Childish Gambino's provocative This is America video tackles racism, gun violence

09 May, 2018, 00:10 | Author: Julio Duncan
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The easiest reading of Childish Gambino's - Donald Glover's - earth-shattering new video "This Is America" would be to say that Glover is at least mildly disappointed with hip-hop's insistence on dancing while the world is going to hell around us. Here's why we believe it's so important and a triumph.

Glover's Emmy-winning FX show Atlanta has its Season 2 finale Thursday and he plays Lando Calrissian in Solo: A Star Wars Story, in theatres on May 25. He's an actor, musician, director, producer, DJ, and so much more.

People all over the internet are already calling it the "video of the year", and there's good reason why.

Why? Well, that is immediately clear from watching it. Glover's disjointed trap song is accompanied by a seemingly one-take video that is as viscerally violent as it is compelling, which dives. This is supposed to represent the treatment of guns versus human beings in America. The Hiro Murai-directed music video is shot in a fluid format and references significant moments from the past and recent events. The important thing is that the video has prompted such discourse about so many important race-related issues, from the portrayal of black entertainers in the media to the reaction of schoolchildren to killings within their communities.

Speaking to The Current's Anna Maria Tremonti, Bedour Alagraa and Ricky Jones debate the violence in Childish Gambino's new video. Sure, it is a complex video, and its meaning isn't necessarily clear upon first viewing, but that's where its brilliance lies; that is America.


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