Update (June 18): A day after the controversy, Lil Wayne spoke out via Twitter, chalking it up to an accident. How far the explanation will go with those offended by the fact that the American flag was “just there” for him to walk on remains to be seen.
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—
Lil Wayne WEEZY F (@LilTunechi) June 18, 2013
Hours later, Weezy drove his point home with a statement released on his official Facebook page. It reads in full:
“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.”