Originally posted by no1marauder
Right or wrong? Should the result be different if he had a Viet Cong flag? Or a Union Jack?
The article clearly states the reason for the rejection:
The body art policy for the Marine Corps forbids anything that is “sexist, racist, eccentric or offensive in nature.” Because it is a Confederate flag, this tattoo definitely qualifies.
So the question would be: do americans generally find the Viet Cong flag or Union Jack “sexist, racist, eccentric or offensive in nature.”?
And its not about what the boy thinks the tatoo stands for, its about what general opinion thinks.
There are two possible concerns I see:
* The fact that he may suffer consequences (as suggested by other posters).
* The fact that he would represent the marines and if seen in public with a tatoo people may think that represents the views of the marines.