Lil Wayne Releases Official Statement About Desecrating The American Flag [VIDEO]
Lil Wayne has been in damage control mode, ever since video surfaced of him performing his new single, ‘God Bless Amerika’ hit the internet. The video shows the rapper walking and standing on the American Flag and this has ignited a firestorm of criticism.
These days Lil Wayne is public enemy #1. He already rubbed people the wrong way when he made a sexual reference, using the brutal beating of Emmett Till as an example of what he'd do to a females private area. In May Lil Wayne lost his multi-million dollar endorsement deal with Mountain Dew. The Pepsi Co. severed ties with the rapper, as a result of the controversy surrounding his lyrics in Future's 'Karate Chop' remix. The company claimed that the Young Money leader's words were a "offensive reference to a revered civil rights icon does not reflect the values of our brand."
The Emmett Till estate initially set out to have the song banned once they got wind of the vulgar remarks. However, they didn't have to because Epic Records, Future's label pulled the version featuring Wayne from radio. The estate then requested Mountain Dew cut ties with Weezy and they did just that.
Now, Lil Wayne is being accused of desecrating the American flag in his new video and his fans, especially those in the armed services, are furious. So you'll know, the United States Flag Code states, the flag should never touch the ground. While the code is a federal law, there is no legal penalty for failure to comply. However an American, doing so, here in America...isn't a good idea.
The controversy erupted when a video surfaced of Weezy performing his new single, ‘God Bless Amerika’. Here's a look at the video.
Shortly after the firestorm of critisism errupted, Weezy took to Twitter to try and explain tweeting:
After Lil Wayne took to Twitter to deny that he desecrated the American flag during his video shoot for ‘God Bless Amerika,’ he further addressed the issue on his Facebook page today. On his Facebook page Wayne 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. 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.
Despite Wayne’s explanation, fans and thousands of military servicemen and women feel his letter is too little, too late. One Army reservist commented:
“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.”
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