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Did Childish Gambino just make the best video ever?

09 May 2018

Though his latest drop and political stance (if you haven't seen the video yet, we recommend heading to YouTube after you've read this) are undoubtedly the hot topic, here at GQ we've also realised that Donald Glover is (arguably) the best-dressed man in the world right now. Here's why we believe it's so important and a triumph.

The actor, who has been riding high these days with both his series "Atlanta" and his role as young Lando Calrissian in the forthcoming "Solo: A Star Wars Story", both hosted "Saturday Night Live" and was the musical guest as Childish Gambino, his Grammy-winning rap/R&B alter ego. It defies easy readings - outright rejects them, in fact.

Glover's music video, directed by long-time collaborator Hiro Murai, is a visceral and metaphorical representation of violence, especially interracial violence, in America over the years.

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Childish Gambino aka Donald Glover, released his music video for This Is America on Sunday and the video is still trending at number one on YouTube with over 31 million views already. Notably, these videos are not only made by fans and web creators, but also by more conventional news organisations, such as the Washington Post, showing the extent to which the video has caught traction off the internet.

Speaking to The Current's Anna Maria Tremonti, Bedour Alagraa and Ricky Jones debate the violence in Childish Gambino's new video. A shirtless Glover dances and makes faces as a reference to the era of minstrel shows; he even poses in reference to an old Jim Crow poster. Through enigma, it has created discussion, and through disturbing imagery, it has forced the viewer to consider atrocities that are so often overlooked.

Did Childish Gambino just make the best video ever?