Lil Wayne is doing major damage control after footage of the rapper stepping all over an American flag while filming the video for his single "God Bless Amerika" surfaced online.
In the clip, Weezy puts his footprints on the flag after it falls to the ground while he raps, "My country ‘tis of thee/ Sweet land of kill ‘em and let ‘em die/ God bless Amerika/ This ole’ godless Amerika."
After being called a "scumbag" and the like on Twitter, Wayne took to timelines to explain himself. "I didn’t step on the flag on purpose!," he wrote. "It’s a scene in a video where the flag drops behind me and after it drop it’s just there as I perform."
He also wrote a lengthy explanation on his Facebook page, calling it a camera trick.
"It was never my intention to desecrate the flag of the United States of America," he posted. "I was shooting a video for a song off my album entitled God Bless Amerika. The clip that surfaced on the Internet was a camera trick clip that revealed that behind the American Flag was the Hoods of America. In the final edit of the video, you will see the flag fall to reveal what is behind it but will never see it on the ground."
"In most people eyes including my own were raised in that environment, the Hood is the only America they know and the only America I knew growing up," he continues. "I was fortunate from my God giving talents to escape the Hood and see the other beautiful places this country has to offer but most people are born in that environment don’t get that chance. That’s their view of their America. That was Dwayne M Carter from Hollygrove New Orleans view of America. That’s who I’m speaking for in this song." - Ashley M. Travers
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