An Expert's Take On The Symbolism In Childish Gambino’s Viral ‘This Is America’ Video | TIME


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  • [Insert Clever Name Here]

    I didn't watch the video and simply disliked it because in the title it says an experts take yet it's not my take on it and I'm super smart

  • A Pimp Named Slickback

    "Music expert" you mean dumb ass liberal who's views a line with yours correct?

  • Elvishly
    Elvishly Day ago

    I have seen a lot of these symbolism videos recently. I feel a lot is missed out deliberately so that you can make your "own interpretation". I think ultimately this the message of the video is....hey I'm gonna make you think* *really make money like everyone else.

  • katelynn767
    katelynn767 Day ago

    Not much of an expert. Most people knew this already.

  • Azka Azzahra
    Azka Azzahra Day ago


  • Zakiya Williams
    Zakiya Williams 2 days ago

    His overall point of the video is how us AMERICANS get distracted so easily by social media IN GENERAL not pointing the finger at race saying who doing what

  • mywordisfinal
    mywordisfinal 2 days ago

    this a horrible take on the video. search for the washington post explanation.

  • mafiajewishgrandma
    mafiajewishgrandma 2 days ago

    Is this like a preview of the expert's take or something, where's the beef? Fucking experts these days, 30 seconds outside the velvet box to get a couple big words a half deep thought.

  • Khan Skywalker
    Khan Skywalker 2 days ago

    I don't understand.
    This is music? This is art?

  • Ghebrehiwet
    Ghebrehiwet 3 days ago

    Terrible expert.

  • Ghebrehiwet
    Ghebrehiwet 3 days ago

    You missed the Jim Crow lose.

  • Michigo Moe
    Michigo Moe 3 days ago

    Black Twitter found more symbolism than this come on now😂

  • Margot
    Margot 3 days ago

    White Americans are so racist (I am a white person)

  • Tea Ezra
    Tea Ezra 3 days ago

    What a pathetic attempt at interpreting the meaning behind this clip. A more accurate breakdown can be found here:

  • nadja nadja
    nadja nadja 3 days ago

    I love that from the top to the bottom, academics....n well....academics are commenting.......

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  • Big Cheese
    Big Cheese 3 days ago

    Wow this video needs to be more diverse. To many black people only seen a few white... What a sad sad world we live in..

  • zzerulia lase
    zzerulia lase 4 days ago

    He genius im glad he show us this kind of art

  • jmack619
    jmack619 4 days ago

    the ultimate low point for youtube.
    think I'll cut youtube and bookface out of my life for good. google this

  • Roy_Thousand
    Roy_Thousand 4 days ago

    I am going to ask a serious question! Do you think outlawing firearms in the United States will stop violence between people? Keep in mind that the United States outlaws drugs and we still have people using and selling it. Also, London just surpassed New York City with the amount of murders committed, London had outlawed firearms for years!

  • Tyrone White
    Tyrone White 4 days ago

    What a shitty video

  • Donald J. Trump
    Donald J. Trump 4 days ago

    If it's coming from TIME, then it's not an "expert's take".

  • V Villalobos
    V Villalobos 4 days ago

    This is America video is really for the pseudo conscious and the fake woke.....the choir sequence mimics a manufactured news story of a crisis actor Dylan Storm Roof which perpetuates a false narrative and deception... Which is why this is only for the fake woke not the real conscious people that see right through the infantile emotions being triggered... this is America..

  • People Kind
    People Kind 4 days ago +1

    Absolute garbage.

  • Artemus Over Easy
    Artemus Over Easy 4 days ago

    Enjoyed the video because it paints a true picture of today's culture but what it doesn't do is offer any helpful solutions. Typical victimized mindset of many in this country. Blame someone else rather than take ahold of it yourself and spread positive change. Am looking forward to the next video form Gambino about "Steps to take to Fix America". Also- TIME: you suck at breaking down videos.

