This is America Favorite 

Date: 

May 6 2018

Location: 

New York, NY

(NEWS 8) — A day after pulling double-duty as both the host and musical guest on "Saturday Night Live," actor-writer-comedian-musician Donald Glover was garnering attention on Sunday for another reason.

Social media blew up this weekend with reactions to Glover's new music video for "This is America," released under the name of his musical alter ego, Childish Gambino.

[View the video above or click here to view on YouTube.]

The video follows a shirtless Glover in constant motion as he dances/walks/runs through – and participates in - scenes of violence with imagery of riots and chaos juxtaposed by sequences of the multi-talented singer dancing in more joyous scenes.

Viewers were quick to pick up on cultural references and Glover's commentary on gun violence, sharing reactions across social media.

The video was directed by Hiro Murai, who has directed 13 episodes of the FX series "Atlanta," which Glover is a co-creator, writer and star of.

Just a day after being posted on Glover's YouTube page, the video received over 10 million views as of Sunday evening- less than 24 hours after it was uploaded.

"This Is America," "Donald Glover," and "Childish Gambino" were all trending terms on Twitter in the U.S. on Sunday morning.

"This is America" marks the first music released by Childish Gambino since 2016's "Awaken, My Love!"

The video got a variety of reactions across social media from fellow musicians, journalists, and new and longtime Gambino fans.

See some responses to the music video below:

Shaun King

@ShaunKing
One of the most beautiful, painful, honest pieces of art I’ve seen in my entire life.

“This is America” encapsulated the Black Experience with song, dance, melody, tone, facial expressions, eyes, shocking violence, humor, beauty, and so much more. https://youtu.be/VYOjWnS4cMY

ErykahBadoula

@fatbellybella
Donald Glover is a Genius.

Keith Boykin

@keithboykin
#ThisIsAmerica
Childish Gambino
Mesmerizing. Disturbing. Violent. Beautiful. Tragic. Materialistic. Melodic. Chaotic.

@Freeyourmindkid
Childish Gambino is what Kanye aspires to be but fails to attain.
#ThisIsAmerica

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