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  • wait wilderness oh my god it's funny that you guys are making me react to this.

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  • Gambino oh my god oh yes this is America childish gambino

  • yeah dude hang on I'm gonna turn it up I love this song so much oh my god my

  • cousin Maeby reacted is he's such an amazing artist I actually haven't seen

  • the video like I just saw some stuff on Twitter what starts off super like super

  • nice and then it gets super intense

  • there's so much symbolism in this music video

  • he's killed this girl is so nasty that was shocking cuz like that's when he

  • immediately knew is taking a turn that gun was being dragged off very gently

  • well this dead body is just being dragged off without a care his demos are

  • really good too I loved his performance in this oh my god there's so much chaos

  • hey Wilson this is e my boy well oh my gosh it's so weird to be crazy coming

  • into the audition process they were just like oh we just have a huge artist this

  • this will be one of his last songs it's gonna be great they played the song and

  • rehearsal we were like trying to guess who was this and then he walked in he

  • kind of told us like even though the song is aggressive we have to be the one

  • to be the happiness symbolizing that pop culture is kind of like it takes the

  • center stage of public consciousness where when there's all this like

  • violence happening in the background and no one's noticing it because everyone's

  • just dancing and partying away

  • well there's so much going on at once there's so much going on I every time I

  • watch it I catch a new thing

  • oh that part made my heart sink the most that was like I like the gun shoot at

  • the beginning that one was shocking but that one got me the most cuz I feel like

  • I was almost tied to like Charleston to where it was just like heart wrenching

  • it's the light goosebumps my arm to see this like I saw

  • it live but to see it all come together it's still giving me goosebumps I'm

  • pretty sure it's gonna impact everybody's lives and make them think

  • it's really cynical at the same time it was just so much chaos going on around

  • us or it was just like you have to stay focused and just focus on the dance you

  • just be happy the whole time this part this part gave me chills when I watch it

  • for the first time everything about this it's like blinking you miss it

  • I'm pretty sure that's isn't it says I love her too just like it's genius this

  • is beautiful cinematography I really really liked all the shots that they've

  • been doing you could just see the fear in his face oh my God look at that whoa

  • gives me chills this music video the song is everything about it is beautiful

  • I see what you mean is doing where it's like talking about pop culture but then

  • also bringing in that seriousness of this is America and it's so just

  • artistically cool but also just heart-wrenching to watch so we know that

  • you're not a college kid but since you were actually in part of the video we

  • wanted to bring you in to give us further insight thank you when they

  • first you know showed us the set and they were like okay let's start shooting

  • it and we were like okay let's see how this looks and then we look in to like

  • the TV screen and we're looking a playback we're like wow like it's gonna

  • blow everybody's mind so that was the music video for this is America the

  • newest single by rapper childish gambino obviously you've seen this before yeah I

  • mean who has it so many people are pointing out that there is an

  • overwhelming amount of cultural allusions and symbolism found in the

  • video although we can't show you everything because the scenes are still

  • being dissected we're gonna show you some of the most talked about moments

  • and get your thoughts on them okay cool cuz he I know I like already as soon as

  • this music video dropped everyone on Twitter was just giving their own

  • analysis so here's the first one oh yeah yeah the whole Jim Crow thing is

  • I mean just a Twitter you know Twitter's an encyclopedia for everything these

  • days I heard that he was he was like modeling after a painting but I didn't

  • know like what it was for him to subtly drop that in there unless you knew about

  • it unless he really went digging for it you wouldn't have known so several

  • reports have noted that the video seems to tackle various social issues

  • including police brutality gun violence all while dancing in a Jim Crow style

  • caricature a type of anti-black imagery that was meant for entertainment in the

  • 19th and 20th century why do you think that can be no decided to include this

  • in his video because as much as we want to say that things have changed a lot of

  • things happened he's trying to bring to the

  • forefront that all these issues that happen in the past haven't really been

  • solved yet because we're really as a country we're really distracted Jim Crow

  • especially like that whole image of him was supposed to bring down black people

  • so the fact that like Gambino himself as a black man is sort of like taking that

  • himself and doing it himself is kind of showing like I'm taking ownership of

  • this now so you can't hurt me with it anymore a lot of people probably don't

  • even know about this stuff and it's like for an artist to use their medium to

  • educate somebody while also entertaining them it's pretty needed yeah they just

  • threw someone off the off the balcony I just see like people being chased by

  • police go ahead and watch it again okay oh my god I did not notice that I was

  • just so distracted by the dancing when you were watching the dancing it makes

  • you not realize what's going on in the background then we talked about news

  • outlets or like even like different types of media it's like they try and

  • distract you with one story to lead you away from another story so I pointed out

  • that it could also reflect the notion that our society lusts to emulate and be

  • entertained by black entertainers yet ignore the hardships african-americans

  • face in this country yeah he's almost kind of saying like we only love black

  • people when they're like giving us something like fun and cool but then

  • we're ignoring them when they have issues that they're facing themselves I

  • feel a hundred percent of like movement everything like my legs matter and it's

  • so important but it's not only affecting like that because you see it also with

  • the Latino culture and you see it with like every single other culture

  • yeah by now this I know you're gonna talk about this part because his lines

  • it goes it's a seller which is being cellphone

  • and they says yeah that's a tool the moment something happens we have to

  • report right away instead of helping like if there's two people fighting we

  • never people don't help they were courting a lot of people tend to like

  • when they when they see something wrong instead of like trying to intervene they

  • just kind of just videotape it and just stay on the side well Sally I think

  • could maybe have it's like a double entendre where it's a cell phone but

  • also like a prism cell so you know there's a lot of police brutality that's

  • been brought to the surface because people have filmed it videotaping police

  • brutality is the only way to combat it because you know Anna your word versus

  • their word situation you're never gonna win why a white horn dude that's one of

