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This is America: the theories behind Childish Gambino's satirical masterpiece

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"At the weekend, Childish Gambino (aka musician/actor Donald Glover) released a video for new track 'This is America".

The skit features Donald Glover, who hosted Saturday's show, along with SNL cast members to parody James' teammates.

From sketches that tackled America's obsession with Kanye West's Twitter feed to a hilarious take on diversity in sci-fi films, Glover made his mark. The video's choreographer, Sherrie Silver, retweeted a comment, perhaps in agreement, from someone who argued: "Childish Gambino's dance moves distracted all of us from the craziness that was happening in the background of the video & that's exactly the point he's trying to make". And after Saturday Night Live's Kanye-centric spoof on the horror A Quiet Place, you would think he would have something profound to say about it.

Fans were delighted when Glover wasn't just limited to "Saturday Night Live".

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While fielding questions in 2016 about his abrupt departure from the hit NBC comedy Community, Glover appeared to hope for the death of Donald Trump. Zoƫ Kravitz and Daniel Kaluuya introduced him before the musical performance segments. The vibe was particularly upbeat and reminiscent of Harry Belafonte's "Day-O".

If you listen closely to Childish Gambino's newly released single "This Is America", you'll realize it wasn't exactly a solo effort.

Is this latest music video a statement on how quickly mob mentality can turn - as the very people he was celebrating life with were suddenly seeking to end his - or perhaps Glover is saying that there will be consequences for America's laissez-faire attitudes about guns. Glover's award-winning drama Atlanta is seeing solid viewership in its second season on FX. Another shooting of a gospel choir is eerily reminiscent of the 2015 terrorist attack at a Charleston church that killed nine people attending a bible study. The accompanying music video for the more serious "This Is America" dropped online shortly before the episode aired.

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