Is Childish Gambino's ‘This is America’ music video triggering?
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Is Childish Gambino's ‘This is America’ music video triggering?

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Childish Gambino, a.k.a. Donald Glover, released the music video for his single "This is America," and fans are divided on whether the violent piece is brilliant or distasteful. The masses flocked to Twitter to dissect the video that opens with Gambino shooting a man in the head. Some fans say the violence in the video is warranted because it reflects the gun violence epidemic in America, but others argue the video normalizes violence and death. Do you think the video is problematic or simply art?

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Childish Gambino has garnered both praise and outrage for his new music video "This Is America." Refinery29's Alejandra Salazar writes that the video captures harsh truths about being black in America: 

Watching this video sparked, for most, an immediate sense of shock and outrage, with many praising Glover for his message. Yet amid the adrenaline rush, it is also important to question the purpose of staging and centering these gruesome moments of anti-Black violence. Are we revisiting the trauma of mass shootings and Black deaths just for the sake of waking us up to our terrifying reality?
As we navigate the fallout of mass shootings and gun control debates, those challenging the use of explicit violence in art do have valid points. But here Glover seems to say, yes, you should be uncomfortable. White people and non-Black people of color aren’t, and never can be, fully aware of their privilege, and this is Glover saying we all have to wake up to that reality.
“This Is America” reminds us, in painful detail, just how dominant of a force Black music and culture is in America, but it’s in stark contrast to the way Black people are exploited, oppressed, and killed in the same country. This message can’t be ignored, nor can the people who are delivering it — it’s why so many people are calling Glover a once-in-a-generation talent, and why work like “This is America” is so electrifying.

Some feel the video is the purest form of artist expression. 

Others feel the violence is just distasteful and triggering.

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