NME Festival blog: “I’m really sensitive” – Donald Glover avoided internet following release of Childish Gambino’s ‘This Is America’


Childish Gambino – aka Donald Glover – has said that he’s avoided the internet since the video for his new track ‘This Is America’ went viral.

The track is the musician’s first new material since ‘Awaken My Love!’, which was released in 2016. Its political video is directed by Hiro Murai and shows Glover causing scenes of chaos before dancing around them. The clip has since clocked-up a huge 75 million views on Youtube.

Following its release, it’s been the subject of numerous reviews and opinion pieces, citing the track and video’s controversial subject. Now, Glover has said that he made a point of not reading the strong reactions.

“Some friends have sent a couple [of the pieces], but, for real, I haven’t been on the Internet since (it dropped),” he told Jimmy Kimmel. “It’s bad for me. I’m really sensitive. I see one negative thing, and I track that person down. I go to their Instagram and be like, ‘You’re not so great. That baby’s not even that cute!”‘

During his appearance on the US chat show, Glover also revealed the first thing he did after landing a role in Solo: A Star Wars Story.

Glover had surprised fans by releasing the visuals to ‘This Is America’ during his appearance on Saturday Night Live. He simply tweeted the title along with a link to the track.

Meanwhile, it’s been reported that Childish Gambino’s new release could be the star’s final record. He’s also said to be working on new music with Chance The Rapper.



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