Ya'll remember that mayo music video known as "This Is America: Women's Edit," right? The apparent comedian behind the video, Nicole Arbour, promptly received heavy criticism for co-opting Childish Gambino's song and video, transforming it into something barely recognizable and frankly, awful.
Well on Monday, she posted an official statement about the reactions she was getting in attempt to "clarify" any "misinterpretations."
A message about the misinterpretation of my #ThisIsAmerica Women’s Edit... pic.twitter.com/tRH0McxzD1— Nicole Arbour (@NicoleArbour) May 15, 2018
"I firmly believe the best thing that can happen in America and North America right now is for everyone to create their own version of this video and show what life is like from their side," Arbour wrote in an email to The Insider. "Through this honesty, I believe we can discover a new level of empathy and understanding for each other that will ultimately and finally lead us to healing and unity that is desperately needed in society. What can we agree on? What do we have in common? Where are we hurting? Start there, then rebuild."
Girl, ok, again.
Several Twitter users schooled Arbour on her gross misinterpretation of the true issues discussed in Gambino's work, including her fellow white women.
When do you plan on releasing your Women’s edit of Roots, 12 Years a Slave, Black Panther and Colin Kaepernick?— Rohit Thawani (@vohit4rohit) May 15, 2018
My thoughts on @NicoleArbour version of "This is America" from @donaldglover
i understand the perspective it's taking. The same perspective and motive of the original but instead of tackling black issues, it tackles women's issues in America. But the delivery isn't effective— Guy Guy 🔮 (@GuyGuy85038697) May 15, 2018
Piggybacking off of something created to express the truth of the black experience in this country, is like “All Lives Matter”-ing our art. You could have made your own point in an important issue WITHOUT hijacking a different conversation from a POC— India Fields (@IndiaNDA) May 15, 2018
The imagery of the original is so specific - targeting everything from racist minstrel shows to police violence. It's GREAT to want to focus on women's issues, but taking this masterful piece of art and reducing it to a mismash of topics and a whole lot of white girl rapping?— Megan Haynes (@megacts) May 15, 2018
The best thing that can happen is NOT for everyone to create their own version of #ThisIsAmerica. You don’t get to co-opt @donaldglover’s art just because it’s popular right now. Come up with your own idea if you’re feeling this strongly about speaking out.— Bethany Watson (@RadioBethany) May 15, 2018
I agree with so many of the issues you’re wanting to address. But do you see how problematic it is for a white woman to use a black man’s work to put the attention on her? Use your talent. Create something new.— Bethany Watson (@RadioBethany) May 15, 2018
Yep. This is America alright. Black person creates then it’s appropriated.— TheAndiOshow (@andiosho) May 14, 2018