Lil Wayne tells fans and patriots, "It was never my intention to desecrate the flag of the United States of America." He claims the video clip was misleading from his artistic intent.
Earlier this year, Cash Money Records superstar Lil Wayne angered the family of slain Civil Rights figure Emmett Till on his lyrics to Future's "Karate Chop Remix." While Wayne subsequently apologized for his "beat the pussy up like Emmett Till" lyric making light of the 1955 murder of the teenager, he may now be upsetting American patriots.
Video footage, courtesy of TMZ.com, surfaced of Wayne recently filming the video to "God Bless Amerika." The Cool & Dre-produced song, which appears on this year's I Am Not A Human Being II, contains lyrics "the stars on the flag are never shinin'." Wayne further stressed his opinion at the shoot to the song's music video. A witness captured a take where Wayne appears to intentionally dance on a fallen American flag. He tramples on the patriotic symbol for over one minute:
In the United States Flag Code, it is stated that the flag should never touch the ground, as well as "the flag should never be stepped on." While the code is federal law, there is no legal penalty for failure to comply.
UPDATE: Following yesterday's story and video footage of Lil Wayne apparently walking on the American Flag, the rapper asserts it was all an accident.
Wayne tweeted that he "didn't step on the flag on purpose!" Instead, the Cash Money Records superstar alleges that in the scene, the flag drops behind me, and "it's just there as I perform."
After the tweet, Wayne also further clarified using his Facebook page:
Wayne wrote, "It was never my intention to desecrate the flag of the United States of America. 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 behind the American Flag was the Hoods of America. In the final edit of the video you will see the flag fall to reveal whats behind it but will never see it on the ground. In most people eyes including my own who were raised in that environment, the Hood is the only America they know and the only America I knew growing up. 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 who 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."
The full, edited version of "God Bless Amerika" has yet to be released.