Donald Glover Says Cancel Culture Is Making TV & Film ‘Boring’

Donald Glover Cancel Culture
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Donald Glover says cancel culture is why movies and TV feel boring – creators are afraid.

Glover broke his Twitter hiatus to share his opinion on how cancel culture affects the creative process. “Saw people on here having a discussion about how tired they were of reviewing boring stuff (tv & film),” the thread of tweets begins. “We’re getting boring stuff and not even experimental mistakes(?) because people are afraid of getting cancelled.”

He says the entertainment industry is growing stale because it’s unable to experiment with content. “So they feel like they can only experiment w/ aesthetic. (Also because some of em know they’re not that good.)” the singer and actor tweeted.

Donald Glover says shooting for season three of Atlanta is underway, even though it won’t premier until 2022. He says he has no idea when his final album will drop. But the rapper is facing a copyright lawsuit over his hit, “This Is America.”

Emelike Nwosuocha, a rapper who performs as Kidd Wes, says the track copies his own, “Made In America.” The lawsuit claims the lyrical theme, content, and structure of the two songs’ choruses are too similar to be a coincidence. “This is America” was the first rap track to win Song of the Year at the Grammy Awards in 2019.

Kidd Wes employed a musicologist to compare the two tracks, who concluded that the similarities were too striking. Nwosuocha is demanding a trial and seeking damages, including lost profits and opportunities. No exact sum is mentioned in the lawsuit, but he says Donald Glover and his co-writers made “hundreds of millions of dollars” from the hit song.

Also named in that lawsuit against Donald Glover is his record label, RCA, Roc Nation, and Young Thug – who performed backing vocals for the track. But the two tracks may have drawn inspiration from another track released in 2015, a year before “Made In America” debuted.

Either way, Donald Glover has a point about how cancel culture is affecting the creative arts. Art is a creation that can be separate from the creator, in all forms of expression. Whether it’s film, books, music, games, or any other medium – creations deserve to stand on their own.

You will never find a creative type that you 100% agree with – regardless of their ethical or moral values. That’s the rub when it comes to enjoying art in any form; you can separate the art itself from its creator and enjoy it for its value alone.

8 Responses

    • Mike

      Plainly referencing canceling a TV show is not cancel culture. This is misleading. The end.

    • Joey

      There’s no such thing as cancel culture. It’s a term used by douchebags who don’t have a life. When a movie comes out and it sucks, people tell others about it and it gets back reviews, thus making other people not want to see it. That has always been around It’s call opinions and word of mouth advertising (good or bad).

  1. donald g is correct my friendos

    fact check: correct

    everything made in america entertainment wise is woke, bland, angry, feminist, anti-white garbage. look through the latest few years of netflix original programming for proof.

    • Kev

      You’re a fool and so is Donald. You both canceled your intelligence before you presented your opinion.

  2. Uriah

    Exactly. If the show sucked, as usual, it gets poor ratings and viewership, then gets pulled.

  3. The Truth

    How dense are you?

    “We’re getting boring stuff and not even experimental mistakes(?) because people are afraid of getting cancelled.”

    He’s not talking about ‘cancel culture’ as it’s come to be defined. He’s talking about the balance between creativity and commercial viability. He said nothing about content that people might find offensive – you’re putting those words into his mouth.

    I hope the US starts teaching citizens how to think critically in public school; this is getting ugly.

  4. Rick

    Modern entertainment is lacking. It’s just not very good. Including his stuff. It’s a formula, it works, and is supported because it is shoved down the public’s throat. So much regurgitating of old concepts. Including his stuff. He’s being sued for copying, he should keep it quiet.