NEW YORK (AP) -- Trace Adkins wore an earpiece decorated like the Confederate flag when he performed at the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree lighting ceremony, but says he meant no offense by it.
Adkins appeared with the earpiece on a nationally televised special for the lighting on Wednesday. Some regard the flag as a racist symbol and criticized Adkins in Twitter postings.
But in a statement released Thursday, the Louisiana native called himself a proud American who objects to any oppression, and says the flag represents his Southern heritage.
He noted he's a descendant of Confederate soldiers, and says he did not intend offense by wearing it.
Adkins -- on a USO tour in Japan -- also called for the preservation of America's battlefields and an "honest conversation about the country's history."
I think people need to grow up. There are more important things in this world to worry about. Did you guys forget freedom of speech, he doesn't tell you what to wear or when, he may not like your choices either but you don't see him saying anything about it. Everyone you cross isn't going to do things the way you want them too, that is the way life is. No one on this earth is perfect.
Funny, I don't see this much slack when someone flies the flag of Mexico on American soil.
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