Donald Glover has an interesting objective for his upcoming FX series, Atlanta.
In an interview with Vulture, the 32-year-old actor and comedian shared that he “wanted to show white people, you don’t know everything about black culture.” Ha.
Glover went on to explain how white people may think that they know about black culture from social media but that’s not always the case. “I know it’s very easy to feel that way. Like, I get it, you can hear about the ‘Nae Nae’ the day it comes out… You follow Hood Vines, and you have your one black friend and you think they teach you everything, I get it that Deshaun said that black people love … n—-, I hate Deshaun.”
It seemed that Glover, who goes by the rap name Childish Gambino, also had to school the FX executives about the show. In the show, Glover’s cousin Paper Boi plays a drug dealer and the executive wanted to place in him a “trap house.” But Glover was quick to tell him the realities of the drug game.
“We were like, ‘No, he’s a drug dealer, he makes enough money to live in a regular apartment,'” explained Glover. “There were some things so subtle and black that people had no idea what we were talking about.”
But above all, he’s working to get the unheard voices of “The A” into the show — even if their accent is hard to understand, as it was with one character.
“After three takes, Hiro [Murai, director] took me aside and was like, ‘I don’t know what he’s saying.’ To Hiro, this n—- is speaking patois,” said Glover. “That character is an artifact. Culturally, we’re becoming very homogenized. That dude isn’t going to be around in seven years. You aren’t going to be able to find him. White people are moving into Bankhead…It’s important that dude gets represented in this show.”
Atlanta is set to premiere on Sept. 6. Check out the trailer below.