Unless you've lived under a rock lately, you have heard about how rapper Lil Wayne was filmed dancing around on the American flag while shooting a video. Now, we all know that this is a MAJOR no no. The American flag is not meant to touch the ground and it's certainly not meant to be stepped on. It is disrespectful, which is likely why members of the infamous Westboro Baptist Church routinely and happily desecrate the flag by walking on it, because they feel we are a doomed nation (yes, I totally rolled my eyes at that).
The video that Lil Wayne (real name is Dwayne Michael Carter Jr) was shooting is for his song "God Bless Amerika" (which boasts lyrics such as “My country 'his of thee / Sweet land of kill 'em all and let 'em die / God bless Amerika / This ole' godless Amerika.”). As he explains on his Facebook page, the reason this happened is because it's suppose to be a "camera trick clip that revealed that behind the American Flag was the Hoods of America". Evidently, 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". No where in his explanation does he say WHY he is dancing on the flag. He further goes on to say that "God Bless Amerika" (he spells it that way, why I'm not sure, but some of his "fans" have said it's because he's a member of the Bloods gang and they refuse to use the letter C, because of their rival Crips. I don't know how true this is as, apparently, I'm not quite gangster enough, but I digress) is "Dwayne M Carter from Hollygrove New Orleans view of America. That's who I'm speaking for in this song."
No where in his explanation does he say WHY he is dancing on the flag.
Here is my question......why would you let Ol Glory fall to the ground to begin with? You are a successful rapper, you can afford this thing called computer imaging. So why not do that? The flag that he used was huge and was already touching the ground to begin with. To let it fall to the ground is, in my opinion, a huge disgrace and disrespectful as all get out. Though I am not a soldier, nor the wife of a soldier, I feel that Lil Wayne's actions was a slap in the face to our military and our country.
Who CARES if, in the final edit, we don't see the flag on the ground. It is common knowledge that the flag is there. Had he put a platform behind him or a table or something so that the flag never touched the ground, then that would have been fine. But for the flag to not only FALL to the ground, but for him to DANCE on it? In the words of Burton Guster: Come on, son!
Naturally, his fan see that he has done something wrong and if anyone dares to say anything, they fire back with their intellectual responses like "get the f^%k off his page then, hata" or something equally eloquent. And with his so called explanation, he basically just wrote the whole thing off as a way to further victimize the people who are from the "hood", by saying that they are products of the only American they know.
Okay, look, I know that not everyone has a spectacular upbringing. But, as I've said in previous posts, you can either fall victim to your upbringing or you can survive it. I feel that someone in Lil Wayne's position should act as a voice of positivity to show his followers that are still in the "hood" that, yes, you CAN overcome it. So many people become the stereotype of their upbringing. People from the hood become gangsters. People from the hills become ignorant rednecks. They fall victim to their surrounding because THEY have no ambition to change it, not because it was the hand they were dealt. We all have free will, we all have the ability to work our asses off to improve our situation. If you don't apply yourself and use your surroundings as an excuse to have a piss poor life, then that is YOUR fault and yours alone.
I feel that Lil Wayne is doing a disservice to his fans, because he is giving them a voice of negativity. "This is the only America you know, so let's rap about it." That doesn't sound too encouraging if you ask me. It sounds like he is basically telling them that there is no hope of them ever experiencing another life, because of their current situation.
I close with this. Lil Wayne really needs to reconsider the direction in which his video was going. I think he should change it to show RESPECT to this country and our service men and women. He should show the flag being waved proudly and, instead of showing the "hoods of America", show the people who overcame that life and made a positive impact on this great nation.
And for the love of God, spell America right!