He may have two personas as Donald Glover and Childish Gambino… but not everyone liked the idea of them interviewing each other.
The actor/rapper/singer/writer/comedian/director/producer and ostensible reporter sat down for an interview, with himself, because, well, all the other journalists seem to suck at their jobs.
“Yeah, so first question, why would you want to do this?” he wondered, in the Interview Magazine piece.
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“I guess I don’t like interviews and I asked myself, ‘Why don’t you like interviews?’ And I think part of that is that the questions are mostly the same,” he replied. “This way I can get questions that I don’t normally get.”
“Don’t you think this is made up?” he wondered (a question, as it turned out, many would ask). “I don’t think it’s more contrived than any other interview,” he replied.
It wasn’t just the format of the interview that lit up Twitter, but some of the bizarre questions he asked/was asked, including “Are you afraid of black women?” — which was especially weird because he seemed to get around it. He also seemed to be annoyed by all the black questions.
Glover certainly wasn’t humble when speaking to himself, either, describing his 2013 album “Because The Internet” (“which I think has turned out to be a classic”) as the rap equivalent of Radiohead’s “OK Computer.”
“It’s prescient in tone and subject matter and it’s extremely influential,” he told himself. “And I know no one will give it to me until I’m dead. But it’s true.’
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However, that was none of the praise he radiated on his own TV show “Atlanta”.
After landing in a conversation comparing TV shows to food dishes (“Euphoria” and “Dave” get restaurant reviews), he described his own show like this:
“People need to know this is high-end shit. I say Atlanta is osso buco served with risotto, prepared by a chef who studied in New York City, has been on the road for five years, has been on a Michelin star worked for three years, and used the money to buy a small farm, he invites you to try some recipes that he has been working on with his friends using the products they have grown together. If you don’t like it, you can’t say it’s not high quality. There’s no denying the quality.”
“I’m not saying this to be pompous.” he added. “I say that because we deserve it.”
And when the interviewer asked, “Who’s the last person you had an in-depth conversation with?”…you can probably guess the answer.
What Twitter made of the self-interview some didn’t like:
Others found it quite refreshing:
And some found it downright hilarious:
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