Hidden Meanings Behind Childish Gambino's 'This Is America' Video Explained

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Joshua Lopez
Joshua Lopez - Πριν 54 λεπτά
At the end when he’s running the hallway is ment to be some type of mental asylum for black people
xr28y ge3fl1
xr28y ge3fl1 - Πριν ώρα
No man is a island. We are in part shaped by our environment. I used to work long hours in a hot warehouse, I was lean and strong, now they buy us lunch every day. I am getting fat.
The same goes for being poor. The jobs have gone to China, the gig economy of Uber pays jack shit. In south Florida the rich live near the beach, the poor live inland next to the highway and the train tracks but close to work for the rich, and the middle class lives further inland in the suburbs. The poor mule the drugs from the distributors, to the rich at the South beach clubs. There are no drug dealers like the old days. Distributors never see the customers.
The mules take all the risks and the rich are never busted. If the police cracked down on the clubs the Mayor would see tax revenues reduced and the club owners would complain.
So the rich continue to buy drugs because there is no penalties, the poor continue to mule drugs because they need to pay rent and the distributors take no risks.
Black Americans live in a precarious situation. If they pull the line and use the opportunities they can make it. But screw up once and your cooked. If you are black, never ever, never break the law. Once you get a felony while black, you will never get a good job, never.
Chassidy20
Chassidy20 - Πριν ώρα
Judy Garland performed in blackface 😱
Steven James
Steven James - Πριν ώρα
I’m so tired of all this racist shit!
Pizza Face
Pizza Face - Πριν 2 ώρες
Its a meme!!
Adrian Jackson
Adrian Jackson - Πριν 2 ώρες
Yea there was one there was a part where there was 17 seconds in silence for all those kids who got shot I think
Carlos Godoy
Carlos Godoy - Πριν 2 ώρες
This is sad, is telling the truth anyways but anyway if someone wants pizza call me :)
Ollie P
Ollie P - Πριν 3 ώρες
Leftist marxist black guy singing propaganda for his social engineering agenda masters.
Killer Koolerz
Killer Koolerz - Πριν 4 ώρες
All the kids in school uniforms shows how young poeple are getting dragged into violence and doing bad things
Amber_ Playz
Amber_ Playz - Πριν 4 ώρες
Right after he kills the man in the opening of the vid..There is 2 men holding guns up in the air driving a car what does that mean?
Before he says “This is celly it’s a tool” there was a man who fell from the 2nd floor does that mean suicide?
Chad Jones
Chad Jones - Πριν 4 ώρες
The big one-eyed wink he does a couple times during the first part of the video, I think it has something to do with Uncle Ruckus from The Boondocks cartoon off of Adult Swim, he is a black man that hates other black people. I also saw another video that mentions that scene with an explanation. This is still a great breakdown though, I learned from it, and that's the point of a breakdown.. right?
Todd Perry
Todd Perry - Πριν 4 ώρες
Those aren't all American cars... There are Toyotas and Hondas too...just sayin'
Ultimate Zach
Ultimate Zach - Πριν 5 ώρες
Notice how they say the media is bad but they realize media contains them to
Jacob Saxton
Jacob Saxton - Πριν 5 ώρες
The opening scene wasn't referring to how American values guns over human lives, it's more of a reference to how the American government is colluding with Hollywood to restrict the free expression of ideas in exchange for a populist controlling message being spread through music and the movies. Furthermore the scene with the church choir and ak, is not an allusion to gun control or gun violence rather an allusion to how America has assassinated the moral influence of the church on its population resulting in their cultural decay and promotion of a flexible morality that allows justification of acts such as the public shootings and other acts of violence, maliciousness, and apathy.
Nicole Matida
Nicole Matida - Πριν 6 ώρες
you missed the falling man/girl
Smedy DA Boss
Smedy DA Boss - Πριν 6 ώρες
2:32 what is that tattoo
Bea Rodriguez
Bea Rodriguez - Πριν 6 ώρες
When he says, ”This a celly, that’s a tool”, the camera looks at the ceiling and then at the
black people, so I think he is refering to them as "tools" that are used by "America".
