Hidden Meanings Behind Childish Gambino's 'This Is America' Video Explained

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    Childish Gambino's 'This Is America' has become an overnight cultural phenomenon. The internet was quick to point out tons of hidden messages throughout the piece. Here's some you've might have missed.
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Thibaud
Thibaud

Thanks for this video. We should spread more love and care more. But at a point, show violence makes realise there is something to do. What is to do is change inside the mind and body. But only love of oneself can make a true change. I was numbed by the stream of dumb excessive informations and was dead alive/ numb. Now I know You are me and i m you. Contact me if you want to share a conversation.

Πριν 8 λεπτά
C G
C G

I definitely got the message about the biggest threat to the black community being the glorification of thug culture and single parent homes. How 93% of all black murder victims are killed at the hands of other black people. It's really sad how the liberal media tries to make it look like police are the problem. I'm glad he's at least addressing the vastly bigger problem of black on black violence even though it doesn't support all the liberal false narratives. Good job.

Πριν 13 λεπτά
ANDREI BRAVE
ANDREI BRAVE

Next song childish Gambino will release is called this is asia

Πριν 26 λεπτά
éric lagé
éric lagé

Interesting, thanks...Interessant, merci

Πριν 2 ώρες
Savagely Mink
Savagely Mink

Well this is kind of scary and evil

Πριν 3 ώρες
Hrkljus Hrkljus
Hrkljus Hrkljus

you missed the part where he says that most illegal gun shootings are done by blacks and that blacks are not taking enough responsibilities for their own actions.

Πριν 3 ώρες
Vendetta Verrone
Vendetta Verrone

I noticed that the guy who got shot in the beginning looked like a slave portrail...he had a bag over his head with rope tie, no shoes, dirtied clothes even on the back too which looked like a close depiction on what slaves would typically be wearing when hanged. And though instead of being hanged he was shot it's likely alluding to the past to modern way of killing off those labeled "criminals" (the man had hand cuffs on him too) to the white man (since there are parts Gambino is playing a part of a white man such as with Jim Crow and the Charleston Church shooting) Also that the man that jumps of the top is committing suicide, or if we add how he's dressed( since dressing also plays a role in some parts) hes tired of being a corporate slave and is looking for escape ALSOOO that when he shows his back; you see, as the camera pans, a serious look on his face at first and then slight surprise and back to happy. Maybe portraying moment one sees importance but doesn't want to show it to others so they gotta do a quick switcharoo and continue being happy...since people get on others for being "too serious" or "negative". Those are just thoughts i caught (despite being like 3 months late to the party )

Πριν 5 ώρες
Bertin Ariza
Bertin Ariza

Gmod sandbox the song 🎵

Πριν 9 ώρες
Pursuit 5 Seven
Pursuit 5 Seven

That was a great break down of the video

Πριν 9 ώρες
Lindalee Law
Lindalee Law

Childish? zzz indeed

Πριν 10 ώρες
RoseVelvet
RoseVelvet

what the heck is the thumbnail doing

Πριν 10 ώρες
jjammin1812
jjammin1812

Here's a hidden message for ya . . . . it's a worthless piece!!!

Πριν 12 ώρες
Rey Chávez
Rey Chávez

His sexual movements behind the student girl dancing in the back..

Πριν 12 ώρες
Deven Johnson
Deven Johnson

Truth about America starter pack : MIW - America Childish Gambino - This is America

Πριν 13 ώρες
haavardjosdal
haavardjosdal

«Its a celly, thats a tool» can be a referance to the black man(dont remeber his name, sorry) man who got shoot by the police for having a phone in his hand, and the police just assumed it was a gun and just killed him

Πριν 14 ώρες
kira hogan
kira hogan

why you shoot up the church like that

Πριν 14 ώρες
kdog909
kdog909

At 2:05 in the original video, there are a bunch of teenagers screaming and running in the same direction. This is (obviously) symbolic of teens running from a school shooter.

Πριν 16 ώρες
Chris Graves
Chris Graves

I have a new respect for this song.

Πριν 18 ώρες
Super User
Super User

Insider do you have anything else to show other than bullshit?

Πριν 19 ώρες
gamer life9884
gamer life9884

This makes America look bad who agrees

Πριν 23 ώρες
A2 Oneblood !
A2 Oneblood !

