Lil Wayne has denied his Super Bowl ad for Apartments.com is racist, according to TMZ.
The new commercial shows him ‘cooking for George Washington’ – who once owned slaves.
TMZ has claimed that the nature of the ad has led to some critics calling it discriminatory, although the site did not mention where this ire was coming from.
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‘It’s meant to be funny’: Lil Wayne has ‘rejected’ claims his Super Bowl ad for Apartments.com showing him cooking for slave owner George Washington is racist
The one minute commercial is the latest in the series starring Jeff Goldblum, and shows him being hoisted to the top of a luxury apartment block while playing a grand piano.
To go with The Jeffersons gag theme, he is playing the Ja’net Dubois title tune, Moving On Up.
When he gets to the top floor, he discovers ‘George and Weezy’ there – not the couple from the 70s sitcom, but a man dressed as the first president of the US, and Lil Wayne.
Watch ad below:
Super Bowl TV spot: The one-minute ad begins with Goldblum standing in front of a high rise as members of a church choir carry moving boxes inside
Up and away: Then the actor and jazz musician sits at a piano and begins to tinkle the ivories as he’s being hoisted skyward, singing ‘Moving On Up
New tenants: He passes apartments where two young guys are unpacking having just moved into their new place, and another apartment where a bride in her wedding dress is being carried over the threshold
Not afraid of heights then: The pitchman is even joined by a seagull who sits on the piano as it goes higher and higher into the air
Look who’s here! Eventually Goldblum arrives at the penthouse where he finds the first president of the United States and the rapper hanging out together
‘What you cooking there Weez?’ Goldblum asks.
‘I’m just flame-broiling some burgers,’ the rappers responds.
‘And grilling some beans, my good man,’ adds George Washington.