of course, the boys got their reaction, and more than 15 minutes of fame... for no good reason.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
  435. Jacob

    I'd just like to start this out by saying I was born in America, I'm a lifetime social liberal who voted for Obama, and I'm generally against things like the Tea Party and the recent Arizona immigration laws. THAT BEING SAID, this story made me sick to my stomach. First off, regardless of the reason they were wearing the flag, this is a free country, and free expression is a right we are guaranteed, so these kids have every right to wear the American flag. In none of the articles I have read is there any suggestion that these kids were harassing Mexican students, using racial slurs, or doing anything else that was unacceptable behavior. Secondly, if you are offended by the American flag on ANY day of the year, Cinco de Mayo or otherwise, you should feel free to leave this country and go somewhere else you find less offensive. In truth, I believe that there is WAY too much emphasis by people in America about the places they come from, be it Mexico, Italy, Ireland, Zimbabwe, or anywhere else. If you live in America, you are an AMERICAN, and if you don't want to be an American, you should live somewhere else.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:34 pm | Report abuse |
  436. Sean S

    Am I the only one that knows the US flag should not be printed onto a t-shirt. The morons who are "honoring" the US are disrespecting the very rules of the flag.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  437. sherryk

    Those kids dId nothing wrong! They were showing their love for this country...would it hurt if hispanics showed their love for this country as well? Cinco de Mayo is not an American holiday yet it is still celebrated as are many other holidays. We punish these kids yet we do nothing as a proud proud Americans...when we see in a parade in our community...a Mexico Flag flying higher than the United States flag or even when our United States flag is being hung upside down...???????

    May 10, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  438. RJAGAIN

    Once again about 75% missed the point.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  439. JerryRig

    What's with you people giving fourteen different stories about what Cinco De Mayo commemorates? You're all wrong! It's a day in which we reflect that it's May 5. Geez!

    May 10, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Report abuse |
  440. Technoid

    Did you know Cinco De Mayo is not celebrated in Mexico. Cinco De Mayo commemorates a battle that was won against the French. You people are idiots.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  441. Tom

    Where in the tweets did the tweeters identify themselves as Tea Partiers?

    May 10, 2010 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  442. MH

    @jonathan hanemann - the true haters are on the right, as they oppose everything this country stands for; the left embraces our freedoms and rallies against those that would take it away...but you have to crack a newspaper to keep up with things, and clearly you do not.

    Not sure why this is even an issue. Ebert expressed his opinion (which I wholeheartedly disagree with), but he had his point from his view - the low class responses attacking his cancer are reprehensible. Just goes to show you how sad and ignorant some people can be.

    As for the topic of wearing the flag shirts on 5/5 - SO WHAT?? I for one was appalled that these kids got sent home. Any expression of patriotism should be respected. Now, if they went out of their way to taunt people of Hispanic decent on that day, that would be different. Fact is, that IS our flag - and if you live here, it's YOUR flag , too. What is the problem?

    May 10, 2010 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  443. Mike

    Liberal, conservative, leftist, teabaggers be damned...this story and insanely long chain of arguing comments is a GIANT waste of thought and time. By that statement, this post is self defeating; that being said, I for one am not going to hide behind my computer screen and pseudonym and point fingers over what can be belittled as fashion feux pas and ignorant comments and you shouldn't either.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  444. Cliff

    Cinco De Mayo (5th of May), which commemorates the victory of the Mexican Militia over the French Army at The Battle Of Puebla in 1862.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  445. Liberalism is racsim

    Yet another example of liberal hate, intolerance, racism and ignorance. Regressive idiots.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  446. Barry

    Cinco de Mayo is very much like St. Patrick's Day. Would we comment if someone wore an American Flag on St. Patrick's Day? Of course not.

    Poor Mr. Ebert is as uninformed as are the members of the "Tea Party." The fact that CNN believes that this article is news is the saddest part of all.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  447. hoosierq

    Ebert just totally doesn't get this one at all. I don't care what side of the aisle your favorite candidates sit on, some kinds want to wear the American flag on Cinco de Mayo, more power to them. It is not as if a) the wore a descrated Mexican flag, b) wore French flags (victory over France is what Cinco de Mayo is about), or in anyway cast aspersions on Mexico or Mexicans. As "literate" and Mr. Ebert seems to be, I am surprised that his analogy was so far off of the mark. What does the Hammer and Sickle have to do with the fourth of July? Perhaps the Union Jack might work in that analogy better? No wait, England was not involved in Cinco de Mayo! Wait, the USA was not involved in Cinco de Mayo! Wait, the Soviet Union didn't even exist on the first Cinco de Mayo! Sorry Mr. Ebert, your command of the English language really let you down on this blew it and ended up sounding like a totally idiot...which nobody needs.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  448. Rick

    I must be missing something here. Why should these kids not be able to wear shirts with the US flag any day they want. I don't care what celebration is taking place. Last time I checked, this location was still in the US so any day I want to wear the stars and stripes on my clothes should be fine. This is pure PC baloney!

    May 10, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  449. Tex

    Funny thing is, I wonder how many "Mexicans" here in America even know why Cinco de Mayo is celebrated... a clue: it has nothing to do with Mexican independence. Unfortunately, Mexican history is filled with dissapointment and corruption, and at the end of the day, there isn't much to celebrate. While it may have been somewhat instigatory for those teens to where the US flag on Mexican "pride day", they should have never been asked to go home or be threatened with suspension. That is plain wrong.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  450. azrich98

    As for me, I will be drinking Corona and doing shots of Tequila on the Fourth of July while wearing my USA baseball jersey. Hopefully I won't pass out before the fireworks go off.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  451. Carol

    DJoseph said: Why are people taking such offense at hispanics celebrating Cinco de Mayo? It's no different then the Irish celebrating St. Patricks Day or Italians celebrating Columbus Days. There are a lot of Irish and Italian colors flying on those days and nobody feels a need to make a statement by wearing an American flag

    Response: And does anyone get upset when someone wears an American flay on those days? No. Let's face it. Cinco de Mayo, as St. Patrick's Day, was just another reason to party.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  452. johnerotten

    say what you will about the guy,but don't refer to his physical deformities when doing it!i don't agree with what he said,but he has the right to say it does'nt he?you're not in kindergarden anymore,why act like it?

    May 10, 2010 at 4:24 pm | Report abuse |
  453. Bill

    Is this s joke? Cinco de Mayo is to booze what Valentines Day is to cards. The only things sillier than the kids misunderstanding of the holiday (which isn't Mexican) are the people that sent them home... no wait Ebert... no wait.. most of these ridiculous comments. And trust me Roger, your mind is uglier...

    May 10, 2010 at 4:23 pm | Report abuse |
  454. Darren

    "Those who say that those who do not toe the right-wing line are not patriots need a reality check about what this country is and what it stands for. It does not stand for squashing voices that challenge the status quo, it does not stand for giving one class of people more rights than others, and it does not stand for hiding behind ignorance and stupidity to lash out at those who challenge your own personal beliefs."

    Exactly, that is why the five boys should have been allowed to display the American flag on American soil.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  455. American Celt

    On Saint Patrick's Day, it is considered incendiary to wear orange unless in the Tri-color format. It is not illegal to wear orange. Most Irish Catholics (including myself) wear orange regularly. If you do it on Saint Patrick's Day, you do it for one reason only – to insult Irish Catholics and start a fight. This is no different. The intent is not to be patriotic here, the intent is to hurl insults at Mexican Americans. Intent matters!

    May 10, 2010 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  456. David

    Really people? Really? Cinco De Mayo isn't about Mexican Independence. It isn't about a fight between Mexico and the U.S. It is a fight against the French. And people in Mexico don't celebrate it nearly as much as people in the U.S. So why is this a problem?

    May 10, 2010 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  457. Mg

    Um...Mexico is one of the three countries that make up North America...America is comprised of North, Central and South American refers to anyone from any of these regions. This IS is Mexico. That this has become such a huge argument and that people are being so derogatory about the celebration of a holiday that is basically created by commercial interests (in spite of it being anchored in a very real event that pertains to one region of a whole country) goes to show how biased "Americans" are against other nationalities. Get over it...we are a nation of descendants of immigrants...if the Native Americans had reacted to your ancestors in the way you are reacting to Mexicans (and, as we can see in the news day after day, nationals of other countries) the land would belong to its rightful owners, the Native American Nations...

    That a country founded on the rights to freedom and the pursuit of happiness and the disgust and distaste for tyranny has reached this level is testament to how corrupted our idea of who we are and where we come from has been in recent years. Yeah...let's go back to internment camps and labeling people just because they are not like us...let freedom ring regardless of who gets crushed by the bell, right?

    May 10, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  458. bigdog at play

    I am a proud Mexican, and I am glad to be in the USA! As a US citizen, my allegiance is to America. I came here for the american dream.

    I will celebrate Cinco de Mayo because it is a reason for the Latino community to come together. And I have no issue celebrating waving an American Flag!

    May 10, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  459. KED

    The problem is not wearing shirts with US flags as a matter of free speech. There are clothing restrictions in most schools – no hats, no shirts with foul language, no shirts with alcohol related messages, etc. So wearing a shirt with foul language should be acceptable by free speech standards but it's still not accepted at school. Now if wearing a shirt with a US flag is not restricted, yes the kids have the right to do so. Ebert's point is not that they don't have the right to do so. His argument is that they should have thought better of their intentions. The examples he gives on his article about it are accurate. But the point that he still misses, is that if someone wants to wear a confederate flag shirt to an Arican American event, he/she should be able to do so without concern of getting assaulted or inciting violence. That's the ideal reality, these kids can wear their US flag shirts to school on such a day, and no one cares to start flac over it. Unfortunately, I don't know if our individual respects for our fellow man extend to the masses, nor do I even know if our individual respects are that high for certain individuals as evidenced by the tweets back to Ebert.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  460. CIA

    Roger probably picked the wrong fight given the nature of the holiday. However, he was dead on in criticizing the intent of the students.

    The real losers here are those who jump in and show their lack of class in the way that they attack him. Sure, disagree all you want, but is it really necessary to:

    1) Mock his appearance which has been dramatically altered by cancer? (or is cancer a "liberal thing")

    2) Label everything you disagree with as "liberal" and "leftist".

    Those phrases are so overused that they have lost all meaning. Many of those who use it the most often don't even really understand what they mean. Liberal = stuff you don't like. Leftist = stuff you don't like. I'm pretty sure that is not accurate.

    I don't like mullets, are those leftist? I don't like Twinkies, are they liberal?

    May 10, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  461. afb74

    This is worthy of argument? Really? I mean…..really?!?

    May 10, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  462. Jonathan


    Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence Day. My understanding is that it's barely recognized in Mexico at all.

    ...what it is, is another phony day dreamed up by beer companies. Where whatever you want to it.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  463. T Bo

    Would Irish-Americans be offended if an American flag shirt was worn on St. Patrick's Day. The French on Bastille day? Get real. You are in the United States of Amercia. If you are so offended by this, go back to Mexico and celebrate all you want.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  464. daq

    Everyone is from somewhere else, yes. Everyone's family were once immigrants (except Native Americans), yes. It is, however, perplexing to those of us who have, by accident, been here longer than others that some of you would feel so righteous about publicly celebrating and practicing your countries' beliefs instead of assimilating into the so-called melting pot. What you celebrate behind closed doors and on private property, and what language you speak there is obviously to be respected, but when ALL of us are forced to be soooo politically correct in the public square, so as to have to walk on eggs around you because you might be offended that we can't accept your refusal to assimilate, it kind of makes us wonder why you tried so hard to get here.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  465. Al

    Those who say that those who do not toe the right-wing line are not patriots need a reality check about what this country is and what it stands for. It does not stand for squashing voices that challenge the status quo, it does not stand for giving one class of people more rights than others, and it does not stand for hiding behind ignorance and stupidity to lash out at those who challenge your own personal beliefs.

    Roger Ebert is a patriot; he's a good person who uses his intelligence and wit to convey opinions that are in line with real American values. People who respond to him with insults about his cancer show what's worst in America: intolerance, ignorance, and hatred. Unfortunately, these are values that the tea partiers champion as "patriotism," and too many in government and media are too eager to cash in on it.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:19 pm | Report abuse |
  466. mdyer

    Ebert is acting in a provocative manner. He should be sent home from school.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  467. bchavez

    Last I checked, we were in the USA. If people cannot support the flag of their own nation in the nation of their birth then we as a nation have ceased to exist. Most immigrants who come to the US, like my own family, appear to have greater respect for the traditions of the US than some people from here. Strange.

