Atlanta is the best show on TV right now which is a thing I have to say because the last season of The Americans was so trash but I should stay focused here otherwise this entire article will turn into a critique of an entirely different show. The Americans better improve in its final season or I’m sneaking into Keri Russell’s house at night and giving her that awful Felicity haircut again.
But anyway, Donald Glover is the king of the world right now. He’s getting Grammys and Emmys left and right. He’s appearing in Spider-Man, Star Wars and the new live action Lion King. He’ll somehow have a Tony award by the time I finish writing this article.
So in anticipation of the debut of the newest season of Atlanta, Donald Glover sat down for an interview with The New Yorker andddd it’s a bunch of pretentious masturbating and pontificating. Not cool.
Is there anything you’re bad at? “To be honest, no. Probably just people. People don’t like to be studied, or bested.” He shrugged. “I’m fine with it. I don’t really like people that much. People accept me now because I have power, but they still think, Oh, he thinks he’s the golden flower of the black community, thinks he’s so different.” He laughed. “But I am, though! I feel like Jesus. I do feel chosen. My struggle is to use my humanity to create a classic work—but I don’t know if humanity is worth it, or if we’re going to make it. I don’t know if there’s much time left.”
I’m sorry, what? Did Donald Glover just say he feels like Jesus? That seems a bit…much. When someone asks me what I’m bad at, my response is usually something like ‘math’. People who say that they’re misunderstood by other people and have a hard time getting along with people are usually the worst people.
“I do feel chosen”. Fuck Donald Glover.
Okay, you know what? I’m getting irrationally angry. I’m not myself right now. Let me eat a Snickers or something and regroup.
In defense of this asshole, Glover is in an incredibly unique position as a black entertainer where he lives in two different worlds. And what makes his rise even more unique is that most black entertainers breakthrough in their own community first before they are eventually accepted by white audiences while Glover was in the 30 Rock writer’s room and had to eventually get the respect of black audiences.
It’s safe to say that he has successfully bridged that gap as Childish Gambino and Atlanta is the blackest show on television. No one else on Earth can say that they are filming a Star Wars movie and hanging out with Migos in the same week. His iMessages must be flooded with nonstop praise and compliments that he for sure leaves on read and never responds to.
But like, chill with the Jesus stuff, my guy. ‘I don’t know if humanity is going to make it’. Being an actor is the best, man. You pretend to be someone you’re not and if you’re great at it you get to pretend like you are the son of god. What a gig.
But this is my favorite part of the New Yorker interview:
As they waited for the next scene, Beetz turned the conversation to marriage; she and her boyfriend had been talking about engagement rings. Glover said, “Yeah, I’m not the marrying kind.” (He and his partner, Michelle, had a nineteen-month-old son, Legend, and she was eight months pregnant with their second son.) He took a hit, then went on, “I’m O.K. with some rituals. If you grew up knowing there was a bear in your future, because your dad kept telling you, ‘When you’re thirteen, you’re going to have to kill a bear,’ then, when you turned thirteen, you would kill the bear.”
Basically Zazie Beetz starts a pretty vulnerable conversation with her friend Donald about she and her boyfriend planning to get engaged and take the biggest step that a couple can take and her friend Donald immediately halts her conversation to go off with some dumb metaphor that shits on the institution of marriage and totally derails Zazie’s original point.
Donald Glover must be a reaaaaal chore to be around. Again, being an actor is the best. You’re on set for like, an hour, you read your lines, you go back to your trailer and you tell your coworker who wants to get engaged that marriage is a sham and that you’re Jesus. What a gig.
Atlanta is the best show on TV so please continue to be an asshole if it means this show is on forever. Never change.
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