Boldsojah4Christ
Boldsojah4Christ - Πριν 6 ώρες
This is America https://youtu.be/aWxNWg7NnHY
Johan Jonsson
Johan Jonsson - Πριν 7 ώρες
One more thing is that i think Much of the symbolism in this vid Will emarge just as the ink cards. Some One ask You what You see in this ink cards and You suddenly see a head or a Butterfly. This video is similar. It has some undefined scenes and we the viewers fill in the symbolism.
Reagohloka Kgopa
Reagohloka Kgopa - Πριν 7 ώρες
Ahh I am south African gwara gwara
Marco T
Marco T - Πριν 7 ώρες
quante cazzate
qrthrse1
qrthrse1 - Πριν 7 ώρες
Most of the video takes place in a cathedral-like warehouse, with the trusses forming white crosses.
Sebastian McGinnis
Sebastian McGinnis - Πριν 7 ώρες
I don't think any of this is correct lol
Blackrew
Blackrew - Πριν 7 ώρες
Insider is hilarious because half of their "hidden meanings" are just horseshit
Melody Geeks
Melody Geeks - Πριν 7 ώρες
Hidden message. Gun Violence. Mind blown
ZubularMobile
ZubularMobile - Πριν 7 ώρες
0:52 is Abu Grabe!
logan boonk
logan boonk - Πριν 7 ώρες
If you don't like the country leave it
Sky Word
Sky Word - Πριν 8 ώρες
Just read a comment and sorry I can't remember whose but [she] noted that when Gambino pulled out a cigarette, those around him thought it was a gun - good comment because we often hear police justifying shooting someone b/c they claim they thought the victim was reaching for a weapon... However, In the video he first 'mimes' having a gun by posturing with his arms/hands but when everyone flees, he casually and slowly takes out what looks like a hand-rolled cigi or blunt and calmly lights it.  Again, this seems like another double meaning and stereotype: the assumption of a being a gun toting/ dope smoking thug to be feared; but in fact he's not armed and appears relaxed lighting up.  So, there's violence inherent in stereotyping b/c groups stereotyped repeatedly have members killed and the cycle of being victimized continues to be creatively justified [lynching replaced by shootings].
Cristina .Filipe
Cristina .Filipe - Πριν 8 ώρες
Please, this is nothing in from the very beginning the start point for rap and hip hop, the message rap was the start of dozens more, and we all related especially me half white half black I am one nit to know where to go, this video is just another representation of the SAME, but I'm glad the young generation are finally liking this kind of music its needed more now than ever, Beyonce and limited is the worst the very worst in the America culture I thank god in my time I had many artists ranking the tops, none sounded or looked like her!! But I'm glad about this man and this message in his video
Edwin Stranger
Edwin Stranger - Πριν 8 ώρες
Does anyone after this search up Jim Crow
Edgardo Chulvo
Edgardo Chulvo - Πριν 8 ώρες
I think the whole warehouse is like a big studio, that you can control anything anybody? " This is America "
RatedM123
RatedM123 - Πριν 8 ώρες
Red America dosent value gun over human lifes guns and saving lifes go hand and hand when the gun is put in the right hands
TheDutchGuy110
TheDutchGuy110 - Πριν 8 ώρες
This is not about being black but everything wrong with America
Lucas Pelis
Lucas Pelis - Πριν 8 ώρες
Reminded me of the references Jordan Peele put in Get Out
Ryan Sarabia
Ryan Sarabia - Πριν 9 ώρες
You will never take my guns away with your brainwashing.
Cody Donton
Cody Donton - Πριν 9 ώρες
No big time racism in America. Everyone is overreacting. Everyone in America is equal
Andrew patrickm4
Andrew patrickm4 - Πριν 9 ώρες
BLM is a terrorist group society doesn't fail you. You can't blame America for your problems or the crimes you commit and if your in prison then obviously you belong there.
