Flag Etiquette in the Movies

I’m willing to ignore and accept a lot of things in TV shows and movies—because it moves the plot along, because reality is impractical, or because it’s a theatrical convention (short-hand that we all understand). One of my pet peeves, however, is how often the flag is hung wrong.

There’s no reason for it. It’s a tiny detail that’s so easy to get right. The flag in the screen capture above is hung wrong. The blue field should be on the top LEFT. It’s even more annoying because this is a military compound. I guarantee that actual Marines would know the right way to hang the flog. What baffles me is that, apparently, the props people aren’t attentive enough to do a quick google. And, apparently, nobody in the cast or crew knows the correct way either.


Here’s the right way.

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