Time to get a little serious today, fellow OOUies. If you haven’t known already, Donald Glover is going to leave Community early on in season 5. It was rumored that he was going to leave so he can pursue his rap career, however, that may not be the case according to A.V. Club. Donald has recently instagrammed seven notes he wrote, detailing how he has been feeling this past year, and it looks like he is going through some serious depression. Everything from seeing a lot of people die, to being afraid of hating who he really is, these notes are a heavy read. Here they are:
Who knew that funny, goofy Donald Glover was going through so much turmoil. Then again, it seems that most comedians do (Louie C.K. being a great example). At first, I was a bit skeptical, thinking that this might be a joke, especially when he said ‘I’m scared people will find out what I masturbate too,’ but when he says things detailing that he is butting heads with his record label, and how he will never outgrow Bro Rape (which was his claim to fame sketch when he was with derrickcomedy), it really made me contemplate that he is going through a serious crisis.
To me, it seems like he wants to evolve as an artist and an actor, instead of being locked into a certain type. He really does seem like he is torn between two personas: the cute and innocent Troy from Community, and his vulgar and provocative hip-hop alter ego Childish Gambino. I am in no position to say anything, but the psychologist in me would guess that the polarizing personalities he puts out there, plus trying to live up to others’ expectations and not his own, has really put on a lot of pressure. Maybe the conflict between his ideal self and real self, combined with the conflict of his dueling public personas, is why he seems so energetic on screen. And now, it seems like that energy is becoming hard to manage and contain, thus resulting in this existential crisis. But like I said, I don’t know the guy, so don’t take what I say as truth.
I really feel bad for the guy if this is how he actually feels. Although it is a nice to know that he is in fact human, and that who he is as an entertainer, may not be who he really is. Yeah, I maybe getting a bit sentimental, but this was a good reality check. So I will still be a fan of Donald Glover like I have been for the past seven years, and look forward to what his next career decision will be.
So OOUies, what do you think of this dilemma? What’s your favorite Donald Glover moment? Whatever it is, comment below and let One of Us know!
Via A.V. Club