There are plenty of reasons to get mad at Lil Wayne: His attitude toward women is questionable at best, his enthusiasm for recreational substances seems irresponsible, and he put out a rock album even though he’s a terrible guitar player. But the latest controversy comes across like a tempest in a drank-filled coffee mug.
While filming a video for the track “God Bless Amerika” in New Orleans, Weezy was caught stepping on an American flag that had been dropped behind him. The footage, which you can see below, has earned Wayne all kinds of Internet flack.
The song, from Wayne’s latest album I Am Not a Human Being II, features some incendiary rhetoric, including the lines “Damn, military minded, lost and can’t find it/ The stars on the flag are never shining.” Of course, it also features Wayne rapping the lyrics, “B—-, sit on my rocket,” so it’s not exactly a classic protest anthem.
Still, that hasn’t stopped people from getting up in arms about Wayne’s supposed desecration of Old Glory. Watch the clip below:
It genuinely seems like incidental contact, and that’s what Weezy argues too. “It was never my intention to desecrate the flag of the United States of America,” Wayne wrote via Facebook. “In most people [sic] 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. … That’s who I’m speaking for in this song.”
Even if he didn’t intend on a full-fledged flag stomp, it’s perfectly within his rights to do so. Though discouraged, desecration of the flag is not against the law, and a Constitutional Amendment banning the burning of the American flag was killed in 2006 after it passed the House of Representatives but failed in the Senate (because we totally didn’t have bigger fish to fry in 2006).
Anyway, is Lil Wayne a turncoat or a misunderstood rebel? Wave your banner in the comments.