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What it means to be in Childish Gambino's America

10 May, 2018, 00:23 | Author: Ted Wilson
  • Adele says she “adores” Childish Gambino and praises his “greatness”

Content Warning: The music video for "This is America" contains sensitive material that viewers may find distressing.

This marks the first new music released by Glover since 2016.

Following his appearance on NBC's Saturday Night Live (a show which a young Donald Glover auditioned for twice), Glover released his brand new single, "This Is America". After each act of gun violence carried out by Glover, he looks into the camera and sings "This is America".

The choreography shifts from gun violence, to suicide, to viral videos. The Hiro Murai-directed music video is shot in a fluid format and references significant moments from the past and recent events. Most crucially, it is a deeply nuanced visual manifestation of how social trends and pop culture - in this case, Glover's dancing - pose as a serious distraction from all the chaos in the background.

The juxtaposition between lighthearted and disturbing is shocking throughout the video and some viewers may find it distressing.

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The video keeps us on our toes, switching rapidly between somewhat comedic scenes, where Glover dances in a lighthearted way while pulling amusing facial expressions, and disturbing scenes with a hooded captive being shot with a handgun.

The video first appears to end on a positive note as Gambino dances on top of a vehicle before he is then seen running for his life in the dark while looking terrified.

Unfortunately being on the other side of the world, we Aussies don't have access to their Youtube channel but we do have GIFS.

The actor-rapper-comedian is set to make the red carpet rounds as he's next to appear as Lando Calrissian in Solo: A Star Wars Story, which hits theaters May 25. He recently did an insanely cool and casual tour of the Millennium Falcon.

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