The Confederate flag isn't being raised like it used to, but that only makes its arrangement of stars and stripes more likely to raise a ruckus.
Country singer Trace Adkins wore an earpiece decorated with the controversial flag in his recent participation in the annual Christmas Tree lighting at New York's Rockefeller Center, reports Yahoo!
. It was a decision that's been met with, well, less than approval from some corners of the web.
"Please don't claim to love America, jerk," said
Twitter user "Abraham Lincoln." Another tweet, however, expressed
confusion as to why there was any controversy to begin with: "Why is it such a big deal that Trace Adkins wore an ear piece with the confederate flag on it? #IDontGetIt."
Adkins apologized in a statement released Thursday, reassuring folks that "he did not intend offense" with what many consider a symbol of racism, and that the Confederate flag merely represented his Southern heritage. "I am a descendant of Confederate soldiers who followed that flag into battle," Adkins said.
Posted Nov 30, 3pm PST.