Rune Torshammare
Rune Torshammare - Πριν 9 ώρες
This is anti white propaganda.
Katie Brown
Katie Brown - Πριν 9 ώρες
I thought the guy riding the white horse was a skit on white supremacy
Also the guy in the video is Donald Glover not Gambino himself
Gerard Cook
Gerard Cook - Πριν 9 ώρες
You are reaching so far for this😂😂😂
Kallum Bloem
Kallum Bloem - Πριν 9 ώρες
Gwara gwara
jackseavey
jackseavey - Πριν 9 ώρες
There was a moment of silence, before pulling out the cigarette. It was 17 seconds for the 17 kids that were killed. It makes me so sad thing this is America.
Duce Puncake
Duce Puncake - Πριν 9 ώρες
Donald said that this video and song has no deep meaning it's just a song and a video.
Duce Puncake
Duce Puncake - Πριν 9 ώρες
For those who are dumb Donald is Childish Gambinos name
Dantedes
Dantedes - Πριν 9 ώρες
Noticed how the video started .. it was about a man called AJ who fought along side with Abraham Lincoln to bring peace to America
Mark Mendoza Hernandez
Mark Mendoza Hernandez - Πριν 10 ώρες
You forgot the most important thing of all. The Uncle ruckus face at the beginning
Eduardo Vargas
Eduardo Vargas - Πριν 10 ώρες
Thank you for the clarification on the hidden messeages. I really was hoping you would bring to light also when he obviously gets zoomed on lighting the joint. America is in a constant state of being high and under the influence. In a Daze. In a cloud. Out of touch with reality. The higher you are the less you notice. So please can you mention that on your next explanation.
Rick_QuinII
Rick_QuinII - Πριν 10 ώρες
i think the warehouse is a FEMA Camp, not a prison
Kathleen ziggrl
Kathleen ziggrl - Πριν 10 ώρες
The red cloth is there to wipe the fingerprints.
Dave Botticelli
Dave Botticelli - Πριν 10 ώρες
Smoking weed at the end the car he dances on is an old red one, symbolizing dancing on the old dead red ways
Nats Likebananas
Nats Likebananas - Πριν 10 ώρες
The choir represents cops that have been killed, for no reason.
Cristian Perez
Cristian Perez - Πριν 10 ώρες
Everyone is now suddenly an expert on interpretation and thinks this will fit their agenda.
XxV3nomousGam3sxX
XxV3nomousGam3sxX - Πριν 10 ώρες
Okay listen the shit your trying to say a lot of it is real but a lot of it is also bullshit
Nayops 18
Nayops 18 - Πριν 10 ώρες
2:00 Wow
TheGalaxyGamerz Gamez
TheGalaxyGamerz Gamez - Πριν 10 ώρες
Where’d her brows go?
DarkShadow
DarkShadow - Πριν 11 ώρες
I got that it was black on black violence and not some of the bull crap your saying
un BEAR able
un BEAR able - Πριν 11 ώρες
Damn this could be true...
Or we could just be reading way too deep into this...
Director:OooOoh add a horse...with a man on him! Add a cloak for mystery😎
Internet:ITS THE APOCALYPSE!
X_Creamypie
X_Creamypie - Πριν 11 ώρες
soooo apparently america is a living hell?
Simply J’Niya
Simply J’Niya - Πριν 11 ώρες
When she said out of her spell and is tryna get out that made me think sometimes that vid makes me think that god is showing us how America is gonna end up
Matu Smith
Matu Smith - Πριν 12 ώρες
he said we just want to party not we just want money so u wrong girl
Bas Didit
Bas Didit - Πριν 12 ώρες
Yep it's all white people's fault just remember that everybody. And the shootings by one guy represent America LOL I wonder what's going on in Chicago right now? Oh yeah no music video for them.