    By the way, cinco de mayo is an event barely celebrated in Mexico, and not celebrated at all in the rest of Latin America.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:18 pm | Report abuse |
  468. sam

    I wonder how many people had to look up the hammer and sickle reference. If it was one kid doing that, there wouldn't even be a conversation going on about it. 5 is a statement. 5 is trying to put a not so friendly message to the rest Its immature and moronic, and apparently right up the alley of many of those tea party peoples. How anyone could wish harm on another is beyond me. If people are being ignorant and calling for hurt on their fellow man, then they are no better then those certain groups they claim to oppose. Ignorance begets ignorance.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  469. padawan

    1. ad hominem attacks show more about the attacker's lack of an argument than the worth of the attackee's
    2. 5-5 is not mexican independance day, it's a celebration of us (americans) telling Imperialist Europeans to GTFO of our affairs. The USA didn't like what France was trying to do (shake down mexican loan defaulters), as per Monroe Doctrine, but we had more pressing issues in the 1860's. Good job for our friends south of the border taking care of this particular invasion on their own. Shouldn't we all celebrate this?
    3. organizing a counter culture protest/statement (t-shirt coordination) is free speech. I don't know what exactly they were trying to say, but can guess as Ebert did. The beauty of of speech is that if someone says something you disagree with or think false, then you have data about them which you can use when dealing with them.... I won't invite those 5 over for chips and salsa next thursday.
    4. Is this news? I watched Outfoxed again this weekend and can't help but think that our mainstream media has more pressing issues to deal with than someone's negative tweets to a film critic.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  470. BigBoyBC

    Mr Ebert comparing Cinco de Mayo to the 4th of July, show his ignorance. It seems he believes Cinco de Mayo is Mexican independence day, it is not, Mexican Independence day is September 16th. Cinco de Mayo is a regional holiday and is not celebrated nation-wide in Mexico.

    Although I question the motives of those students, they have the right to wear those shirts. I think the reaction of the school administrator shows some level of bigotry and the protests of the Hispanic students later in the week shows definite signs of racism.

    Tolerance is a two way street, so too is racism.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  471. Charles from Wyoming

    Liberalism 101: Hate those you disagree with. Pander to those you fear.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  472. Randy


    you're a riot. Only in this county can someone of your intellect be allowed to breed.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  473. Paul

    I don't see how provoking racism can be mistaken for patriotism. A true patriot embraces their fellow citizens, not expresses bigotry disguised as "patriotism".

    The teabaggers have not a clue what patriotism is. What they stand for is the farthest thing from it.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  474. Moonbeam

    @kelly: you are so right. The school administrators had to diffuse what could have been a volatile situation in order to protect all students from potential injury. The school administrators only at first told the students who wore the U.S. flag to turn their clothing inside out - they did not insist on their going home, from what I understand. If anybody had been hurt, the administrators would have been criticized and/or sued for allowing the kids to wear the flag-based clothing. They could not win either way. And I said in my post above, I doubt these same kids wore their "flag clothes" on St. Patrick's Day. They were making a potentially inflammatory statement and potentially endangering themselves and other students.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  475. Lois

    All I can say is that a good teacher would have taken advantage of this situation and seen it as a teachable moment. I believe that the Mexican students need to learn that they are in another country that they supposedly should have an allegiance to. At the very least, both flags should have been side by side. This is America! They say they want to become American citizens, so what's the problem with including the American flag?

    The students who wore the USA tee shirts should have been made to participate in some of the Cinco festivities. Both Mexican and American students should have been joined together for the festivities. It seems that Mexican students want to seperate themselves from others when it comes to doing their Mexican thing. This should not be allowed in the public school system. We need diversity, not multiculuralism!
    What was done further empowers the Mexicans and makes them think that demonstrating allegiance to Mexico is okay, and should be tolerated by Americans...otherwise, we are racist. This is getting VERY old.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  476. Kelly

    *speech (oops!)

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  477. Liberalism is racsim

    has anyone actually met a tolerant liberal? didn't think so.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:15 pm | Report abuse |
  478. anarmyvet

    This is the USA! We should be able to fly our Flag everyday. If you get offended, you obviously don't love this Country. You have the right to leave and live somewhere else. Live in Mexico and see what happens when you fly the Amreican Flag on the 4th of July.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  479. Jimmy

    I wonder if those kids have ever worn their flag shirts any other day? But hey they are patriots I am sure.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  480. Bob

    @JoePatriot, Puerto Rico is basically part of the U.S., sir. It's an unincorporated territory. Nothing wrong with wearing a PR flag in America at any time.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  481. Lena Altshuller

    As a naturalized citizen myself I was outraged by the fact that someone is punished for wearing what? An American flag t-shirt in where? In the United States of America?
    What nonsense!
    Mexicans came to this country why exactly?
    To demonstrate us how proud they are of their native Mexico or become a proud Americans?

    Aren’t they had to be proud and feel privileged to be here?

    Wake up people, just wake up, will you?

    May 10, 2010 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |
  482. Mike

    Wow this issue seems to have pushed everyone's buttons, left and right.

    These kids absolutely wore flag shirts to be provocative, there's no question about that. It's rude yes, but we also have freedom of speech; they aren't hurting anyone by being obnoxious.

    You gotta support all speech even if its not speech you agree with, I would much rather see T-Shirt wars than rioting on May 5th or July 4th

    May 10, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  483. LittleStar

    Obviously those kids were trying to start trouble by wearing shirts with American flags on 5/5. Come on, let's quit pretending this was some kind of patriotic act.

    And here's a question: why are all tea-baggers such morons and so filled with hate? Mean and stupid is a dangerous combination!

    May 10, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  484. dragoon70056

    What troubles me most about Mr. Ebert's comments is that Cinco de Mayo is not even a recognized national holiday in Mexico, much less in the U.S. However, given Mr. Ebert's liberal background, what other type of comments would one expect? And, if Mr. Ebert would have followed the story closely, he would have realized that the kids that wore the flag shirts often wear patriotic clothing (he would have also realized that 2 of the kids in question are also Hispanic).

    But despite Mr. Ebert's typical, liberal, misguided position, many of the comments directed toward him were completely uncalled for and unnecessarily nasty and mean-spirited.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  485. Arglebargle

    Cinco Dinero (Cinco de Mayo) is all about money, not national loyalty or ethnicity or heritage. It's become another Christmas, Mother's Day, Father's Day and plethora of other "holidays" made up to feed the incessant greed of merchandisers.

    If the teens acquired their shirts legally, then they can wear them anytime they want. They can even wear them to church (well, except maybe Westboro Baptist Church where they'd probably be skewered). Besides, who cares anymore what anyone wears?

    It's certainly not a cause to get caustic with each other.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  486. AP

    To A Patriot: Cinco de Mayo is a holiday that is nationally celebrated in the US. Those other holidays, not so much. And it's not as if those students had just coincidentally decided to where matching shirts on the fifth of May and got in trouble for it. They could have worn those shirts any other day of the year and no one would have cared. I wonder if you would be on their side if they "just happened" to wear american flag shirts on the Day of the Dead?

    People, it's not an act of patriotism when you're using our flag to make a negative statement directed at people who happen to love their country too, and have a holiday to celebrate it just like we do.

    I wonder what people will say when they see shirts of the mexican flag worn on 4th of July.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  487. MELISSA

    Did I miss something....This is America right! People wear american flags on Columbus day and St. Patrick's Day. It is America! I don't see us celebrating Bastille Day!

    May 10, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  488. facts are facts

    liberals with twitter accounts = incoherent, racist, hate-filled rants

    May 10, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  489. MikelB2010

    It won't be long before there will be at least one Mexican independence day for each month, it's just another excuse to get drunk and do something violent. Cinco de Mayo isn't even the real independence day for Mexico, lol.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  490. KED

    So I invite any of you to go to Ebert's website and read his article on the topic. He admits some poor wording in his original tweet and the limitation of the medium to accurately get his point across and follows with an accurate description of what Cinco de Mayo is in the US – as well as other US-originated cultural celebrations. Such as St. Patrick's Day celebrations beginning in Boston well before they were ever a celebration in Ireland. Chinese New Year parades began in San Francisco, not China. And Cinco de Mayo is a US-originated celebration that took root in California.

    Now I consider myself a conservative politically but in actuality am more more middle of the road, but off to the right of midline. His argument is not that the kids had no right to wear the shirts, but that they did so to incite a reaction, and in effect they got one – and that it is their intent that was misplaced. I don't necessarily disagree given the level of school violence these day. Nor do I disagree with those that feel they should not have been sent home. But I think the school did so to avoid a potential conflict, rather than as punishment per se.

    Ebert should not have used such a limiting medium to make his point if his point was not going to have been made clearly. The comments sent his way in return are entirely indefensible, by anyone who considers themselves a human being. His analogy is a bit misplace as the US was not in direct opposition to Mexico over Cinco de Mayo, nor does the US represent much of a direct opposer, oppressor or other to Mexico outside of the Alamo, etc. But I'm sure had the kids worn French emblems to school, it probably would've been under the radar of all parties, the school administrators, the and the student body.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  491. Billybob


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  492. trepaning

    If Americans really want to make a statement by wearing their flag, then wear it when you travel abroad instead of tacking some other country's flag on your backpacks.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  493. Chad

    A bunch of immature kids decide to wear patriotic colors not because they are patriotic but because they wanted to annoy those who were celebrating a Mexician holiday that's not even that big of a deal in Mexico (it's just an excuse to party here in the US, folks, it's not an assault on American ideals). The motives of these supposed American-lovin' victims is as transparent as glass and yet the teabagging right decide to go with it anyway, looking for any reason to pop their head into the media and point their fingers at what they call anti-American. It's unfortunate that the school's principle fell for it. Let these misguided bullies wear their provoctive red-white and blues and let the students who are celebrating Cinco de Mayo roll their eyes and celebrate the holiday they want to. Instead the narrow-minded antagnoists waving their US flags got exactly what they wanted: attention. (Even from a famous film critic.) Reading all the fired up respondes to this article, all I can say is, wow, we really are a divided populace. That or we are just bored with our own lives and need a little drama to make us feel important.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  494. last american

    Hmmm, So; Ebert has a right to express his opinion, Mexicans have a right to their day, and any right thinking liberal will defend those rights.
    Then why do the five kids not have a right to express their pride in their country? Why would we disparage Those folks in the Tea Party, by name calling? Just doesnt add up to equal rights, seems more like some have rights and others do not.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  495. Mike in NYC

    Ryan May 10th, 2010 3:36 pm ET – What if a Hispanic student had worn an American flag shirt on Cinco de Mayo?

    One of the five students was Mexican – he got sent home as well.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  496. BobbyBricktown

    I am just dumbstruck by the overall ignorance on both sides of the coin. First of all, without the back story non of us can form a true assessment of this. It's obvious that most of you have no idea what your talking about so here's a little clue. How about the possibility that these kids were actually intelligent and know something of history...unlike many here. And lets say that these kids understood that the French and Maximillion were not only trying conquer Mexico, but also aide the Confederacy (this was during the Civil War for all you history buffs). This battle was a major blow to the French and the start of their withdrawal. With France's assistance in the War the Confederacy may have won or at least could have dragged the war out many more years. Instead the war ended and American troops rode into Mexico and assisted the Mexican Army in routing the French. So all in all Cinco de Mayo could be considered a Mexo-American celebration and wearing either flag completely appropriate......NAHHH..they are students of Americas school system and dumb as stumps, racist hate mongers and should be shot for expressing anything but apathy. You may now go about staring at your trees.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  497. Sean

    It's amazes me that posters are accusing Tea Party members of being racist and opposed to free speech. That bespeaks an extraordinarily twisted view–either of the Tea Party or of the world in general.

    The Tea Party is opposed to government actors (like school officials) restricting our liberties, including free speech. Speech like wearing flags–whether American or Mexican.

    As a Tea Party sympathizer, I say: wear whatever flag you want, on whatever day you want. And if any government official naysays that, I will proudly stand up for your right.

    The Tea Party stands for small government and fiscal responsibility...end of list. Ascribing racism or bigotry to the Tea Party is fallacious–*people* are racist and bigoted...people of every race, every political party, and every ethnicity. Saying the Tea Party is racist is just as wrong as calling the Democratic Party racist.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  498. JMR

    These kids are young. Hopefully they don't grow up to be self-centered, arrogant, right-wing a–holes like their parents and the racist, violent, militia loving Tea Bagger organization.

