While he was hosting Saturday Night Live on May 5, Donald Glover (a.k.a. Childish Gambino), to everyone’s surprise, also released a music video for his new song called “This Is America.”
Throughout the video, there are plenty of uncomfortable juxtapositions between images of gleeful life moments (when an all-black choir is singing in the warehouse) and horrific violence, for example, when Childish Gambino shoots the choir with a rifle.
Throughout most of the video, Childish Gambino is dancing and singing while distressing scenes play out around him (such as the images of burning cars and people chaotically running around). Many viewers online think the “This Is America” video sends a strong message about the way Americans can get caught up with distractions rather than paying attention to the real issues in the country.
Naturally, in the current political climate, this video has taken the internet by storm. Here’s what Twitter had to say about the poignant statement of the video:
The more you watch the #ThisIsAmerica video, the more you realize that there's so much going on in the background and that Donald is just a distraction – and that's the whole point. #StayWoke (don't catch you slippin' now)
— Siyabonga Mahlaba 🎨 (@sabu_mahlaba) May 6, 2018
Childish Gambino is ENTIRELY ahead of his time. He full out snapped with the “This is America” video. It’s so powerful that most people won’t even comprehend it completely.
— Peter Parker 📸🕷🕸 (@picturemewilly) May 6, 2018
One of the most beautiful, painful, honest pieces of art I’ve seen in my entire life.
“This is America” encapsulated the Black Experience with song, dance, melody, tone, facial expressions, eyes, shocking violence, humor, beauty, and so much more. https://t.co/uEapN4E6It
— Shaun King (@ShaunKing) 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
— ☽☼ⓚⓔⓔ☼☾ (@xOMGkee) May 6, 2018
#ThisIsAmerica by Childish Gambino
— 𝔸 ｒｄｉｎ ≃ 🌐 (@aa_tweeter) May 6, 2018
Glover's "Childish Gambino This is America" just said so much about what's wrong with America without saying barely a word.
Donald Glover is brilliant, even if some people are too thick to understand him.
— Brian Krassenstein (@krassenstein) May 6, 2018
If you watch This is America, Childish Gambino’s new video, you will notice so many issues being addressed. He symbolizes the media distracting you from what’s really happening in America today. And it is also from a black mans point of view. This video is so powerful.
— alexis 🌻 (@htxlexx) 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
— Tony (@ImKnotTheOne) May 6, 2018
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