“We’re getting boring stuff”: Read Donald Glover’s Twitter rant on TV today
Donald Glover, otherwise known as Childish Gambino took to Twitter late Monday night to lament how today’s entertainment is boring, likely due to the fact that cancel culture has created a dark cloud around top Hollywood writers, who are simply too afraid to experiment. The Atlanta star, who is notorious for being discreet behind the scenes, has seemingly had enough with cancel culture and its negative repercussions.
The thirty-seven year old actor, rapper, and musician launched his career in Hollywood as a writer, helping the creative process along for hit shows such as Community and 30 Rock. Since then, Donald Glover has gone on to produce & star in his own Emmy-winning series, Atlanta, which also features LaKieth Stanfield and Brian Tyree Henry. The show is actually about to kick off production for its third season.
Even with launching projects of his own, Glover still laments how the business just isn’t the same. In fact, given his most recent Twitter statements, we think it’s pretty clear that Donald Glover hates cancel culture almost as much as we do, as it oftentimes unnecessarily shackles creative minds and limits risky storytelling. But perhaps there’s more to Glover’s statement than just anger. Shall we dig a little deeper together?
Not so childish
Late Monday night, Donald Glover took to his Twitter to post the following series of tweets: “Saw people on here havin a discussion about how tired they were of reviewing boring stuff (tv & film). We’re getting boring stuff and not even experimental mistakes(?) because people are afraid of getting cancelled. So they feel like they can only experiment w/ aesthetic. (also because some of em know they’re not that good)/.”
Many have opted to side with the rapper & producer, based on the comments section as well as likes. Perhaps, coming from someone in the deep fold of things, Donald Glover’s comments are an indication of how many in Hollywood feel regarding cancel culture, limiting their creative spirit and forcing them to make safe choices during every step of the creative process. Perhaps this is why so much of today’s entertainment sucks.
However, it is also clear that there are those who do not side with the statements made by Donald Glover, seemingly upset at the Hollywood elites and their constant need to complain about something within a world they’re no longer familiar with. Could this just be Glover using his Twitter account to scratch a b!+#% itch that’s been bugging him for far too long? Perhaps. However, we believe that he believes what he’s saying.
This is America
While we believe that there might be some credence behind what Donald Glover is saying, we also think that it’s fair to assume that most were in a creative lull during the COVID-19 pandemic. Writers might be terrified of cancel culture and all of its negative implications, but isn’t it more of the actors that are taking the risk, seeing as how it’s their faces being portrayed as well as being the primary communicators of messages?
Twitter is oftentimes a strong gauge in where public opinions lie, and based on the statement made by Donald Glover on his Twitter account, perhaps we should consider the negative connotations of our (society’s) own vigilante behaviors. After all, there are worse things to fight over than a single inappropriate tweet made over seven years ago in which the writer has since gone on to delete and apologize for.
What are your thoughts on Donald Glover and the statements he made on Twitter? Are you pro or anti cancel culture? Comment below and let us know your thoughts.