Talent

Πριν ημέρα
jays jay
jays jay

I HATE how people are White him/her or black him/her. We are ALL people. There may be culture, but to me no race. WE ALL BLEED RED!

Πριν ημέρα
A.E. Kerr
A.E. Kerr

One of the final scenes they stated that all the cars in the warehouse were American....not so...there is one Maroon Toyota Corolla on which he stands on top of, and an older Silver Toyota Corolla that the girl is sitting on the hood...and across from that Silver Toyota is an older Honda Accord or Civic with the blinking hazards lights and just in front of that , there's a Blue hatchback Older Toyota again ...and far off in the background to the left there's also an older Hatchback Subaru...Correct ????

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soul76can
soul76can

Black on black crime. He gives the guns to black kids (males) after each shooting. Most at risk youth (statistically) in gang ridden areas like Chicago are 10-17 year old black males.

Πριν ημέρα
Yazmin Alfaro
Yazmin  Alfaro

In another video they point out his hand pointed as a "gun" and all the "students" ran. 17 seconds of silence followed representing the deaths of the Parkland shooting. I was surprised at how much it makes sense.

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Bing Bong
Bing Bong

Yeah there is distraction from the stripper near the end

Πριν ημέρα
Douglas Butler
Douglas Butler

We are in the last days until the end of the great tribulation repent and turn your lives to Jesus Christ!!!!!

Πριν ημέρα
Mark Val
Mark Val

Black on Black crime...and blacks murdering blacks

Πριν ημέρα
shane A
shane A

You don't like America get the fu@k out and go back 2 Africa

Πριν ημέρα
Gaida Alzaid
Gaida Alzaid

In my opinion, I think that in the first shooting it was actually referring to Micheal Jackson tragedy as well........

Πριν ημέρα
kiminsky
kiminsky

STAY REAL LIKE YOU ARE , YOU CAN..

Πριν 2 ημέρες
SSoullessGinger
SSoullessGinger

Notice once gambino is dancing on the cars, the man that was shot at the start of the video, or at least someone like him is there, playing guitar, with a mask over his head. This could symbolize the way government covers up bad things so as not to startle the people or cause riots. Also, the fact he is still playing despite apparently being shot, something that will change your live for ever (if your dead). This could mark that despite the man has been through tough things, like the shooting, or even things not on camera, he is continuing to play, hinting at alot of public figures (/celebrities) hiding what they are going through to do what they should and continue, despite the pain. (in this case he was "Killed" but it could be depression or any other family or general issue)

Πριν 2 ημέρες
this is why we FIGHT
this is why we FIGHT

Give 10 reason why mr. Mime is thier.. 😂😂😎👍

Πριν 2 ημέρες
Stephen Parrish
Stephen Parrish

"overnight cultural phenomenon" well that lasted...

Πριν 2 ημέρες
Reagan
Reagan

Pants back then would have had a buckle in the back not loops and buttons on the front area. I think he just wore pants and chains because that’s what he wanted to do.

Πριν 2 ημέρες
Treylin Harp
Treylin Harp

so you and your subs are uteits

Πριν 2 ημέρες
Treylin Harp
Treylin Harp

he wit to a Amerisa

Πριν 2 ημέρες
GamingwithJenny YT
GamingwithJenny YT

When he was dancing on the cars he acts like he kills the white hooded man but he is actually on the chair with his gutair

Πριν 2 ημέρες
Ms Fleet owner
Ms Fleet owner

another hidden meaning i saw in the video is at the end when he was seemingly running for his life. in the background, if you notice what appeared to be white and black ppl chasing him. White ppl where directly behind him at the forefront of the chase symbolizing that they are always hot on our trail and will never just freely let us escaspe their suppression and oppression, which keeps a lot of black ppl in DEPRESSION..the black ppl that where on the outside of the chase symbolized to me black ppl trying to escape as well and black ppl that continue to be enslaved puppet masters for white ppl who also try to keep fellow black ppl in that oppressive mentality..this is just my analysis of what i interpreted from that part of the video in addition to all the other things that the young lady pointed out!

