This is America: Childish Gambino, blacks living life and whites calling 911

Brunilde Fioravanti
Mag 18, 2018

While we all seen this coming, today the word comes down that Childish Gambino's latest single, "This Is America", has taken over the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100.

Donald Glover released the original track under the Gambino moniker alongside its accompanying ultra-provocative video on May 5, and it has since racked up nearly 136 million views on YouTube.

A few days ago, Nicole Arbour posted her own video online, changing the lyrics of the song to focus on women's issues instead which has caused outrage.

Critics have accused her of cultural appropriation - as a white woman from Canada essentially gentrifying a song and video that is so intrinsically linked to what it's like for black people to live in America.

This is far from the first time that Arbour's videos have landed her at the centre of controversy.

In 2015, she posted a video called Dear Fat People, suggesting that overweight people be shamed until they lose weight.

Arbour has since released a statement saying, "The goal of my rendition was to honour the spirit of a video which absolutely moved me".

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