Donald Glover & Stephen Glover Push Back Against Criticism That ‘Atlanta’ is For “White People”

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During the TCA Press Tour for the final season of Atlanta, Donald Glover and Stephen Glover spoke about criticism from Black viewers.

Donald Glover and Stephen Glover are speaking out against Atlanta viewers who think the show is “only for white people.” During the show’s TCA Press Tour for the final season on Tuesday (August 2), the Glover brothers discussed receiving criticism from Black viewers, some who don’t think Atlanta is for the culture.

“To be real, if you’re online, everybody’s gonna have an agenda on some level,” Donald said, according to Deadline. “It would be silly to say that sometimes what people say doesn’t affect you because — especially being Black — I feel like a lot of the Black criticism bothers me only because it sounds like [it’s from] Black people who don’t really know what we’ve been through. So to be like, ‘Oh, these Black people hate Black people or these Black people hate Black women.’— I’m like, It’s such, my it’s such a small view of who we are. I feel like it might even be because of what we’ve been through that you look at us the way you look at us.”

The series creator went on to add that Black critics who say the show is against the Black community are “cutting ourselves down.”

“To say it’s only for white people, it’s like we’re cutting ourselves down which is kind of wack to me,” Donald added. “I’ve seen on Tiktok where people say Atlanta‘s transphobic. Man, I’m neighbors with a trans man and he told me Atlanta is his favorite show. I love how you guys talked about the trans thing because a lot of this shit is just takes for the internet, you know?”

Stephen, who spoke out against season three criticism in a recent GQ interview, agreed with Donald’s take.

“For me, one thing that I don’t like is when people say the show isn’t for Black people because I think it very much is for Black people,” Stephen explained. “That kind of thing rubs me the wrong way. But I will also say being in Atlanta and walking around, or even like in LA, I run into Black people all the time who tell me this is their favorite show and how they appreciate everything we do. They also say we’re making them want to do cooler and weirder stuff.”

The fourth and final season of Atlanta premieres on September 15.

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