Donald Glover Explains Why He Avoids Reading Commentary About "This Is America"
Yohance Kyles (@HUEYmixwitRILEY)
(AllHipHop News) The "This Is America" music video rocked the internet the moment it went live on YouTube early Sunday morning. While analytical breakdowns of the visuals spread across the web, Childish Gambino didn't speak publicly about his intent behind the clip's symbolism.
Gambino, also known as Donald Glover, was a guest on last night's Jimmy Kimmel Live. The host asked the Emmy/Grammy winner about the response to his vid.
"Some friends have sent a couple [of opinion pieces]. But to be real, I haven't been on the internet since Thursday night before Saturday Night Live," said Glover. "It's bad for me. I'm really sensitive. So I was just like, 'I'll let it be.'"
He joked, "I see one negative thing and I track that person down. I'll go into their Instagram and be like, 'You're not so great. That baby's not even that cute.'"
Even though CG is not that in interested engaging in a deep dive into the video, his creative director did speak about some of the analogies. Ibra Ake confirmed "This Is America" drew influence from Jim Crow imagery, minstrel shows, Fela Kuti, and The Mask.
Besides his "This Is America" video collecting over 74 million views on YouTube in under a week, Glover is also gaining attention for his role in Solo: A Star Wars Story and for his part in creating Atlanta. Childish Gambino is working on his fourth studio album as well.