by Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino
Now I’ve been putting off watching this TV show for the longest time despite recommendations from friends. This is mainly because of my outrage for the writer and co-star - that is Childish Gambino. After reading this article a few years ago
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Basically this is what I was offended by...
"But I was having sex with her and we were towards… towards the end, and she goes, “F**k me harder with that N-word dick.” And I stop, look at her right in the eye… and I came harder than I’ve ever come… before. It was so awesome, you guys, it was so great. Like, I was like, wha? Like, I couldn’t believe it. Like, it was almost worth being black my entire life. It was so great. It was so great, I actually felt bad for white dudes, I felt bad. I was like, you guys’ll never have that"!
There is definitely something contradictory going on whereby quite a few Black people in main stream media that are quite vocal about white supremacy and racism promote same said thing. Hmmmm.
In Gambinos case it is not the colour of his wife that I find interesting - (although that heightens EVERYTHING... why?? Because your personal is ALWAYS your political that's why) - but an educated, western, talented, assumably visual being that encourages racism in the bedroom! REMEMBER your personal is always your POLITICAL!
Slight detour... Storytime
So.. two examples of how allowing a white woman to call you the N Word in bed affects my life
1) I was on my way back home after visiting friends in Shoreditch and this young white woman and I were waiting at the bus stop alongside others (it was a busy night). She was on the phone to who I assume was her Black boyfriend, ( I have no evidence but bare with me), and he must have asked what bus stop she was at.
She was like... "I'm at bus stop N. Bus Stop N! I SAID BUS STOP N!! N for N***
I was so shocked! I went up to her... and channelling all the anger and aggression bestowed to me by society
I was like... "N for WHAT?!?! Say that again - I dare you!'
2) Without going into too much detail on this one I was renting a room from a white lady once, and during a conversation on my first week she notified me of how Black men always tells her how aggressive Black women are.
Another off guarded moment - but a feeling of complete betrayal and unlike the first example my status in this moment was very low. I was in this lady's house, she was white, and i believed her... a Childish Gambino had told her that!
So the This is America video for me was for entertainment purposes only. That or when we talk about Black lives we are only selfishly thinking about our own!
The universe there after definitely got me at my own hypocrisy - I gave in!
It made me start thinking about what boycott actually means. And in a time where big brands are poking fun at Blackness and we still let them dress us, is the concept of total abadonment a thing of the past!
Can you imagine if the woman photgraphed above had a Black husband? The irony is here!!
A protest and stand for change FAIL!
Anyway... now that's out of my system. Atlanta is a brilliant piece of TV that has had me hooked every evening for the past few weeks. It has had me in stiches of horror as well as laughter.
It explores racial nuances brilliantly and like I’ve never seen before. It makes me realize how infiltrated I have been to one narrative, so find this soooooooo refreshing! It aslo makes me realise the complexities that lies within us all - and in an age where we are all trying deperately to not fit comfortably into a box... one box - maybe my idea of hypocrisy is actually freedom!
Vanessa (the girlfriend of Donald Glovers character) best one liners -
Watch the first two series of Atlanta on Amazon Prime now.