  • viva Zapata
    viva Zapata 4 days ago

    ppffffttttt you need to get your money back from that "expert" he ripped you off ....lmao crapiest expert ever what the hell did he come up with?? didnt even mention the white horse in the background...smh

    MILK MAN 4 days ago +1

    More whinning privileged black millionaire

  • subliminalvibes
    subliminalvibes 5 days ago

    PAUL JOSEPH WATSON actually nailed it better than this pathetic attempt at a 'breakdown video'.

  • UtaShinoBu
    UtaShinoBu 5 days ago

    Literally the only ones I've seen to disagree with the symbolism, meanings, and truths behind it all are all white. Maybe try to see why people of color feel this way. try to understand.

  • quakecon2009
    quakecon2009 5 days ago

    Search for "The Truth About 'This is America' paul watson"

  • Whatisthisplace Whatisthisplace

    How does one become an "Expert" in such things.

  • Adapter HD
    Adapter HD 5 days ago

    The expert must have failed school.

  • Nissan GTR
    Nissan GTR 5 days ago

    Of course what’s new

  • Jay B
    Jay B 5 days ago

    Thank you for nothing... Can I get my 1:31 back please..??

  • Ratna Har
    Ratna Har 5 days ago

    Why didn't mention about he smokes weed who indicated how many business cannabis lately just boom as legally mariyuana, mdical cannabis, etc... It's just ridiculous...
    In this MV seem the artist look like smoke weed that's why all scene seem slower then seem repeat back like nothing happened because all people just enjoy themselves in drug ... Ironic

  • Greg Gatsby
    Greg Gatsby 5 days ago

    All of that anti-gun talk is fine and dandy, until you wake up in the middle of the night, and see a large, scary dude, trying to break into your house at 3am. And then, you have to call the cops. But, you know that the police aren't gonna show up for another 30-45 minutes.

  • Mad kiss
    Mad kiss 5 days ago

    Close but this is not a black white.this is america game what he talking about.last one means we wake up but is to late the white horse means the war.angel of death that meana lot of people will die in that war or wake up revolution or what ever its goin to be .matbe after dollar fall.maybe somwthing bigger

  • Val
    Val 5 days ago

    The only expert here is Donald Glover himself

  • Jen
    Jen 5 days ago

    I know people are mocking the expert, but honestly his point was true. You could catch onto it on the first to second viewing of the video, Donald wanted to make it an obvious message because he wants people to know, and I’m sure most people thought the exact thing as this expert before watching this vid.

  • Malaнья Russia
    Malaнья Russia 5 days ago


  • Radioactivekitteh
    Radioactivekitteh 5 days ago

    this video/song is kinda what I imagine a philosophical conversation would be like if the topic of social media and how its different internationally
    cus distraction happens all over the globe
    what is it that makes THIS america
    Bon-fire talk, ya dig?

  • Allenda Simpson
    Allenda Simpson 5 days ago

    It is impossible to break this down in 1:31.....

  • BigGreekGeek
    BigGreekGeek 6 days ago

    I think it is jsut about black on black crime.

  • Athena
    Athena 6 days ago

    The expert failed 🤦🏽‍♀️

  • Bee Pollen
    Bee Pollen 6 days ago

    haha "unadorned" and "accoutrements" of stardom... Whoever wrote this shouldn't be reviewing this video. Maybe get someone who's a little more in touch... lol

  • Vortex Studios
    Vortex Studios 6 days ago

    why are half the comments i see having to do with liberals

  • Vortex Studios
    Vortex Studios 6 days ago

    entire comments section:
    40% "fix your black culture" / dissing the song
    30% dissing the expert on the vid
    20% people talking about liberals and all that
    10% memes

  • The Forehead
    The Forehead 6 days ago

    I am sorry but African Americans kill each other way more than any white shooter by like 100X and they think guns and white shooters are the problem look in the mirror first.

  • 4pharaoh
    4pharaoh 6 days ago

    You are discussing subtext. Look at what is in your face:
    The person being executed IS America. WHAT is being machined gunned IS Christianity. THEY want America dead, THEY want Christians dead, THEY want blacks dead. THEY want us all stupid, preoccupied, and doped up. That is what this video is saying, it's very obvious. THEY are being hampered by America. TIME is part of THEM. So; is Danny Glover warning you or B.S-ing you?

