“The Big Bang Theory” star Kaley Cuoco sparked controversy over the July 4 weekend after uploading a photo of her two dogs sitting on an American flag.
Cuoco was out of town and had left her dogs in the care of a dog sitter when she posted the photo, meaning she did not actually capture the shot, Fox News reports.
Some speculate from her Instagram pictures that Cuoco may have been away on vacation with her new boyfriend, Karl Cook.
“Thank you @the_pet_handler for taking care of the squad while im out of town! 4th of July pups!!!!!!!” she wrote on social media while away.
Many fans were quick to respond, with the majority offended by the photo — and some even adding they would no longer be a fan of hers
“Showing disrespect for the flag, it should never touch the ground, or let your pet stand on it!” one fan wrote, as another said, “Let me remind you that lot of blood was sacrificed just to keep the flag high.”
“That’s not a towel,” somebody else commented, the Daily Caller reports. “I believe in the right to burn the flag in protest as long as it is in context, that’s why so many gave their lives, for freedom. But this is not that, this is simply disrespectful. That’s a flag. A symbol of what people have sacrificed.”
However, some took into consideration the fact Cuoco was not present when the photo was taken.
“Maybe she didn’t know that it was a real flag after all she is out of town,” one person said.
While the photo has since been taken down, the actress has yet to comment on the controversy.
It’s not the first time in 2016 Cuoco’s dogs have captured national attention.
In January 2016, many sympathized with the actress after both of her dogs passed away, People reports.
“We rescue these angels blindly and have no idea what problems they may have,” she explained. “I’m still in shock but I just keep feeling blessed to have him in my life even for a small amount of time.”
Sources: Fox News, The Daily Caller, People / Photo credit: Idascan.com