  • the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse for sure

  • it's weird I thought the horse would freak out because of all the chaos and

  • the fire and everything but the horse was very professional so in this scene

  • we see a hooded figure riding a horse followed by a cop car which a lot of

  • people believe is an allusion to the Horsemen of the Apocalypse

  • interesting there's just so many people dying and no one cares and no one's

  • really trying to do anything and that's like the country that we live in yeah I

  • think alike especially with the church one with all the gospel singers like

  • that reminded me of the shooting that happened in the south and in the church

  • after every shooting it's a red car cloth what you're saying that the guns

  • are more more important than the humans and the red is supposed to represent the

  • blood on set they were just like oh by the way one of the kids is gonna hold a

  • real gun if you guys don't mind the parents were like hey a real gun is it

  • loaded and they're like no no no it's not loaded but he's gonna have to put in

  • his hands and then just give it away right away it just made me feel like

  • there are a lot of people in power who would rather protect guns than protect

  • people's lives this one was to is kind of showing how like black bodies aren't

  • treated like fairly or gently or anything like that at all like people

  • don't care about them enough but God forbid you take away my gun topic about

  • guns are so complicated I'm just scared about giving the whole power to a

  • government and you being unable to defend yourself at at the same time if

  • there's no like regulation for it that's freaking scary now that the video has

  • been released what are your feelings towards how the video has been received

  • by critics in the general public I felt like this was just another video to

  • spread awareness and he portrayed it perfectly so as you've seen the video

  • has a lot going on in some point the videos worth multiple viewings

  • because you don't really catch everything the first time you watch it

  • 100% I've seen it four times that I still don't catch everything the song

  • itself shifts throughout going from happy upbeat verses to that dark and

  • aggressive chorus we broke down some of the most important parts of the video

  • for you what form the video stood out to you the most I think the most jarring

  • part of it honestly it was like the gun handling and shooting I think the first

  • scene is what caught my eye the most cuz I like I saw people like tweeting about

  • it a ton and then you watch it and you don't really know what's gonna happen

  • and then he shoots the guy and then it just mayhem occurs what's standing out

  • the most is that like especially the ending we're trying to like get away

  • from these problems what we're living in them still and we can't get out the most

  • important part from you was just the overall symbolism of how of how the guns

  • were being treated with more respect than actual human beings lives because I

  • feel like it's very relevant and with especially with like all these gun

  • control problems and all these shootings that have been happening lately there's

  • this hope yet there's this cynicism I like the juxtaposition between the the

  • children and teens who are dancing while there is so much violence happening in

  • the background so you've been involved in a lot of music videos and other

  • exciting opportunities throughout your career but how does it feel to be a part

  • of something that's causing several important conversations in our society

  • the video dropped around Saturday night and I went on my phone right away and

  • people already texting me and were like are you in this video was that you I'm

  • happy that I was able to be a part of something that everybody's talking about

  • in a in a great way none of us knew that the group us have

  • guns none of us knew about the choir being shot or anything but Childish ever

  • or Donald or mr. Glover he came up to us and he was like you guys whenever you

  • guys feel uncomfortable just tell me and let me know and I'll stop it and we

  • could take a step back take a break come up to me or the director and I'll take

  • care of you guys like that was one thing I respect this man 100% and I'm it's so

  • overwhelming to be in this man's vision for his video and I felt like this was

  • so creative while you were filming did you think he was gonna have this big

  • I okay I did all the parents they were just kind of like like what's going on

  • there's so much chaos and I was like trust me I trust mr. Bluebird I trust

  • hero I just a director and you know I trust a choreographer and I was like you

  • know what they're going for this 100% I am too and I was like this is gonna take

  • over the world when these types of videos are released that depicts some

  • issues within this country and focus on racial undertones they almost always

  • cause divisions between people as both left and right can get very vocal over

  • their opposing viewpoints do you think that this type of reaction and

  • conversation is good or bad to come from a music video I think it's amazing that

  • you can have such a music video or they could have a music video that's so

  • profound that it causes this kind of political reaction this video generates

  • valuable discussion things can change but nothing's gonna happen unless people

  • talk about it I already know millions of people have already watched this video

  • today and I feel like that's you know it needs to be talked about and it needs it

  • needs to be shown like everyone needs to see this kind of stuff and realize like

  • what's actually happening people pay attention to pop culture and

  • entertainment and that's exactly what Gambino is trying to get across

  • even though race is such a like a politically charged issue it's still

  • gonna start conversations between people to hopefully open each other's eyes kind

  • of thing and understand each other's perspectives more if we can't talk about

  • these things and like normal conversations and we have to have like

  • deaths happen and stuff like this happened before we actually talk about

  • it and really sit there and have the conversation then it's like what are we

  • ever gonna really acknowledge these things so finally the music video is

  • making a lot of people think critically about the issues presented which some

  • people think is what good art should do why do you think that we sometimes need

  • aren't like this to dig deeper into our lives versus being able to see it within

  • ourselves that's exactly what art is supposed to do is to make you think it

  • may let you view issues in another way that maybe you're not able to see just

  • through things that you see on the news it's necessary to have art like this

  • it's necessary to make music videos like that to reach out to people because it

  • creates a shock in their minds it's not really one of those things that a lot of

  • people enjoy but it's one of those things that a lot of people need because

  • like okay well that's such a tragedy this is happening a sec no this is like

  • systemic this is things that have been going on

  • for years and years and years art is more effective than arguing with someone

  • I feel like when someone sees a work of art and they really feel the message

  • that's more impactful than someone saying hey this is what I believe and

  • this is what I think you should do

  • you

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    Samuel posted on 2018/05/18
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