Childish Gambino's 'Feels Like Summer' Video Draws Mixed Reaction Over Michelle Obama Comforting Kanye West
The animated video depicts Gambino walking down the street of a suburban neighborhood and encountering a host of hip-hop stars engaging in various unusual activities, ranging from Drake chasing down Future on a bicycle to Nicki Minaj and Travis Scott playing with children's blocks.
The video's most controversial scene arrives during a dream sequence when a crying Kanye West, seen wearing a Make America Great Again hat, is being comforted by Michelle Obama.
Some of the more angry viewers saw the moment as an insult to black women, while others believed Obama represents Kanye's late mother.
"@donaldglover Just so you know, it is not the job of Black women to heal or fix Black men. Black women do not exist to be other people's mules," @LegalSojourner, who describes herself as lawyer and black feminist, tweeted."
Twitter user @13Xum, a self-described songwriter, took a different view. "Michelle Obama comforting Kanye West in ‘Feels like Summer’ video was suppose to depict her being a mother like figure for Kanye being that Kanye seems lost in life and doesn’t have a mother," he wrote.
See more social media reactions to Childish Gambino's "Feels Like Summer" and watch the video below.
When I saw the image of Kanye West crying in the Make America Great Again cap and Michelle Obama coming up to console him in on Childish Gambino's Feels Like Summer video, I legit got a lump in my throat... pic.twitter.com/ABl2a15wPl— Khulekani Magubane (@KhulekaniMag) September 3, 2018
Michelle Obama comforting Kanye West in ‘Feels like Summer’ video was suppose to depict her being a mother like figure for Kanye being that Kanye seems lost in life and doesn’t have a mother.— Xum’13 (@13Xum) September 3, 2018
Michelle Obama is representing as a Mother for Kanye West in feels like summer music video, because he lost his, and they were close he even blamed himself for it, you don’t recover from losing loved ones, you just learn to deal with it better— Maarce (@Maarce7997) September 3, 2018
Michelle Obama gave Kanye West a hug in the new childish gambino video and that was the perfect shit to top the summer off..that whole video fye— kushino lo (@DLoSteez) September 2, 2018
Waiting yall to stop this nonsense that its black women job to fix black men https://t.co/nAqVnEjObH— milena maravilha (@Brasileirizada) September 2, 2018
This messaging is both confusing and infuriating. Black women have our own issues yet we're supposed to fix everyone else's. Who is there to save us? https://t.co/qubwvQmPzg— Danielle (what's kanye's wife for) Montague (@Typicalblkchick) September 2, 2018
#ChildishGambino— and the livin's easy (@madamyez) September 3, 2018
"Feels like summer"
There's controversy over #MichelleObama hugging #KanyeWest as he wears a #MAGA hat w/ tears flowing down his face
My take on it ?
Youre welcomed back into the fold after u realize your mistake for being a #Trump fanhttps://t.co/enV4WZ5Zrt
The Michelle Obama/Kanye West hug from the #FeelsLikeSummer video is nearly identical to her hug with George W Bush. @donaldglover is saying that Kanye, who once said "George Bush doesn't care about black people", has become the same person he once despised. pic.twitter.com/Ipp49GbmYf— Noah Weisberg (@Noah_Weisberg) September 3, 2018