HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » Forums & Groups » Main » Video & Multimedia (Forum) » Childish Gambino - This i...

Sun May 6, 2018, 05:11 PM

Childish Gambino - This is America (Official Video) WARNING: Graphic

Last edited Sun May 6, 2018, 06:16 PM - Edit history (1)

11 replies, 2550 views

Reply to this thread

Back to top Alert abuse

Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
Arrow 11 replies Author Time Post
Reply Childish Gambino - This is America (Official Video) WARNING: Graphic (Original post)
blogslut May 2018 OP
IronLionZion May 2018 #1
BlueTsunami2018 May 2018 #3
NightWatcher May 2018 #6
IronLionZion May 2018 #7
sweetloukillbot May 2018 #9
progressoid May 2018 #2
GReedDiamond May 2018 #4
demmiblue May 2018 #5
aikoaiko May 2018 #8
Glimmer of Hope May 2018 #10
Urge For Going May 2018 #11

Response to blogslut (Original post)

Sun May 6, 2018, 08:15 PM

1. America is a crazy place

with a lot of dancing and shooting

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to IronLionZion (Reply #1)

Mon May 7, 2018, 11:18 PM

3. Ignore the dancing and watch the background.

Thereís so much symbolism and messaging in this video, itís amazing. Glover is a genius.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to IronLionZion (Reply #1)

Tue May 8, 2018, 06:29 AM

6. That's part of the video's message.

Everyone likes the trendy dancing but ignores the violence going down on the streets behind them.

There's tons of symbolism and references happening in the background of that video:

Death riding a Pale Horse with all of Hell behind him (or in this case, a police car).

Someone shooting up a black church (the choir in the second verse), remember South Carolina.

Lots more here. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/arts-and-entertainment/wp/2018/05/07/this-is-america-breaking-down-childish-gambinos-powerful-new-music-video/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.371514841706

(Open up a private browser window if you are past your three free articles this month or just get a subscription)

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to NightWatcher (Reply #6)

Tue May 8, 2018, 07:54 AM

7. Thanks for the link

There's a lot going on in that video, I had to watch it again.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to NightWatcher (Reply #6)

Thu May 10, 2018, 02:34 AM

9. It's not just a distraction or ignoring the horrors around them

I think it's also a way for the kids to escape from them.

Also, notice all the cars are late models with their drivers-side doors open, and their hazard lights on.

I've been focusing a lot on his facial expressions and some of the moves - I think they're some sort of nod back to minstrelsy, but I'm not sure.
This is the DU member formerly known as sweetloukillbot.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to blogslut (Original post)

Mon May 7, 2018, 10:18 AM

2. +1

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to blogslut (Original post)

Tue May 8, 2018, 01:12 AM

4. That was fuckin great...

...and I'm not even a Childish G fan!

(I guess I am now though.)

On edit: 30.5+ million views in TWO days...

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to blogslut (Original post)

Tue May 8, 2018, 05:48 AM

5. K&R

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to blogslut (Original post)

Tue May 8, 2018, 02:44 PM

8. Donald Glover may be the greatest cross-media artist of the fist 20 years of the 21st century.


Almost everything Glover does is unique and inspired.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to blogslut (Original post)

Fri May 18, 2018, 05:49 PM

10. This video has been interpreted a thousand times over since it was released.

It had a different meaning for me today. Make it stop.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to blogslut (Original post)

Tue May 22, 2018, 10:17 PM

11. man this shit is on rotate like crazy

i'm so stuck on this... i've been waiting for pop culture to start protesting. its the best way to wake up the millenials, and the ones who are in post secondary. look at all the views.. non-political people are discussing it... wow, eh?

protest songs had such a big impact in the '60s, and the music of a huge movement of peaceful people demanding social changes.. i've been waiting for a long time to see a similar movement pop up -- a bigger movement.. this is a good start. this is a hella viral video, so its made its rounds to most people under 30 for sure.

need more genuine protest songs. I really think its totally needed.. our society is so connected to pop culture and social media... you would think that artists who truly care about the state of the US and her democracy would create music to wake people up.. and use social media to spread it........just not that bandwagon bullshit that bands like nickelback produce. *barf*

young people are overworked, paid like shit, and they are complacent about it. they are scraping by enough to pay bills, buy weed, a couple cool tops, and eat ramen noodles and on-the-go meals. they won't pay attention to issues until it affects them directly. they are very distracted. soooooo distracted.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink

Reply to this thread