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Lil Wayne: ‘It was never my intention to desecrate the flag’

  • Written by Lilly Workneh/The Grio

Lil Wayne-400Lil Wayne created a firestorm on social media after a video for the rapper's new single "God Bless Amerika" leaked and it showed images of him stepping on the American flag.

The behind the scenes footage led numerous commenters to question Wayne's patriotism and ridicule his rap skills.

"God Bless America but you have the flag on the ground and stepping all over it? Smh...I'll be looking forward to Magna Carta Holy Grail...Wayne dropped off a long time [ago] anyway," one commenter wrote.

For his part, Lil Wayne denies that any disrespect was intentional.

In a post he published to Facebook Tuesday morning, the rapper 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."

(Read more at The Grio. Follow Lilly Workneh @Lilly_Works)

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0 #6 Ernest A.Donelson II 2013-06-19 15:35
Though you seem to think that you are a success, you are actually a thief and a charlatan, snake-oiling people (mostly kids and other stupid-azzed people) out of money to support your antics. Wake up before some real Negro puts you to sleep!
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0 #5 Ernest A.Donelson II 2013-06-19 15:33
You are part and parcel of the reason certain people have little respect for the American Negro. Many of them do not realize that you are not representative of the best this community of people has to offer. You are an odious and officious clown on the scale that has never been seen before among Negroes.
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0 #4 Ernest A.Donelson II 2013-06-19 15:32
But to stand there and say it was an accident while shooting a rap video is to rely on and reflect your own lack or education and awareness. Now if the authorities decided to bring charges against you for your stupidity the first thing you would scream is that you're being prosecuted because you're Black. No, it would be for you being stupid and dumb.
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0 #3 Ernest A.Donelson II 2013-06-19 15:30
That flag has been burned and desecrated in foreign countries in response to invasions and other intrusions into their society. By the same token, that flag has been saluted, glorified by people who have died in defense of it and this way of life, weather you know or understand it all or not.
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0 #2 Ernest A.Donelson II 2013-06-19 15:29
You are an absolute "nobody" and for you to do what you did is saying more than you are willing to say about your own stupidity! A whole segment of this country finds what you did as going too far! That flag has been burned and defiled by protestors from all walks of this life, for a myriad of substantial reasons.
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0 #1 Ernest A.Donelson II 2013-06-19 15:27
OK Wayne! Just shut up now! You are trying to defend the UN-defendable. You desecrated their flag and they really don't care for an explanation. Speaking of which appears to be an insult to your community. You, particularly cannot define what the next Negro's view of this country is and to say you can is simply your own stupid view of people. Damn, come on son!
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