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Lil Wayne says he didn’t intentionally step on the American flag during the shoot for his video “God Bless Amerika” in New Orleans.
“I didn’t step on the flag on purpose! It’s a scene in a video where the flag drops behind me and after it drop it’s just there as I perform,” Weezy tweeted.
A rep for Wayne echoed these comments in a statement received by The Hollywood Reporter.
“It was never my intention to desecrate the flag of the United States of America,” the statement reads. “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 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’s behind it but will never see it on the ground.”
However, during video of the shoot, shot by a bystander, Wayne can be seen stepping, dancing and walking over a crumpled American flag after it’s dropped from behind him.
In the song, Wayne raps, “My country, tis of thee/ Sweet land of kill them all and let them die/ So God bless America, this so Godless America.”
Watch the clip below:
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