Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably seen Childish Gambino’s “This Is America” video. Donald Glover’s musical alter ego has recently released a music video that is sending waves across the world. Although that may not seem like huge news at first, the powerful video has an insightful take on everything from from gun violence to police brutality to race in America.
Needless to say, the world is flipping out about the music video. Can we even call it a music video or should it be more like a… musical protest? A political work of art? A genius representation of the faults of America and our treatment of black people? A representation of gun violence and the way we turn our backs on lives lost? There is so much more to say about this video, but leave it up to social media to give us some of the most powerful reactions. From Hannah Bronfman saying that it’s “fucking emotional” to oh-so-many dethroning Kanye’s genius for that of Childish Gambino (PREACH!), here are the top 12 reactions to “This is America.”
1. Hannah Bronfman speaks the TRUTH.
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Watching This Is America by @childishgambino on repeat. He so brilliantly captures so much of what it feels like to be black in america right now. I have so many thought and feels on this and will express all in my newsletter but let’s just give a quick Praise Be to @childishgambino 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 let me know your feelings cause it’s fucking emotional👇🏾
Praise Be, indeed!
2. For those of us still suffering from Kanye news.
This is my new life motto, tbh.
3. An interesting analysis.
He plays a Jim Crow caricature that shows plenty of symbolism through subtle nuances & direct distractions by entertaining through Trendy dances and trap lyricism while chaos, violence and death takes place in our direct viewing pic.twitter.com/eBSSlq7v9z
— The Pursuit Of Euphoria (@Th1JBust4Life) May 7, 2018
Makes you think, huh?
4. So. Much. Symbolism.
Me trying to decipher all the symbolism in #ThisIsAmerica . #ChildishGambino pic.twitter.com/hEssJ37TaO
— EARTHGIRL•DOPEGIRL (@BrooklynLey) May 6, 2018
Us too, though… Us too!
5. The memes have started.
It was only a matter of time.
6. And what about those pants?
Can we talk about how @donaldglover is wearing confederate army pants #thisisamerica #donaldglover #ChildishGambino pic.twitter.com/XMFO3epDco
— Metro boolin (@boolin_metro) May 7, 2018
Interesting… VERY interesting.
7. BRB, majoring in Donald Glover.
The career path and artistic growth of Donald Glover should be a college course. #SNL #DonaldGlover #Atlanta #Solo #ChildishGambino
— Kevin Lockett (@kevinlockett) May 6, 2018
I wish I could go back to college.
8. Donald Glover 2020?
Kanye screaming he’s the greatest and a genius and only gave us “Poopity Scoop”.
Meanwhile Donald Glover stayed humble and gave us Atlanta, played Lando, hosted SNL, and dropped one of the best songs of the year #ThisIsAmerica #ChildishGambino
— Mickey Entertainment Cheese (@dadisunemployed) May 6, 2018
We see no lies here.
9. Childish Krambino FTW.
Hard to deny this humor.
10. But what does the red mean?
Placing the guns carefully on red cloths is such a subtle but glaring criticism of the fact that even after such atrocities we still value such deadly weapons over the lives of innocents. @donaldglover #ChildishGambino #ThisIsAmerica #Dontcatchyouslippin pic.twitter.com/9IS0uF9Vly
— Robert🖌🌍 (@_rMichaeld) May 6, 2018
11. Art makes more art.
More of this, please!
12. Too political? I don’t think so.
#ChildishGambino Stans complaining that he’s getting too political, man he’s always been political, he’s always spoken out about what it’s like as a black face in a white space. People just don’t like the hearing these uncomfortable truths of the black experience. #donaldglover pic.twitter.com/Op0YzNF1pJ
— TheSmileMaker 🌱 (@Kofi_Smiles) May 6, 2018
There is no such thing as a public figure being “too political.” Stop trying to silence genius.