The “Flag” incident from Lil Wayne‘s “God Bless Amerika” video has been a very hot topic the last 24 hours or so.
Now Lil Wayne responds to the criticism he received yesterday when behind-the-scenes photos and video footage surfaced of the rapper dancing on the American flag.
The photos and video stirred up some controversy because Wayne was dancing on an American flag during the shoot.
According to Tunechi, the flag dropped in the visual and he was supposed to continue performing, which he did, not noticing he was performing on the flag.
“I didn’t step on the flag on purpose! It’s a scene in a video where the flag drops behind me and after it drop it’s just there as I perform,” Wayne said.
I didn’t step on the flag on purpose! It’s a scene in a video where the flag drops behind me and after it drop it’s just there as I perform
â€” Lil Wayne WEEZY F (@LilTunechi) June 18, 2013
Lil Wayne now releases an official statement on the flag dancing incident. He says that it was about the people behind the flag and not about him dancing on the flag. He continued to say that the people in the background represent “the hood”, which he describes as the America he knew growing up.
The official state that he released is below.
“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 â€œGod Bless Amerikaâ€. 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 donâ€™t get that chance. Thatâ€™s their view of their America. That was Dwayne M Carter from Hollygrove New Orleans view of America. Thatâ€™s who Iâ€™m speaking for in this song.”