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The rapper Lil Wayne is finding himself in the middle of controversy, this time with the patriotic side of the American population. Video and imagery has surfaced from Wayne’s “God Bless Amerika” music video that shows him stomping and walking on top of the American flag.
His lyrics show that Wayne has, possibly for good reason, become concerned about the direction of his country:
“My country ‘tis of thee/ sweet land of kill ‘em all and let ‘em die/ God bless Amerika/ This so godless Amerika … the stars on the flag are never shining,” he says in the song, which is featured on the “I Am Not a Human Being II” album.
But the American Legion is one of the groups that is irate with Wayne’s display of public protest. He’ll probably also be the subject of a few clips on The O’Reilly Factor, a show that loves to discredit protestors without facing any of the issues they are protesting.
“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,” said John Raughter, an American Legion spokesman.
“WHAT A DISGRACE!” a commenter said on the Internet. Of course the Internet trolls are going to go after him. But Wayne has a right to desecrate the flag if he wants to, since it’s protected under the First Amendment. However, that doesn’t protect him from the backlash that is sure to come from some of his fans.
“Didn’t think I could like this dude less,” one person wrote on Twitter.
“WHAT A DISGRACE!” someone else said.
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