Childish Gambino Says It’s Not His Place to Explain “This Is America”

There’s a lot to dissect in Childish Gambino’s “This Is America” music video. Between all the historical references and surreal mix of violent and joyous imagery, it’s not surprising that many people have continuously revisited the visual in an attempt to find additional layers of meaning. Yes, there are the obvious allusions to race issues, America’s devotion to guns, and superficial distractions; however, according to Gambino’s creative director Ibra Ake, their approach wasn’t as “cerebral or calculated” as some writers think; their main intention was simply to “normalize” the black experience.

“As creators who are kind of marginalized with our voice, we try to make stuff in a vacuum in a way where we’re not influenced by what was made before us, which usually—in the media specifically— comes from a white world and a white infrastructure or a system that is controlled by white people,” Ake said in a recent interview with WNYC’s The Takeaway. “So even with this video, we kind of reduced it to a feeling—a very black feeling, a very violent feeling, but also a very fun feeling.”

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35 thoughts on “Childish Gambino Says It’s Not His Place to Explain “This Is America”

  1. I think that's bullshit if he have something to say then say it, don't make a video and tell people to decide for themselves what it means have you heard some of the things people have been assuming about this video? C'mon man!

  2. I think people are paying way more attention to the video than the lyrics WITH the video.
    I interpret the song and video as the black & hip hop community being more preoccupied with and glorifying looking fly, partying, toting guns, dealing & selling drugs–
    ("look what I'm whippin up"/"I'm so cold"/"I'm so dope"/"Look how I'm geekin out"/"I'm so fly"/"I'm so Gucci"/'I'm so pretty"/"Watch me move"/"Hunnid bands, hunnid bands, hunnid bands"/"Contraband, contraband, contraband")
    –than they are with the issues that are plaguing the communities (the various things going on in the background and throughout the video).

  3. Because he's still guilty for being an entertainer. You mean, a puppet showing you he's a puppet, is still that. He's just conscious of it. If you needed Gambino to show you that America is what you seen, I feel bad for you.

  4. I agree he should not explain it because if he came out and said it wasn't as deep as everyone has made it out to be folk would be very butthurt and tear him down. Also art is about the interpretation and perspective of the people viewing it. We have a huge Picasso statue in downtown Chicago and everyone has their perspective on what it is but in truth we still don't know. Lol

  5. I think the setting of the warehouse went over people heads….. the Industrial Complex and also that these events are churned out as if it comes through a factory….. which it does.

    News Media & Social Media

  6. when you want life in africa then go to africa, im black and i love america how it is.
    i work and take care of my family and i dont need anyone to provide me whith anything, im my own master.

  7. Having seen his and seeing the direction Donald Glover is making is a very bold and justifiable statement. Sad to see it only about black on blacks, cops on blacks and not all the violence that’s really going on.
    Here in my Rez I live in it can get bad they won’t kill ya but you’re going to get beat to Hell if they don’t like you for stupid reasons. Sometimes they don’t need a reason just be invited by a friend and you get ya ass whooped.
    Girls here have it bad if not worse than the guys. Find a new man a group of chicks he jilted show up and beat her into the ground.
    I see it, my extended family is involved in it in someway. I grew up here as a kid but coming back as an adult…. I’ll stick to myself and not get involved in the mess.

  8. Childish Gambino is alot like game if throne. He's too good for the world so it has to end. Carrying on my destroy his legendary legacy.

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