  • cute puppy
    cute puppy 6 days ago

    You mean stating what's obviously seen in the video?

  • skin tony
    skin tony 6 days ago

    Damn if this song is mostly about how there WAS slaves than it should’ve been called “this WAS America”

  • Jason Holland
    Jason Holland 6 days ago

    Everybody can differ from their interpretations from this video. I just believe that Gambino is trying to show us that this country is falling in reverse and no one is paying attention until it’s too late. This is one of the most genius videos I have seen and I applaud him for it.

  • Gypsy Gypsy
    Gypsy Gypsy 6 days ago

    U forgot the Jim Crow pants shoes and movements

  • sarah fry
    sarah fry 6 days ago

    The death of the choir is the death of religion in the black community by execution!
    Take your nose off the picture and step back to see the whole of it...

  • Corey Dowd
    Corey Dowd 6 days ago

    I'm just so sick of the world absolutely needing to analyze every single fucking thing. Like can we not just enjoy anything or appreciate anything without dragging out the bull crap that just wastes brain cells.

  • Franz Kafka
    Franz Kafka 6 days ago

    1) The Man With The Guitar: He is wearing white and playing serene music. He is a dove 🕊 and represents peace. He is bagged, executed, and then finally resurrected as he continues to play serene music while remaining bagged. This represents Satan’s abhorration with peace and his manipulation of anything holy in resemblance.
    2) The Chickens: They are white and brown, which represent disparity. They could be meant to represent opposites such as good and evil, rich and poor, or, even, Cain and Abel.
    3) The Singing Choir: There are ten members in the choir, which represent the Ten Commandments. They are massacred. This represents Satan’s unequivocal hate for law and order.
    4) The White Horse: Behold! a pale horse: and his name that sat on him was
    D E A T H”.
    5) The Color Red: The cloths used to conceal the guns and the color of the car that the protagonist is dancing on is red. Red represents evil.
    This video is filled with a litany of symbolism that can be interpreted a million different ways.
    For example-and, this could be a reach, I think that the warehouse everything is taking place in could represent America, or even all of the world, but, isn’t it interesting that it resembles an empty Wal-Mart. The end is nigh and there is no physical, or monetary preparation for it. The only thing that can prepare you for hell is spiritual fitness. How you define spiritual fitness is between you and your maker 🌏

  • alnice2g
    alnice2g 6 days ago

    TRUMP 2020😍😊🇺🇸👏🏼

  • Andres Diaz
    Andres Diaz 6 days ago

    Pushing an agenda. Did anyone see the white horse with a hooded person? Death?

  • Jake Duffee
    Jake Duffee 6 days ago

    Racist Gambino

  • Kevin William
    Kevin William 6 days ago


  • Empress Niques
    Empress Niques 6 days ago

    As a black person - I think this video would've been a lot more effective if he had a Caucasian man carrying out the shooting on the choir (who were not singing praises to the most High but were talking about getting money - which btw is what a lot of the prosperity gospel pastors preach). That said - the shootings and the body being dragged away was done by black people. Also, the people dancing in the video which children in school uniforms who were mainly focused on partying rather than excelling academically and being mindful ofwhat's going on in their community. This video could easily be (mis)interpreted as being just another case of "blacks being the problem" in the mind of a racist.

  • Devon Subia
    Devon Subia 7 days ago

    I wonder if anyone has looked up the cars in this video and crossed ref with cars in police traffic stop shootings that made headlines?

  • Alex Gray
    Alex Gray 7 days ago

    Hahahaha I've read so many explanations of this video in the last week and the "expert" one is by far the least inclusive/informative. Captain obvious over here is over analyzing the blatant material and overlooking the layers upon layers of subtlety. Good job chump.

  • Brandon Fitzpatrick
    Brandon Fitzpatrick 7 days ago

    My interpretation of this is that black people are pathetic monkeys who shoot choirs and ask for money.
    Where's my Time article?

