The Great Bikini Debate Rages: Stripes, or Polka Dots?

Few things divide this nation more than the vexing swimwear question: stripes or polka dots?

Purveyors of polka-dots invariably point to the fact that an entire song was written about their spotted pattern, and often proceed to sing the 1960 novelty hit's signature verse:

It was an itsy bitsy teenie weenie yellow polka dot bikini that she wore for the first time today...

PHOTOS: Denise Richards represents the polka-dot party.

While stripers (that's what they want to be called) prefer to mention that three-quarters of the American flag is covered with their signature style, even going so far as to insinuate that to be pro-polka dot means you are anti-stripe, and thus unpatriotic, and perhaps a communist.

PHOTOS: Carmen Electra steps out for the stripers.

Radar Online has even jumped into the fray, stoking the fires by posting a photo gallery of Hollywood starlets wearing both stripes and polka dots, and asking the American public to pick which pattern is indeed the hottest.

PHOTOS: Click for the full gallery of celebrities in striped and polka dot bikinis.

Friends, patriots, countrymen... can't we all just get along?