Reporters and internet jokesters alike took time Friday to poke fun at White House press secretary Sean Spicer's upside-down American flag pin, visible at the daily press briefing.
"John Roberts always helping with the fashion tips," Spicer said when Roberts pointed out the mistake.
"Is that a distress signal?" one reporter asked, shortly after the upturned American flag pin was brought to Spicer's attention.
The distress signal question is a jab at Title 36, U.S. Code, Chapter 10 which says the following:
"§ 176. Respect for flag: No disrespect should be shown to the flag of the United States of America; the flag should not be dipped to any person or thing. Regimental colors, State flags, and organization or institutional flags are to be dipped as a mark of honor.
(a) The flag should never be displayed with the union down, except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property."
Other Twitter users took aim at Spicer, too.
@JamesMSama: Someone please rescue @seanspicer who is clearly signaling for help by wearing an American flag pin upside down. #SOS (Save Our Spicey)
@morninggloria: Sean Spicer's American flag pin is upside down. Upside down flag is a distress symbol. Headline: Metaphor Delivers Press Conference.
The entire flag debacle served as a welcome light moment in an otherwise tense briefing, as Spicer discussed controversial White House topics like health care.