Comparisons aren’t always the best form of flattery as Donald Glover is not amused by fans comparing his show Atlanta with Lil Dicky’s series Dave.
In an interview with Interview Magazine where the actor was interviewed by ….himself… the star shared how he doesn’t “dislike” the series, but it “bothers him” when his show is compared to Dave.
“I like that show. But it does bother me when Atlanta’s compared to it,” he began.
“Although I do feel like the flavor is artificial in some sense. The organic show should be about a white rapper who’s more successful than his Black peers from the jump. Because he’s more accessible. But what he actually wants is to be part of the culture, but his success keeps him from that and a lot of his Black peers and friends resent him for it but also feel like they have to fuck with him because it’s good for them. That’s the internal struggle I see.”
He continues to say the show represents “two different experiences.”
“They’re just different experiences,” he expressed.
“And I wouldn’t want to have either every day. But I would never confuse the two. I expect the same of my audience. I think we all think we have to support each other, which we do, but sometimes supporting each other is telling someone, “This isn’t good, to me.” And you have to know why, and not be a hater, and they have to take that criticism in good faith. Then we can grow together. Then we can help each other’s recipes. You’re not helping them if they think they’ve made a “sophisticated” beef patty and it’s really a homemade tuna sandwich. Again, both can be good.”
He then describes Dicky’s show as “a good burger you should eat fast because the ingredients are fresh.”
You can watch Atlanta on FX Thursdays at 10PM ET.