    BTW, Mr. Ebert is not just the world's finest expert on movies and the history of film, he is ALSO one of the finest writers whose work I have ever had the pleasure of reading. Maybe the kids should try to emulate Mr. Ebert's brilliance and courage rather than emulating the worst of the nation's small minority of right-wing fringe psychos.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  499. karl

    What a shock. An ignorant, hate infested liberal calling someone else names, then playing victim. Ebert is a total idiot. Obviously a racist as well.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  500. andrew

    "nobody cared what people wear, American flag, knock yourself out. To do it on 5/5 your just trying to start something, its just stupid. You have 364 other days of the year, would 1 day of courtesy kill people?"

    No, as an American, I have 365 days in the year to wear a t-shirt with the American flag on it. The celebration by other Americans of Corona beer's manufactured Cinco de Mayo "holiday" should in no way impede my life nor affect what I wear or what I say while living in my own country.

    I do not wear green on St. Patrick's Day any more than I eat tacos or drink tequila on Cinco de Mayo.

    Take a cue from Teddy Roosevelt, who, in 1907 said:

    "In the first place we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the man's becoming in very fact an American, and nothing but an American...There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag, and this excludes the red flag, which symbolizes all wars against liberty and civilization, just as much as it excludes any foreign flag of a nation to which we are hostile...We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language...and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people."

    May 10, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  501. Jimmy

    I love the comments that cinco de mayo is a Mexican holiday....Actually, as far as I know, they do not celebrate cinco de mayo (la batalla de Puebla) in Mexico so it must be an American holiday. It's just that it is easy for us to remember the day it falls on. But hey, it makes for a fun day of tequila and arguing about flags and immigration.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  502. Jeremiah

    I don’t get what the big deal is. So they wore an American flag on their shirts. Is the American flag a symbol of hatred against Mexicans? Wearing a hammer and sickle on July 4 would be a deliberate show of disapproval with America. Wearing an American flag T-shirt is not a specific symbol of hatred against Mexico. It just means, "Hey I love my country!" now if they did wear a shirt that specifically says, “I hate Mexicans”, then yes, they need to change their shirts. THE AMERICAN FLAG IS NOT A SYMBOL OF HATRED AGAINST AND OTHER COUNTRY.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  503. Adrian

    its the action, not the actual shirt. You are doing to directly incite feelings of negativity.

    In regards to @ Bob B - HEY IDIOT Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence day you moron! Get your facts straight. - additionally just bc you now live in the US does not mean you abandon your cultural roots and assimilate into being an american.

    "Cinco de Mayo is a MEXICAN holiday, not an American holiday! Here in the States, do we celebrate independence of any other country? And why should we? These students were making a point. After having Mexican Independence Day shoved in their faces, when we do NOT live in Mexico, they decided to show what should be celebrated in America. Please tell me how many state-sanctioned July 4 parties you will find in Mexico? Bear in mind, "Mexican" is not a race; it's a nationality. If you live in America, you are no longer Mexican– you are American. Please start behaving as such."

    May 10, 2010 at 4:09 pm | Report abuse |
  504. John

    Trail of Tacos: The walk back to Mexico

    May 10, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  505. Jake

    If Ebert is right, then nobody should ever wear an American flag again on:

    1) St. Patrick's Day
    2) Chinese New Year
    3) Bastille Day
    4) Boxing Day
    5) el Dia de los Muertos
    6) Any day of Kwanzaa
    7) Any Jewish Holiday
    8) The month of Ramadan

    I'm sorry, but I thought the United States of America was supposed to be the melting pot, where many different cultural values and celebrations are enjoyed and respected by every American. Cinco de Mayo is an American holiday (no, not Mexican Independence Day), voted by the United States Congress and being officially American.

    What's next, if we can't proudly display our flag in CELEBRATION of our wide range of cultural differences?

    May 10, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  506. datruf

    Man, need to be worried bout dos mutha f***in snakes on dat plane, man. Dat's an issues.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  507. Moonbeam

    I agree: those kids intended to be provocative, and were ignorant in linking the immigration issue to a day which is just to celebrate a cultural heritage. DID THEY WEAR THE AMERICAN FLAG TO SCHOOL ON ST. PATRICK'S DAY? I doubt it.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  508. mike st james

    ok... let's clarify some things.

    1. As already noted on this board, Cinco de Mayo is not Mexican Independence Day (that overlooked fact alone makes 75% of the postings on here invalid and illegitimate.) CdM is a Mexican holiday that is barely acknowledged in most of Mexico but is big in the US because, like St Patrick's Day, it is just another day to get drunk and act like an idiot. However, even if it is not really culturally significant to most Mexicans, the attempt by the flag wearers to provoke others is lame and should be condemned (but not censored.)... which leads me to my second point...

    2. Suggesting that someone "share a lunch table" is not censorship nor is it suggesting prohibiting someone from wearing something... it is simply saying that he thinks it's lousy and not nice and that all of the dolts should eat lunch together and talk about doltish things.

    That's my lesson for today. Geez. now let's all stop being so jerk kneed about everything and threatening people via internet posts...

    May 10, 2010 at 4:08 pm | Report abuse |
  509. Gezellig

    If a person of Mexican descent wanted to wear a Mexican flag, I would not care, or perhaps even admire it as an expression of their heritage. But if a group of people of Mexican descent decided to wear the Mexican flag on the 4th of July as part of an organized attempt to express hostility toward the USA’s expression of its heritage and national pride on that day, then that is a different matter. It is all a matter of the intent of the activity. Do our rights of expression include the right to express hostility to other nationalities on days set aside for all of us to express their national heritage? Maybe it does, but it certainly does not speak well for those who can’t discern the difference between celebrating their own heritage as opposed to denigrating the heritage of others.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  510. Kelly

    Cathy – Robert Ebert had cancer of his jaw and his jaw bone needed to be completely removed, that is why his face looks like that, and that is what the other "tweeters" were making fun of him for.

    Yoga2010 – While we have "freedom of speach" in the US, many don't understand exactly what that entails. You can't say *anything*. Some types of speach are banned (death threats, for example). Additionally, there isn't "freedom of speach" in certain places such as private businesses (you can be asked to leave) or schools. Administrators have the right to ban certain types of speach or dress to ensure an atmosphere free of intimidation (like swearing or gang-affiliated bandanas).

    Again, this isn't about whether or not these kids had the "right" to wear the shirts. It had to do with their intentions to create a hostile environment.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  511. Al

    Typical small-minded liberal intolerance. Gotta the regressive "thinkers" like Ebert.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  512. Bob Loblaw

    So when everyone had out their american flags after 9-11, wasn't that in response to those planes flying into the WTC? So why is it ok for everyone to show their patriotism in that situation? Yes, I understand its not the same situation but you get my point. Which is, anyone can wear an american flag at anytime they want. He needs to just shut his jaw and be quiet. Oh wait, thats already taken care of

    May 10, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  513. Silas Scarborough

    Same old tea party crap in which they start fights and call it patriotism.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  514. Barrie

    Roger Ebert is so uninformed that he apparently doesn't now the difference between Cinco de Mayo (a Mexican/American beer drinking quasi-holiday which Ebert mistakenly equates with our July 4) and the Mexican Independence Day which is September 16. Most Mexicans outside the United States don't bother observing Cinco de Mayao, since it commemorates a relatively minor victory over FRENCH troops and is NOT the day on which Mexico obtained it's independence.

    But ignorance has never held Roger back. He's a near-great movie critic but his air-head liberal ideas are of interest to nobody other than himself. Ebert contaminates his artistic reviews by constantly interjecting his leftist sentiments; he unfortunately allows his considerable political biases to alter his judgment of films. If he had ever learned to keep his politics out of the reviews, he would no doubt be remembered as as one of the greatest movie critics of the 20th century and not just one of the loudest.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  515. Glennis

    I wish every school in this country would require uniforms. That would solve so many problems. I do think that those kids probably did wear the tee shirts to provoke others. That said, absent that requirement they should have been allowed to wear those shirts without incident. I understand the anger and frustration that stems from watching the deliberate march towards Balkanization of the nation, the disrepect for our laws and culture and the unwillingness of those coming here to assimilate into our society. Political correctness and short sighted feel goodism will eventually take its toll and the US will be no more.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  516. usaf biker

    I've seen everybody blame this on "Tea- Baggers", "Rednecks", and any other slang they could muster. I fought for that flag and NO PERSON/(S) will tell me when I can't wear the American flag. The Principal better be glad it wasn't my child, he sent home. If there's another Holiday you want to celebrate, celebrate it however you like BUT, when you're in America, respect the Stars and Stripes or get you butt out of this country!!!!! I'm sick of the wimps that get their feelings hurt, every time you turn around. It has NOTHING to do with political affiliation!!!! It's a matter of ....are you American or not!!!

    May 10, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  517. ndjob

    DAN P A word of warning to all you Tea-bagging Tea liberals love this country just as much as you do. And we will defend it from you ignorant, hateful, small minded and misinformed malcontents. ========== 1. typical Lib 2. Typical Idiot 3. If libs love America, why cant you show it?

    May 10, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  518. Bh

    We live in America, not Mexico. Had these kids gone down to Mexico and did this than sure, I could see them getting hated on. The fact is they did this in the U.S. and were punished for it. I'll fly an American flag any time I want in the U.S. and if you get offended then gtfo of my country. I'm proud to be an American and will show it no matter what day of the year it is. You want to celebrate your heritage here than fine, but don't expect every one else here to celebrate it with you and don't go get your panties in a bunch when they don't.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  519. Bill

    Anyone who wears clothes made of flags of any country is a dope. You can appreciate your country without being an obnoxious buffoon.

    Why are these children so insecure that they need to wear such shirts?

    May 10, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  520. Bill

    He says it is disrespectful to hispanics to wear an American Flag on "Cinco de Mayo". But if you know the history behind "Cinco De Mayo", then you would know that the yes in 1861 the Mexican Army did defeat the French army. But a year later the French captured Mexico City anyway. It took the help of the U.S. army in 1867 to dispose of the French. So in a way the kids that wore the U.S. flags are maybe celebrating a Mexican/U.S. army united victory?

    May 10, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  521. matt

    gee roger, for someone that kist part of his jaw to cancer, you can still stick your foot in your mouth – impressive! we live in AMERICA roger, and if those kids want to show their support for AMERICA on cinco de mayo (which is not an AMERICAN holday) then let them! that is what is great about the first amendment pal, and if i were them, i'd wear those shirts every single day!
    i am so sick and tired of the double standard! These latino / hispanic / mexican students (who knows how many are ILLEGAL) can show their pride of their homeland in OUR country, wear their flag, flaunt their heritgae all over, but if an American child wants to do the same, it is tough p00p and if we dare say anything, WE are the bigots? You know what, THEIR actions OFFEND me! But myself, and i am sure millions of others, are being told to go suck it up in the corner, because "we can't offend the illegal aliens".
    We need to take our country back, or soon there will be no country left to take back! policitcal correctness gone amok, this is a prime example!

    May 10, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  522. Marcos Cline

    Cinco De Mayo is NOT Mexican Independence Day. September 16th is. Cindo de Mayo celebrates a battle Mexico won against France. France ultimately won the war but due to the losses at the Battle Of Puebla, decided NOT to attack the US. Many theorize that is the reason why Cinco de Mayo is celebrated more in the US than in Mexico. Another theory is Corona created it to sell more beer.

    Lovely debate, but get the facts straight.

    Cheers lads,

    -Marcos Cline (not hiding behind a handle)

    May 10, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  523. Craig

    I just can't seem to understand how wearing an American flag T-shirt in the US is offensive no matter what the day. Cinco de Mayo is not a US holiday – now I CAN understand how wearing an American flag T-shirt in Mexico on May 5 would be offensive. Are the PC police going to send kids home from school for wearing non-US shirts around the 4th of July? Or even worse, are we going to ask people in other countries to not wear non-US flag shirts on the 4th of July? Chill out, people.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  524. Ron

    One town in mexico acknowledge Cinco as a holiday... one 200 person town... and I'm personally ok with any reason to party, but, when it becomes political... dump it. Let's replace it with another celebrate being an american holiday. Like "Toast America Day".

