Video footage of Lil Wayne filming the music video for his single, "God Bless Amerika," is causing controversy.
In the YouTube clip, the 30-year-old rapper stands in front of a large American flag, which drops to the ground revealing a group of people in his native New Orleans. Lil Wayne then repeatedly steps on the flag as he raps.
When the video footage went viral, Twitter users were quick to admonish the performer, who raps "D**n, military minded, lost it can't find it/The stars on the flag are never shinin'" on the track.
"He can say what he want in his anti-America rap but this goes too far!" one said.
"You can't disrespect your country more than stepping all over the flag... Lil Wayne disgusts me," another added.
Others defended the rapper.
"He stepped on that flag by accident," another commenter said.
“All Americans should treat [the flag] with respect,” an American Legion spokesman told the New York Daily News. “It is the American flag that is draped across the coffins of our fallen heroes when they come back from war. In fact, any veteran can have a flag on their coffin. As such, it’s entitled to the highest respect.”
Though Veterans of Foreign Wars rep Randi Law said it wasn't clear whether the flag-stomping incident would appear in the video, the VFW would seek an apology if the scene shows up in the final product.
“You’re clearly not supposed to walk on the American flag and he’s doing that in front of a group of people,” Law said. “I would think the respect of the flag needs to be upheld and clearly it’s not.”