An Expert's Take On The Symbolism In Childish Gambino’s Viral ‘This Is America’ Video | TIME

Published on May 8, 2018
Donald Glover released a new song and music video “This Is America” under his musical moniker Childish Gambino on Saturday Night Live this weekend - and single-take music video is laden with metaphors about race and gun violence in America.
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An Expert's Take On The Symbolism In Childish Gambino’s Viral ‘This Is America’ Video | TIME
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  • I didn't watch the video and simply disliked it because in the title it says an experts take yet it's not my take on it and I'm super smart

  • "Music expert" you mean dumb ass liberal who's views a line with yours correct?

  • I have seen a lot of these symbolism videos recently. I feel a lot is missed out deliberately so that you can make your "own interpretation". I think ultimately this the message of the video is....hey I'm gonna make you think* *really make money like everyone else.

  • Not much of an expert. Most people knew this already.

  • Theory

  • His overall point of the video is how us AMERICANS get distracted so easily by social media IN GENERAL not pointing the finger at race saying who doing what

  • this a horrible take on the video. search for the washington post explanation.

  • Is this like a preview of the expert's take or something, where's the beef? Fucking experts these days, 30 seconds outside the velvet box to get a couple big words a half deep thought.

  • I don't understand. This is music? This is art?

  • Terrible expert.

  • You missed the Jim Crow reference...you lose.

  • Black Twitter found more symbolism than this come on now😂

  • White Americans are so racist (I am a white person)

  • What a pathetic attempt at interpreting the meaning behind this clip. A more accurate breakdown can be found here: vigilantcitizen.com/musicbusiness/the-overlooked-meaning-of-this-is-america-by-childish-gambino/

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  • STOP. GUNS.

  • Wow this video needs to be more diverse. To many black people only seen a few white... What a sad sad world we live in..

  • He genius im glad he show us this kind of art

  • the ultimate low point for youtube. think I'll cut youtube and bookface out of my life for good. google this

  • I am going to ask a serious question! Do you think outlawing firearms in the United States will stop violence between people? Keep in mind that the United States outlaws drugs and we still have people using and selling it. Also, London just surpassed New York City with the amount of murders committed, London had outlawed firearms for years!

  • What a shitty video

  • If it's coming from TIME, then it's not an "expert's take".

  • This is America video is really for the pseudo conscious and the fake woke.....the choir sequence mimics a manufactured news story of a crisis actor Dylan Storm Roof which perpetuates a false narrative and deception... Which is why this is only for the fake woke not the real conscious people that see right through the infantile emotions being triggered... this is America.. Edit

  • Absolute garbage.

  • Enjoyed the video because it paints a true picture of today's culture but what it doesn't do is offer any helpful solutions. Typical victimized mindset of many in this country. Blame someone else rather than take ahold of it yourself and spread positive change. Am looking forward to the next video form Gambino about "Steps to take to Fix America". Also- TIME: you suck at breaking down videos.

  • ppffffttttt you need to get your money back from that "expert" he ripped you off ....lmao crapiest expert ever what the hell did he come up with?? didnt even mention the white horse in the background...smh

  • More whinning privileged black millionaire

  • PAUL JOSEPH WATSON actually nailed it better than this pathetic attempt at a 'breakdown video'.

  • Literally the only ones I've seen to disagree with the symbolism, meanings, and truths behind it all are all white. Maybe try to see why people of color feel this way. try to understand.

  • Search for "The Truth About 'This is America' paul watson"

  • How does one become an "Expert" in such things.

  • The expert must have failed school.

  • Of course what’s new

  • Thank you for nothing... Can I get my 1:31 back please..??

  • Why didn't mention about he smokes weed who indicated how many business cannabis lately just boom as legally mariyuana, mdical cannabis, etc... It's just ridiculous... In this MV seem the artist look like smoke weed that's why all scene seem slower then seem repeat back like nothing happened because all people just enjoy themselves in drug ... Ironic

  • All of that anti-gun talk is fine and dandy, until you wake up in the middle of the night, and see a large, scary dude, trying to break into your house at 3am. And then, you have to call the cops. But, you know that the police aren't gonna show up for another 30-45 minutes.

  • Close but this is not a black white.this is america game what he talking about.last one means we wake up but is to late the white horse means the war.angel of death that meana lot of people will die in that war or wake up revolution or what ever its goin to be .matbe after dollar fall.maybe somwthing bigger

  • The only expert here is Donald Glover himself

  • I know people are mocking the expert, but honestly his point was true. You could catch onto it on the first to second viewing of the video, Donald wanted to make it an obvious message because he wants people to know, and I’m sure most people thought the exact thing as this expert before watching this vid.