Fuzion5Gamez
Fuzion5Gamez - Πριν 12 ώρες
The man in the Hood also Represents the KKK
Debbie Tucker
Debbie Tucker - Πριν 13 ώρες
I think he is trying to tell these messages to show what happens commonly in America, he is against the messages not for them
San Mrdr
San Mrdr - Πριν 13 ώρες
man the insider girl is super cute!
Ya Like Jazz?
Ya Like Jazz? - Πριν 13 ώρες
perhaps the “this a celly, that’s a tool” might be talking about how police officers are shooting American Americans. The tool being a gun and the celly being what is cops are saying is a weapon
Jeremy R
Jeremy R - Πριν 13 ώρες
Stretching....a word associated with assume. XD
F H
F H - Πριν 13 ώρες
Nobody cares about Syria,Africa,.. there are so many terror attacks every day but if 9 people die in America or something the whole world cries ..
zac cincinelli
zac cincinelli - Πριν 14 ώρες
We don’t need hidden messages we know what the problems are we just need to move past talking about it and actually provide solutions
FEAR NO BEER
FEAR NO BEER - Πριν 14 ώρες
He seems like a true unbrainwashed American , they are a rare unicorn
Riley Galgey
Riley Galgey - Πριν 15 ώρες
do you know what that means black and white
Riley Galgey
Riley Galgey - Πριν 15 ώρες
black and white mans
Rey Mark Rivera
Rey Mark Rivera - Πριν 15 ώρες
Oh my God. That's scary.
DRock Coc
DRock Coc - Πριν 16 ώρες
First of all the issue is with the people not the guns. Second of all how are black people under horrible pressure. I see common cases of black people doing illegal things because they think they are privileged. My younger friends who are in elementary school come to me asking for help because a group of black kids stole their food. It doesn’t help that people are doing things that are horrible because it causes people like me to go absolutely nuts. If someone goes nuts and they can’t control themselves they end up doing substances or at worst shooting up a school.
Jaydyn Burns
Jaydyn Burns - Πριν 16 ώρες
Sorry but "Twitter users" is not a reputable source and what he's wearing is not a confederate uniform. They're just grey pants and you won't find those shoes anywhere in the civil war. Please stop perpetuating racism with your uneducated videos.
Paul John Jr.
Paul John Jr. - Πριν 16 ώρες
Oh... I just thought it was a black guy on crack shooting people and dancing 😂
Radeghost
Radeghost - Πριν 16 ώρες
If somebody needs an explaination of this video that means he's a retard, plain and simple
Oh hello s¡r
Oh hello s¡r - Πριν 17 ώρες
I like how they used a black girl as the host 😂
Oh hello s¡r
Oh hello s¡r - Πριν 17 ώρες
He's doing ancient tribal dances and is crying for help and is beings spoken by demons dancing around him as the students and him running from demons at the end
gbtalkus
gbtalkus - Πριν 18 ώρες
Why is he copying an African dance step. I thought black Americans are now saying, they are not from Africa but originated from Israel (JEWS) who sees blacks as inferior beings. Israelis! oh sorry, black Americans stop stealing Africans dance moves lol
Daniel Gillett
Daniel Gillett - Πριν 18 ώρες
yeah that ending, and the video in general, just make me want to watch "Get Out" again real bad.
Samson Holt
Samson Holt - Πριν 19 ώρες
Ok so idk if it is detailed about this but you could notice in the beginning where the guy is holding a guitar. Now if you was to combine his dancing and the lyrics, the message is that “Black people with talent and who enjoy doing things gets America involved and pretends that they want you to continue being famous for the money (hence the lyrics, “We just want the money). Then, you can see as he’s getting closer to the man, he winks. That symbolizes that America just got ahold of what they want and don’t need you anymore. Then, he moves his shoulders back and forth. That symbolizes that they’ll start shutting you out and causing you to get arrested to make you look like the bad guy. Then, America shows it’s true colors and kills you with style and frames it to make it look like they didn’t do it and walks away to another future victim.
