Still Acting Up? Lil Wayne Offers Explanation For Why He’s Stomping On The U.S. Flag In New Music Video

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June 18, 2013 ‐ By Madame Noire

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From The Grio

Lil Wayne created a firestorm on social media after a video for the rapper’s new single “God Bless Amerika” leaked and it showed images of him stepping on the American flag.

The behind the scenes footage led numerous commenters to question Wayne’s patriotism and ridicule his rap skills.

“God Bless America but you have the flag on the ground and stepping all over it? Smh…I’ll be looking forward to Magna Carta Holy Grail…Wayne dropped off a long time [ago] anyway,” one commenter wrote.

For his part, Lil Wayne denies that any disrespect was intentional.

In a post he published to Facebook Tuesday morning, the rapper 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 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.

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  • BeeMooreCareful

    It is a disgrace to let the flag touch the ground and the fact he trampled on it makes it worse. I was in the Marines and I had to do military funerals. I would have to fold the Flag and Present the Flag to a family member who lost their son or daughter. To see them clutch The Colors like it was their child is sad. To have a person cry on your uniform is sad. When are people going to learn its not about Black, White, Asian or any other ethnic group. Other countries only see us as Americans. That Flag is our symbol on the Worlds stage. Trust me other countries don’t care about black folks or white folks, even Africans don’t care about black folks. Its only American they see.

    • Dustin

      All yeah this country is so unfair to black people, thats why jobs now have to hire equal amount of black people to whites and lil wayne even has the money he has to smoke weed and rap yeah country is so bad.. Lmfao.

      • BeeMooreCareful

        Where exactly did I say the country was unfair to black people? I have no idea what your response has to do with what I typed. Can you elaborate.

  • JerseyGirl

    It’s unacceptable to let the flag touch the ground let alone step on it. Straight disrespect and foolery. If he or anyone else has an issue with this country they are free to go and let the true patriots remain.
    Either you’re part of the solution or part of the problem don’t ask what the country has done for you, ask what you’ve done for your country.

    • Guest360

      Thank you! I don’t care what “trick” he’s going to do in the editing room. Fact of the matter is the flag should have NEVER been on the ground to begin with, let alone put your feet on it. Completely disrespectful.

  • Beckster14

    I saw the video it looks like a honest accident

    • hiswomanandlovingit

      i thought the same thing. he was rapping in front of a flag and the flag fell from its holds to the ground. he didnt see when it fell or even notice it. it would have been one thing if he had the flag placed on the ground and did a c-walk on it but that is not what happened. since everyone is so up in arms about this what about the people who just stood there and watched him doing this? if you witness someone doing something wrong and just watch arent you apart of the problem?

      • Beckster14

        Exactly it’s not like he looked at it and did a cartwheel on it. At this point all the people talking about him and what happened are worse than him

      • Beckster14

        Exactly it’s not like he looked at it and did a cartwheel on it. At this point all the people talking about him and what happened are worse than him

      • Guest360

        Actually, if you look at the video, he did see it and kept walking over it like it was nothing. Accidents happen, sure, but I’m sorry. No misses a giant red, white, and blue flag on the ground and CONTINUE to step on it without doing it on purpose. Once, maybe. But he was on that flag more than once.

  • http://www.facebook.com/courtney.banks.37 Courtney Banks

    Normally, I never agree with anything Wayne says or does. But what has this country done for black people that we owe them undying patriotism???

    • Guest360

      I don’t know about you but the fact that millions of blacks and non-blacks alike have put their life on the line for me to have the freedoms that I do is enough for me to have undying patriotism to this country. Just sayin’. Patriotism has nothing to do with agreeing with everything the government has done or what the country “has done for you”. That’s a very self-centered outlook to have given the fact that you’re currently alive and able to live freely in this country due to the sacrifices of others. JMO.

      • http://www.facebook.com/courtney.banks.37 Courtney Banks

        Many blacks have made sacrifices TRUE… but they only did so because this “great” country of ours refused to treat them us equals in the first place, and how did they repay those black people who’ve made all those sacrifices??? I’m sure you know the answer to that.. This country was literally founded on the mistreatment and degradation of blacks, what makes you think that’s changed??This country is corrupt, racist, intolerant just to name a few, is it better than the middle east YEP. But to go so far as to say its great is reaching really hard. People have dual citizenship, or actually leave to live in other countries all the time now why would they need to do that if this country is so fantastic?

        • Guest360

          I never said this country was great or free of issue. But we’ve got it a helluva whole lot better than other nations. But if you dont think so, by all means, feel free to leave. Its a RIGHT you now have to do so. Compared to other nations like Cuba and North Korea that ban traveling/living outside of their countries. Like I said. Patriotism is so much more than agreeing with the government. You dont have to agree in order to be patriotic. Just respect those that fought and put their lives on the line for you to be able to express the opinion that you have, free of persecution. I’m sorry but I find those that harbor this “what have you done for me lately” attitude to be quite sad and selfish when people have DIED for you. Those are the ones that deserve your loyalty and your patriotism. Afterall, that is the true meaning of patriotism.

          • http://www.facebook.com/courtney.banks.37 Courtney Banks

            I’m not a straight white male, so this country isn’t for me. Those black people who fought for our civil rights, fought for the right to vote etc. will always have respect in my book. Difference is they the individuals will have my respect not the country itself. This country serves it’s purpose, but it deserves no patriotism from me, it doesn’t deserve me pledging my allegiance to a flag, esp since that same flag was used to hang my ancestors…

            • Guest360

              Then why are you here? Honestly speaking, here. If this country isn’t for you, why don’t go to one that is? Like I said in my post, that’s one of the rights that you now have, freedom to go anywhere you want. Something that can’t be said for many others in nations that deny them that right. The irony of your criticism versus you’re ability to say it without being stoned to death as is commonly seen in Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, etc is hilarious to be quite honest with you. But by all means, please feel free to enjoy your freedoms while being completely oblivious to what it took for you to have them.

              • http://www.facebook.com/courtney.banks.37 Courtney Banks

                Honestly if I could afford to move I would. Just because I have the ability to say how I feel as opposed to other people living in other countries doesn’t mean I shouldn’t say how I feel. And while true USA doesn’t outright refuse your right to speak doesn’t mean we are all truly free. Not with the way this country treats black people esp, our black men. And now with this whole NSA spying. I could go on.. But I’m not.. Like I said this country at least for me and for now serves its purpose..

    • Guest360

      I don’t know about you but the fact that millions of blacks and non-blacks alike have put their life on the line for me to have the freedoms that I do is enough for me to have undying patriotism to this country. Just sayin’. Patriotism has nothing to do with agreeing with everything the government has done or what the country “has done for you”. That’s a very self-centered outlook to have given the fact that you’re currently alive and able to live freely in this country due to the sacrifices of others. JMO.

    • J J

      a lot more then we are doing for the whites!!!!!

  • IllyPhilly

    He needs to check himself into rehab. He’s not good for kids, career, or anything the way he is now.