LOCAL NEWS

Some Residents Object To Sign At Millcreek Business That Uses Flag To Cover Explicit Word

Feb 22, 2021, 12:40 PM | Updated: 12:41 pm

MILLCREEK, Utah A sign at a Millcreek business is raising some eyebrows.

The sign is just outside Stewish Automotive on 3300 South and 2700 East, and it’s political – specifically toward President Joe Biden.

While the four-letter word before “Biden” is not spelled out per se, it is enough to get people fired up. Even a quick google search pops up the sign that some would consider obscene.

Some folks on Facebook said this business owner has posted political rhetoric for years outside his establishment and has the right to do so. Still, some community members do not like it, including nearby residents

It’s not just because it badmouths the president; some said it disrespects the U.S. flag, and others said they don’t like the word or the message it implies.

“The fact that I’m driving around with kids and they’re just starting to learn to read and stuff, I don’t appreciate that sign at all,” said mom Megan Turner. “And I don’t think it’s good business.”

Millcreek Mayor Jeff Silvestrini issued the following statement to KSL:

“A number of Millcreek residents have asked that the City of Millcreek address this sign.  We have appealed to this business owner to take its sign down. We agree that the political statement this business has chosen to display is in poor tase and reflects poorly on both our city and this business.  Some feel strongly that it disrespects the flag of the United States of America.  However, both the U.S. and the Utah Constitution protect free expression and that freedom is at its broadest in the arena of political speech.  The sign ‘cleverly’ avoids spelling the full ‘F-word’ expletive by interposing our country’s flag and it conveys a clearly political message. While we do not condone it, we hesitate to expend Millcreek residents’ tax dollars where the city would likely end up paying the attorneys’ fees this business might expend (as well as the city’s own expenses) in a civil rights dispute the city would lose to a near certainty given the law and established precedent concerning the First Amendment.  We do not understand why a business would choose to alienate our community and its own prospective customers in this fashion, but this is a case where the market must control inappropriate behavior, not the city.  The point of constitutional protection of speech unfortunately means that sometimes we may all be offended.”

KSL attempted to talk to the business owner Monday morning. However, despite the “open” sign, the door was locked. Calls to the business were unanswered.

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Local News

Mazza Salt Lake City Restaurant....
Shelby Hintze & Michael Houck

Salt Lake City restaurant forced to cut hours and increase prices because of inflation

A local restaurant is cutting its hours back and increasing food prices due to inflation hitting them hard.
10 hours ago
West Jordan mother, Jessica Keetch Minnesota, who was killed in the Big Cottonwood Canyon crash (Co...
Lauren Steinbrecher

Neighborhood supports family of West Jordan mom killed in Big Cottonwood Canyon crash

 A neighborhood is coming together for a family after a terrible crash in Big Cottonwood Canyon left a West Jordan mother dead.
10 hours ago
Micahel Grant Asman is seen In this photo from June 12, 2022. Heber Police want to find him in conn...
Michael Houck

Heber homicide suspect found dead in Oregon

SALT LAKE CITY — The body of the murder suspect for 36-year-old Julie Ann Burns, Michael Grant Asman, 35, has been found in a state park in Oregon, authorities say, According to the Heber City press release, Asman’s body was found Monday afternoon near Joseph, Oregon, on Hurricane Creek Road in Wallowa State Park. Asman’s […]
10 hours ago
KSL’s Matt Gephardt fuels up his minivan to determine how much gas Google Maps’ eco-friendly ro...
Matt Gephardt & Sloan Schrage

Gephardt Busts Inflation: Can Google’s eco-friendly routes really save you gas money?

Gas prices have edged down from their record highs, but they are still a far cry from being affordable for many Utah families. So, when Google rolled out a new feature for its Maps navigation app that says it can save you money on gas by using suggested eco-friendly routes, the KSL Investigators decided to put it to the test.
1 day ago
FILE: Lake Powell. (Photo courtesy of the National Park Service)...
Eliza Pace

Plane crashes into Lake Powell killing 2 and injuring 5

Kane County Sheriffs released information on a plane crash that killed two people and injured five others.
1 day ago
...
Ladd Egan

Lehi neighborhood wants to find out what’s interfering with garage door openers

It’s a mystery that a Lehi neighborhood wants to solve: What’s causing their garage door openers to not function?
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

tips how to quit smoking...

7 Tips How to Quit Smoking | Quitting Smoking Might be One of the Hardest Things You Ever Do but Here’s Where You Can Start

Quitting smoking cigarettes can be incredibly difficult. Here are 7 tips how to quit smoking to help you on your quitting journey.
Photo: Storyblocks...
Blue Stakes of Utah 811

Blue Stakes of Utah 811: 5 Reasons To Call 811 Before You Dig When Working in Your Yard

Call before you dig. Even at home, you could end up with serious injuries or broken utilities just because you didn't call Blue Stakes of Utah 811.
Days of...
Days of '47 Rodeo

TRIVIA: How well do you know your rodeo? Take this quiz before you go to the Days of ’47!

The Utah Days of ’47 Rodeo presented by Zions Bank is a one-of-a-kind Gold Medal Rodeo being held July 20-23, 25 at 7:30 PM. The Days of ’47 Rodeo How well do you know your rodeo trivia? Take the quiz to test your know-all before heading out to the Days of ’47 Rodeo at the […]
cyber security through multi factor authentication setup...
Les Olson IT

How multi factor authentication setup helps companies stay safe

Multi factor authentication (MFA) setup is an important security measure that every company should implement for their workers. It’s also wise to install it for your personal and home accounts.
...
Lighting Design

Check out these stunning lamps with stained glass shades

Lamps with stained glass shades are statement pieces that are more than simply aesthetic. They also meet a functional requirement: to light up a room.
Address Bar of internet browser shows internet access...
AARP Utah

Utah voters 50+ support increased access to Internet

The AARP surveyed Utah voters aged 50 plus about internet access and if they support the expansion of broadband, especially in rural areas currently lacking it.
Some Residents Object To Sign At Millcreek Business That Uses Flag To Cover Explicit Word