Donald Glover – aka Childish Gambino – had quite a weekend last weekend. The actor, who has been riding high these days with both his series “Atlanta” and his role as young Lando Calrissian in the forthcoming “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” both hosted “Saturday Night Live” and was the musical guest as his rap/R&B alter ego, Childish Gambino.
Glover as Gambino won a Grammy this year for best traditional R&B performance for his song “Redbone” and premiered two new songs on “SNL,” titled “Saturday” and “This Is America.” But it was the video he released for the latter after his “SNL” performance that created a major buzz. Here’s what you need to know about the music video that has many hailing Glover/Gambino as a genius.
Directed by “Atlanta” director Hiro Murai, the video is pretty surreal and packed full of messages. It’s expansive and filmed in a warehouse, which allows for a lot of action. As much as your eye will be drawn to Glover as a shirtless Gambino, pay close attention also to what is happening in the background:
It takes on gun violence in America
The fact that Childish Gambino’s “This is America” tackles police brutality, gun violence, media misdirection, and the use of African-Americans as a brand shield, all while dancing in Jim Crow-style caricature, shows a transcendence or mere performance and demands attention.
— Jon Spence (@reallyjonspence) May 7, 2018
About that dancing
Childish Gambino’s dance moves distracted all of us from the craziness that was happening in the background of the video & that’s exactly the point he’s trying to make…….#ThisIsAmerica https://t.co/7o9e0XBGld
— Hurt Cobain (@D_Breezy_) May 6, 2018
There’s a cameo you might miss
Her guest appearance could be a clue for the pair working together.
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