Donald Glover Has Surprising Reaction to Analysis of ‘This Is America’

Donald Glover appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live. (Credit: ABC)

Donald Glover, aka Childish Gambino’s This Is America music video has been praised, criticized and heavily analyzed.

But Glover says he hasn’t paid much attention to the frenzy surrounding the video.

The actor- writer-producer stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live on Thursday night after the Hollywood premiere of his new movie Solo: A Star Wars Story.

Kimmel asked him what he thought of some of the opinion pieces that have been written about the video.

Glover surprised the late-night host when he said he’s avoiding the reaction because he’s “really sensitive.”

“I haven’t been on the internet since Thursday night before ‘Saturday Night Live,’” Glover said.

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Although he admitted some of his friends have sent him news articles on the video.

Still, Glover said he decided to “just let it be” because he doesn’t handle criticism very well.

“I see one negative thing and I track that person down,” he joked. “I’ll go into their Instagram and be like, ‘You’re not so great. That baby’s not even that cute.’”

Glover, who created and stars in the FX series Atlanta, surprised fans by releasing the music video while serving as host and musical guest on the May 5th episode of Saturday Night Live.

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This Is America raises several social issues including gun violence,  racism and police brutality, and shows a shirtless Glover dancing out his rage.

It’s been heavily dissected in the media, receiving both praise and criticism.

In an opinion piece for CNN, author and professor Issac Bailey said the video paints “a true picture of America.”

Mitchell S Jackson of The Guardian also praised the video saying it: “Captures the grim surrealism of being black in America.”

But New Yorker staffer Doreen St. Félix  wrote a lengthy analysis, calling the video “difficult.” She added: “A lot of black people hate it. Glover forces us to relive public traumas and barely gives us a second to breathe before he forces us to dance.”

Conservative radio host Alex Jones even went as far as to describe the video as “emotional idiocy” and said it contains “voodoo” dancing.

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