A behind-the-scenes clip of the music videoGod Bless Amerika shows the hip-hop artist performing in front of the flag before it is dropped, revealing a group of people behind it. As the flag falls to the ground, Lil' Wayne continues to perform the song, seemingly knowing he is walking on the fringes of the flag.
The reaction since the clip has gone viral on YouTube is one of anger towards the rapper, saying he has disrespected the country and the flag as its symbol.
"I'm laughing at everyone saying it's an accident he stepped on the flag," said YouTube commenter Nate Orlowski. "He steps off as he looks down, and then as he is still looking down, walks right on top of it again. Before I even joined the military four years ago I was taught never to let our flag touch the ground. This is my country. I'm sure some people will make fun of that fact. That's ok. Shows the appreciation."
The song is the newest single from his recent album I Am Not a Human Being II. The song's lyrics have created more negative attention than the visual has.
The rapper took to his Twitter to try and clear things up.
"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 drops it's just there as I perform," Lil' Wayne tweeted Tuesday morning.
Wayne also went on to explain himself on his Facebook page.
"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," Wayne said. "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."
According to American flag etiquette, "When the flag is lowered, no part of it should touch the ground or any other object; it should be received by waiting hands and arms."