    If people still feel the compelling need to celebrate Cinco, go to Pueblo, or what ever that town is.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
  525. datruf

    Man, pshaaaa.. Those were prolly just some old school IZOD shirtz wit dat America Flag dem boyz wuz wearin...Erbody dun got tor up o'er nuttin. Erbody need to go to da beach and swim some. We shuld be mor worried bout sharkies dan Mexicans.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  526. krista

    they're TEENAGERS! if i remember correctly, being provocative is part of their job description. is it really so hard to just ignore their attempts to goad everyone? and what about that nasty little free speech amendment? the world is full of people that will stop at nothing to make you look at them. perhaps we need to be more selective about who/what we focus our attention on....and behave like rational adults. it seems to me there is an all out war on our kids to make them conform in ways that should scare them (tasers, paddling/suspension for dress-code violations, cuffed and arrested for innocent doodling). if we continue to allow this to escalate, then we will be dealing w/a generation that's split between uniformed automatons and raging revolutionaries.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  527. P.R.

    Anti- American????
    For respecting 5 de mayo?
    What does it have to do with being anti American when you respect others?
    To be American then is to insult other cultures?
    If you want to show your Americanism (?put on your American T-shirt every day but don't provoke by wearing it on a day when you KNOW will provoke controversy.
    I bet that was the purpose of wearing the American symbol on that special day. And if you don't see it then ....

    May 10, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  528. Dick Otis

    Oh and on the note of the comments made of his cancer. Your whole argument is basically is null. This is the greatest fallacy ever I believe lol. Its like politics, I can win if I just attack the person and take the focus off the weak point, like in this case, your argument against him.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  529. cathy

    You know Tanner...not every person is as all knowing as you and my comment about his face was innocent....until I googled him just now I had no idea he really looked like that picture...I thought it was a distortion done for the magazine about how twisted his ideas were.....however now that I know he really looks like that I feel sad for him...for what the disease has done to him AND for his twisted views about the tee shirts however, don't jump to conclusions like you probably usually do.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  530. Kowski can't wear an American t-shirt on Cinco de Mayo??? WHAT A JOKE. If that holiday is such a big deal why is it barely celebrated in MEXICO???

    May 10, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  531. larry

    I don't agree with his politics but the most classless thing here is that people would take a cheap shot at a guy who has been through hell and back and still has the strength and courage to do what he's done for decades, be a critic.

    Someday when you're sick with cancer he might be an inspiration. Glad to see he can still have a point of view and that I can still debate it without sinking to new depths using hateful, intolerant banter.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  532. Jim

    SINCE WHEN IS 5 MAY A HOLIDAY? IT'S NOT EVEN A HOLIDAY IN MEXICO. 5 May is a great day to show the AMERICAN FLAG, after all, this is America not Mexico.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  533. PUIDR

    I have a problem with Mr. Ebert's argument about wearing a sickle on the fourth. It's not the same thing. For it to be the same it would mean flying to Russia on the Fourth of July dressed in the American Flag and then getting mad at any Russian citizens you saw wearing their flag. We don't demand other countries not wave their flag on the Fourth because it's our holiday celebrated in our country just like Cinco is Mexico's holiday and should be celebrated there. If your a mexican citizen in the US and you want to celebrate Cinco here, fine but don't get made because the rest of the country is still American and supports America. What's next, you can't wear the US flag on Bastille Day because it will make the French mad.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
  534. Guy Bloomfield

    How is the tea party involved. Read the tweets, saw that one guy is fom (not a tea party site). Why is the tea party mentioned?

    May 10, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  535. Liz

    I always LOVE how many people freak out that America "celebrates" Mexico's Independence Day. That is patently false. If we celebrated Mexico's independence day we would celebrate on Sept. 16.

    Instead, some Americans have decided that we should all drink and have a good time on Cinco de Mayo. Kind of like how Americans have decided we should all drink and have a good time on March 17. The date has absolutely nothing to do with independence.

    Cinco de mayo celebrates the Mexican army's victory over the French in the Battle of Pueblo in 1862.. Fun fact: They were fighting the French who have been long-thought to have been trying to give aid to the Confederate States of America, which would have prolonged (or potentially been a decisive factor in) the Civil War.

    Sure, it's a "hispanic" holiday. But why be culturally insensitive? Their loss in that battle could have had far reaching effects for our country.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  536. andrew

    Cinco de mayo is NOT NOT NOT mexican independence day- it is so stupid that the teachers were trying to tout their culture awareness at the expense of the american cultural awareness- when all they did was illistrate their ignorance. How many people in the US even understand the significance and origin of their flag? Cultural awareness runs both ways!

    May 10, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  537. John

    For the posters arguing about tax rates, here is a link to a webpage that shows the highest marginal tax rates for all years since the adoption of the Sixteenth Amendment (Income Tax), 1913 through 2003:

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  538. PS

    I am more liberal than not, a cancer survivor and a long time fan of Roger Ebert. I do not agree with his comments and I think those students have every right to wear those T-shirts. Roger Ebert was out of line and his logic was faulty.

    In fact, I am quite upset by his choice of issues and his remarks. Wearing an Amerian flag T-shirt is a free speech right as it is to wear a Cinco de Maya or yes, even a hammer and sickle.

    More upsetting are the idiots who attacked him personally and used his cancer as a weapon. Unfortunately, they are the kind of people that have no respect for a long tradition of debate in this country and very little ability to partake in any meaningful dialogue.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  539. Tom S

    If wearing a shirt with an American flag at an American high school is provocative, it sounds as if there are some people in serious need of being provoked.

    Ebert seems to argue that American patriotism and celebrating Cinco de Mayo are inconsistent, which I don't believe. If it were so, wouldn't this be a reason for schools here, and others, not to celebrate Cinco de Mayo?

    May 10, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  540. Dick Otis

    If you are offended by the sight of an American Flag, you are a hypocrite. Obviously you live here for a reason, could it be all the freedoms and liberties you enjoy here? Have you ever been outside of the country, and I don't mean Canada or Mexico. If you disapprove of America and what it stands for, please leave. I love this country and would love to own a house with a yard some day. The fact that these kids were sent home because they wore a shirt bearing the American Flag on it disgusts me. From now on, I think I'm going to get a little sand in my nether regions and start complaining about things that offend me.

    I am Dick Otis and I approve this message.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  541. Graham

    1. Cinco De Mayo is not Mexico's Independence Day... For all those commentator claiming it is, do some research.

    2. Since it commemorates Mexico's war with the French, you would think wearing a shirt with a French flag would be "classless."

    3. Who cares what some stupid high school kids do anyway?

    May 10, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Report abuse |
  542. U.S. Common Sense

    I like Roger, but his position about wearing the flag shirts is completely wrong. His response to the childish and mean remarks, on the other hand, is correct. I guess he gets a one thumb up, one thumb down review on this exchange.

    May 10, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  543. MrX

    Nice head

    May 10, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  544. Cristobal

    The idea that flying, or wearing, the flag of the United States in the United States can be "provocative" is preposterous. If the flag of my country provokes negative reaction in you, then you shouldn't be in my country. It's as simple as that.

    May 10, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  545. Sue Z

    This is the United States of America. The US FLAG is the symbol of our country. It can be worn or flown anytime anywhere. How disrespectful to all of our VETERANS who have fought for our country to say anyone cannot proudly display this symbol of freedom! If a Mexican holiday is so important, then why are those who want to celebrate it not living in the country were it is celebrated.

    May 10, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  546. Radiok

    I have even more respect now for Roger Ebert. Thumbs up!

    May 10, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  547. moderatemike

    Previous comment: "So are Mexican's prohibited from wearing the Mexican Flag in Mexico on the 4th of July?"

    The real scenario is .. So if you were with other Americans in Mexico celebrating the 4th of July and 5 Mexican kids showed up with Mexican flags to diminish your celebration of US independence, would you be offended?

    May 10, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  548. DD

    People, get your facts straight. Cinco de Mayo is NOT Mexico's indepence day. In fact, it not a big holiday in Mexico nationwide – it is celebrated PRIMARILY in the state of Puebla (where the battle against French forces actually occured) and in the United States. The battle had significant consequences for the US. "The Mexicans had won a great victory that kept Napoleon III from supplying the confederate rebels for another year, allowing the United States to build the greatest army the world had ever seen. This grand army smashed the Confederates at Gettysburg just 14 months after the battle of Puebla, essentially ending the Civil War."

    May 10, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  549. Jacob

    I don't understand what wearing an American flag has to do with Cinco de Mayo. Seriously. Who cares? News flash, people: Cinco de Mayo is almost exclusively celebrated in the city of Puebla and in the UNITED STATES. For all intents and purposes, Cinco de Mayo is an AMERICAN holiday. So why in god's name would it be wrong to wear an American flag on an American holiday?

    Were the kids trying to say that America is for white people only and that they don't want a Hispanic holiday going on in the country? I mean, sure, that's pretty low, but that is FAR from the worst that we have all argued to protect on behalf of the First Amendment. We can handle Nazis in Skokie and white supremacist hate speech the rest of the country... but we can't handle an American flag?

    May 10, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  550. John Stuart Mill

    You have the right to state your political beliefs. Whether that is by spoken word or by some other form of expression. You have the right to do so as a group. Ultimately, you have the right to do so at any time, although you might suffer the consequence of breaking the rules of whatever organization whose meeting you might be attending.
    Every American, patriot or no, understands that it is the inherent power to freely speak our mind's expression that is what has founded, formed and fueled our country and continues to do so to this day. Whether that be wearing a T-shirt with the emblems of our country or celebrating a day of foreign consquence. Each has a right to so express themself. So too does everyone hold the right to challenge the beliefs of another. But no one, not even our mighty Federal government, has the right to ask, seek or impose silence. Silence is the hallmark of tyranny that no American can or should ever endure. In this vein, attacking someone who has choosen self expression is an attack upon America, its people and the laws that govern us all.

    "We can never be sure that the opinion we are endeavoring to stifle is a false opinion; and if we were sure, stifling it would be an evil still." ~John Stuart Mill, On Liberty, 1859

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  551. DB

    For the sake of argument, let's say they wore the shirts just to stir stuff up. So why couldn't anyone who might be offended merely look the other way? I'm offended by a lot of things I see on t-shirts. But the wearer has every right to wear it.

    May 10, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  552. Joe R.

    Kids will be kids. Five kids wearing shirts with the American flag to school on May 5 and getting in trouble should NOT have been a major story but I think it was FOX news that picked up on the story and ran with it. Then the rest of the news orgs followed it. Sounds more like media stirring pot.

    Roger E, keep up the good, patriotic work!

    May 10, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  553. A Patriot

    I hope that those who are opposed to students wearing American Flag shirts on a Mexican (not Latin American) national holiday will be just as disgusted when people wear American Flag attire on the holidays of other foreign countries. You wouldn't discriminate in favor of people from only one nation, would you?

    That means no more American Flag shirts on July 14, lest we upset those who celebrate France's Bastille Day. Not to mention Chinese New Year, Boxing Day, Fiestas Patrias (Peru), etc., etc. etc.

    May 10, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  554. seriously

    Donald N. Mynatt, he wasnt the one who brought up his disability! So i dont understand how you say he's hiding BEHIND IT?!!!

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  555. Aaron Scott

    Roger Ebert is my favorite movie critic. And while he has every right to express himself, he is either completely out of touch with mainstream America or is himself being deliberately provocative.

    First, it should not have been provocative at all to wear an American flag shirt on ANY DAY in America. Only Hispanics who somehow look down on America would take offense at the celebration of America.

    No, it's not at all like the Hammer & Sickle. That is absolutely contrary to the values that America espouses. Are American values opposite of Cinco de Mayo values? NO. Perhaps the better analogy would be something like celebrating, say, "Arizona Day" and someone shows up wearing a "Tennessee Forever" shirt. Yes, it's not really a perfect fit for the occasion, and, yes, it might even be done to be a bit provocative, but, hey, in the big picture, it's all about America, right?

    Ebert is not seeing that. He apparently thinks that on Cinco de Mayo, we are to set aside being American and let our Hispanic brothers and sisters celebrate without the "rude interruption" of Americanism.

    WRONG! This is America. Celebrate all you want–whatever you want. But when someone shows up celebrating AMERICA, either appreciate that it's ALL about America...or get on a boat and head back to wherever you came from.

    I'll always appreciate Ebert's movie criticism, but I say he needs to stick with what he does best...'cause making political comments isn't his forte.

    May 10, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  556. Dennis

    Last I checked, we don't celebrate the independence of any other country, right? Sounds to be a bit hypocritical then. What if a student wore a Mexican flag on the day of some other countries independence day, would they get suspended or expelled? No. I can't really use July 4th as an example since it's a holiday.

    I do like how the people that don't like the tea bag party call them "teabaggers" as well. Talk about being hypocritical of being classless. I am not part of the tea bag party, but the way the liberals portray and discuss anything that they don't support is just appalling on average.

