Donald Glover may have won over the nation's full attention last night while hosting Saturday Night Live (May 5), but take one glance at Twitter today and it's clear fans cannot get enough of the highly anticipated return of Childish Gambino.
After hosting the episode and taking to the stage, the multifaceted creative released a powerful visual to accompany his freshly debuted track, "This Is America."
During the four-minute clip, which was directed by Glover's longtime collaborator Hiro Murai, Gambino makes a potent-but-poignant statement about violence, race relations and gun control in America.
The thought-provoking visual and song follows the Grammy Award-winner as he perplexedly navigates a seemingly abandoned warehouse while a man (identified as artist Calvin The Second) sits and plays acoustic guitar, with the scenes soon taking a shocking and brutally violent turn when the singer fires a gun and kills an unidentified Black man execution style.
In the moments that follow, a shirtless Gambino keeps it moving right along as a pack of dancers dressed in school uniforms join in on his consciously disjointed choreography (with some recognizable viral dance moves in the mix), all while more desensitized chaos ensues behind them and another cruel massacre wipes out more Black lives.
Naturally, many are taking to social media to interpret the symbolism woven into each frame and to praise Gambino for offering a visual displaying a variety of important, hard-to-swallow truths.
Take a look at Childish Gambino's "This Is America" visual, below, as well as see how fans are weighing in about the new release.
Note to ❤️Donald : 'America' Brilliant on all levels . If you would have been naked at the end on the running scene , it would have been perfect. ... (that's GLOVER btw - gotta specify lol)— ErykahBadoula (@fatbellybella) May 6, 2018
Donald . Glover .— Janelle Monáe, Cindi (@JanelleMonae) May 6, 2018
Childish . Gambino .— Janelle Monáe, Cindi (@JanelleMonae) May 6, 2018
#ThisIsAmerica Oh. My. God. remember when Andre 3000 snuck in "Y'all don't wanna hear me, you just wanna dance"? We hear and see this. #ChildishGambino issued a challenged to the entirety of hip-hop...at least. PS-If anyone knows the significance or the pre-90's cars, lemme know— Stephen Hill (@StephenGHill) May 6, 2018
Me when I realized that gambino's dance moves distracted me from all the craziness happening in the background and that's exactly the point he's trying to make... #ThisIsAmerica pic.twitter.com/ZlMxE2VwZV— Claudia Gonzales (@claudiag0292) May 6, 2018
if kanye was woke as he was a decade ago, THIS is the kind of stuff I’d imagine he’d be putting out today #ThisIsAmerica— angie (@planettacoemoji) May 6, 2018
Childish Gambino is what Kanye aspires to be but fails to attain. #ThisIsAmerica— Black Aziz aNANsi (@Freeyourmindkid) May 6, 2018
So much symbolism in #ThisIsAmerica 1. Guns are handled with care 2. The kids are following his every move 3. Travon Martins dad playing the guitar 4. Dance moves depicting americas shopping craze 5. The people recording on their phones. SO MUCH MAN!— Mel_OD K. Howard (@MEL_OD) May 6, 2018
ALSO (continued): Could this be a Horseman of the Apocalypse running through the background? But also the fact that you could miss it because of the dancing in the foreground further emphasizes the distractions of pop culture/social media #ThisIsAmerica pic.twitter.com/TPP7XswfGJ— Courtney Slavin (@courtneyslavin) May 6, 2018
People are so caught up in Gambino’s shoot that they don’t even realize what the hell is going on in the background. He’s literally talking about people who don’t care about what’s happening in society, but care about the latest dance fad. He’s talking about y’all.#ThisIsAmerica— E-Money (@imanimlewis) May 6, 2018