Πριν 2 ημέρες
Ms Fleet owner
Ms Fleet owner

another hidden meaning i saw in the video is at the end when he was seemingly running for his life. in the background, if you notice what appeared to be white and black ppl chasing him. White ppl where directly behind him at the forefront of the chase symbolizing that they are always hot on our trail and will never just freely let us escaspe their suppression and oppression, which keeps a lot of black ppl in DEPRESSION..the black ppl that where on the outside of the chase symbolized to me black ppl trying to escape as well and black ppl that continue to be enslaved puppet masters for white ppl who also try to keep fellow black ppl in that oppressive mentality..this is just my analysis of what i interpreted from that part of the video in addition to all the other things that the young lady pointed out!

Πριν 2 ημέρες
Mohamad Aminzadeh
Mohamad Aminzadeh

its music listen to in and enjoy it,life is short you dont have to pay so much atention to details

Πριν 2 ημέρες
AlexanderTheGr8
AlexanderTheGr8

This is Donald Trumps America 😭 jk Issa libturd joke

Πριν 2 ημέρες
Aya Sameh
Aya Sameh

I came here for the pants

Πριν 2 ημέρες
Chipsonic Restoneia
Chipsonic Restoneia

One thing that stuck out to me was the police cars and the police officers chase it people near the cars. This might be a referenced police brutality in America.

Πριν 2 ημέρες
Nissi's World
Nissi's World

I'm a black 10 yr old and I have question on 2:01 how the hell do black people look like that

Πριν 2 ημέρες
its from japab
its from japab

I don’t know to much about Judy garland (other than she was in the wizard of oz and that she’s dead) but damn I can’t/can believe that she did that

Πριν 2 ημέρες
its from japab
its from japab

Damn

Πριν 2 ημέρες
Zachary Gaming
Zachary Gaming

im the 25,925 guy to see an america hater

Πριν 2 ημέρες
HaikkalHedrion
HaikkalHedrion

Yo man..., this is deep

Πριν 2 ημέρες
Stephen Bracco
Stephen Bracco

Two chickens come home to roost at around 1 minute 30 seconds in his video. And "black man get your money" = the materialistic, consumerist message that IS America. Become a tool of the establishment, and maybe we'll stop shooting you. All the empty cars = America's suburban car culture lifestyle, it isolates.

Πριν 3 ημέρες
Minoshka Downer
Minoshka Downer

Love the song love the video love the meaning and love the way u broke it down thanks

Πριν 3 ημέρες
khai mí
khai mí

*THIS IS AMERICA 2*

Πριν 3 ημέρες
Sua Beoni93
Sua Beoni93

I literally hate America, I wanna move

Πριν 3 ημέρες
Almost Done
Almost Done

Sua Beoni93 no ones stoping you

Πριν 2 ημέρες
Ashley YouTube
Ashley YouTube

in the begging when its all empty around Gambino and the guy with the guitar... the emptiness represents how empty America is becoming because of all of the gun violence; and or suicide attempts

Πριν 3 ημέρες
Mami Oreos
Mami Oreos

He probably just wore pants that he liked lmfao

Πριν 3 ημέρες
Skyzon Cloncluxing
Skyzon Cloncluxing

It's meaning is shows how horrible america is with guns

Πριν 3 ημέρες
Cary Coller
Cary Coller

Why can't it just be a cool entertaining song? Stop looking for something in everything. Good grief.

Πριν 3 ημέρες
Lola
Lola

Slave pants. Well I'll be damned!

Πριν 3 ημέρες
Nova Sniperr
Nova Sniperr

You missed that in the 2.14 mark, a man jumps to his death. This could relate to suicides in america.

Πριν 3 ημέρες
nanofienduk
nanofienduk

I just thought it was about how america is self obsessed , a generation that films tragic events rather than stops them and is de sensitized to tragic events , these things can happen all around you but you keep dancing and ignoring the negatives in blissful ignorance of reality as its out of your individual control,turning to weed to distract themselves from the problems of society and reality , in the end everyone is running for their lives in panic in what they call " freedom" you could find thousands of meanings in this video does not mean they are planned , like many videos , it is genius tho , amazing iconography! the onl difference in great Britain is gun laws and alcohol instead of weed but its much the same in all the "developed free world" BTW great when high

