A couple of weeks ago, Donald Glover aka Troy Barnes from Community, aka rapper Childish Gambino, posted an eerie and abstract 50-second teaser to his Twitter page, accompanied by the words “director’s cut next week”.
The news followed half a year of Glover retreating from the limelight; he’d stopped updating his website, cleaned out his Instagram, and cut down on tweets. Meanwhile, it was announced that Troy Barnes would only appear in five episodes of Community’s fifth season; the actor was taking a step back to focus on his rap career.
And then three hours ago, this:
Go to his website and you’ll find the full version of the film, which he wrote, directed and starred in: clapping for all the wrong reasons. At just under 25 minutes, it features Flying Lotus, Chance The Rapper, pornstar Abella Anderson, Trinidad James and Danielle Fishel — Topanga from Boy Meets World! It’s on a loop and streaming live, meaning you come into the thing halfway through the action, but you can watch it start to finish on YouTube, too.
I’ve only watched a bit of it so far. It is very prettily shot, and kind of hypnotic; the scenes cut between him and his friends recording in the studio, idly chatting about vaginas, and hanging around a huge and beautiful mansion and pool.
But watch out! All of a sudden Glover is in front of a bathroom mirror, pulling a long piece of bloodied string out of his nose. This is not nearly as fun as watching him be handsome and rich. Actually, it made me feel really sick.