Schacht v. U.S.: Supreme Court Rules Actors Can Wear Military Uniforms in Theatrical Productions

Schacht v. U.S.: Supreme Court Rules Actors Can Wear Military Uniforms in Theatrical Productions

Schacht v. United States

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Decided: Schacht v. United States — The U.S. Supreme Court rules that actors can wear military uniforms in theatrical productions even if those productions can be found to "discredit" the armed forces in some manner.

According to the Supreme Court, if the government authorized use of uniforms in ways that communicated an approved message, it couldn't also discriminate against messages which it didn't like. If this is true, then how can the government authorize use of the American flag to send patriotic messages, but ban "desecration" of the same flag because it sends a disrespectful message?

The law in question stated:

"While portraying a member of the Army, Navy, Air Force, or Marine Corps, an actor in a theatrical or motion-picture production may wear the uniform of that armed force if the portrayal does not tend to discredit that armed force."

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