Last week, Donald Glover aka Childish Gambino captivated the internet with the release of “This Is America” and its accompanying music video directed by Atlanta collaborator Hiro Murai.

The four-minute clip sees Gambino and a group of dancers parading around a warehouse as chaos ensues all around. Viewers and writers have debated the deeper meanings of the video’s imagery, specifically its critique of the U.S.’s current political climate in relation to black American culture, racism, and gun violence (more on that here).

Despite such weighty and sensitive topics, YouTube channel LOTI has offered a new spin on the song through a parody mashup with Carly Rae Jepsen’s pop-smash “Call Me Maybe.” As seen in the videos above and below, Gambino’s track has been replaced with the 2012 viral pop hit, syncing perfectly with the rapper’s expressions and dance moves.

Naturally, the clip has already made the rounds on Twitter, with users’ opinions divided.  Some saw the humor in the parody, creating versions of their own featuring Britney Spears’ “Toxic” and Earth, Wind & Fire’s “September.”

Others were less impressed, calling the mashups “disgusting” and “shameful”, suggesting the parodies are in “poor taste” given recent discussions on the video’s wider cultural relevance.

What are your thoughts on the parody — funny or in bad taste? Drop a comment below to let us know.

In related news, this video breaks down the lyrics to Childish Gambino’s “This Is America.”

Words by Candice Nembhard
Staff Writer

A Berlin-based gal from Brum.