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Donald Glover rubbishes ‘whack’ claims his show Atlanta isn’t for Black audience: ‘I’m nothing without my people’

Donald Glover has responded to the criticism surrounding his comedy series Atlanta, after fans claimed it was ‘only for white people.’

The Feels Like Summer rapper, known as Childish Gambino, writes, directs, and stars as Earn Marks, a Princeton dropout who manages his rapper cousin as they navigate the Atlanta rap scene in the Disney Plus series.

The multi-award-winning show focuses on themes surrounding racism and African American culture in a modern society.

Speaking at a Television Critics Association panel on Tuesday August 2, Glover addressed the wild claims and expressed that criticism from Black people ‘bothers me.’

‘I feel this is such a Black show,’ he said.

‘To say it’s only for white people, it’s like we’re cutting ourselves down which is kind of whack to me.’

Glover won an Emmy for his portrayal of Earn Marks in season one (Picture: FX)
The series will be ending after season four (Picture: FX)

He added: ‘I’m wondering why you think that and why you think I feel that way when I’m nothing without my people.’

FX CEO John Landgraf confirmed in February this year that the Emmy winning series would be coming to an end after its fourth season.

‘The new season is everything you’ve come to expect from Atlanta,’ Landgraf told press.

However Glover revealed he wanted the groundbreaking show to end after season two.

‘Death is natural…when the conditions are right for something, they happen, and when the conditions aren’t right they don’t happen,’ he said.

‘Things start to get weird…you can’t do too much. The story was always supposed to be what it was and the story, it really was us.’

The second series, which aired in 2016, won an impressive 14 Emmy nominations, the most of any comedy, and went on to take home three accolades.

Glover previously won outstanding lead actor in a comedy series for the debut season.

Atlanta season 4 premieres on September 15 on FX and seasons 1 – 3 are available to stream on Disney Plus.

 


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