Donald Glover has been ignoring 'This Is America' critics: 'I'm really sensitive'
Donald Glover hasn’t really addressed his provocative new music video for “This Is America,” apart from a few words to Entertainment Tonight: “I just wanted to make, you know, a good song. Something people could play on Fourth of July.” As of right now at least, the performer, known as Childish Gambino, just can’t deal with the hot takes.
Glover appeared on Thursday’s Jimmy Kimmel Live Thursday to talk all things Solo: A Star Wars Story, in which he plays a young Lando Calrissian, but he also spoke briefly about how he’s been ignoring all the critics of “This Is America.”
You’ve probably seen a few of these analyses online, or the Twitter thread from Dear White People creator Justin Simien dissecting the imagery, but apparently Glover hasn’t dived in. “Some friends have sent a couple, but to be real, I haven’t been on the internet since Thursday night before the Saturday Night Live,” said Glover, who hosted the NBC sketch comedy series this past weekend. “Yeah, just ’cause it’s like I don’t want to be in all the mix. It’s bad for me. I’m really sensitive, so I’m like I’ll just let it be.”
“I see one negative thing and I track that person down,” he joked. “I will go into their Instagram and be like, ‘You’re not so great! That baby isn’t even that cute!'”
Directed by Hiro Murai, “This Is America” has amassed more than 75 million views on YouTube since it dropped on Saturday night. The video features a chaotic assemblage of images that reflect topics affecting the black community in America, including police brutality and gun violence.
But there’s little rest for Glover in this business. His mind now seems to be on Solo: A Star Wars Story, which is hitting theaters this May 25. He dished to Kimmel about the experience playing Lando, walking around with his Star Wars fan father on the film’s set, and chatting with original Lando actor Billy Dee Williams.
“I called my dad first and told him, and that was a big moment,” Glover said of when he first found out he got the job. “He was proud. And then I went and got a large cheese pizza and then went home and watched Empire Strikes Back. That was it. It was like research.”
Watch the clips of Glover on Jimmy Kimmel Live above.