Childish Gambino’s new music video shares a powerful message about gun violence in America
WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENTAMERICAN actor, musician and comedian Donald Glover (aka Childish Gambino) has struck a nerve in the US with the release of the video for his new song, This is America.The captivating four-minute video, which is filmed in a large empty warehouse, has been praised for addressing issues, particularly gun violence.
Within the first 55 seconds, a man is shot point blank range by the 34-year-old performer, who continues to sing as if nothing has happened. He later shoots down a gospel choir with a semiautomatic weapon.
The video also features references to Black Lives Matter, the Charlottesville protests, police brutality, the Civil Rights movement and more, as Glover sings the lyrics “This is America / Police be trippin’ now / Yeah, this is America / Guns in my area”.
In between the acts of brutality, Glover dances in an upbeat and joyful way while pulling amusing facial expressions. But the dancing serves a distraction from what’s really going
Twitter user E-Money wrote: “People are so caught up in Gambino’s shoot that they don’t even realize what the hell is going on in the background. He’s literally talking about people who don’t care about what’s happening in society, but care about the latest dance fad. He’s talking about y’all.”
“After you’ve watched #ThisIsAmerica twice or 3x, watch it again. But this time, ignore Donald completely and just watch the background. Whew,” Awesomely Luvvie tweeted.
Another user pointed out how the school kids follow Glover’s dance moves, but then are also the ones who clean up the carnage