WASHINGTON (Circa) -- One of Hollywood's most versatile creatives is causing a stir that went viral on social media Sunday.
Actor Donald Glover hosted "Saturday Night Live" over the weekend and released his latest single "This is America" shortly after his hosting stint ended. Glover, who goes by Childish Gambino, uses the song to give a social commentary on guns, culture, racism and police brutality.
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The music video that was released together with the song was directed by Hiro Murai - a filmmaker who has also worked with Glover on his television series "Atlanta." As of Sunday morning, the music video has already been viewed over 9 million times and counting.
Glover's hit single is being released just as he gets set to star in the movie "Solo: A Star Wars Story" which will hit movie theaters on May 25th.
Here is how various people reacted to song and its message on Twitter:
People are so caught up in Gambino’s shoot that they don’t even realize what the hell is going on in the background. He’s literally talking about people who don’t care about what’s happening in society, but care about the latest dance fad. He’s talking about y’all.#ThisIsAmerica— E-Money 🤑 (@imanimlewis) May 6, 2018
What happens when you put creative agency in the hands of artists. 🙌🏿 Powerful narratives, carried by the vehicle of entertainment. Specificity is the universal connective tissue. Big shout to @childishgambino for this one 👊🏿 #ThisIsAmerica pic.twitter.com/u9N6Wb5dzL— Winston Duke (@Winston_Duke) May 6, 2018