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  • this video/song is kinda what I imagine a philosophical conversation would be like if the topic of social media and how its different internationally cus distraction happens all over the globe what is it that makes THIS america Bon-fire talk, ya dig?

  • It is impossible to break this down in 1:31.....

  • I think it is jsut about black on black crime.

  • The expert failed 🤦🏽‍♀️

  • haha "unadorned" and "accoutrements" of stardom... Whoever wrote this shouldn't be reviewing this video. Maybe get someone who's a little more in touch... lol

  • why are half the comments i see having to do with liberals

  • entire comments section: 40% "fix your black culture" / dissing the song 30% dissing the expert on the vid 20% people talking about liberals and all that 10% memes

  • I am sorry but African Americans kill each other way more than any white shooter by like 100X and they think guns and white shooters are the problem look in the mirror first.

  • You are discussing subtext. Look at what is in your face: The person being executed IS America. WHAT is being machined gunned IS Christianity. THEY want America dead, THEY want Christians dead, THEY want blacks dead. THEY want us all stupid, preoccupied, and doped up. That is what this video is saying, it's very obvious. THEY are being hampered by America. TIME is part of THEM. So; is Danny Glover warning you or B.S-ing you?

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  • You mean stating what's obviously seen in the video?

  • Damn if this song is mostly about how there WAS slaves than it should’ve been called “this WAS America”

  • Everybody can differ from their interpretations from this video. I just believe that Gambino is trying to show us that this country is falling in reverse and no one is paying attention until it’s too late. This is one of the most genius videos I have seen and I applaud him for it.

  • U forgot the Jim Crow pants shoes and movements

  • The death of the choir is the death of religion in the black community by execution! Take your nose off the picture and step back to see the whole of it...

  • I'm just so sick of the world absolutely needing to analyze every single fucking thing. Like can we not just enjoy anything or appreciate anything without dragging out the bull crap that just wastes brain cells.

  • 1) The Man With The Guitar: He is wearing white and playing serene music. He is a dove 🕊 and represents peace. He is bagged, executed, and then finally resurrected as he continues to play serene music while remaining bagged. This represents Satan’s abhorration with peace and his manipulation of anything holy in resemblance. 2) The Chickens: They are white and brown, which represent disparity. They could be meant to represent opposites such as good and evil, rich and poor, or, even, Cain and Abel. 3) The Singing Choir: There are ten members in the choir, which represent the Ten Commandments. They are massacred. This represents Satan’s unequivocal hate for law and order. 4) The White Horse: Behold! a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was D E A T H”. 5) The Color Red: The cloths used to conceal the guns and the color of the car that the protagonist is dancing on is red. Red represents evil. This video is filled with a litany of symbolism that can be interpreted a million different ways. For example-and, this could be a reach, I think that the warehouse everything is taking place in could represent America, or even all of the world, but, isn’t it interesting that it resembles an empty Wal-Mart. The end is nigh and there is no physical, or monetary preparation for it. The only thing that can prepare you for hell is spiritual fitness. How you define spiritual fitness is between you and your maker 🌏

  • TRUMP 2020😍😊🇺🇸👏🏼

  • Pushing an agenda. Did anyone see the white horse with a hooded person? Death?

  • Racist Gambino

  • “Expert”

  • As a black person - I think this video would've been a lot more effective if he had a Caucasian man carrying out the shooting on the choir (who were not singing praises to the most High but were talking about getting money - which btw is what a lot of the prosperity gospel pastors preach). That said - the shootings and the body being dragged away was done by black people. Also, the people dancing in the video which children in school uniforms who were mainly focused on partying rather than excelling academically and being mindful ofwhat's going on in their community. This video could easily be (mis)interpreted as being just another case of "blacks being the problem" in the mind of a racist.

  • I wonder if anyone has looked up the cars in this video and crossed ref with cars in police traffic stop shootings that made headlines?

  • Hahahaha I've read so many explanations of this video in the last week and the "expert" one is by far the least inclusive/informative. Captain obvious over here is over analyzing the blatant material and overlooking the layers upon layers of subtlety. Good job chump.

  • My interpretation of this is that black people are pathetic monkeys who shoot choirs and ask for money. Where's my Time article?

  • What in the holy fuqq??? This "expert" just said " the way Black art is used to distract." unclear, ambigous and extremely innacurate. how does that just get posted and go unchecked? Which Black art...just the whole damn lot of it huh???? This was lazy. Delete.

  • They forgot to add the part where he light up a blunt and the music stop to makes feel at peace then start softly with him on top of the old cars meaning we forgetting out all the evens with just a bunt

  • The choir shooting in the music video displays the societal efforts to try to diminish or eradicate the importance of Jesus Christ and the gospel musical foundations of African-Americans.

  • That dance is voodoo