    Last I cheked, I live in the UNITED STATES of AMERICA, NOT Mexico... The funny thing is that the people in Mexico don't even celebrate this "holiday" as much as the people in the USA.... Not that I don't want anyone to enjoy their heritage or anything, but if they get upset that someone is wearing a shirt symbolizing the country that they are in (legally or illegaly *cough*), then perhaps there's another issue altogether...

    May 10, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  557. tanner

    Um, yeah some far-right idiots may have made fun of Ebert's cancer which is totally wrong.

    BUT, to act so shocked and amazed when far-left crazy people have been just as disgusting in their attacks on people they don't care for and their health issues (i.e. Cheney's heartattack, Tony Snow's death, etc.) is absolutely, 100% hypocritical.

    Coming from the middle, I'd say liberals are much more guilty of this type of gross behavior.

    Mr. MikeMaz:

    May 10, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Report abuse |
  558. Mxwell K

    These kids didn't all randomly happen to wear American flag shirts on that day. I love how people will make a combative statement, but when they are called on it, they'll hide behind an unlikely, coincidental show of patriotism.

    May 10, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  559. Just a Drummer

    Meanwhile, none of our kids can speak in complete sentences, distinguish between the sine and cosine, or find Iraq on a map.

    Perhaps if they were more challenged by their parents and educators to actually learn something, they wouldn't have time for such silliness.

    May 10, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  560. Bill

    @Loren and all that agree with Ebert:

    Suspended for wearing an AMERICAN flag in an AMERICAN school... on a Mexican holiday.

    Likening that to wearing a hammer and sickle on 4th of july?!? Uhm, no. We're not in Mexico. We are not in Russia. We are not in China.

    But, since you think it should be illegal to be patriotic in America on a foreign holiday, lets keep it fair. From now on, I expect equal treatment on every "independence" style holiday observed by every country on the planet.

    We can start with July 4, the date the Philippines gained independence from the horrible United States.

    That's right. Same treatment for Mexico's independence as the Philippine's independence.

    May 5th and July 4th are now totally inappropriate days to wear an American flag. Ty Roger Ebert. So damned smart.

    May 10, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  561. Russell

    What's really classless is wearing a flag t-shirt in the first place. Wearing a flag t-shirt does not show how patriotic one is – it shows how much contempt one has for the flag, the country and the people in it.

    May 10, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  562. Pooka from Colorado

    Thanks for showing that there ARE folks out there with brains - and not just ignorant patriots.
    You already know the IQ of those that divert a discussion of opinion into an attack on physical or other defects that have nothing to do with the subject at hand.

    May 10, 2010 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  563. cathy

    I have to something going on with his face or did they just do a distortion on the mag. cover....I thought he was sick but what is this....

    May 10, 2010 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  564. Tony

    To Mike Maz-
    "Joe Patriot, redneck, teabagger,"
    and you're gonna school others on insults?, yeah, it's wrong to make fun of someone elses misfortune, but you're no different.

    May 10, 2010 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  565. Chief

    One small problem with the analogy – Cinco de Mayo is not Mexico's Independence Day. It celebrates a victorious battle over the French, who had invaded Mexico as a result of unpaid debts to France.

    Nevertheless, SCOTUS has time and time again ruled that the student's FA rights do not stop at the school doors. Perhaps Mr Ebert should learn a little history before commenting.

    All that being said, making comments about his cancer – unless in praise of his courage – is classless.

    May 10, 2010 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  566. Mike

    I fail to see how the tea-party has anything to do with any of this..

    May 10, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  567. JTexan

    Were the students at the CA high School supended for running up the Mexico flag and putting the American flag upside down below it. If not why not and why didn't he have something to say about that?

    May 10, 2010 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  568. RobertAllen

    Loren, SF Bay Area said it best:
    "It's amazing how much members of the Tea Party are in favor of the First Amendment...until you say something they disagree with."

    Regressives find it extremely difficult to argue sapient points so they switch to a straw man argument to deflect the meaning of a valid discussion.

    Is there any hope for them? Not with our current educational factories.

    Bob Allen
    Las Vegas

    May 10, 2010 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  569. Erin

    Its so funny to me that people forget that no one owned or was indiginous to this country, except the Native Americans, and Mexicans (who inhabited most of california, Arizona and Texas before "American" expansion west)... America is a meltingpot and everyone in it decendants of a family that were once immigrants of the country. Free speech is a tribute to the notion of the Melting pot America is and shouldn't be abused to abuse other's in it... thats not law but its just common courtesy (grown ups know what that is)

    May 10, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  570. Martin

    Don't f*** with ebert in a verbal battle.... The man has a way with words and can think rather than spew vile obscenities. Obviously some people don't have a clue.

    May 10, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  571. Geraldo

    VIVA LA MEXICO!!!!!!!!!!

    May 10, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  572. Biff

    Let me get this straight: Roger Ebert "tweets" that he believes in censoring kids' attire, and the stupid liberal "we hate you if you don't agree with whatever nonsense our puppeteer is currently spouting" mentality results in accusations Tea Partiers of suppressing free speech?

    May 10, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  573. Edward R. Ditmars

    If it doesn't matter and we are all equal, then don't send home people proud of being Americans.

    The fact is it's a lie, started by corporations, to keep you poor and steal your homes.

    It's like stranger has walked into your house without permision and claimed a stake. Sorry, all the good things are here because of Americans, and not because of parasites. That is corporations thinking, "Duh, if we allow, criminals, who illegally infiltrate a country's borders, but can't get a job, if we allow them to stay they will have to work for pennies, and then with all the money we save, we can hire masses of security to make sure none of our stuff gets stolen like everybody else.

    May 10, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  574. george

    Cinco de Mayo is a dominantly American holiday celebrated by Mexican Americans. Most people are mistaken as to what it even means. For instance, most Mexicans would try and tell you it is celebrating Mexican independence...and they would be very wrong. It is a celebration of the victory over the french at the battle of Puebla in 1862; a turning point in the war. Mexican Independence day is September 16, so comparing it to our independence day is far more than just a stretch by left wing elitists. It has become a "greeting card holiday" for Mexican restaurants. Get over it. maybe it was in poor taste, but it surely wasn't as huge of a deal as Ebert made it out to be...hammer and sickle? Come on, man. Get over yourself.

    May 10, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  575. Yoga2010

    This was a classic banning of free speech. The first amendment is not intended to protect from possibly offensive or provocative political statements, one of it's main purposes is to allow such expression. Shame on school administrators and shame on Mr. Ebert for supporting their repression of free speech.

    May 10, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  576. Mcsmarterthanyou

    Please tell me how many state-sanctioned July 4 parties you will find in Mexico?

    Tell me how many state (fed) sanctioned cinco de mayo parties you will find here in the us? None!

    "Bear in mind, "Mexican" is not a race; it's a nationality. If you live in America, you are no longer Mexican– you are American. Please start behaving as such."

    I guess Americans of Irish descent are not allowed to celebrate St Pat's day because they are American, not Irish. Oh, that's right, it's just the Mexicans you don't like.


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  577. cathy

    I cannot even begin to convey to you how ticked off this whole thing has me. Tee shirts are worn that say the most vile things and all the happy libs think it's just "grand"....but wear a US flag tee shirt and they see sinister things lurking around every corner....what about patriotism....people wear Phillies tee shirts to NY's the same thing....if the mexicans want to be proud on their day...more power to them....but the US CITIZENS have just as much right to be proud and this PC crap is what it is....a bunch of bull.

    May 10, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  578. irisson2

    Try wearing an American flag in Mexico on any given day of the year and see what kind of stares you get. You may even get mugged or threatened. I know. I have been there on multiple mission trips and we are warned not to wear anything that makes us look American as that may offend the locals.

    We have fought, bled and died for what our flag symbolizes. I wear and display my flag as a tribute to all who have defended our great land and as a reminder that freedom is not free. And I especially wear it on days such as Cinco de Mayo. I don't mind other communities celebrating thier ethnic heritage but not at the expense of the land that grants them the freedom to do it.

    May 10, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  579. Tyler

    If you want to complain about being "provocative" then just look at Ebert himself, of course he is just voicing his opinion which is fine, but he continues to do it in such a way that it makes him look like he's only trying to start controversy. He keeps doing this over and over and it's just frustrating because in his mind he's always right and he can never be reasoned with.

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  580. Sean

    Wow, so we shouldn't wear the flag on May 5th? Why? Why should any day be a day we can't wear the US flag while living in the USA?

    So what's so special about May 5ht that we shouldn't wear the flag? If memory serves, this was a day where the mexican army dealt a significant blow to the french. Yet even with that, the french still ended up capturing Mexico. In fact, it wasn't until the US could devote more resources to the Mexicans that the french were finally repelled.

    I am utterly baffled why anyone would want to celebrate that day, let alone all the fan faire generated in the USA. And I am floored that anyone would take exception with a person wearing a USA flag while in the USA.

    May 10, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
  581. Chicago Rick

    I'm sure these same redneck kids do similar acts of solidarity and "pride" on St. Patrick's Day (wear an IRA shirt), MLK Day (wear your KKK shirt) and Christmas (wear your Kwanzaa gear) in order to prove their distaste is universal against all people. Wow, it's awesome that the Republican party is splintering themselves into two different fractions. And to think, they love idolizing Reagan but they would never vote for him if he were running today since he was for taxes on rich, amnesty and peace negotations with enemies.

    May 10, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  582. Donald N. Mynatt

    The Tea party will start looking better because I'll join! I was a Democrat/Liberal – No more. I'm also disabled. Ebert, sop hiding behind you disability! You're an effete commie snob, and you never amounted to anything after the better half of the team past on. When has it become a bad thing to wear an American flag – so should they have worn a Mexican flag? Wonder if they would have been thrown out if it was a Russian flag. Do you have any Hammer & Sickle shirts Ebert?

    May 10, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  583. seriously

    @Jeff, Cinco de Mayo celebrates the Mexicos' victory over France in the battle of Puebla...NOT their independence. And again, it's celebrated HERE in AMERICA way more than in if it's a "drinking holiday", it's because we Americans made it so!! lol! Believe me, i went out last Wednesday...had a Margarita and a shot of Tequilla @ a PACKED Chevys...not a Mexican in site!!

    May 10, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  584. schugesen

    First of all, Cinco de Mayo is not a "Hispanic" holiday, but a Mexican one. It has nothing to do with other Hispanic cultures of the Caribbean, Central America or South America.

    Second, it is NOT Mexican Independence Day, which is on September 16th. Cinco de Mayo actually commemorates the Battle of Puebla on May 5th, 1862 where Mexican troops defeated an invading French army sent by Napoleon III to install a Hapsburg nobleman as emperor of Mexico.

    Third, Cinco de Mayo is not really celebrated in Mexico. It is celebrated more in the U.S. by Mexican-Americans and has been utilized as a marketing ploy by beer companies. From this, it has expanded into the larger Anglo culture of the U.S.

    Lastly, who cares if these kids wanted to wear American flags on cinco de mayo. As a Mexican-American I would have smirked at the obvious and immature passive-aggressiveness of someone coordinating with their friends to wear American flags on Cinco de Mayo, but to have sent those kids home for being "provocative" was too heavy-handed and counterproductive, as it has only had the effect of reinforcing the teabagger's notion of the overreaching left and political correctness.

    May 10, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  585. Gary Mak

    To all the idiots who can only respond to an intellectually-grounded rebuttal of your position with a personal insult instead of an equally reasoned, intellectually-solid counter-point on the topic, I encourage you to leave this country. You are the unpatriotic communists, whatever your position is. Our country was founded by wise men who often vehemently disagreed with one another – but promoted their views and attacked their opponents position with solid, well reasoned arguments based on facts and logic. We thank our very existence to the results of that intellectual debate process that lead to the democracy we have today.

    No better example of a society where people defy logic, shout out emotional and illogical slogans, and rant incoherently about patriotism is North Korea. Please go there. Kim Jong-Il would love to have more mindless robots.

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  586. Tony

    I wear an American Flag pin on my lapel everyday, which has not offended anyone that I know of. Why is it that these kids have offended so many people? Is the American flag an anti Mexican statement? I think we are all Americans.

    May 10, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  587. Suszanne

    Two thumbs wayyyyyyy up for James from New Jersey!

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  588. Lynn

    I'm sure the parents of these kids are just so gosh darned proud. You betcha!

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  589. Matt

    Wearing an American flag in America is the same as wearing a Soviet flag in America. Terrific comparison Roger!

