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NY Post Says Donald Glover Is Just A “Black Actor”


A compelling argument can be made for Donald Glover as the hardest working man in entertainment today. He’s a co-star on 71 episodes of NBC’s cult favorite comedy Community, a touring stand-up comic, a television writer and an accomplished MC/producer as Childish Gambino. And, according to the New York Post last Friday, Glover can now add “black actor” to his impressive résumé as he shoots scenes for season two of HBO’s hipster hit Girls.

Only in the Post’s newsroom can Glover have a less influential name than relative newcomer Lena Dunham, the Girls creator and star. By writing “Dunham films with black actor” as a “quick fix” to the Brooklyn-based show’s lack of ethnic diversity, the Post offers its customary condescending view that is remarkably out of touch with the entertainment landscape.

If Twitter followers are a viable unit of measure to quantify fame, then the 633,000+ people paying attention to Donald Glover are well aware that he’s more than just a “black actor.” Compare Glover’s numbers against Dunham’s 116,000 followers and the Post’s decision to leave Glover nameless becomes even more irresponsible.

Then again, this is the same tabloid that published Phil Mushnick’s racially charged tirade against the Brooklyn Nets last month because Jay-Z selected black uniforms, and also suggested that a murdered chimpanzee was President Barack Obama in a 2009 political cartoon.

Glover will join a world centered on Dunham and her three friends as they try to survive in New York City while balancing their jobs, sexual identities, and relationships. The goal now is to hope that the “black actor” is more than the “black friend,” or worse–something like Blair Underwood as Miranda’s secret lover in S-x and the City.



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  • Tee

    Clearly the writer of this article has not been following the coverage detailing Girls lack of diversity because this article is horribly flawed. First, Kate Storey, the author of the NY Post article never degraded Glover as a force in the entertainment industry. She never said anything to take away from his talent and rise to success. What she did was bring to light that after heavy scrutiny Girls creator Lena Dunham and HBO were quick to throw (and I do mean throw) in a Black actor on the first episode. They probably even took the photo themselves and shopped it around as to say “See, we do support diversity. Look, a Black person interacting with the main cast”. That is not a shot at Glover but an observation of the tactic that the shows creators are using. The show was criticized for its lack of color so BOOM! a Black person is inserted. It would not matter if it was Glover or a no-name. The inclusion of a Black person is to help the creators feel better about their white washed 20112 New York City.

    • I’m not sure you followed the theme here, TEE. This piece isn’t about the effort to remedy the lack of diversity. That’s what Kate Storey wrote about in her piece with the Post. What we’re discussing here is the Post’s editing standards, and the tabloid editors’ decision to present the inclusion of the very popular Donald Glover to the “white washed” cast as an irrelevant detail.

      It’s actually a microcosm of the underlying issue that inspired Storey’s piece: Black people hardly exist within the white-centric viewpoint. And everything you said about the creators’ efforts to include a “black actor” sounds condescending and patronizing on their behalf. It’s the equivalent to the, “Look! I have a black friend!” remarks often made by insecure white folks.