American actress and model Kate Upton took to instagram Sunday night to comment on several NFL players’ decision to sit, kneel, or raise their fists in protest of the Star Spangled Banner on the 15th anniversary of September 11.

In my opinion, the national anthem is a symbolic song about our country. It represents honoring the many brave men and women who sacrifice and have sacrificed their lives each and every single day to protect our freedom. Sitting or kneeling down during the national anthem is a disgrace to those people who have served and currently serve our country. Sitting down during the national anthem on September 11th is even more horrific. Protest all you want and use social media all you want. However, during the nearly two minutes when that song is playing, I believe everyone should put their hands on their heart and be proud of our country for we are all truly blessed. Recent history has shown that it is a place where anyone no matter what race or gender has the potential to become President of the United States. We live in the most special place in the world and should be thankful. After the song is over, I would encourage everyone to please use the podium they have, stand up for their beliefs, and make America a better place. The rebuilding of battery park and the freedom tower demonstrates that amazing things can be done in this country when we work together towards a common goal. It is a shame how quickly we have forgotten this as a society. Today we are more divided then ever before. I could never imagine multiple people sitting down during the national anthem on the September 11th anniversary. The lessons of 911 should teach us that if we come together, the world can be a better and more peaceful place #neverforget.

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“Sitting or kneeling down during the national anthem is a disgrace,” wrote the 24 year old Michigan native. “Sitting down during the national anthem on September 11 is even more horrific.”

“We live in the most special place in the world and should be thankful,” Upton noted. “I believe everyone should put their hands on their heart and proud of our country for we are all truly blessed.”

The vitriol launched against Upton’s comments was immediate, even though she went out of her way to clarify in her post, telling those who disagree to “protest all you want and use social media all you want.”

Several users called out Upton’s pro-America comments as a symptom of her “white privilege,” others called her “racist” and said she could “never understand nor comprehend.”

As students across the nation participated in YAF’s 9/11: Never Forget Project over the weekend, campus leftists at Cal State-LA, Saddleback College, The University of MichiganOccidental College, and the University of Florida exhibited similar disrespect for the American flag and those who lost their lives in the attacks.

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