living in the wake of anti-Black violence is to be berated by the factual fungibility of our bodies everyday. terror is magnified by the virality of Black death. when artists answer the [scripted] call to reproduce these scenes, why don’t we call them accomplices?
There are a lot of dark themes in it, so they wanted us to be the light of the video. You know how kids are innocent and kind of unaware of what's going on? We were there to smile and bring joy to everyone watching it, because the background is bringing so much darkness and reality. I've seen a lot of people online referring to us as "the distraction," which I find quite interesting. That's why I loved being a part of this particular project, because a lot of people comment, "Completely ignore the dancers and Donald and watch what's in the background." You know, there are two completely different worlds in one scene. Or, three different worlds actually. It's amazing.
E! caught up with Glover on the red carpet of the 2018 Met Gala and asked the artist behind Childish Gambino what his intentions were when writing “This Is America” and filming its instant-classic music video. Glover responded with self-aware and politically-charged misdirection: “I just wanted to make, you know, a good song. Something people could play on Fourth of July.”
"Can you explain what's happening at the end of that video?"
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