Lil Wayne Releases Statement In Reference to Flag Desecration
The controversy all began when amateur video from behind the scenes of Wayne's video shoot for "God Bless Amerika," surfaced. In the scene Weezy is standing in front of the American flag, which was dropped to the ground to reveal people from Hollygrove, the neighborhood where he grew up in New Orleans.
Lil Wayne took to Facebook and wrote the below statement:
"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."
According to the United States Flag Code, the flag should never touch the ground. While the code is a federal law, there is no legal penalty for failure to comply. Too bad for Weezy though, because thousands of men women in the armed forces have an issue with what happened.
And according to one Army reservist,
"No matter your intentions, you desecrated the flag of the United States of America. As a combat veteran and a (former) fan, I can see your intention, coming from nothing and making something of yourself, but the moment that flag touched the ground you lost any and all respect. Whether you meant it to be seen or not. The definition of integrity is doing the right thing, no matter whether or not someone can see it. We've all made mistakes, but this is a monumental f--- up and I pray that "your god" lays you in the bed you've made."
Considering my understanding of timing, and getting the perfect shot when filming, especially for big budgeted videos as I'm sure this video was, I don't think Wayne intentionally stepped on the American Flag. Of course my previous statement is subject to opinion. Tell us below how you feel about it. Do you think Lil Wayne deliberately desecrated the American Flag, or was his action simply a carless mistake that should have been carried out with more caution and respect for the American flag? Also, are the producer's and directors as well as every other American on the set of that video as responsible for not speaking up?