Macy Gray is speaking out.
Last week, the star made headlines when she wrote an op-ed for MarketWatch in which she suggested that the American flag be redesigned, as the current design has become “tattered, dated, divisive, and incorrect,” alleging that it has “replaced” the confederate flag as a symbol of racism and hate.
Reactions to the “I Try” singer’s suggestion were mixed, but certainly caused a stir on social media, and now, in an interview with TMZ, Gray has continued to defend her criticism and expanded on her call for a redesign.
“I feel like the flag has been violated and weaponized,” she explained. “We all saw a man being beat with a flag pole and we saw the insurrectionists storm the capital and use the American flag as their badge and symbol.”
Gray continued: “I think that the messaging from the flag has now changed. A lot of people feel very different about it.”
The singer said that when she sees someone holding an American flag, she thinks of it as “a weapon” and a “symbol of hate.”
“The flag’s been redesigned 26 times, we’ve had 26 flags, so this wouldn’t be the first flag change,” Gray explained. “The flag during the Civil War was completely different … we didn’t have 50 states and the flag has historically changed as the times have changed.”
The star added that she’s “never seen the world flip” more than it has over the last two years, which qualifies for a reason to change up the flag’s appearance.
“What the flag represents at this point is confusing. I think it’s confusing to us, it’s confusing to other countries,” she said. “It’s weird to honor it or to salute to it because you don’t know what it stands for anymore.”
Part of her suggested change to the flag included altering the color of the stars to various tones on “the melanin scale” to accurately reflect the population of the States.
“It sends a message that we’re all included,” Gray explained. “I just want to bring everybody together. I’m asking the government to – for once – let everybody know that we’re all in this together.”