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‘Why Bring Us Up’: The Internet Reacts After Donald Glover Addresses His Blackness and Black Women In Self-Indulgent Interview

Donald Glover’s recent interview found the actor asking himself questions in an attempt to reveal never before sought information. However, the experiment has only seemingly garnered confusion and criticism from social media users. 

For his feature for Interview Magazine, the “Atlanta” creator asked himself: Are you afraid of Black women? He cited his curiosity based on the notion that “I feel like your relationship to them has played a big part in your narrative” when asked “Why are you asking me that?” Never really answering the question, Glover said, “I feel like you’re using Black women to question my Blackness.” 

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 27: Donald Glover attends the 2022 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on March 27, 2022 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Lionel Hahn/Getty Images)

Pushing the conversation forward, Glover asked himself his thoughts on race, to which he admitted, “I hate talking about race more than five minutes unless it’s with other Black people and/or we’re laughing.”

Other questions included whether he thought “Black” had lost its value. The 38-year-old asked for clarification before stating, “I definitely think it’s diluted in the marketplace. Because everyone can do it and it doesn’t have to be authentic. It happens every 10 to 15 years. I think we’re at the tail end of it now, though.”

It was as if the seasoned comedian knew the frenzy interviewing himself would cause when he tweeted last week, “looking forward to yall being mad @ me next week,” and upset they were, with many taking to their social media platform to express their frustrations. 

One Twitter user wrote, “Read the whole thing and it’s just him deflecting criticism of his previous statements  by saying, ‘oh they just don’t like me or they don’t like themselves so they’re projecting.’”

“Why bring us up if he’s not even going to answer the question? Lmao,” commented another critic.

“For chaos reasons, now I need a Black woman to interview Donald Glover since he said he’s not afraid of us,” a third person dared. 

Respected Nigerian-American journalist Ivie Ani wrote, “I try to think of editorial from all angles— executive level, impact level, story level, etc— but I quite literally don’t understand the point of this.”

Later in the self-interview, Glover asked if he was “worried about getting canceled,” to which he said that this is “the game” and that “you can get torn apart for anything, true or not.” 


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