Childish Gambino – Clapping for the Wrong Reasons (short film)


Short film by writer, rapper, actor and comedian Donald Glover, aka Childish Gambino, co-starring Abella Anderson, Chance The Rapper, Danielle Fishel, Flying Lotus, Trinidad James, and more. Check out Gambino’s latest creative venture after the jump

This video has been out for about of month or so, and I realize being a fan of his, I’m super later, but I still don’t really understand it, even after watching it a few times. Complex Magazine probably had the best description of my thoughts on the video.

So there are a bunch of staggered, seemingly irrelevant (to each other) scenes, which are connected only in that they take place in the same house. An unknown female character (played by a real-life porn star) walks by. Trinidad James destroys Chance The Rapper at Connect Four (naturally). Donald pulls a tooth out of his nose. Whoever played Topanga on “Boy Meets World” picks way too many lemons while recounting her nightmare about smoking cigarettes at her wedding. What does it all mean? I certainly don’t know, but it’s the type of movie that gives you the probably false sense that there is something grand behind it, tying the whole thing together, and you and I are just not observant enough to catch it. But of course, I won’t ask anyone what it means because I would have to admit that I didn’t already know. Hence, one might find himself, at the end of the movie, applauding the film’s supposed metaphorical content, or perhaps its ability to convey some deep meaning by playing with the quotidian. But then he’d be clapping for the wrong reasons

Nonetheless, I’m still a fan of Donald’s work. Maybe someone can add some insight into his video.

Anyway, eNJ-oy

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