Donald Glover Posts ‘Deadpool’ Script Skewering Trump, TV Industry Racism & More
The award-winning Donald Glover wasn’t “too busy” to post this meta-referential script for a Deadpool script he was writing for FX productions.
Don’t play around with Donald Glover, Hollywood. The talented and award-winning triple threat wanted to make sure everyone knew the root of the “creative differences” that were between FX and the Glover Brothers, who were showrunning the animated Deadpool series.
So, he posted a meta-referential script for Deadpool that he had been writing for FX.
It is chock full of recent and laugh-worthy moments, which you can read on the other page. Beginning innocuously, Deadpool dives face first into the irreverence after addressing the prospective series’ cancellation, who bit Beyoncé, and sent a not-so-subtle shot at our current president.
“You know, I’m not mad about this whole ‘cancelled’ thing,” Deadpool says in the script. “I mean, is it even a good time to have a violent, gun loving white man ranting on TV? Other than the PRESIDENT?” As he continues to speculate why the show was canned, he suggests that it was because it wouldn’t sell toys, before wondering aloud: “Do you think they canceled the show… ‘cause of racism?! … Yeah, but all the writers were black. And the references were pretty black too. …Maybe we were alienating our white audience? No. We did a whole goat yoga episode. Damn.”
FX recently cited “creative differences,” as the reason why Deadpool ceased to move forward. Even some in the media industry speculated that Donald’s busy schedule prevented him from devoting enough time to write the show. Well, here’s what Donald had to say to all of that:
for the record: i wasnt too busy to work on deadpool.
— donald (@donaldglover) March 28, 2018
The reference-heavy 15-page script also alludes to Black Panther, the video game Fortnite, Bitcoin fluctuations, Facebook’s data hoarding, Taylor Swift, the merits of YBN Nahmir and Rich the Kid, and so much more. At one point, Deadpool shoots an assailant in the head and says, “Take notes, teachers of America. One day, you’ll have to make a high-pressure shot like that”—apparently referring to Trump’s call to arm teachers.
It is unclear if Marvel plans on shopping the animated series elsewhere, but judging by what the Glovers had in store, they better put this on Netflix and secure the bag.
See all of the tweets from the script on the following page.