If you haven't seen Childish Gambino's This Is America music video. what the hell are you waiting for? Here's why we believe it's so important and a triumph. Glover released the video during his appearance on Saturday Night Live, where he served as both the host and musical guest. With new music and a string of acting jobs coming up (Solo: A Star Wars Story, followed by The Lion King remake), Glover has sos been out and about, wearing more killer looks than we can shake a steamer at.
"This Is America" by Childish Gambino - the actor and recording artist Donald Glover - has amassed more than 35 million views on YouTube in just two days, rocketing to the top of the site's trending page. And there is no better way than with this provocative new video.
The symbolism and ambiguities that have led to such close analysis of This Is America, and its video also account for much of its success. This is supposed to represent the treatment of guns versus human beings in America.More news: Elon Musk wants to get into the candy industry
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Directed by "Atlanta" director Hiro Murai, the video is pretty surreal and packed full of messages. Calling the dancing in the foreground a "distraction" from the violence going on around Gambino and his "childish" companions belies the necessity of finding moments of joy in today's desolate times. A shirtless Glover dances and makes faces as a reference to the era of minstrel shows; he even poses in reference to an old Jim Crow poster. The fact that not all interpretations may be correct (how could they be?) is beside the point.
But that's the thing about this damn video. Through enigma, it has created discussion, and through disturbing imagery, it has forced the viewer to consider atrocities that are so often overlooked.