Yesterday, Lil Wayne found himself embroiled in yet another controversy when images of him stepping on the American flag for a music video surfaced. Now, the YMCMB star responds to the uproar.
Weezy explained that the images—when came from the shot for his upcoming video “God Bless Amerika”—were somewhat misleading, as his is not actively attempting to step on or desecrate the flag. However, he added that the song and its video are meant to contrast the America that the flag represents and the America he witnessed growing up in a lower income neighborhood.
“It was never my intention to desecrate the flag of the United States of America,” he explained. “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 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.”
A video of the incident can be seen above, where Wayne seemingly steps on the flag by mistake after it drops to the ground during the shoot.