In the city where the Declaration of Independence was adopted, one of its residents apparently decided to mark the July 4 weekend by urinating on an American flag as it was draped across a toilet seat — and then posting a video of her act on Facebook.
Emily Lance of Philadelphia captioned the now-deleted video with the phrases: "F*** your nationalism. F*** your country. F*** your stupid f****** flag," the Daily Mail reported.
In the 15-second clip, which is still viewable elsewhere online, the outlet said Lance uses a GoGirl, a device that allows women to urinate while standing up. As urine hits the flag, part of it falls into the toilet bowl.
As you can imagine, outrage followed once the clip was shared. It isn't clear when the video was taken or when it was posted, but one Twitter user reacted to it on July 4 and noted: "This crap pisses me off! Emily Lance go somewhere else if you hate the US that much."
But others defended her. One Twitter user noted: "My friend Emily Lance decided to express herself... in an artistic manner."
Still Lance — whose Facebook account appeared to be down Thursday — was accused of being disrespectful, unpatriotic as well as a "snowflake" and "liberal extremist," the Daily Mail said, adding that death threats were leveled at her as well.
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But the outlet said she shot back to detractors in series of follow-up posts.
"Freedom (of speech/expression) means that I'm entitled to do and say as I please, EVEN if you don't like it, so long as I am not physically hurting someone — and no, your precious feelings don't count, that's your own problem," she noted in one post, the Daily Mail said. "What don't you people understand? You're celebrating freedom while damning me for doing the same. You can't have it both ways. FREEDOM OR NONE. Practice what you preach or shut the f*** up."
The outlet said she later added: "People are wishing illness, harm, and suffering upon me over a piece of fabric. People are willing to MURDER someone over a flag. It's so sad that people don't realize how brainwashed they are. I'm gross for peeing on a symbol? LOOK AT YOURSELVES. You people epitomize all that is foul."
Lance later noted that her father, as well as his place of work, was "targeted" after word of her video got around — and she asked that he and the rest of her family be left out of the fray.
"To whom it may concern, my Dad just called me and informed me that his place of employment has been targeted," Lance wrote, the Daily Mail said. "As has he. Interestingly he respects THE FLAG and loves your country. I do not live with him nor does he or anyone in my family agree with my shenanigans. They've got nothing to do with my decisions. Don't take your anger out on the wrong people — you harassing them is displacing your emotions and the equivalent of blaming Jack for what Sally did."