I’m a big fan of Donald Glover. He’s super-talented in everything he does, be it his comedy or his rapping alter-ego Childish Gambino. The man can do little wrong in my book. I feel like he’s a very intelligent celebrity, he’s got a great eye for the world around him, and he doesn’t seem to think of himself as a higher power because of his fame. He simply leads his life and moves on. I respect the hell out of that mentality, so any time I can get a view into his brain I tend to jump at the opportunity.
He released a short film entitled ‘Clapping for the Wrong Reasons‘ recently, and I watched it tonight hoping to get a better glimpse into the world inside his head.
I’m honestly not sure what to think about it. It’s beautifully shot, features some great beats (is that some new Gambino I hear?!?), and stars some really cool people (Topanga!). However, to say that I fully understand what is going on in the video would be a lie.
There are a couple recurring elements that consistently interrupt the flow of Glover’s/Gambino’s (hereafter referred to as G/G) day in the film: the phone calls and the girl that nobody knows. There seems to be a somewhat loose connection between these two elements–confusion about identity. The woman on the phone (from some collection agency, I believe?) is looking for someone she mistakenly believes is G/G; similarly, the girl that pops up throughout G/G’s day is mistakenly attributed as a guest of several of G/G’s guests.
Other than this grasping-at-straws connection, I can’t find too much of a ‘purpose’ in the short film other than to demonstrate a normal day in the life of G/G. And I’m perfectly alright with that.