  • jennifer queen
    jennifer queen 7 days ago

    What in the holy fuqq??? This "expert" just said " the way Black art is used to distract." unclear, ambigous and extremely innacurate. how does that just get posted and go unchecked? Which Black art...just the whole damn lot of it huh???? This was lazy. Delete.

  • eddie g
    eddie g 7 days ago

    They forgot to add the part where he light up a blunt and the music stop to makes feel at peace then start softly with him on top of the old cars meaning we forgetting out all the evens with just a bunt

  • dudewat212
    dudewat212 7 days ago +1

    The choir shooting in the music video displays the societal efforts to try to diminish or eradicate the importance of Jesus Christ and the gospel musical foundations of African-Americans.

  • Michael Thorn
    Michael Thorn 7 days ago

    That dance is voodoo

  • Emelia Hester
    Emelia Hester 7 days ago

    A lot of people had things to say about his dancing and mannerisms being gay in this video .

  • ismailadams1980
    ismailadams1980 7 days ago

    This is no expert opinion. This person missed so many other points in the video. Like how the pose he used to kill the guy at the beginning came from jim crows pose poster with blackface.

  • Brody Smith
    Brody Smith 7 days ago

    They call him an expert? That's not the meaning of this song...

  • raphaell martin
    raphaell martin 7 days ago

    The RACISTS America!

  • FansSports
    FansSports 7 days ago

    Very artistically done.....just Luv it!

  • Jacob Lew
    Jacob Lew 7 days ago

    I though it was, people against gun violence are causing more violence than guns

    HOMELESS 7 days ago

    Wow I didn’t know this at all

  • Skyler Gainyard
    Skyler Gainyard 7 days ago

    The whole point of the video is to show what it means this is America we live in. Don't be blinded. As a black man there's so much more to the picture than you see. You would only know if your a black man.

    SI- LINCE 7 days ago +1


  • Mammy Bluegum
    Mammy Bluegum 8 days ago

    Damn dad Leroy bunch of gay ass black

  • Johnny
    Johnny 8 days ago

    I'm an expert in shitposting.

  • EFPTOZ Ebay
    EFPTOZ Ebay 8 days ago

    The 2-3 so-called expert thoughts weren't even on point.

  • hades
    hades 8 days ago

    So basically a liberal leftist video pushing propaganda

  • Steven Miller
    Steven Miller 8 days ago

    I saw a ufo in the background and gambino means Illuminati in the secret language of members

  • Jane Doe
    Jane Doe 8 days ago

    Pure satanic filth! Wake up zombies- this guy is possessed by some familiar uncleaned spirit.... change this crap

  • heatherbotez
    heatherbotez 8 days ago

    barcode=being branded

  • heatherbotez
    heatherbotez 8 days ago

    so no one can relate to South African Apartheid school children and jim crow american apartheid?

  • Ess M.
    Ess M. 8 days ago

    "expert" LOL! No

  • James Liu
    James Liu 8 days ago

    I feel like this video didn't say anything that wasn't already obvious. I suppose it was articulated well enough, but I'd expect maybe a bit of unique insight.

  • mmohaki
    mmohaki 8 days ago

    looks like african tribe in west world, pathetic

  • Fanat Špadi
    Fanat Špadi 8 days ago +1

    Black on Black crime kills way more than white on black crime

  • SS Big Ricky
    SS Big Ricky 8 days ago

    This is America!

  • sargio makias
    sargio makias 8 days ago

    This video is sooo deep. Im sooooo woke. Only woke people soooooooooo understand this.

  • hossin bgs
    hossin bgs 8 days ago

  • Patti Scozzafava
    Patti Scozzafava 8 days ago

    I've lost so much respect for him.

  • XxCris2030xX
    XxCris2030xX 8 days ago

    You just a black man in this world, you just a barcode

  • Battle510
    Battle510 8 days ago

    I hope they know the guy dancing isn’t actually gambino

  • Chris
    Chris 8 days ago +1

    This is the laziest most shallow interpretation of the symbolism in this music video by far, get bent TIME.

  • Dale Gribble
    Dale Gribble 8 days ago

    An expert on symbolism? How jewish are they?