Donald Glover’s alter ego, Childish Gambino, is back!
While hosting SNL this weekend, the talented singer, actor and screenwriter also dropped a video for his newest song “This Is America.” The stunning visual and shocking video juxtaposes riots, police and gun violence happening with Childish and others dancing, ignoring the chaos around them.
And from the look of it, it’s got Twitter shook…and for good reason. Here’s what people are saying.
#ThisIsAmerica: Twitter Is In Love With Over Childish Gambino’s New Video was originally published on hellobeautiful.com
1. The Only Donald We Recognize
Donald Glover’s alter ego, Childish Gambino, is back!
While hosting SNL this weekend, the talented singer, actor and screenwriter also dropped a video for his newest song “This Is America.” The stunning visual and shocking video juxtaposes riots, police and gun violence happening with Childish and others dancing, ignoring the chaos around them. And from the look of it, it’s got Twitter shook…and for good reason. Here’s what people are saying.
The ONLY Donald we acknowledge is Glover.— Janet D. (@TheRealPRLady) May 6, 2018
This is...damn. https://t.co/0Uue4dTaCC
After you've watched #ThisIsAmerica twice or 3x, watch it again. But this time, ignore Donald completely and just watch the background. Whew.— Luvvie is the #ProfessionalTroublemaker (@Luvvie) May 6, 2018
Childish Gambino is what Kanye aspires to be but fails to attain. #ThisIsAmerica— 🇯🇲Black🇭🇹 Aziz 🇳🇬aNANsi🇹🇹 (@Freeyourmindkid) May 6, 2018
Childish Gambino reminding us how to be smart, controversial, & entertaining with message-driven art.— Morgan Elise Johnson (@MorganEliseJ) May 6, 2018
I'm dancing like Childish Gambino all summer long— MonsterKing (@CerromeRussell) May 6, 2018
Summed up: The American fabric is selling distractions and superficial livelihoods, while in reality avoiding gross systematic issues that we ignore because it’s easier to live a lie than to confront the truth. #ThisIsAmerica Childish Gambino Donald Glover #PoliticsNation pic.twitter.com/rPuu5Ycsc4— Charli Huxley (@ImKnotTheOne) May 6, 2018
Childish Gambino showing us #ThisIsAmerica, where it’s easy to get caught up on meaningless materialistic things or fads while completely ignoring the stark realities & systematic violence around us.— Simar (@sahluwal) May 6, 2018
Childish Gambino’s “This is America” video is a reflection of the world. Violence & chaos occur, then deflections distract us from the problem...THAT should make us uncomfortable. The best works of art capture life in motion. This is artistry at it finest. pic.twitter.com/pLZNNxHpeX— ☼кёё☾ of Naath by Way of House Stark Targaryen (@KeeAliMalcolm) May 6, 2018
Honestly, Childish Gambino intended for people to be disturbed, shocked, and angry when they watched this video. This is what so many black people deal with EVERY DAY, and you can’t handle it in a music video.— emilia (@PoliticalEmilia) May 6, 2018
Wake up. #ThisIsAmerica
This new Childish Gambino has the exact same message and the J. Cole album and is presenting it in the exact same way, only it’s not preachy and boring. See? It’s possible lol— Silas P. Silas (@Kenny16Techs) May 6, 2018
#ThisIsAmerica is a word.— Writing Diversely (@writediversely) May 6, 2018
People dancing and partying while chaos is happening all around them.
Ignoring murder, police brutality, protests and mayhem to do choreographed group dancing.
What makes @donaldglover so special as an artist for me is that as he’s evolved and found his voice, he’s sheds any need for the hyper-masculine veneer that many of his peers cling to. The way he raps/sings, moves his body, and embodies the work is so grounded. #thisisamerica— Kendra Janelle Ross, PhD (@lolaschild) May 6, 2018
I've watched #ThisIsAmerica a few times now, and I honestly would take a college class next semester exclusively devoted to studying this video, its details/commentary, and its implications on the modern American consciousness. @donaldglover is a genius.— Ziad Ahmed (@ziadahmed) May 6, 2018
On my timeline I see people saying Gambino’s new video #ThisIsAmerica is propaganda against the 2nd amendment.— Matt Deitsch (@MattxRed) May 6, 2018
All my favorite people get called propaganda against the 2nd amendment.
All my favorite people are being honest about the current state of America.#StopGunViolence
Donald Glover's #ThisIsAmerica is such a cool music video for showing how many split personalities America actually has + how the culture puts blackness in several narrow boxes at the same time.— Monique Jones (@moniqueblognet) May 6, 2018
He then encapsulates what black folks are processing in this American moment: We live in an age of jaw-dropping creativity (see black visual arts, lit, music, etc.). But that joy can be interrupted at any time by these increasingly frequent acts of violence. #ThisIsAmerica pic.twitter.com/MTDL8AyRYf— Rob Fields (@robfields) May 6, 2018
So many layers of symbolism— Mamba Forever (@gznupe1911) May 6, 2018
-References to mass shootings & hysteria
-Black men shot; meanwhile the guns are handled with care
-The current state of hip hop; seemingly unaffected by anything going on
I could go on. Donald Glover you nailed it.#ThisIsAmerica
People are so caught up in Gambino’s shoot that they don’t even realize what the hell is going on in the background. He’s literally talking about people who don’t care about what’s happening in society, but care about the latest dance fad. He’s talking about y’all.#ThisIsAmerica— The white man Bon Iver (@imanimlewis) May 6, 2018
Donald Glover is starting as Lando in Star Wars, releasing an album, completed season 2 of Atlanta, working on season 3, doing music videos, hosting SNL and wrote a script for Deadpool (FX you fucked up)— Aaron (@aaronhiphop3) May 6, 2018
How does this guy have the energy to do so much. #ThisIsAmerica pic.twitter.com/8UoTSxww81