    Although your liberal Hollywood kool-aid ignorance is no excuse for cheap cancer shots by some people. The media will try to classify all such statements as the view of the "tea partiers" but it's just like saying all Philadelphia fans are idiots who run on the field.

    I'll sum it up for you: your statement was ridiculous and misguided and some responses have been disgraceful and idiotic. Hopefully one day more Americans will start looking through the crap and dealing with the truths.

    May 10, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  590. Brian Bender

    Wow, the cancer remarks are really low blows.... the man voiced his opinion which last time i checked we were all allowed to do in america.... while i dont like what he said he has the right to say it without being attacked by inmature teaparty members that ridicule him for cancer instead of what he said. Mr. Ebert is a class act who just voiced his opinion..... grow up argue the issue not the mans medical history

    May 10, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  591. Chris in Atlanta


    That's because the Irish and Italians don't represent an illegal immigration problem, and they never did. They came to this country legally and helped to establish it back in the early and mid 1800's.

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  592. PainoMan

    Just because you "tolerate" something, doesn't mean it still can't anger you. The kids apparently have an opinion concering Cinco de Mayo, and I think these kids showed immense "tolerance" in that they expressed their opinion in a completely non-violent way. Only ignorant people allow the wearing of a particular shirt to cause themselves to become violent.

    Always remember tolerance does not equal acceptance, and that is why I would never, EVER want to be merely "tolerated".

    May 10, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
  593. Come Together

    "A celebration by Mexican-American culture..." in a state overrun by illegals from Mexico who laugh at the -American we append to them. What did Pres Calderon say, "where there's a Mexican, there's Mexico" ? . Those parades/parties would be a great place to start enforcing their new laws.

    I'm glad the kids were suspended. We only heard about the story because of the stink they started afterward. They could have been beaten up by Mexicans and then the MSM would never have published the story.

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  594. James R


    "If you want to be Joe Patriot . . ."

    Yes, because being a patriot is an unforgivable crime. God forbid one expresses love towards one country. So 'unsophisticated'!!

    This is why I'm no longer a liberal/leftist. I grew really tired of hating the country that afforded me so much freedom.

    You comment shows a lack of understanding of the complexity in our country. Which is what explains these idiot kids wearing those shirts. It is no surprise you agree with them. Oh if it was as simple as wearing a lapel flag. Wearing a flag doesnt make you a patriot.

    May 10, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  595. Chris in Atlanta

    Flying a flag declares an allegiance. If you have allegiances to Mexico instead of the USA, by all means fly the Mexican flag. On your way OUT of the country ...

    May 10, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  596. Steve

    I am a very patriotic American. However, I do not wear a flag on my clothing. But if I ever do, it will be on May 5 or any other day when someone tries to tell me that I can't or shouldn't in the United States of America. Of course these students were trying to be provocative. Good for them. I celebrate their wisdom and courage in standing up for what is right. Cinco de Mayo is not an American holiday. If anyone wants to celebrate it, go right ahead. But don't try to force it on the rest of us. This is the USA, not Mexico. Roger Ebert's arguments are faulty, but those few of you who attack him personally instead of his logic make it so that no one will listen to any legitimate points that you might have.

    May 10, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  597. Leland

    Tea baggers. Just another way to describe the extreme right of U.S. politics. Tea Baggers: Mostly White, Mostly Republican conservatives upset that the Democrates control the Executive and Legislative Branches of the Federal Government, and the same people who supported G.W. Bush when he was curtailing our freedoms under the guise of the Patriot Act and using fear of "them" (whoever them is) to further his agenda. Tea Bagger a.k.a. malcontent. In other words get a life, if you cannot argue intellegently with an individual and have to sink to attacking their condition then you have already lost.

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  598. Darth Cheney

    Teabaggers and so called "patriots" see only the flag, but not the intent behind it. That's what at issue, when the flag is being used essentially to give someone the middle finger, that's not only an insult to a Mexican in this instance, it's also, when you think about it, an insult to the better angels represented in our flag. A film critic is well positioned to see the underlying message that so many of you refuse to see.

    May 10, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  599. DJoseph

    Why are people taking such offense at hispanics celebrating Cinco de Mayo? It's no different then the Irish celebrating St. Patricks Day or Italians celebrating Columbus Days. There are a lot of Irish and Italian colors flying on those days and nobody feels a need to make a statement by wearing an American flag!

    May 10, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  600. sick of the "politically correct" nonsense

    While it is in poor taste for a (very few) morons to throw back at ebert about his cancer - has nothing to do with the argument or the comments - lets get one thing clear - we have tiptoed around everyone else for far too long. These kids should be able to wear American Flag on their shirts or anywhere else ANY DAY OF THE YEAR! I don't give a crap if it's Cinco De Mayo - why should it matter???? This is America and anybody should be able to display the flag any time any place. Give me a break. All of the examples given by Ebert in his blog are so unrelated to this, it's not even funny. And before all you libs were just making rips about Repubs - now its all about the "tea party" - why don't you just grow up? In fact, the majority of the Americans are sick and tired of the liberal bs. Get over yourself!

    How bout "lib-ass" or some other moronic name – you all like calling the other side "tea-baggers". How is it any different. Get a LIFE

    May 10, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  601. bdarcel

    All these "patriots" – how many years did you serve your country? Zilch I bet. Those of us that have know that race and creed don't count for squat when the guy next to you has placed his life in your hands and you've placed yours in his. Us and those who went before us gave a part of our life – some gave the whole enchilada – for the idea of freedom. That freedom is for everyone which means we need to make sure our freedom ends when it infringes on that of another. One of the tools we use to achieve this dream is tolerance. That's hard for some people to get their minds around either because they are too small or too brittle.

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  602. KJV

    I love how no one read his blog post about the topic. He doesn't state that it is unpatriotic or that people shouldn't do it.

    He does point out that the kids were either trying to genuinely display patriotism or trying to cause a disturbance. The latter is most likely what they were doing.

    try reading his post, then judge. Just reading the Twitter post and headline of the story and then commenting is a little myopic.

    And some of you need to really take a chill pill. Getting all tough on Roger Ebert doesn't exactly scream "badassedness."

    May 10, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  603. Dan

    *far MORE egregious

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  604. Jay

    @Dan P - you'll defend it with.....what, exactly? Last I checked, the Reps were busy arming themselves to the teeth. I claim affiliation to neither party - mine is the party of common sense, and to that party I am loyal till death. Here's what scares me, though - those on the FAR FAR right...the Militia to any militia out there about what could cause them to go "active" (or whatever they're calling it now), and one of the common threads is "failure of the federal government to enforce our borders". Well, we go. Remember folks, even Rome fell...and we're very unstable at the moment.

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  605. seriously

    @Jen, Cinco de Mayo IS celebrated in America WAY MORE than in Mexico. A simple search will show you the facts. We like to party....i dont think those kids shouldve been sent home. thats just ridiculous, but that doesnt mean i agree with whatever msg they were trying to send either...

    May 10, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  606. GilbertoC

    Tea Baggers are Sarah Palin's Pitbulls.
    Wait till dear Sarah get's so much as a Cancer scare,
    they will forbid to even say the word at all.
    Thank God they don't like burkas.

    May 10, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  607. Wendy Boisvenue

    Go Ebert, you are bang on, it is disrespectful!! Sorry you had to hear ugly words being said about your brave fight with Cancer! Shame on them that they lack the knowedge and heart to be sensitive. If we all mutually respected one another's days of celebration perhaps there would be no war?!

    I am one proud Canadian but I have many great American, Muslim, Jewish and many other friends in this world and I would NEVER disrespect their moment of glory!

    May 10, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  608. Jeff

    Breaking news, September 15, 1810 was when Mexico declared its independence from Spain. May 5 started out as an alcohol promotion, now you can understand why it is a Mexican holiday!!

    May 10, 2010 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  609. Dan

    Funny how a group of Arab kids in Michigan wear t-shirts that mocked the destruction of the Twin Towers and the libs claim that it was unitentional, they did nothing wrong, etc., etc. Then American kids do something far less egregious and a stern lesson has to made of them. What a twit you are Egg-bert!

    May 10, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  610. Just a Drummer

    @Mike in NYC – Believe what you like, but you should probably read up on tax rates throughout our history. You'll be shocked to find that (loopholes notwithstanding), stranger's data is for the most part correct.

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  611. Dennis

    The media, especially FOX News, has not been reporting all the facts. The students did not just have the American flag on their shirts, but at least one of the shirts also had the words "Flag Fight" displayed on the shirts. It was because of these words and the intent of the students to use these words to create a disruptive situation at school that the vice principal asked them to call home for a change of clothes. The vice principal acted appropriately and should be commended. The students whose shirts are in question did not have the American flag on their shirt to show respect to America, they were using our flag to start a fight. These kids are no better than those people who burn a flag out of protest.

    May 10, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  612. sharoom

    Why are people arguing about whether or not it was the kids' right to wear the US flag? That isn't the point made here. I agree they have every right to wear it, but the situation needs to be taken in context. The school is predominantly Mexican-American, and Cinco de Mayo's purpose is to celebrate Mexican-American culture in the US. What is then the purpose of getting a group of people to deliberately wear t-shirts showing the US flag? Patriotism? Or is it to stir up controversy and make a scene? I would argue that the kids intended the later or else why choose this specific day in this particular school? If this is patriotism, then from the point-of-view of Mexican-Americans what kind of message is being conveyed? Is it welcoming of Mexican-American culture or against, and is it respectful of their heritage? Remember, we aren't talking about the specific immigration issue but about cultural diversity in the US. No act of patriotism should ever be deliberately disrespectful of fellow Americans, so please exercise a little empathy.

    May 10, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  613. Ule Neverknow

    He obviously lost part (maybe all) of his brain along with his jaw.

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  614. Gruneun

    I read the original tweet, the responses, the article at Gawker, and the blog post from Ebert. I fail to see any plausible connection with the Tea Party. I see both sides laying it on thick, people claiming racism, people tossing low blows, and people making wild accusations and assumptions... on both sides.

    Personally, I'm not a Tea Party member but, based on his commentary on subjects prior to this, I still think Ebert is a simple-minded twit. The fact that he linked anyone who disagrees with his position (or insults him) to a party he wishes to denigrate only serves to reinforce my opinion.

    May 10, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  615. patman

    It is more akin to a Mexican student in Mexico wearing a shirt with a Mexican flag on July 4.

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  616. Gregg Young

    is this not America? Wy can't these kids wear a flag on CInco de Mayo......? This is America not Mexico. To compare it to the hammer and sickle is ridiculous. If we were in Russia there would be no Cinco de Mayo celebration.

    I have had it "up to here" with this PC gone crazy. We are in the USA and as such if we choose to support our country on a day when they are celebrating a Mexican Holiday then so be it. Again, this is America, we have no obligation to celebrate Mexican Holidays, or Russian Holidays, or Chinese Holidays, or Indian Holidays... you get my drift.

    I will guarantee you that there is no recognition of American Independence Day in Mexico. Why must the American people bow to this bull#$^% politcal correctness that the liberal left believes should exist is beyond me.

    May 10, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  617. mattm

    Joe C your incorrect. 5/5 is not a big day for Hispanics...its a big day for Mexicians. 2 completely different things. One being a race the other a nation. We don't live in Mexico...we celebrate 5/5 for a reason to party. If anything its all the people that get drunk on 5/5 for the sake of getting drunk that are showing a greater disrespect than these kids. These kids are american the think its foolish for us to celebrate another nations holiday. They practiced their right of free speech. Show me the Mexicans that were offended by this...and I will show one with ties to illegal aliens.

    May 10, 2010 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  618. Timmay_M


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  619. Bo Stampel

    First, Cinco de Mayo is not an American holiday. Second, it is not even a major Mexican holiday. So some kids got suspended for wearing a shirt designed like the flag of the country which guarantees them the right to express themselves because it might have offended people of a non-Ameircan holiday on a "holiday" whose biggest impact is "nachos half off" at the local cantina.

    Should all the kids who said the pledge of allegiance at the beginning of the day get suspended for honoring the SAME flag the provocative kids wore.

    Ebert says something stupid, I don't generalize it to all movie critics in the same way when a tea party member says something stupid, I don't generalize all tea members as idiots/racists.

    May 10, 2010 at 3:38 pm | Report abuse |
  620. Kelly

    Patriotic democrat here (not sure why those on the right think that's an oxymoron) – I think this was handled poorly all the way around.

