Video of Lil Wayne stepping all over an American flag while shooting the music video for “God Bless Amerika” has spread around the Internet in the days after it was posted, and the rapper finally responded to the seeming insult to the United States. So did he walk on the flag on purpose? Weezy claims it’s all a big misunderstanding.
“I didn’t step on the flag on purpose!” Lil Wayne tweets. “It’s a scene in a video where the flag drops behind me and after it drop it’s just there as I perform.”
Even though he claims it wasn’t an intentional slight, it’s hard to believe that Lil Wayne didn’t see the flag as he rapped on it. In the video released, he doesn’t even attempt to avoid the flag that served as his backdrop after it falls to the ground as he performs “God Bless Amerika.”
It doesn’t help Lil Wayne’s case that “God Bless Amerika” has some controversial lyrics anyway. “My country ’tis of thee / Sweet land of kill ’em all and let ’em die / God bless Amerika / This ole’ godless Amerika,” Weezy raps in the song.
At press time, the video gained over 282,000 views. It remains to be seen if this take makes it into the final cut of the music video — or if Lil Wayne issues an apology over it.