Art means something different to everyone. And sometimes, just sometimes, something that makes sense to someone might seem absurd to others. That is how controversies are created. Recently, Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino released a song, This is America, which is a satirical take on the life of America and Americans (just one of my assumptions).
The song has already garnered over 75 million+ views since its release on 6th May. The rapper has not yet revealed the meaning behind the song's music video, but the depiction speaks more than what he would reveal. Though, this is not the first time when an artist used his/her music video to create controversy.
So, let us take a look at the songs.
The music video features Donald Glover himself where he created a cultural storm by depicting the state of America whenever a shooting occurs. At one time, people are all angry and against the NRA, the government and gun laws, but after some time, they are unconcerned, carefree and happy. The music video is celebrated by many artists including Erykah Badu, Hozier, Bruno Mars and many more. It is indeed a masterpiece wrapped in controversies.
The music video was provocative and one to create controversy. In the music video, Madonna sees a woman who is attacked by white supremacists and escapes into a church. In the church, she kisses a black saint and later is seen dancing in front of a burning cross.
The song faced quite some backlash from religious people and was banned in Italy. Even Pepsi retracted a multi-million dollar commercial featuring Madonna.
The music video for Snoop Dogg's Lavender (Remix) features Canadian DJ Kaytranada where the rapper is seen shooting President Donald Trump with a gun that releases a 'bang' flag.
Mr President addressed the music video via Twitter and wrote, "Can you imagine what the outcry would be if @SnoopDogg, failing career and all, had aimed and fired the gun at President Obama? Jail time!"
The song's video faced backlash as it was derogatory towards women. The song's lyrics include lines like "You know you want it" and in the music video, half-naked models are seen dancing near Robin Thicke, T.I., and Pharrell Williams. The unrated version of the song was even banned from YouTube.
Kanye West is no stranger to controversy. The music video is known for showing nudity. Many famous people including Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, Donald Trump, Taylor Swift, Rihanna, and Chris Brown are seen lying naked on a huge bed. Although, the men's genitals were covered whereas women topless.
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