Lil Wayne Defends Himself Against Flag Stomping Controversy

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By Christine Thomasos , Christian Post Reporter
June 19, 2013|11:40 am

Lil Wayne, the 30-year-old rapper born Dewayne Carter, is defending himself after people began protesting him allegedly stomping on an American flag.

In his music video, "God Bless Amerika" the rapper is seen dropping the American flag. However some have protested the actions.

John Ziegler, author of the book, "Death of Free Speech," encouraged some to protest the rapper's actions.

"A boycott here would be perfectly appropriate," he said, according to Fox News. "But unlikely to be effective because his fan base will not see any negative coverage of this act from the news sources they are likely to consume."

However, the rapper took to Twitter to explain.

"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."

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Earlier this year, Wayne issued a letter to Emmett Till's family after using the black teenager who was killed in 1955 as a metaphor for a sexual references in a remix of the song "Karate Chop."

Till, was killed in 1955 after allegedly whistling at a white woman, which sparked racial tension in the United States. After the "Karate Chop" lyrics were leaked by Lil Wayne, Till's family called for an apology.

Although the song was removed by Epic Records and never released for commercial sales, Till's family reacted by going after a major brand that endorses the rapper, according to AllHipHop.com reports.

However, Lil Wayne is not the only rapper to ignite protests after some disagreed with his form of art. Reebok cut ties with rapper Rick Ross, 37, for his lyrics that seemed to promote rape earlier this year.

The decision came one week after UltraViolet, a community of individuals fighting for women's rights, protested along with dozens of women who presented thousands of petitions and signs that read, "Hey Reebok-- Want my business? Stop promoting rape. Drop Rick Ross."

 

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