Donald Glover Says ‘I’m Nothing Without My People’ While Addressing Criticism that ‘Atlanta’ Isn’t For Black People

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Donald Glover Says ‘I’m Nothing Without My People’ While Addressing Criticism that ‘Atlanta’ Isn’t For Black People

It looks like Donald Glover isn’t too pleased with some of the criticism he has received for his hit show, ‘Atlanta.’
While Donald Glover has won praise and awards for his genre-defying FX show Atlanta, he’s still being met with criticism from some fans in the black community who feel as though his show is “only for white people.”
During the Television Critics Association panel, which was held on Tuesday (Aug. 2), the 38-year-old actor/rapper addressed the controversial criticism and how much it bothers him. He explained,
“I do a lot of this sh*t for the people. So if you’re sitting there being like, ‘Oh, this is misogynoir,’ I’m wondering why you think that and why you think I feel that way when I’m nothing without my people.”
Glover continued,

“It’s just kind of whack to me. Some of that to me is just Internet people trying to get hot, which is also something we learned in the system we’re in.”

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He added,

“I feel like a lot of the Black criticism bothers me only because it sounds like [it’s from] Black people who don’t really know what we’ve been through. I don’t think they give a lot of credit to what we’ve gone through.”

While Donald Glover hears the gripes about ‘Atlanta’ not appealing to the black community, he believes

“the conversation isn’t as elevated as it should be.”

He explained,

“There are better ways to talk about it rather than like with sh*t I’ve heard in fourth grade about who we are because I feel this is such a Black show. To say it’s only for white people, it’s like we’re cutting ourselves down which is kind of whack to me.. “

Atlanta is an American comedy-drama television series created by Donald Glover that premiered on September 6, 2016, on FX. The series centers on college dropout and music manager Earnest “Earn” Marks (Glover) and rapper Paper Boi (Brian Tyree Henry) as they navigate a strange, seemingly otherworldly version of the Atlanta rap scene, examining racism, whiteness, existentialism, and modern African-American culture through Afro-Surrealism. It also stars Lakeith Stanfield and Zazie Beetz.

Atlanta FX Cast

On Tuesday (Aug. 2) FX dropped the trailer for the 4th and final season of the hit series. According to reports, Atlanta will premiere with two episodes on Sept. 15 at 10 p.m. before streaming on Hulu the next day.

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Authored by: Monique Nicole