    The 5 kids obviously coordinated their actions to wear head-to-toe American flag items on Cinco de Mayo to send a message (an unfriendly one) to the large hispanic population at their high school. I don't think this is a story about when you can and can't wear patriotic clothing. I think anyone should be able to wear it whenever they want. This is about those 5 boys using the American flag in a coordinated way as a means of intimidation. They aren't as innocent as they claim and their refusal to admit what is so obvious and to say they are sorry for trying to make others uncomfortable speaks poorly of their character.

    The principal was right to be concerned because the teens intentions were very obvious. But, because they hadn't taken things any further at that point, I think he could have handled it better simply by stating that he was onto them and that they would be sent home if they provoked any of the other students in any way. I think he was probably taken off guard and (rightfully) worried that someone would get hurt on his watch. Imagine the story if he had seen the 5 students, did nothing, and there had been a fight in which someone was injured. Everyone would be calling for his resignation then, too! Seems like a lose-lose for this guy and I don't envy his position.

    The protesting students were also out of line. Their classmates were being provocative and rude, but hadn't broken any rules (that I'm aware of) and really they're making themselves look bad by protesting – skipping school and demanding further punishment for the 5.

    And those making fun of Roger Ebert and using the fact that he's a cancer survivor to attack him – pathetic. Enough said.

    I hope that sometime soon people can realize that in politics you don't always have to side with your party and that there isn't always a clear good guy and a clear bad guy. There are gray areas, and in this situation no one is coming out smelling like roses.

    May 10, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  621. Jimbo billy bob lee roy bobby E. lee III

    Ronald Ray Gun was here. Suckas!

    May 10, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  622. Ireadthis

    Hey George Watson – the "brown shirt conformity" you speak of is most likely going to be the result of liberal left-wing groupthink, not the other wing as you absurdly assert.

    May 10, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
  623. Waaa Waaa Waaa

    You guys and flags are really wierd though....I get it the representation but you really really love flags.

    You see people get more upset over a flag than the actual lives involved. Ironically, and to Lou's point 99% of you probably never fought a second for this country. If you want to be patriotic send "lil Timmy" to Uncle Sam..if you are not willing to do that or you have not served you have no right desicrating our flag in the name OF YOUR FREEDOM THAT YOU DID NOT EARN.

    If you earned ..fine...but I know most of you have not so you just need to shut up about the flag unless you have defended it.

    And yes I have..and I still don't get what you rednecks get so worked up about. As long as the flags fly in washington and this country is still America you can burn a flag all you want...I got crap to do like "LIVE MY LIFE"

    May 10, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  624. Ryan

    What if a Hispanic student had worn an American flag shirt on Cinco de Mayo?

    May 10, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  625. Luke

    Ebert's comments were directed at these kids' intentions, not their actions.

    The context of their actions would suggest that they were rebelling against a celebration of Mexican-American culture, which, as Ebert pointed out, is an American tradition (as opposed to a holiday being imposed on us by, say, illegal immigrants). The question is whether or not that motive is something to be frowned upon.

    Another good question is how many other days of the school year did any of those kids wear American flag t-shirts.

    May 10, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  626. John Raines

    Two of the youth involved are themselves hispanic, but second generation Americans. It should also be noted that the youth in question frequently wear those shirts to school. This was all on the local news who got into the story and when it was peeled back it was a bit startling to find these other facts out. Now, if the national news media could be just as accurate in their fact checking....

    May 10, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  627. Stacey

    I always find it interesting that "educated" is an insult. Isn't it ironic that we all sell education as the way to improve your life, but the moment we need an insult we call the person an "educated elitist?" What's the improvement on that? Redneck idiot?

    May 10, 2010 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  628. Garret

    I think tagging all those who say hateful things as Tea Party members is sloppy and ultimately intentional. It's just shorthand for an acceptable way to marginalize a group of people. Quite in vogue in journalism. If you find a few asshats within a group then you can marginalize the whole. Do we really care about bigotry or are we selective just to tip our hat as to how superior we are.

    May 10, 2010 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  629. Mike from Washington State

    Talk about being blown out of proportion! This was about kids being provocative kids, and it was dealt with. Then we have the "adults" bringing all their own emotional baggage to the table. It reminds me of little league games with the "adults" on the sideline being complete asses about the score, or a kid's playing time. HOWEVER, to so completely lose it as to make fun or mock someone's cancer is disgusting and those responsible should be ashamed of themselves. Whatever happened to dealing with just the facts? I hate to inform all the rabble rousers, but yelling the loudest and using the most inflammatory language will NOT win you any arguments, despite what you may think.

    May 10, 2010 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  630. Doug

    The tea party is making this country look worse and worse each day. Complete embarrassment.

    May 10, 2010 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  631. LM

    It may be that the kids intended to be provacative but we really don't know. We live in a hypocritical country today. So let me ask you this, If 5 Latino's showed up to school on 4th of July with t-shirts emblazened with the mexican flag on them, what do you think the chances are that the Latino principal would expell them? Not a chance...and that is where the rub is. White American males are the new minority in this country.

    May 10, 2010 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
  632. Bob Oso

    All you people SUCK DONKEY B*&^#

    May 10, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  633. Micah S

    The tweet by Ebert was his opinion and just that. It does seems that the students intended this as a provocative act, as all acts of protest are intended. That being the case, the ACLU has an obligation by the very nature of their organization to drive the school system into absolute bankruptcy for the infringement of the rights of their students. What disgusts me the most is that adult educators taught the lesson of "we don't care that you're a citizen, you're going to be treated differently due to your age and we hope you never figure out that you can fight this".

    May 10, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  634. Yvonne

    For cryin out loud, we live in the United States. We should be able to wear a t-shirt with our flag on it any day of the week without offense to anybody. If someone living in this country finds it offensive for you to wear the countries flag on a 'non-holiday' day they should go live somewhere else!

    May 10, 2010 at 3:33 pm | Report abuse |
  635. Charles

    Here's the ironic part. Cinco de Mayo is an American holiday. They don't even celebrate it in Mexico.

    May 10, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  636. berzerker

    To efilnikufesin: CdM is NOT the mexican independence day. It is a celebration of one village in Mexico comemorating the defeat of the French army by the Mexicans.

    May 10, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  637. GTRrocker

    YOu stay classy, tea-baggers.

    May 10, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  638. Mary

    It is interesting how many descendants of immigrants think it is patriotic to be a bully, when most of their ancestors came here to get away from that sort of behavior. Wearing the flag outfits, as a group, was done to be beligerent and ignorant, and get attention. It worked.

    Funny thing is, I always celebrate Cinco de Mayo – why? Because if the French had managed to win the war the Confederacy would have had a land route to export cotton and import weapons – the win by Mexico's NATIONALIST army deprived the Confederate south of material to fight the Civil war – can't get any more patriotic that that!!


    May 10, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  639. David


    flag fights! krips vs vs them......the coordinated display of flag shirts was bullying.

    all elements of our society should be proud to be in a country that welcomes them and celebrates pluralism.

    we have all manner of celebration/parades to honor diverse groups......the implied criticism of a Cinco de Mayo celebration goes against the American ethic

    May 10, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  640. jon

    Where does it say in the Declaration of Independance that say's we can't wear an American Flag on cinco de mayo? First of all, all you people who immigrated to this wonderful country LEGALLY!! are Americans FIRST, then your heritage. Remember that. Don't try to pass off holiday's such as cinco de mayo as an American holiday. It is not. I respect your heritage, and I am not objecting to your celebrating it. Just don't tell me that it is more important than the American flag and my own beliefs, If I want to wear an American flag on my person, then by GOD I will and no one is going to tell me otherwise. Mr. Ebert, you need to go relearn your American History and clean out that fogged filled brain of yours. This is America jack! and no other country is going to think they can come here and make me or others bow down to there level...HELL NO!!

    May 10, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse |
  641. Brad

    So did all the schools on California take down the American flag on 5-5? I can't see that happening!

    May 10, 2010 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  642. Mike in NYC

    stranger in an increasingly strange land May 10th, 2010 2:53 pm ET – Tea-Partiers would find that since the sixties the taxes on the extremely wealthy have gone from a 95% tax rate down to the mid to low 30% tax rate on the highest bracket.

    Uuuuuuhhhh.... I don't believe that anyone in this country has ever been taxed at a 95% tax rate (give Obaba time and we may just get there). I'm glad YOU'RE not working in the GAO!!! lol

    May 10, 2010 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  643. LouCioccio

    Tea Partier's, Republicans, Democrats, and whatever, to show your true american spirit, do what I did in 1966. I joined I was not drafted and I did not spent my time in Canada nor did I stop the VC from attacking the Gulf of Mexico NOR did I had other priorities. Oh yes I did inhale not like those whom did not. I pulled guard duty and even burnt our waste( what a smell) till it was ash. Get a life and send your darlings off to war be a patriot not a maggot and don't hide behind your false patriotism. Just Do it!

    May 10, 2010 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  644. John

    To my knowledge, May 5th is not a holiday recognized in this country. Government offices were not closed. Schools were in session. Cinco de Mayo has about the same status as Ground Hog Day.

    May 10, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  645. Tim Grady

    Hmm...if people choose to wear American flag T-shirts on St. Patrick's Day, do they warrant the same type of Ebert chastisement? I think he overreached on this one.

    May 10, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  646. Ninja

    Total BS! 5/5 is not our Holiday. We are Americans and have the right to bare the flag 24/7. I would expect a law suit at bare minimum of out this. mexico can do their own thing and we dont have to acquiesce to them they must acquiesce to us... its our country Arizona is just the beginning!

    May 10, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  647. Gene

    Be proud to be an American fly the Stars and Stripes 365 days a year. I don't know if Ebert saw the news from Morgan Hill where a kid grabbed the American flag from a kid driving by in a pickup truck then threw it to the ground. I wonder what he would think about this and I also think this kid needs a lesson in flag etiquette.

    May 10, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  648. Brian

    It's interesting how there are so many complaints about people attacking Mr. Ebert who certainly suffered greatly from a life-threatening disease, while there aren't many who point out that Mr. Ebert, an experienced and well-known journalist/film critic, knowingly attacked and mocked children hiding behind his Twitter account. Mr. Ebert, you coward, if you plan on attacking children in the future, I would suggest that you get permission from their fathers–in person–first.

    May 10, 2010 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  649. sue

    BobB -

    Since when is Cinco de Mayo (Mexican Independence Day) shoved in anyone's face? In the US it's just a holiday to entice people to have dinner at their favorite Mexican restaurant. I don't remember hearing about this "holiday" until maybe 20 years ago. Cinco de Mayo is an advertising holiday.

    That being said... What's the big deal with the kids wearing American Flag T-shirts on May 5th? Classless? So what! Rude and Offensive? Yeah. Mean? Maybe. Provocative? You bet!

    I'm pretty liberal so I don't mind provocative. I don't even like that school administrators won't let kids wear t-shirts with goofy, rude or political slogans. as long as they're not actively pitching a fight with other groups.

    May 10, 2010 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  650. jj

    So the kids (teenagers) were looking for controversy, ie. being loud mouth louts, yeah got that. Ebert gave his opinion where it was not asked for, yeah got that too. So the kids and by their silence the tea party faithful response is to make fun of his disfigurement and illness. Do I have that about right?

    May 10, 2010 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  651. Not Nanny

    So, since St. Patrick's day is not an AMERICAN holiday, I take it you think the Irish should not celebrate it, and instead return to Ireland as well?

    Wearing an american flag Tshirt is not illegal. Ebert didn't say it was. He said that it was provocative to do it on 5/5, and if you don't think doing so is provocative, you're lying to yourself.

    Of course, when the level of discussion is "By the way ebert, have you looked in the mirrow [sic] lately?" you know you're dealing with people who have blind hatred, and if they have it for people stricken with cancer, they've probably got it for foreigners as well.

    Sometimes you can get insight into a discussion by the nature of the people supporting different sides. For instance, in this discussion, how many people who believe wearing flag Tshirts to school was provocative, attacked anyone representing the opposing viewpoint for HAVING CANCER??

    Also, please answer this, right wingers, is it ok to sweat in my american flag shirt? I thought the flag was sacred. Can I burn it once it's gets old? What if I get ice cream on it? Oh yeah, its JUST A SYMBOL. Please keep that in mind the next time you try to launch an anti-flag burning crusade again.

    May 10, 2010 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  652. Madasheck

    Of course the kids were being provocative, big deal. Celebrating a non-holiday, intimidating the non-mexican students and sending the kids home that stood up is also being provacative. The administrators did the wrong thing.

