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Sun May 6, 2018, 04:24 PM

This is an incredibly important art/social statement! Childish Gambino's new video.

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On edit: Iíve had exactly two responses to this, both upset at the fact that I didnít warn people that there is a simulated shooting-two in fact-in the video. Itís not gory and youíll see FAR worse on television every day. Iím sorry to edit in this warning because it does a great deal to blunt the impact of what I think is an astonishing statement about what itís like for black people on America. And the demands for not being upset by a fictional depiction of violence underscores the struggle for communication, I think. The conflicts depicted are remarkably complex. With regret, I bow to the request, aware of the desire and ability to turn away.

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Iíve been waiting to see if it was posted by anyone else because I feel REALLY white doing it, but Iím so amazed by it and the many, MANY reactions coming in that I thought yíall might want a look. Itís so powerful and disturbing and real while managing to be strangely beautiful that I canít stop thinking about it.

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Reply This is an incredibly important art/social statement! Childish Gambino's new video. (Original post)
nolabear May 2018 OP
Ferrets are Cool May 2018 #1
nolabear May 2018 #2
Blues Heron May 2018 #3
nolabear May 2018 #4
GitRDun May 2018 #5
nolabear May 2018 #6

Response to nolabear (Original post)

Sun May 6, 2018, 04:40 PM

1. JMO, but maybe a graphic warning in the title??

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Response to Ferrets are Cool (Reply #1)

Sun May 6, 2018, 05:21 PM

2. Gosh. I didn't even think of that.

It does bring up an interesting point about having the choice about what we see, even a fiction.

I donít mean that critically.

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Response to nolabear (Reply #2)

Sun May 6, 2018, 05:27 PM

3. FFS dude put up a warning!

trying to eat here!

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Response to Blues Heron (Reply #3)

Sun May 6, 2018, 06:09 PM

4. I have, with regret. Enjoy your meal.

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Response to nolabear (Original post)

Sun May 6, 2018, 07:22 PM

5. Lol I must be dense

I completely did not understand this video.

Thanks anyway for sharing.

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Response to GitRDun (Reply #5)

Sun May 6, 2018, 08:11 PM

6. It takes effort. There's a lot of discussion about it today.

People parsing it out, talking about their discomfort, about the stunning number of things missed on first viewing while weíre distracted by the music and the dance and the chaos. Itís a big part of the point.

The man shot isnít, but is apparently designed to look like the father of Trayvon Martin. The choir echoes Charleston. The obsession with having things and being ďprettyĒ helps to cope but causes problems too.

I find it incredibly rich.

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