Grammys Commercial Featuring Childish Gambino Uses Another Black Man’s Music Video
The commercial features a clip from 27-year-old Lester Nare in Los Angeles instead.
January 29, 2018 at 6:50 pm
A Grammys commercial supposedly featuring Donald Glover, who’s retiring his stage name—Childish Gambino, included another black man's music video.
According to a Mic report, the spot includes 27-year-old Lester Nare, a member of the Los Angeles creative collective Outfitted, who created a music video for Glover's "Redbone" and uploaded it to YouTube. The video, inspired by Get Out, was removed due to a copyright claim but can still be viewed on Vimeo.
An Outfitted collaborator sent Nare a video clip of the commercial that aired during an episode of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. It features "Childish Gambino" during a clip from Nare's video.
“It’s comic that this type of mistake happened, likely because of a lack of diversity…” Nare told Mic. “This is the Grammys. This is likely a nationwide campaign. I mean, Donald Glover is pretty big at this point if he’s performing at the Grammys. He’s a household name, so I’m assuming that someone would’ve seen that... I guess not. That’s fine. I just think it’s interesting. I don’t really know what to do with it.”
Glover's "Redbone" received three Grammy nominations from his album Awaken, My Love!, which also received two nominations. The Atlanta creator took home the Grammy for Best Traditional R&B Performance on Sunday.
The Grammys did not immediately respond to Blavity's request for comment.