Rapper Lil Wayne took to Twitter to respond to the controversy over a video in which he appears to step on an American flag.
"I didn't step on the flag on purpose!" the rapper tweeted Tuesday. "It's a scene in a video where the flag drops behind me and after it drop it's just there as I perform."
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
In the video, posted to YouTube on Sunday and flagged by TMZ on Monday, Lil Wayne appears to be performing the song "God Bless Amerika" in front of an American flag. The flag is dropped to reveal a small crowd of people, many of them children, and the rapper continues to mouth the words of the song, stepping on the fallen flag as he does so.
TMZ accuses Lil Wayne of "lying through his diamond-encrusted teeth," arguing that the rapper, born Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr., clearly sees the flag beneath him and continues to step all over it. Not helping his case is the subject matter of the song, which criticizes U.S. military policy and its penal system:
Damn, military minded, lost and can't find it
The stars on the flag are never shining
Uh, I saw a butterfly in hell today
Will I die or go to jail today?
His defense of the video has already sparked strong reaction, both positive and negative, from his followers on Twitter.