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

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DinoRex Makes
DinoRex Makes - Πριν 2 ώρες
Tbh, the thing tht suprised me in the video is the horse.
Christian's Personal Account
Christian's Personal Account - Πριν 6 ώρες
Yes, of course, the term celli stands for the incarceration of black Americans, and they are only used to incarcerate them and no other races. Do you know what is wrong with this statement? The fact its bullshit paints a false narrative and spreads a lie.
Brad_Schit - Πριν 8 ώρες
I would say the Celly and Tools could also mean that violence sells
federico Tnn
federico Tnn - Πριν 8 ώρες
This video is pure propaganda and so is the music. Just useless propaganda.
King C
King C - Πριν 12 ώρες
Donald used to do standup comedy
Layah Myers
Layah Myers - Πριν 15 ώρες
Did he really shot that man and them the people at the church
Eduardo Pooter Reis
Eduardo Pooter Reis - Πριν 15 ώρες
Knight from Apocalipse? Plain WRONG.
O Sparks
O Sparks - Πριν 16 ώρες
The drunken stupor walk, the stumbling.... represents the pharma control over our bodies.... in addition to the GMOs that are also mutating (stumbling) our bodies and our DNA.
The body contortions.... represents how America is so twisted in all facets of our lives....
The imprisonment of our communities.... also imprisons the jailers.... except they get paid, while the prisoners lives are ruined
Just like the gun are protected over people's lives, the red fabric represents the blood that is spilled to protect the American dream.... lived as luxurious only by the privileged few.
We live a mini apocoplypse every day as the 'horse of oppression' rides thru our lives, our neighbourhoods, our lack of opportunity, our inability to feel safe.
The horse reminds me of the slave patrols, as it rides throu the warehouse that looks like a jail: We move from slave patrols to the modern day jail houses which have replaced the plantations.
These are some of the things I see in addition to what is said
Antrosa The Ant
Antrosa The Ant - Πριν 16 ώρες
im pretty sure he makes refrence to current rapstyle with the lyrics at 2:37 (original video) "Hunnid bands" x3, (possibly a refrence to Whiz song named the same) and then "Contraband" x3 (a refrence to how rapers like to brag abour doing illegal stuff probably) the melody is clearly a refrence to the song "Guchi gang" wich is probably one of the most infamous rap songs. At 2:20 and 2:32 (original video) there are refrences to the dances in the popular videogame Fortnite. After the shooting at 1:98 you can notice that a bunch of people come rushing in with hammers, this might be a refrence to how every situation get broken down, but that is a bit of a far streatch, 2:20 a refrence to "the whip" a dance move seen in the song "watch me whip"
Karisha Benny
Karisha Benny - Πριν 16 ώρες
"Room full of American cars" as he hops on a Toyota. Lol wut
Clorox Bleach
Clorox Bleach - Πριν 16 ώρες
This is Clorox bleach.
Drink me.
Lyle DeColyse
Lyle DeColyse - Πριν 18 ώρες
Lame and overthought
Antrosa The Ant
Antrosa The Ant - Πριν 16 ώρες
except for that it is the actual intention of the video, they are going for the basic stuff here
Dos Moe
Dos Moe - Πριν 18 ώρες
Shooting the choir meant how in the past when white people shot and bombed and killed black churches
LEGEND 25 - Πριν 20 ώρες
And I thought here gambino is on a meth daily
Kaiser Schnitsel Sr.
Kaiser Schnitsel Sr. - Πριν 22 ώρες
niggar trash
austenluvr - Πριν 23 ώρες
nice interpretation... thank you for you opinion. very enlightening. I love this song and video...
Reaper Yoshimitsu
Reaper Yoshimitsu - Πριν 23 ώρες
Maybe they're isnt any actual hidden messages and to think that there is, is the true hidden message. People in our society constantly digging for hidden messages or things to blame which ends up turning into racism, discrimination, segregation, and non-progression of society as a whole. We are so focused on what's wrong that we forget that we are trying to fix it and instead make the wrong more prevalent.