Πριν 3 ημέρες
Dominic Tirl
Dominic Tirl

Red America? Republicans don't shoot black people in the inner cities Chicago has strict gun laws and criminals don't care about gun laws

Πριν 3 ημέρες
챙데렐라chaengderella
챙데렐라chaengderella

also a message i found was in the choir scene The paint of the wall behind the choir is white and red, same with door so it looks like camouflage. When gambino (acting as the suspect) opened the door, the paint on the door still blends well with colors of the wall and it looks like no one noticed it. When gambino went in the room no one still noticed (like in the florida school shooting) And gambino's weapon was a rifle i think? and that rifle was the weapon that the suspect of the florida school shooting used. and that scene is a metaphor for the florida school shooting.. a metaphor for the event that no one saw coming (that's why the paint color of the door is like camouflage)

Πριν 3 ημέρες
Sani Dragneel
Sani Dragneel

If you notice there are police cars but no police in them and/or if they are there they’re not doing anything to stop the violence. They don’t like us and we are killing ourselves anyway for them. Why would they want to stop us?

Πριν 4 ημέρες
Sani Dragneel
Sani Dragneel

Another thing I noticed is that he always passes the gun to a child. Also notice it’s children videotaping everything that’s happened. It’s also children copping him dancing. I think this points to children always being there and watching and learning from what we do now. Which is repeating the cycle through them.

Πριν 4 ημέρες
Donlad Trump
Donlad Trump

Celly tool part is what ?

Πριν 4 ημέρες
Magda Kowalska
Magda Kowalska

Co za gówno amerykańskie

Πριν 4 ημέρες
bubbles
bubbles

So shocking!.... Lol

Πριν 4 ημέρες
Hen Hen
Hen Hen

Celly means celebration or at least in hockey it does

Πριν 4 ημέρες
Shadow Shulk
Shadow Shulk

He ran to Canada

Πριν 4 ημέρες
AshleeCupcakes454
AshleeCupcakes454

It has a a lot of hidden messages right but is he not part of the Illuminati? Meaning is also feeding into this. Entertaining the people is huge in this aspect where everyone is not out the matrix thinking for themselves.

Πριν 4 ημέρες
miickey505
miickey505

Poeple who get surprise with this ...than you live in a perfect life ..and still doesn't know shit about the world...

Πριν 4 ημέρες
Jonathan Viton
Jonathan Viton

I don't get all the racism white or black Chinese or American what's the difference we're all human beings at the end of the day

Πριν 4 ημέρες
Jonathan Viton
Jonathan Viton

Zoe - it's like Humanity instead of trying to become better we become worse every day

Πριν 3 ημέρες
Zoe -
Zoe -

Jonathan Viton ikr?

Πριν 3 ημέρες
Pete Chlopek
Pete Chlopek

American cars looked like a Toyota to me.

Πριν 4 ημέρες
Winston Smith
Winston Smith

They're putting the guns in red clothe so they don't get their prints on them then take them away to wipe them

Πριν 4 ημέρες
PanicWeasel
PanicWeasel

I never new this song had an important meaning to it

Πριν 4 ημέρες
kausmo tumynski
kausmo tumynski

Actually most of the cars are Japanese made hooptie's, could be a play on bling used in most hip-hop vids..

Πριν 4 ημέρες
Jayelle Glover
Jayelle Glover

Uhhh I didn’t notice sza

Πριν 4 ημέρες
Airsoft JOKER
Airsoft JOKER

The last part where he is running away from white people

Πριν 4 ημέρες
Bum Bum
Bum Bum

They do the hype emote

Πριν 5 ημέρες
Ibrahim Mudassar
Ibrahim Mudassar

We did this in school and researched it.

Πριν 5 ημέρες
DinoRex Makes
DinoRex Makes

Tbh, the thing tht suprised me in the video is the horse.

Πριν 5 ημέρες
Christian's Personal Account
Christian's Personal Account

Yes, of course, the term celli stands for the incarceration of black Americans, and they are only used to incarcerate them and no other races. Do you know what is wrong with this statement? The fact its bullshit paints a false narrative and spreads a lie.

Πριν 5 ημέρες
Brad_Schit
Brad_Schit

I would say the Celly and Tools could also mean that violence sells

Πριν 5 ημέρες
federico Tnn
federico Tnn

This video is pure propaganda and so is the music. Just useless propaganda.

