Perhaps almost as brilliant as Childish Gambino’s “This Is America” video is his response to those wanting more of an explanation about it.
Since the video’s release, Gambino, otherwise known as Donald Glover, has been doing a press run for his new film Solo: A Star Wars Story. It’s opened him up to questioning about the unrelated viral music video to which he’s responding, “That’s not for me to say.”
“I feel like it’s not my place,” he responded when asked. “It just doesn’t feel right or good to me, I feel like it doesn’t feel right to anyone. I made this for the people, just like Star Wars, you can walk away from the movie with whatever you need to walk away with it from.”
His non-explanation so far seems to be going over well on social media who agree: the interpretation is open to the eye of the beholder.
That piece of art is kind of self explanatory..— isabella (@isa_bella_rose) May 10, 2018
its good he didnt say it, so people can think of their own interpretations, which is what art is supposed to do anyway— azaleah (@Azaleeah) May 11, 2018
I don’t get why he has to— DOUBLE LL's 👆🏾👇🏾 (@calamansimami) May 10, 2018
Donald Glover refuses to explain it so everything is up for interpretation. It’s pretty cool. It could be interpreted as black on black violence. Racism. Cultural ignorance of bad situations. It’s hard to watch but certainly a valuable work.— Im Still DangerZone (@StillDangerZone) May 12, 2018
I love that Donald Glover won't explain This Is America— My Name Is Rad (@ja_radman) May 12, 2018
DONALD GLOVER refusing to explain "This is America" is the best way to handle his creation. Think for yourself - for once.— Adan Gonzalez (@adan_1227) May 12, 2018
Also interesting, was Donald Glover’s response during a separate interview with Global Grind’s Xilla Valentine. When the topic of loving someone different came up (stemming from his character Lando Calrissian’s relationship with L3-37, played by Bridge) Glover’s response was brilliant.
“That’s what love I think really is at the end of the day,” he said. “It’s not even like a selflessness, it’s like an understanding that I’m making a safe place for you. It’s not safe out there. Somebody’s out to get you—that’s just nature. That’s just the nature of being, and I feel like yeah you can totally love somebody and still look out for yourself. But I think the question really is, do you see that thing or that someone else as a part of you? If you see us, we’re a people together, we’re a tribe together—we depend on each other. Then you always are gonna want the best for them I think.”
While not a direct response to controversial criticism DG’s received over dating a white woman, we’re pretty sure that was on his mind when giving his answer.
Beautifully put, Gambino.
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