Claim: Video shows rapper Lil Wayne stepping on a U.S. flag while shooting a music video.
Example: [Collected via e-mail, June 2013]
Origins: Video footage reported by TMZ and posted on YouTube in June 2013 showed rap star Lil Wayne (the stage name of Dwayne Michael Carter) stepping, dancing, and/or trampling on an American flag during the shooting of a music video for his song "God Bless Amerika" in
Weezy performed the stunt while shooting his new music video for "God Bless Amerika" in
During the shoot, Wayne begins rapping in front of a giant American flag which is released to the ground. After it's on the floor, Wayne continues to rap while stepping all over the stars and stripes.
However, what was seen in the YouTube video was not intended as a depiction of flag-trampling or desecration to be used in the finished product. Rather, Lil Wayne was shot singing in front of an American flag backdrop for about the first 1:15 of the video, then the backdrop was pulled down to reveal the people behind it. Lil Wayne did step on the flag backdrop after it fell to the ground, but that action was incidental to what was being shot for the video, as neither his feet nor the flag was in the frame of the camera after the latter was dropped:
After the video was publicized, Lil Wayne took to Facebook to explain that what the video captured was part of a shot that would not appear in the finished video and was not intended to portray desecration of the U.S. flag:
The completed video indeed showed neither the flag lying on the ground nor Lil Wayne trampling on it:
Last updated: 8 May 2015
McKay, Hollie. "Lil Wayne Defends Trampling American Flag While Shooting New Video." FoxNews.com 18 June 2013. TMZ.com. "Lil Wayne Tramples American Flag." 17 June 2013.