Lil Wayne took to his Facebook page to issue an apology or at least clarify a rather large misconception that he purposely desecrated the American flag while filming a video for his song “God Bless Amerika” in New Orleans over the weekend. In the video (after the jump), the man originally known as Dwayne Carter is standing in front of a large American flag, before it is dropped to reveal what Wayne refers to as the “Hoods of America” right in his own backyard.
But as this scene was being filmed, the American flag remained on the ground, where Wayne continued to step and walk on it, which has obviously upset quite a few people on these here Interweb cat tubes. Thus, Lil Wayne’s apology to the 45+ million people who have liked him on Facebook.
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. 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.
Basically, we weren’t ever actually supposed to see the flag on the ground because him walking and stepping on the flag isn’t part of the video, so the guy who is reportedly worth $135 million wasn’t doing it to make some ironic point. But will “you weren’t supposed to see it” actually change the minds of the millions of Americans who see anything short of folding the flag and storing it in a glass case as desecration? My guess is no.
Wayne didn’t respond, however, to MMA fighter and Special Forces Operator Tim Kennedy, who Tweeted his desire to handle this misunderstanding the old-fashioned way…
I would do almost anything to fight Lil Wayne. Desecrating the American flag is a sure way to piss me off.
— Tim Kennedy (@TimKennedyMMA) June 18, 2013
Dana White should consider trying to sign that fight for UFC 162.