If you haven’t seen Donald Glover’s latest music video, then you are definitely missing out.
Glover, also known as Childish Gambino, dropped the visuals for his single ‘This is America’ on May 5th. Number 1 on Youtube’s Trending chart, the video, at first glance, appears energetic and quirky as Glover awkwardly gyrates his body. But as he continues to dance, references of some of America’s most memorable and spine-chillingly violent acts come to the fore.
The video will leave you shook, and will, or has already sparked debate amongst you and your boys.
Don’t take our word for it, if you havent seen the video, watch below:
Naturally, after viewing the video, Twitter users aired their thoughts. Some loved the video, others didn’t.
We waded through multiple tweets to find the most though-provoking tweets about Glover’s performance art piece.
This is America..
*Guns handled with care
*Keep dancing and you won’t be shot
Donald is the best.
— OldMan Ebro (@oldmanebro) May 6, 2018
Me when I realized that gambino’s dance moves distracted me from all the craziness happening in the background and that’s exactly the point he’s trying to make… #ThisIsAmerica pic.twitter.com/ZlMxE2VwZV
— Claudia Gonzales (@claudiag0292) May 6, 2018
Death riding the Pale white horse while he is followed by Hell (represented by police) going totally unnoticed because of dancing and pop culture in the foreground is the single greatest cinematic message I’ve seen in a music video to date. #ThisIsAmerica pic.twitter.com/DYaPjbvoym
— Isaiah Persons (@PersonsIsaiah) May 6, 2018
“This is America” rly shows how distant Glover is from the black public. He invokes imagery of the Charleston shooting to shock white viewers w little regard for the living, breathing survivors. It’s like he learned how to love (and use) his blackness without loving black people.
— Kaila Philo (@kailanthropie) May 7, 2018
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
When God closes a Kanye, he opens a Childish Gambino
— Sarah Cooper (@sarahcpr) May 7, 2018
Last comment. At this point to me, between the lyrics and the video, it almost reads like a mockery of how young black people choose to enjoy themselves… and juxtaposing it to the regular and real recent trauma we’ve experienced reads sadistic. TO ME.
— Shamira Ibrahim (@_ShamGod) May 6, 2018
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