Antrosa The Ant
Antrosa The Ant - Πριν 16 ώρες
that... is pretty stupid since nothing makes sense if you take it at face value
External117 - Πριν ημέρα
The text tattoo under Gambino's armpit when he outs his arms up
lotheeus - Πριν ημέρα
I'm not claiming that I'm a psychic
- not like I believe them anyway -
but I'll give him maybe a couple of years before he will be " found " in his place dead because of some " Drugs overdose "
James Bond
James Bond - Πριν ημέρα
Ok “Cellie” refers to a CELLMATE. Not a CELLBLOCK.
Ros Laighleis
Ros Laighleis - Πριν ημέρα
I'm embarrassed I even watched this. God save the youth.
Tamarius Matthews \My vids are funny XD/
Now I don't wanna live in America now I know lol sike I always knew every country is a little messed up
TAC TIMES - Πριν ημέρα
Interesting how they blacked out the violent scenes to avoid age restriction and demonetization... Youtube's hypocritical double standard on the depiction of graphic violence is all too clear.
MGTOW Survivalist
MGTOW Survivalist - Πριν ημέρα
Stupid negroes.
Your Daddy
Your Daddy - Πριν ημέρα
At the end of the video when Gambino was running. Notice it was all white people chasing him. America loves minority culture. but they hates us minorities.
simoFyou - Πριν ημέρα
weapons used for sacrificial rituals are wrapped in red clothes
Kingston Speers
Kingston Speers - Πριν ημέρα
Such clickbait bruh
Cowboy 44
Cowboy 44 - Πριν ημέρα
Enough with the gun violence blacks can’t stop shooting each other for one damn minute but all they want to talk about is the white people shooting blacks and schools
Antrosa The Ant
Antrosa The Ant - Πριν 16 ώρες
Well, you know... all black people arent the same
British Buffoons
British Buffoons - Πριν ημέρα
When Gambino is running, he's running from whites. (Possible reference to Dear White People IDK)
RetroRay - Πριν ημέρα
A Celly is a cell-mate not the cell itself. Some are considered "tools" to their cellys being used for whatever money or canteen items they have to take.
Emma Ibrahim
Emma Ibrahim - Πριν ημέρα
Will! Wazzup!
Salbiah Danish
Salbiah Danish - Πριν 2 ημέρες
Even i’m black
Salbiah Danish
Salbiah Danish - Πριν 2 ημέρες
Don’t be racist guys
MISTIK31 the king of snipers
MISTIK31 the king of snipers - Πριν 2 ημέρες
The black dude riding a white horse is not for the apocalypse it's for death is coming on a white angle and the people hold there phones is for the people that know but don't tell
smokeyjayshouse - Πριν 2 ημέρες
Bunch of bs and liberal propaganda.. yeah let's just let all the "unjustly imprisoned" black men out and drop them off in your neighborhoods and see how quickly you dumb fucks are gonna want them back in their cells.
Antrosa The Ant
Antrosa The Ant - Πριν 15 ώρες
well, all people arent unjust, you know, rape, murder that kinda things. but then there are thos who are because of racism and similar factors. where did they mention "unjustly imprisoned black men" i must have missed that
Pandu Widagdo
Pandu Widagdo - Πριν 2 ημέρες
I'm not into this kind of music. But that's genius.
TheTamranator - Πριν 2 ημέρες
The man he shot in the beginning of the vid had the bag over his head, as if he had no identity, or his identity doesn't matter. The dancing and entertainment in the foreground to keep you distracted from what's going on, just like America
Anthony Bundy
Anthony Bundy - Πριν 2 ημέρες
Why do they act like America is the worst place on earth tho?
Antrosa The Ant
Antrosa The Ant - Πριν 15 ώρες
Because while it technicly isnt, out of all the first world countries it is probably top 3 on most fucked up.
Ray Geno
Ray Geno - Πριν ημέρα
James Pitt
James Pitt - Πριν 2 ημέρες
This video does what it needs too, shock you...get it? The truth is truly scary...wake up America!! Every since 9/11...when they tell you the world would never be the same... it's because your addicted to violence. That's why news is violent and songs are happy. It's like killing to "Don't worry, be happy". Insane but true
iGoNegative - Πριν 2 ημέρες
I wouldnt call these "hidden messages." Theyre just messages. This is exactly why this song was written. Some of these "hidden messages" that you're pointing out seem a bit dumb though to be honest.
Tanner Brooks
Tanner Brooks - Πριν 2 ημέρες
When he shoots the man in back of the head in the beginning it is a reference to Trayvon Martin who is shot from behind
Ultimate Man
Ultimate Man - Πριν 2 ημέρες
Gambino is quite good, I didn't notice nothing on the background only focused on him. Master Piece! Well done! Now I need to watch again, lol, that is a good way to make money. Put lots of hidden message in your play. Eureka!
Bob dude
Bob dude - Πριν 2 ημέρες
America is amazing cuz systematic racism is over
barbedwirekitty - Πριν 2 ημέρες
'Grandma said "get your money black man"' = reparations?
Anime Lover
Anime Lover - Πριν 2 ημέρες
He did a fortnite dance its called Hype
iManister - Πριν 2 ημέρες
Do u think Us is in the Crisis
You are wrong India is in big crisis right now
Antrosa The Ant
Antrosa The Ant - Πριν 15 ώρες
Well ofc, but most of these problems would have fit in a third world country
PanicReign - Πριν 2 ημέρες
Still waiting for the vid where he highlights the enormous uptick of violence due to the mainstreaming of the hood culture the past 10-15yrs... all of these "entertainers" are just puppets.
SynaXs - Πριν 2 ημέρες
censoring the shootings, oh murica
SirShoepuffigton WilliamTheThird
SirShoepuffigton WilliamTheThird - Πριν 2 ημέρες
Not saying black people arebt oppressed but you know this message applies to everyone that is under American spell
Drake Surrette
Drake Surrette - Πριν 3 ημέρες
You are reading to much into this dumb song
Drake Surrette
Drake Surrette - Πριν 12 ώρες
+Antrosa The Ant the song was made by a idiot
Antrosa The Ant
Antrosa The Ant - Πριν 14 ώρες
Drake Surrette what makes you think that?
Drake Surrette
Drake Surrette - Πριν 15 ώρες
+Antrosa The Ant no it is a dumb song with no meening
Antrosa The Ant
Antrosa The Ant - Πριν 15 ώρες
im not sure to say about this, you are clearly to ignorant to see it
Drake Surrette
Drake Surrette - Πριν 15 ώρες
+Antrosa The Ant no they are reading tomuchin to a dumb song
Hip Hughes
Hip Hughes - Πριν 3 ημέρες
Here is the not so hidden history of Jim Crow. https://youtu.be/2_gOtZ--4WE
Burnette Boykin
Burnette Boykin - Πριν 3 ημέρες
Waht happend with the high voice
Full2134pkh plays ROBLOX
Full2134pkh plays ROBLOX - Πριν 3 ημέρες
Sleepy Egg
Sleepy Egg - Πριν 3 ημέρες
or y’know, that’s just how he dances
Antrosa The Ant
Antrosa The Ant - Πριν 15 ώρες
except... y'know it really isnt
Queen Dynasty
Queen Dynasty - Πριν 3 ημέρες
When she said apocalypse i paused so hard😐
Antrosa The Ant
Antrosa The Ant - Πριν 15 ώρες
Exotic Rose
Exotic Rose - Πριν 3 ημέρες
At 2:19 the dance he was doing isn't from South Africa it was from Democratic republic of Congo it became popular and most people started doing it cause I asked my dad about it so, it's basically from Congo 🇨🇩 (If I am wrong please tell me what you think but not in a rude way cause this is what my dad and I think.)
blandine ngwenji
blandine ngwenji - Πριν 3 ημέρες
Gwara Gwara originated in Nigeria... sorry presenter
dead gem
dead gem - Πριν 3 ημέρες
so was I right to be depressed
Rick Kirkley
Rick Kirkley - Πριν 3 ημέρες
The first guy that gets shot w the hood over his head is reminiscent and I believe a knod to Rene Magritte ... who we Know was an absurdist and one of the most notable surreal painters of the 20th century
AmazingThermite - Πριν 3 ημέρες
This is actually freaking me out.
林治奇 - Πριν 3 ημέρες
This meme
Emerick Deneb
Emerick Deneb - Πριν 3 ημέρες
"I got the plug on Oaxaca (woah)"
Most people that adventure themselves to the north, and go to the U.S. are from Oaxaca
They gonna find you like blocka (blaow)"
The persecution Latinos have in U.S.
Kyla Darden
Kyla Darden - Πριν 3 ημέρες
When he said that a cell that's a tool I think he was talking about how were always on our phones so we don't pay attention to the world around us
obvi•US - Πριν 3 ημέρες
This just a speck. Speculation...
Non-fiction Filmmaker
Non-fiction Filmmaker - Πριν 3 ημέρες
When I first saw this video I knew that there was a great deal of deep info I was missing. But like most of America I was entertained by the horror that is America Entertainment. #theBULLYexposed
Hircine - Πριν 3 ημέρες
The first step to solving a problem is to first recognise and admit that there is one.
GLiTcH Tæles
GLiTcH Tæles - Πριν 3 ημέρες
Omfg noone gives a shit about your opinion on a song. Just shutdown your worthless channel.
SteamPunk Shadow
SteamPunk Shadow - Πριν 4 ημέρες
No no no no.
The song want to say what America,United Kingdom,Europe And America is fucked up,why they're "Dirty" Countrys
matthew michelson
matthew michelson - Πριν 4 ημέρες
5 minutes of my life wasted smh
Rudy - Πριν 4 ημέρες
The stumbling before the students join to dance
"This is America" - as if to show that he's chained down by America
Then the transition of that to dancing
Again "This is America" - To show how your distracted by the things around you to realize any of it
Papalareis - Πριν 4 ημέρες
The guns were being wrapped in cloth because when gangsters use guns in crimes, they have it disposed of that way.
Jack Torrance
Jack Torrance - Πριν 4 ημέρες
Maybe people are reading into things that aren't there!
Antrosa The Ant
Antrosa The Ant - Πριν 15 ώρες
i dont even wanna bother with this, sure they might miss interprate a few points, but this song clearly has alot of messenges wich wherent outright said out loud
dua sebek
dua sebek - Πριν 4 ημέρες
I also noticed that he was able act out both races considering the fact that he is also half white
walter jose
walter jose - Πριν 4 ημέρες
The red could also repsent the churchs who secertly sway the laws and law makers yea its a race thing but lot you who watch and commet and try sound edmukated ( pun) are from family's w money never really had a hard time but a small dick or puberty 😂😂 never been broke hungry wrongfully persecuted one thing i dont like about the com now a days is how every rich ass nerd be blk white latin are experts on the hood yet never lived it a day in there life way to much want bs and flawjin this day & age.
Rob Huffman
Rob Huffman - Πριν 4 ημέρες
anyone noticed the person running with a sword blurry in the beginning
Josh Mcculloch
Josh Mcculloch - Πριν 4 ημέρες
Josh Mcculloch
Josh Mcculloch - Πριν 4 ημέρες
It's weird how he walks like a zombie. When he walks in some scenes his body move jerky-ish (don't know the term of how the movement is its un-easy tho)
Mr.Mister - Πριν 4 ημέρες
What is a "Characacher?"
Emanuel Roldan
Emanuel Roldan - Πριν 4 ημέρες
Lol, Toyota's are "American Cars"
Miles Hauser
Miles Hauser - Πριν 4 ημέρες
da f**k Dororthy WHY
DaVinci Code
DaVinci Code - Πριν 4 ημέρες
The verse "This a celly, that's a tool" refers to all the racially biased shootings ex: a teen got shot by police because they thought he was holding a gun but it turned out to be a phone. Also "tool" is a slang word for gun.
Zr Hakeem
Zr Hakeem - Πριν 4 ημέρες
The media only pays attention to the shooting whilst being oblivious to the other problems in the background
Matteo Di pietro
Matteo Di pietro - Πριν 4 ημέρες
1:59 burn it in hell wtf 🤢🤮
Clacky/ DoomKillerPower
Clacky/ DoomKillerPower - Πριν 5 ημέρες
The song represents what is America right now
The number of death in black
The racism
The boy or man falling meaning nobody cares about death
The phone?
Well it means people post racism things or picturing people dying instead of helping them
The guy running?
He just wants to escape from being chased by white people

Please don't be like them

I hope you can be a good person!
Raelynn Jones
Raelynn Jones - Πριν 5 ημέρες
The Jim crow fact blew my mind
Helcurt, Lesley MAIN
Helcurt, Lesley MAIN - Πριν 5 ημέρες
I don't care with racism
the stealth duck
the stealth duck - Πριν 5 ημέρες
So now I hate the video even more
Antrosa The Ant
Antrosa The Ant - Πριν 15 ώρες
iCountxr / iicounter
iCountxr / iicounter - Πριν 5 ημέρες
At the last scene of the video, you can see Gambino running like hell, but while Gambino was running, as you can see that there are white people chasing him, its like racism i think.
Emily Hale
Emily Hale - Πριν 5 ημέρες
A celly is a cell mate, a tool while you're on the inside to get what you want... How'd nobody catch that?
PÃNŹÇAKĘ - Πριν 5 ημέρες
The whole video meaning was just explaining America in its current state
OpticHanAlone - Πριν 5 ημέρες
Is that girl behind the meme lord doing orange justice?
Logan Vassaur
Logan Vassaur - Πριν 5 ημέρες
The people chasing him are all white
Jered Thompson
Jered Thompson - Πριν 5 ημέρες
4:51 this video; any of you notice that the people he is running from are im pretty sure there white people anyone else see this¿
Bootnastic Gymnastics
Bootnastic Gymnastics - Πριν 5 ημέρες
The same man that got killed in the start was alive when gam bingo climbed onto the red 🚘
GD DeCryptX
GD DeCryptX - Πριν 5 ημέρες
Hidden message in this channel, PAYDAY 2 References, PD 2 Has an insider that leads you into the vault, what if you are the insider? Heist assist Confirmed

Dia Bakiu
Dia Bakiu - Πριν 5 ημέρες
0:34 when you lost your gun and they have it now
H. Anthony Ribadeneira
H. Anthony Ribadeneira - Πριν 5 ημέρες
This a great analysis but you've missed so much bc you're only looking at it through race glasses. If u slip on lenses that allow to appreciate how the world is in a cell of its own consumerist/ capitalist and lack of self introspection
gjaddajg - Πριν 6 ημέρες
Black people are not oppressed. Grow up. Stop playing victims.
Antrosa The Ant
Antrosa The Ant - Πριν 15 ώρες
oh god hes serius
gjaddajg - Πριν 6 ημέρες
Black crime: https://i.imgur.com/1hlMy1x.png
2008MrsKim - Πριν 6 ημέρες
"This is a Celly, This is a Tool"...possible meaning: This Cell phone is a tool that Police can use to justify a killing. They can always say they thought it was a gun. Also, for the entertain distractions...... The Kardashians are the biggest distractions ever. You know why they get paid so much money now for doing absolutely nothing. Each Kardashian has millions of followers and that is no joke, that is plenty to distract on any given big news day. I bet more than half of the followers they have that are at voting age did not vote, nor do they know anything other than Trump is the president.