After receiving backlash earlier this week for walking on the American flag during the filming of his video for the single, “God Bless Amerika,” Lil Wayne has finally addressed the controversy.
While the behind the scenes footage shows the rapper dancing and walking on top of the stars-and-stripes, he says he wasn’t intentional.
In a statement released via Facebook, Weezy explains that the scene was set up for a camera trick — the flag dropped to the floor to reveal faces from his Hollygrove neighborhood, as he continued performing with the flag under his feet… and not shown in the shot.
“It was never my intention to desecrate the flag of the United States of America,” he wrote. “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.”
Below is the statement in its entirety:
“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.”
The Cool & Dre-produced song appears on Lil Wayne’s new album, I Am Not A Human Being II.