Lil' Wayne addresses flag controversy
June 18th, 2013
02:19 PM ET

Lil' Wayne addresses flag controversy

Lil' Wayne has a response for folks who found his alleged "stomp" on the American Flag offensive: It's not that deep.

In footage that leaked of behind-the-scenes visuals for Wayne's "God Bless Amerika" track, the rapper is seen stepping on an American flag as it falls down behind him. Music sites, blogs and even an MMA fighter voiced their displeasure for what was deemed unpatriotic.

Wayne's first rebuttal came via Twitter. "I didn't step on the flag on purpose! Its a scene in a video where the flag drops behind me and after it drop it's just there as I perform," Wayne posted to his account.

The negative criticism must have left an impression on the New Orleans-born artist, who continued to defend himself on Facebook a few hours later.

"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. 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. "

What do you think?

soundoff (49 Responses)
  1. North Face Cyber Monday Sale

    tiffany cyber monday
    North Face Cyber Monday Sale

    November 28, 2013 at 2:20 am | Report abuse |
  2. khire talley

    i cant believe this but follow me on twitter for more information on rappers @YNWBshooter

    October 25, 2013 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Neil


    October 21, 2013 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  4. Jealous1

    I'm not the rap artist.

    July 8, 2013 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  5. marie

    I think he clarified exactly what happened. He does not condone 'stepping on the flag' and unfortunately many will use this as an opportunity to spew their venom. that"s just human nature for some people.

    July 8, 2013 at 10:21 am | Report abuse |
  6. Stacia


    June 25, 2013 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Rock

    Yo Bruva – yous better be gettin dat pancreas looked all jaundiced up in da house

    June 24, 2013 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Print and Monitor


    June 22, 2013 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  9. my comments are directed too a hack not too cnn. thank you.

    June 22, 2013 at 3:05 pm | Report abuse |

    June 22, 2013 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  11. NoCrash-None.

    June 22, 2013 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Switching Roles...

    this would not happening - all the best.

    June 22, 2013 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  13. is it my grandmothers coral necklace bothering you?

    June 22, 2013 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Not yet---wait

    June 19, 2013 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Theresa

    American with a "c" Soldier, you seem to love bullying with your comments,grow a pair. I served my time for this country and my 4 sons are doing the same. Just because it offends you it doesn't affect anyone else. Stop cutting down others opinions you may feel better about yourself. Being a African American women, living on a day to day basis. I have seen it all, being a retired soldier, seeing what I've seen what he did don't offend me. There is a lot more out there to worry about, so who's ignorant?

    June 19, 2013 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  16. can i help it if the koi takes good care of god.

    June 19, 2013 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  17. BIG SHIZ

    Sokman likes to dress up like Lil Wayne and pretend he's black.

    June 19, 2013 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  18. Jackweed

    I just took a sh!t in my wallet. Feels squishy in my back pocket.

    June 19, 2013 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  19. I don't know what's her wallet...--

    June 19, 2013 at 11:44 am | Report abuse |
  20. Dark Knight

    This is not only Lil Wanye's stupidity but also the music industry's issue. Lil Wanye is dumb as a "Box of Rocks". Although I enjoy some rap – his songs if you can call them that are pure trash. The music industty is pimping these Flavor Flav buffoons rappers like a $2 trick. Yes...he has the right to step on the Flag (First Amendent); so damn it take accountabilty for you actions. Do not buckle down – you are playing to the lowest common demoninator anyway.

    June 19, 2013 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
  21. Gross

    … Unbelievable….Wow…the blogs sure took a dark turn yesterday....was everybody in a bad mood or on the rag or something? Was there a full moon?

    June 19, 2013 at 9:31 am | Report abuse |
    • M.A.P.

      Some of my favourite fecal commentators turned out to be racists! My turd is broken.

      June 19, 2013 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Gross

      Yeah, I think I'm going to take my sickamundo, disgusto comments elsewhere for awhile, until people start to play nice.

      June 19, 2013 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  22. you overheard the shoe conversation..i said they are loose from last year and heading to the shoe maker...

    poop 3

    June 19, 2013 at 7:01 am | Report abuse |

    It wouldn've been funnier if he laid a meat dragon on the flag then rolled into a log and squeezed so the poop comes out both ends.

    June 19, 2013 at 6:36 am | Report abuse |
  24. M.A.P.

    The only idiots are the people getting so offended by this. You are oversensitive and sentimental. So what if he stepped on the flag, it's a piece of material – a prop! America is more than a piece of material! You have more to be proud of than the red and white stripes!

    June 19, 2013 at 3:11 am | Report abuse |
  25. Lou Stamm

    There are other ways to express one self artistically then descrating a national symbol. Mr Wayne saw fit to change the spelling of America for artistic purpose, the flag could have been a reasonable "artistic" representation, such as changing the number of red and blue strips and /or using something other than stars in a field of blue and a differnt pattern then the current flag. Do I agree with Mr Wayne -no – do I defend his right for artistic expression, yes. Do I believe he did not mean to disrespect the flag – he is too smart for that and I am no fool.

    June 18, 2013 at 9:39 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Forward

    Those who are complaining will be first in line to buy Wayne's cd, since he is super rich because of white kids who love him.

    June 18, 2013 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  27. American with a "c" Soldier

    First of all, the American flag should never touch the ground. Second, if you pay attention, Lil Wayne looks down as he steps all over the flag and does it repeatedly. He knew what he was doing. Also listen to the lyrics in his song, it is blatenly obvious this was on purpose. What a discrace!

    June 18, 2013 at 6:58 pm | Report abuse |
  28. Armywidow

    As an army widow I am VERY offended. That flag is the symbol of everything America stands for. That is the flag that was draped over my husbands casket. He needs to man up and give a real honest apology.

    June 18, 2013 at 6:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jon c

      I can understand how your feeling, I am a soldier living the army life I personally think he is partially retarded

      June 23, 2013 at 2:17 am | Report abuse |
    • i have never shown pic to man too get him going....have any of you?

      June 23, 2013 at 5:01 am | Report abuse |
  29. David Justice wears a brown uniform...

    with a red armband and black jackboots, but he doesn't work for UPS...

    June 18, 2013 at 3:10 pm | Report abuse |
  30. It's spelled AMERICA, yet gun toting rednecks and Tea Partiers pronounce it 'Murica.

    hurr durrrrrr..........

    June 18, 2013 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Mr Smith

    Intentional or not, Lil Wayne's lyrics and recent public behavior haven't labeled him as a very intuitive person. Instead of backing into a corner like a child, man up with a very formal apology and move forward with some kind of contribution or pledge to educate people about the liberties we are privileged. If he feels strongly about those less fortunate, how about lobbying or funding programs that allow those without the means to make something of themselves.

    June 18, 2013 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  32. David Justice

    When he put the letter K in AmeriCa, his intentions were known.

    June 18, 2013 at 2:49 pm | Report abuse |
  33. jason must not be able to read...

    June 18, 2013 at 2:40 pm | Report abuse |

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