Something strange has been happening since Childish Gambino’s “This Is America” video dropped. Memes are surfacing, as they inevitably do, and some people are pushing back.
“It’s disrespectful” is a common criticism directed at the meme-makers and sharers. Some feel the video’s powerful messages, which together amount to a statement on the black experience in the United States, qualify it as a sacred work.
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That’s a completely valid read. The video is an exceptional framing device for Gambino’s song, which contrasts joyful, cheery melodies against a harsh, thumping trap beat. But it’s also a standalone work with its own artistic merits. Read more…
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