    Also, when you carelessly throw around "racist" and "tea-bagger", you are proving yourself a bigger idiot than those you wish to offend.

    May 10, 2010 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  653. Johno

    I'm still looking for the Tea Party connection here. All I've found so far is Eggbert responded using TeePee in his response and somehow that made it a Tea Party response. CNN then morphs it into a tabloid headline Roger Ebert vs. Tea Party supporters on Twitter. Weak very weak.

    May 10, 2010 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  654. Craig in Texas

    All this is kind of silly. When I was growing up, it was considered offensive and disrespectful to wear our flag on any garment. It's just weird to hear people call it a right to display the American flag on their clothing. Since when is it a right to be so casual about a symbol so many have died and sacrificed in the service of ?

    The kids seemed to be pulling a provocative stunt aimed at sending a message to latino kids that appear to be celebrating Cinco de Mayo as some sort of Mexican-American pride day that has little to do with history of the day or Mexico's holidays. Ebert makes a blunt wisecrack. Some morons on twitter fire back with personal insults. It's all a waste.

    May 10, 2010 at 3:27 pm | Report abuse |
  655. CHris in Atlanta

    EVERY day is July 4th in the USA.

    We never fly the flag of another country because we do not have allegiances to any other country.

    We never punish those for wearing the flag proudly because it is a privilege to be a citizen of this country.

    We should make sure that EVERY Mexican who feels allegiance to Mexico should find a swift ride back, and every one that wants to stay here should be given the opportunity to learn why staying is a privilege.

    No Mexican flag should fly on US soil except at Mexican embassies, lest the flyer of that flag insist their loyalty is to Mexico first – and if that be so, let them declare that loyalty IN MEXICO.

    May 10, 2010 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  656. M I Dasneves

    This is actually a tempest in a teapot as...

    It is celebrated primarily in the state of Puebla and in the United States. While Cinco de Mayo SEES LIMITED SIGNIFICANCE and celebration nationwide in Mexico, the date is observed nationwide in the United States (Wikipedia)

    It is NOT a major holiday... just one for Americans to tie-one-on on Margaritas and tequila.

    May 10, 2010 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  657. Samuel Johnson

    "Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel."

    May 10, 2010 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  658. Steve O

    The comments here are pretty funny. Cinco de Mayo is not "Mexican Independence Day"...they have a whole different holiday for that.
    It's not even celebrated nationally in Mexico, it's far more celebrated here in America.
    That said, it sounds like Ebert is siding with the school administrators for sending the kids home. I have to disagree on that. Unless the kids were causing a distraction or harassing other children, I don't see the problem with wearing American flag printed clothing. It's not a question of pro- or anti-American or pro- or anti-Mexican. It's a question of freedom of expression and speech, something we don't really teach the importance of in schools. While I understand that school officials have a responsibility to maintain order, I think they took it too far.
    A more appropriate response would have been to call the kids in, explain the consequences if they cause a disruption, and send them back to class.

    May 10, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  659. Dana

    People in other countries are very loyal to where they come from – and celebrate it – while here in the US longtime US citizens have been reduced to hiding.

    Those kids were just being hateful. And thanks to tap out mentalities like them, instead of being patriotic it is now a potential hate crime to fly the flag. Or to fly the flag as a show of patriotism "take back out country" baloney guised as a potential conservative slam fear tactic on anyone that disagrees with them.

    How many countries could you visit and feel safe waving our stars and stripes in right now? Bush wrecked that for us internationally. Come on! How can people not see that?

    May 10, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  660. George Watson

    You know, the real deal with Teabaggers is that they are so nearly out of their minds with fear they will lash out at anything. This country was made on diversity, NOT similarity; on change, not stasis; on imagination, not brown shirt conformity. Why don't you Teabaggers pick up a book on American history and acquaint yourself with just how diverse this country has been since inception? BTW, are there any psychiatrists out there who can deal with such mass malaise? Man, Teabaggers, get a load of yourselves. Jeez.

    May 10, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  661. Tom

    Tolerance IS the fabric of American (US) society.

    May 10, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  662. mike

    my day we just wore the "UNCONTROLABLE MUNCHIES" .never has what was on a t shirt worth forming an oppinion are we all bored or what?????

    May 10, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  663. Waaa Waaa Waaa

    This is such a non-story! 5 white lil turdburglers decided to act like 5 yr. olds on 5/5. We all know what they were trying to do. Anyone acting like they were little angels know exactly what the kids were trying to do and incite some sort of anger. I AM SICK OF PASSIVE AGGRESSIVE A HOLES. Be a man..wear a shirt that says, "go home Pablo" Because that is what you wanted to say" To try and state the kids were just wearing American Flag shirts, all 5 of which were friends, all 5 of which coordinated their clothing, all 5 of which chose a Mexican day of celebration was quite tacky to say the least. But hate comes in all flavors...........

    A bunch of Hispanics are acting like the sky is falling and completely over-reacted.

    Just a bunch of idiots all around.

    On another note, in all honesty his face makes my stomache queezy. Dang...I hope I never have to have that procedure. It is like he is perma-sucking a frosty!!!

    May 10, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  664. Daniel

    Wearing an American flag on cinco de Mayo is not the problem. It is the context. If the Americans had been participating in celebrations example..i'm sure nobody would complain. I've seen many American flags at conco celebrations.

    Also, why do Americans always talk about freedom? I am Canadian and we are free here. We also fought in world war 1 and 2 and don't constantly need to reasure ourselves that we are a free nation, because it is a right not a privilege.The true enemies of freedom are ignorance and tyranny and they don't always come as foreigners. I know there are many educated and Americans who have the ability to reason and not be blinded by ignorant xenophbia. For the rest of you, GET OVER YOURSELVES!!!!!!!!!

    May 10, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  665. Mikey5

    I served in the US Military and about half of my t-shirts have an American Flag on them somewhere. Cinco de Mayo isn't even a Mexican holiday, it's only one region of Mexico celebrating a battle where Mexicans beat a much larger Frence army.

    While I can see the pride in that how should that influence whether or not I wear an american flag? This is the United States of American and I wouldn't be trying to start anything. I don't mind for folks to celebrate anything they want but if we withheld wearing anything pro-American because of some ethnic holiday we would never be able to wear it.

    I will wear a flag on my shirt anytime anywhere. And if someone wants to wear a different flag from their home country I don't care at all.

    Everybody needs to grow up a little bit and stop crying about everything.

    May 10, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  666. Joelan3

    Those were the coldest words I heard in a long time. telling someone with cancer that. At least we have a better understanding of what these people think and would probably do if they don't get their way. I would love to hear Palins' take on this, since she was so offended by family guys portrayal of a down syndrome person. I'm actually watching this country fall apart. The oceans are polluted, the economy is gone and we are at each others throat. End times here we come. Oh and at least most of the people in these comments whether they agreed or not had intelligent rebuttals

    May 10, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  667. Lisa

    So lemme get this straight: if you're an American living in America you can't wear an American flag t-shirt on May 5th? Really?!? Who's retarded rule is that?

    May 10, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  668. Ashamed were talking

    Please, we have an oil spill in the Gulf, Floods in TN, idiots in charge in Washington D.C., REAL unemployment at 17%, children going hungry in the US, and Genocide in Africa and all of you want to argue about teens wearing the American flag on a Corona created Cinco de Mayo. Please go give some time or money to a worth while cause! I will end the argument Ebert isn't a jerk for speaking out and stirring the pot. He is a jerk because he made assumptions about the TEEN KIDS!! They didn't burn a cross or paint swastikas on the building.. They wore a US flag shirt in the US no less. I bet no one but the adults even noticed at that school. The people who made fun of Ebert were Jerks but they were not Tea Party members. The funny part, Ebert the liberal, a free speech advocate is denouncing teens using their free speech rights. I am for free press and free speech. Political correctness is never correct, someone is always on the wrong side, but they have the right to say what they want otherwise you get the USSR. Disclaimer: No Tea Party member, liberal, or Free speech advocate was hurt during the typing of this message.

    May 10, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  669. Michael

    What is really offensive is not they wore the US flag in California, but that they are celebrating a Mexican holiday that has nothing to do with USA on US soil. Which oath of allegiance do they take in the morning at that school anyway?

    May 10, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  670. AGeek

    If you're offended/provoked by the flag of the nation you're currently in, your reality check will be returned due to insufficient funds. Seriously. You don't have a leg to stand on and you're offending the hell out of anyone who's ever served to protect your right to be offended by whatever you wish.

    May 10, 2010 at 3:23 pm | Report abuse |
  671. Katherine

    So, I'm confused.

    When did American, let alone its flag, come to have anything at all to do with Cinco de Mayo? Wasn't this a MEXICAN victory over FRENCH?

    What point was there at all for these kids to display any American patronage, as if that would be any bit degrading to Mexico.

    May 10, 2010 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  672. whatever

    Pride is NOT a virtue

    May 10, 2010 at 3:22 pm | Report abuse |
  673. Dillon McRoberts

    Most of you need to educate yourselves-Cinco De Mayo is hardly celebrated anywhere in Mexico at all. It is an Americanized Holiday celebrated so that people have an excuse to drink Corona. The Mexican Independence day is September 17.

    May 10, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  674. James

    I'm still confused on this whole thing.

    Did they wear the American Flag in Mexico on 5/5? If Soviets wore a hammer and sickle in Russia on July 4th, more power to them. Is it like wearing Orange on St. Patrick's day? (that seems to be done all the time) My history is not so good and I'm trying to understand how America is associated with May 5 at all. From what I understand, the Mexican government refused to pay their bill (probably an unjust bill) and the French tried to collect and lost.
    Kind of sounds like we need a holiday for the Mortgage collapse in America too.

    May 10, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  675. Mike T

    To voice of reason, who said Im a palin fan? I guess your a typical lib who as usual does not know a single thing about me but because I dont agree with someone, you will just put me in a group of people you dont care for. I dont agree with Palin on lots of things, but when I said hollywood I meant the likes of sean penn and tim robbins, I mean really who gives a rats rear what either one of those worthless idiots think, ooh but we need to care because they are on tv so they must know everything! just like you I guess.

    May 10, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  676. Ken Allen

    5-5 is just a day that the Mexicans started so they could drink beer and party. Basically it all started because the French wanted to collect on a bad debt to the Mexican government (how about that, and they still want something for nothing). It should not even be a holiday here in the U.S. much less have anything to do with the show of Patriotism. Also note that one of the 5 boys in question is half Hispanic. This country is about to go through a real cleansing in the near future!!!!

    May 10, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  677. John

    Wearing an American patriotic shirt on Cinco De Mayo shouldn't be "against" anything except common decency, and good sense.

    What happened to the kids was far more wrong than what they did.

    Ebert, you're flat wrong this time...and in the future, should there ever be such a situation again, please err on the side of liberty, or just stick to movie reviews.

    May 10, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  678. A Proud American

    Zaragoza, a tejano hero, Thank you for hopefully educating the masses. I hope everybody reads your post

    May 10, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
  679. Vickster

    Whatever you think on this issue, I think the real point is that we have lost the civil discourse. I'm sure people (I mean anyone) could have countered R.Eberts tweet. What is sad is that instead of dialogue, people hit out at his cancer, which has nothing to do with the argument at hand. That's what people do when they are losing arguments and was completely unnecessary since this could easily be debated on both sides with going for low blows

    May 10, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  680. Realist


    It's that they were clearly doing so in a provocative manner on a Mexican holiday with the intent to disrespect, and quite possibly, even intimidate, fellow classmates...

    Their demonstration was clearly more about anti-immigrant/foreigner sentiment than it was about genuine American pride. Why is this so difficult to understand for you self-proclaimed 'patriots?'"

    If they had the intent to disrespect or intimidate their fellow classmates, WHO CARES?!? This is what kids do to each other! If I cried every single time someone was inconsiderate to me or tried to intimidate me - particularly when I was in school - I would have never stopped crying.

    This is the U.S., where we have FREEDOM OF SPEECH. If you don't like that and EVERYTHING that comes with it, then GET OUT.

    May 10, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  681. Anthony F. NJ

    "Cinco de Mayo is not an American holiday. Those of us who call ourselves simply "American" do not have to celebrate it!"

    Jake L. I bet you were the first one at the bar on May 5th with your huge sombrero asking for a re-fill of a half-priced drink.

    May 10, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |
  682. Paul

    These same hypocritical anti american liberals are the first to get all bent out of shape for a group of students wearing Che t-shirts to school.... sooo typical

    May 10, 2010 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |