Last week, Childish Gambino released a powerful new song and music video, "This Is America" — a fascinating piece, which addresses modern America's ongoing troubles with racism, gun violence and police brutality.
The video quickly went viral — with over 100 million views on YouTube in less than 10 days — due to its brilliant commentary on how distracted Americans are by pop culture, especially when there's so much chaos around them.[embedded content]
After only a few days of musing on the important issues raised by "This Is America", the internet quickly lost focus and started making spoofs of the video — editing other songs over the clip to match Childish Gambino's manic dance moves.
The fact that this is happening validates the premise of the entire video in the first place. Despite these spoofs going viral and being pretty hilarious, people can't help but feel that making a joke out of "This Is America" is completely missing the point of the song.
"Call Me Maybe" synced with "This is America" is literally the whole point of "This is America" pic.twitter.com/BPAgJRuvBH— Rosalie (@Rosalie8710) May 12, 2018
Like we've said many times before, the Internet is like a virtual playground, and it takes no time to turn anything into a joke. Well, as frustrating as it can be, these are the times we live in: everything gets made light of sooner or later.
At least, it's still a part of the on-going conversation – whether in jest or not – which is more than previous generations can say for themselves.
Check out some of the spoofs of "This Is America" here:
I have tears in my eyes. Why is it so in syncpic.twitter.com/qcZhbq9kdK— Afro Head (@KingThandie) May 13, 2018
A did a version for all my fellow West Indians. These moves fit way too well pic.twitter.com/hRtEvJLXcO— Richie Brave(@RichieBrave) May 13, 2018
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