Πριν 5 ημέρες
King C
King C

Donald used to do standup comedy

Πριν 5 ημέρες
Layah Myers
Layah Myers

Did he really shot that man and them the people at the church

Πριν 5 ημέρες
Eduardo Pooter Reis
Eduardo Pooter Reis

Knight from Apocalipse? Plain WRONG.

Πριν 5 ημέρες
O Sparks
O Sparks

The drunken stupor walk, the stumbling.... represents the pharma control over our bodies.... in addition to the GMOs that are also mutating (stumbling) our bodies and our DNA. The body contortions.... represents how America is so twisted in all facets of our lives.... The imprisonment of our communities.... also imprisons the jailers.... except they get paid, while the prisoners lives are ruined Just like the gun are protected over people's lives, the red fabric represents the blood that is spilled to protect the American dream.... lived as luxurious only by the privileged few. We live a mini apocoplypse every day as the 'horse of oppression' rides thru our lives, our neighbourhoods, our lack of opportunity, our inability to feel safe. The horse reminds me of the slave patrols, as it rides throu the warehouse that looks like a jail: We move from slave patrols to the modern day jail houses which have replaced the plantations. These are some of the things I see in addition to what is said

Πριν 5 ημέρες
Antrosa The Ant
Antrosa The Ant

im pretty sure he makes refrence to current rapstyle with the lyrics at 2:37 (original video) "Hunnid bands" x3, (possibly a refrence to Whiz song named the same) and then "Contraband" x3 (a refrence to how rapers like to brag abour doing illegal stuff probably) the melody is clearly a refrence to the song "Guchi gang" wich is probably one of the most infamous rap songs. At 2:20 and 2:32 (original video) there are refrences to the dances in the popular videogame Fortnite. After the shooting at 1:98 you can notice that a bunch of people come rushing in with hammers, this might be a refrence to how every situation get broken down, but that is a bit of a far streatch, 2:20 a refrence to "the whip" a dance move seen in the song "watch me whip"

Πριν 5 ημέρες
Karisha Benny
Karisha Benny

"Room full of American cars" as he hops on a Toyota. Lol wut

Πριν 5 ημέρες
Clorox Bleach
Clorox Bleach

This is Clorox bleach. Drink me.

Πριν 5 ημέρες
Lyle DeColyse
Lyle DeColyse

Lame and overthought

Πριν 5 ημέρες
Antrosa The Ant
Antrosa The Ant

except for that it is the actual intention of the video, they are going for the basic stuff here

Πριν 5 ημέρες
Dos Moe
Dos Moe

Shooting the choir meant how in the past when white people shot and bombed and killed black churches

Πριν 5 ημέρες
LEGEND 25
LEGEND 25

And I thought here gambino is on a meth daily

Πριν 5 ημέρες
Kaiser Schnitsel Sr.
Kaiser Schnitsel Sr.

niggar trash

Πριν 6 ημέρες
austenluvr
austenluvr

nice interpretation... thank you for you opinion. very enlightening. I love this song and video...

Πριν 6 ημέρες
Reaper Yoshimitsu
Reaper Yoshimitsu

Maybe they're isnt any actual hidden messages and to think that there is, is the true hidden message. People in our society constantly digging for hidden messages or things to blame which ends up turning into racism, discrimination, segregation, and non-progression of society as a whole. We are so focused on what's wrong that we forget that we are trying to fix it and instead make the wrong more prevalent.

Πριν 6 ημέρες
Antrosa The Ant
Antrosa The Ant

that... is pretty stupid since nothing makes sense if you take it at face value

Πριν 5 ημέρες
External117
External117

The text tattoo under Gambino's armpit when he outs his arms up

Πριν 6 ημέρες
lotheeus
lotheeus

I'm not claiming that I'm a psychic - not like I believe them anyway - but I'll give him maybe a couple of years before he will be " found " in his place dead because of some " Drugs overdose "

Πριν 6 ημέρες
James Bond
James Bond

Ok “Cellie” refers to a CELLMATE. Not a CELLBLOCK.

Πριν 6 ημέρες
Ros Laighleis
Ros Laighleis

I'm embarrassed I even watched this. God save the youth.

Πριν 6 ημέρες

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