Make sense or nah? Idk. You tell me 🤷🏽‍♂️🤷🏽‍♂️
Lonetholsskia
Lonetholsskia - Πριν 19 ώρες
Due to my paranoia, when I watched the video, something told me to focus on the background which was getting hard by watching the kids dance
Amy L
Amy L - Πριν 19 ώρες
Mind blown
Shini Kami
Shini Kami - Πριν 19 ώρες
guys go watch the arrivals series on youtube it will help u out to understand so many things about the world that we live in
Manohar A N
Manohar A N - Πριν 19 ώρες
I can see some writings on his right hand biceps (tatoo)..explore it pls
IslandBreeze
IslandBreeze - Πριν 19 ώρες
She is explaining the video a lot better than several other people.
detective dan
detective dan - Πριν 20 ώρες
America values guns to protect human lives
LordOfMalice
LordOfMalice - Πριν 20 ώρες
He should have entered the part where south Africans kill white farmers in the hundreds, rapes their children in front of the parents and slits their throats and support race hating(blacks hating whites) groups. :) It's finally happening. Kill all WHITES, right?
Cindy Iniguez
Cindy Iniguez - Πριν 20 ώρες
I thought the black hoodie guy on the horse was to represent how America doesn’t really care about the Kkk
Ali Renfroe
Ali Renfroe - Πριν 20 ώρες
My favorite part is right before he shoots the choir members. Before then he's expressively happy and you can see it, but within seconds his entire deminer changes. In which he's is easily given a gun. The transition is so quick, and the weapon is so readily accessible.
Seth Pomeroy
Seth Pomeroy - Πριν 21 ώρα
Is it Life that imitates Art? Or, Art that imitates life?
Malik Suleiman
Malik Suleiman - Πριν 21 ώρα
She didn't mention that 17 seconds for the 17 dead at parkland shooting
StepHen Witharose
StepHen Witharose - Πριν 21 ώρα
NO
Madison Phillips
Madison Phillips - Πριν 21 ώρα
Ok but could the fact that the only instance white people were shown was when they were running away mean anything or is this video just focusing on black culture? I mean that wouldn't really make sense if it was because it's about America as a whole
Arianna Dominguez
Arianna Dominguez - Πριν 21 ώρα
when he stopped to take a cigarette if that's how you spell it... after the music stops for 17 seconds then goes back on which represents the 17 lives that were lost in the florida shooting
O H N A W
O H N A W - Πριν 21 ώρα
We don’t value guns over human live you liberal retard
:you probably only listen to fake news like cnn,have you ever shot a gun before no you haven’t also the police have guns to defend themselves without guns how would the police defend themselves and no not a crossbow you are just a idiot who dosent know the meaning behind a lot of the shootings that happen it’s because those “people” are mentally damaged and some of the towns don’t act fast enough. IT ISN’T THE GUN KILLS THE PERSON IT’S THE USER
Picasso Americano
Picasso Americano - Πριν 22 ώρες
If you don't want to be incarcerated in a celly then don't commit crime!
HERPY DERPEDY
HERPY DERPEDY - Πριν 22 ώρες
A recent Oklahoma City shooting PROVES a gun in the right hand can be a good thing. Like they say the gun is a tool not the murderer.
Bri Hughes
Bri Hughes - Πριν 22 ώρες
Thank you Gambino for FINALLY bringing sunbeams of light to these issues and thank you for creating so much talk over it- we're all slowly coming together and hopefully this music video will allow more people to change their ways so that we can work on the still prevalent issues today surrounding so much...
CHRISTY KELLER
CHRISTY KELLER - Πριν 22 ώρες
What does the artist say about any messages?????
Dale Stafford
Dale Stafford - Πριν 22 ώρες
She said at the end he was dancing on American cars signifying this or that, and that's just wrong because many of the cars were not American, there were several Hondas and Toyotas specifically and yes there was also if you're American cars but it can't be symbolizing what she said because they aren't all American cars, so they can't be representing the American car culture if they're not American cars right? They could have very easily used all of wrecking cars if that's in fact they were trying to portray.
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