A Pennsylvania woman has received death threats after publicly sharing a video of herself urinating on an American flag.
Emily Lance, of Philadelphia, had a friend film as she urinated on to a flag submerged in her bathroom toilet using a GoGirl, a device that assists women in urinating while standing up.
She captioned the video, which she posted on Facebook and later deleted: ‘F*** your nationalism. F*** your country. F*** your stupid f****** flag’.
The song Night Moves by Bob Seger and The Silver Bullet Band plays in the background of the clip.
The video quickly went viral as thousands of people slammed Lance for being disrespectful to the nation and the flag.
Social media users sent her death threats, suggested someone slit her throat and even offered to pay money for someone to kill her.
One social media user told Lance that someone had used Craigslist to put an ad for a $3,000 bounty against her.
Others called her disrespectful, unpatriotic and offensive for urinating on an American symbol.
Some commenters suggested that Lance was a ‘snowflake’, ‘liberal extremist’ and the result of ‘privileged white kids in this new generation’.
Lance was called an ‘attention w****’ and ‘worthless’, with some commenters saying she has ‘no self respect’.
As the video, which has since been deleted, caught traction online, Lance tried to explain why she decided to share the video.
‘Freedom (of speech/expression) means that I’m entitled to do and say as I please, EVEN if you don’t like it, so long as I am not physically hurting someone – and no, your precious feelings don’t count, that’s your own problem,’ she wrote. ‘What don’t you people understand?
‘You’re celebrating freedom while damning me for doing
the same. You can’t have it both ways. FREEDOM OR NONE. Practice what you preach or shut the f*** up.’
She later added: ‘People are wishing illness, harm, and suffering upon me over a piece of fabric.
‘People are willing to MURDER someone over a flag. It’s so sad that people don’t realize how brainwashed they are.
‘I’m gross for peeing on a symbol? LOOK AT YOURSELVES. You people epitomize all that is foul.’Lance said in a further Facebook post that her father’s work p
lace had been targeted following the incident.
‘To whom it may concern, my Dad just called me and informed me that his place of employment has been targeted,’ she wrote. ‘As has he. Interestingly he respects THE FLAG and loves your country.
‘I do not live with him nor does he or anyone in my family agree with my shenanigans. They’ve got nothing to do with my decisions.
‘Don’t take your anger out on the wrong people – you harassing them is displacing your emotions and the equivalent of blaming Jack for what Sally did.’
Lance is a self-described anarchist and has previously posted photos that claim the 9/11 attacks were an ‘inside job’.
Her Facebook likes include memes, marijuana, Anarchism and Vermont senator Bernie Sanders.