Donald Glover delivers great art in 'This is America' video

08 May, 2018, 02:02 | Author: Christina Harvey
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After a stunning performance as host and musical guest on "Saturday Night Live", actor-musician Donald Glover released the official video for his politically-charged new single, "This Is America".

During his opening monologue on the show, he noted that rather than be seen as a triple threat, he views himself as just a threat.

In the sketch "Lando's Summit", Glover appears as Lando Calrissian, who he also portrays in the upcoming film Solo: A Star Wars Story.

And if Saturday night was Glover's warning shot to all of us, then we better get ready.




Reactions to "This Is America" - directed by Gambino's long-time collaborated Hiro Murai, and choreographed by Sherrie Silver - are pretty much what you'd expect: absolutely, unequivocally floored.

"SNL" ranked as the #1 entertainment show of the night on the Big 4 networks in metered-market households and in 18-49 in the local people meters, topping the primetime non-sports programs on those nets.

This strongly symbolic music video references Black Lives Matter, the Charlottesville protests, police shootings and terrorism. Glover was charming and amusing, brought Star Wars starpower, and Atlanta brilliance. The two often collaborate on Glover's hit FX series, "Atlanta", now in its second season. And if that's not enough, he released a poignant music video for his new song "This Is America".

To say the video politically charged is an understatement: "This Is America" is a confronting look at gun violence, police brutality, and the fractured social state in the U.S. right now.

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