Wednesday, 9 November 2011

Lest we forget: Are poppy bans just?

With Remembrance Day coming up on November 11, it is time that we remember the soldiers who fought for our freedom. Poppies – which are traditionally worn on the left side, or closest to the heart – are everywhere as a symbol of respect for those who went to war. Recently, however, there has been a lot of controversy over organizations and companies that have prohibited the wearing of poppies.

The most controversial of these bans is that of Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). FIFA's ban on poppies for the upcoming England-Spain game caused an uproar. Even prominent figures such as Prince William and British Prime Minister David Cameron opposed the organization's ban on poppy-wearing during the game. Following this extreme opposition – including a protest by the English Defence League – the organization has now lifted its ban, saying that players will be permitted to wear poppies on black armbands. Unfortunately, though, FIFA's ban hasn't been the only ban on poppies this year. Other bans include:
  • McDonald's – Some restaurants have banned employees from wearing poppies, stating that they are a “safety hazard” when worn behind the counter.
  • Ritz-Carlton Toronto – The hotel prohibited its employees from wearing poppies, saying that they did not adhere to the company's “Corporate Standards for Professional Appearance.” After backlash, the company has now retracted its ban.
  • Bodycare – The British store banned employees from wearing poppies, stating
    that it was against company policy. They have now put an end to the ban following protests, as well as opposition from the
    Veterans Council.

While most of these bans have now been lifted, do you agree or disagree with these organizations/companies initially prohibiting the wearing of poppies for Remembrance Day?

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