Something very unusual happened on Donald Glover’s Instagram account this week. The kind of unusual that made people say, “Hey, you okay, dude?” In a series of photos, Donald bared his soul and vented his fears and frustrations on a hotel notepad. He talked about everything from why he left Community (wanting to be on his own) to worrying he’ll get his girlfriend pregnant. When I first read through the notes, I wasn’t sure whether these were song lyrics — he is a rapper, after all — or a genuine cry for help or just some weird stunt for attention. But now Donald is explaining himself to People magazine, and he’s basically wondering why we’re all so worried about him. Apparently he was just expressing his feelings.
“That night, we had a show, and then afterwards, I had this moment of feeling like, ‘What’s the point? Why am I even here?’ ” Glover told PEOPLE exclusively Wednesday. “I just wanted to write down my feelings. I definitely was just expressing myself.”
He also sent a few tweets yesterday explaining that we shouldn’t be worried that he’s “troubled” or “depressed.”
if im clinically depressed like they say, then most of us are
— Childish Gambino (@DonaldGlover) October 17, 2013
I’m relieved to see Donald more rationally explaining his feelings now. But I still don’t know how I’m supposed to feel about this. I’m all for honesty and talking out your feelings, but is putting it out there on social media really the way to go? Then it goes from an honest expression of emotion and starts to look like a cry for attention. Just yesterday we posted about Lady Gaga getting a concerned message from Instagram after posting song lyrics that looked like a suicide note.
I admire celebrities who want to have a relationship with their fans and communicate with them like real human beings and not as some kind of deity deigning to talk to the little people. But I also think there are some things celebrities don’t necessarily need to share with millions of strangers. It’s gotten to the point where being in the public eye makes people more likely to post with no filter. Why else would there be so many Twitter feuds and deleted posts and half-naked selfies? By all means, if Donald needs to vent, he should go ahead and vent. But maybe that venting should be exclusive to people who actually know him, or put into a context that doesn’t make it look like he’s having a breakdown. Because how are we not supposed to worry when we read things like this?
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