‘Atlanta’ shows the absurdity of white people ‘waking up’ clearly

Next Sister action and Disney Channel original movies cadet KellyFX’s Atlanta probably my favorite out-of-water fishing comedy. Since I love the experimental and sometimes dramatic aspects of the show, I enjoyed most watching Earn, Al, Darius, and Van awkwardly navigate bougie house parties, taping sessions , whatever lousy venue Paper Boi was set to perform, and now Europe, like all are Alices in Wonderland. Even in their home town with people who look like them, the group is constantly surrounded by weirdos and people with completely different social and moral codes that they can never adjust. adjustable. This recurring theme helps strengthen the kinship between them, which has never seemed so voluntary as they all need each other to survive.

Likewise, “The Old Man and The Tree,” again directed by Hiro Murai and written by Taofik Kolade, finds the gang in a posh, influential loft owned by a billionaire named is Fernando (Daniel Fathers), who has a fondness for plants and makes love with ghosts. In the opening scene, Earn, Al, Van, and Darius are walking down the street discussing the mysterious investor they are about to meet. Earn explains that he’s friends with another investor with whom he apparently has some sort of connection with Will (Patrick Kennedy) and simply wants to “hang out” with Paper Boi. As the camera tracks the four of them joking around, they are uncanny like the cast of Seinfeld (with Darius apparently the Kramer of the group). Earn and Al both carry a bit of George Costanza with them, but Earn feels a little closer to Jerry. Van is a less interesting Elaine, at least in this episode. More on that later!

When they arrive at the seemingly small, shabby house covered in newspapers, Will takes them upstairs to a large, luxurious apartment — or, more accurately, the pad — that feels like a completely secluded location. It also has its own Nando. Al wanders around and eventually comes across Fernando, who seems sketchy like your average billionaire but establishes a good rapport with Al. He told him that he allowed artists and influencers to enter his home and showed him a huge old tree he had planted before taking Al up another floor to smoke. grass and gambling.

Meanwhile, Darius has a tense encounter in the kitchen with an Asian woman named MK (Jessica Leung), who immediately assumes he’s hitting her when he asks her for a bottle. and rejected him. “I got beaten up a lot by black people,” MK explained nonchalantly. “I lived in Los Angeles for a minute. Black guys really like Asian women.” Darius then replied that he thought it was a “good cultural exchange” because both groups enjoy hip hop and anime. As someone who listened to Childish Gambino’s early mixtape and Glover recordings of having sex with Asian women ad nauseam, my ears immediately exploded upon hearing this dialogue. While he’s not the episode’s screenwriter, I’m not sure if this particular phenomenon is something he wants to draw attention to on his show, other than that quote about being called is that the N word in bed has gone viral recently, but I digress!

Darius seems relatively confused by MK’s comment. But a white guy named Socks (Hugh Coles) overhears their conversation and informs him that it has been “damned” and that he “caught him.” For a millisecond, I actually thought this could be a love affair for Darius, who, for the most part, has been portrayed as asexual so far. Instead, it was the beginning of a joke about whites being effectively “awakened” and allies overprotective without taking into account the Blacks they were trying to protect. .

Elsewhere in the party, Will introduces Earn and Van to a young, Black artist named TJ (Sheyi Cole), who makes Damien Hirst imitations and takes gruesome pictures of the men. white, old, unclothed skin in supreme hoodies. Will then tells Earn that he invested $500,000 to lease the space to TJ and buy his equipment. Before Earn could tell him he was wasting his money, TJ jumped in and explained their certainly fruitless plan to create an “influencer incubator.” , where creators can get free food and housing, all paid for by selling art subscriptions. Earn subtly dodges Will’s offer to join, saying he needs to check if Doja Cat is doing something similar so he doesn’t step on her toes.

In another room, Al and Fernando were playing poker with two other people. Fernando tells a story about seeing a naked, pale black man enter his home, who ended up becoming a ghost with whom he had sex. Every random, quirky story told on this show turns into a philosophical tale of race and class. Likewise, he begins to ask Al if he believes in ghosts, then God and the Devil, insisting the two must exist together. “Why do you think there is so much killing in the world?” he asks. “Why do you think I have so much money? Everything is just finding balance.”

“Fernando tells a story about seeing a naked, pale black man enter his home, who ended up becoming a ghost with whom he had sex. Every random, quirky story told on this show turns into a philosophical tale of race and class.”

Al, who had bet $20k, denied this and announced that he had four aces, winning the game. “Well, you cleaned it up for me,” Fernando laughed before disappearing from the room. Al asked the other men if he would come back with his money, but the two of them also left without answering.

Earn meets Al after the party and tells him about TJ and his disgusting art. He feared that TJ’s scam would make it harder for talented Black kids to get a chance, to which Al replied, “Black kids need to cheat more.” As someone who is deeply discouraged by today’s TV onslaught of white scammers, I couldn’t agree more. “If this idiot wants to pay for culture, let him,” TJ said as he passed.

As Al leaves to look for money, Earn sees Van talking to a guy at the pool. “A Certain Sadness” by Cue Astrud Gilberto as Earn looks at her longingly. Out of nowhere, she pushed a passerby into the pool and started laughing hysterically.


Zazie Beetz and Donald Glover in Atlantaof “The Old Man and the Tree”

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Van doesn’t do much in this episode other than stare into space, chuckle to herself, and utter some random lines. She seems to be going through some sort of stress-induced mental breakdown as a young mother with few resources and no idea what she wants to be in life, which we got to in season two. So far, this season has barely managed to open up her brain, but there’s still time. It will be interesting when she announces that she wants to start a singing career or open a bakery – literally anything that takes the place of the actions of this beautiful dreamy girl.

The episode ends on a hysterical note with all the whites at the party chasing MK into a room and seemingly torturing her after they hear about her remarks to Darius. Will, who we find out to be her fiancé, also breaks their bond in solidarity. When we last saw her, she was sobbing on the sidewalk.

After realizing he will never get his money, Al finds a chainsaw and begins chopping down Fernando’s beloved tree. He, Earn and Darius flee the scene with the stolen Nando and take a taxi. Somehow, Sock got in the car with them, but they all forgot to grab Van, encapsulating the space she occupies in the minds of these men (and sometimes writers). Hopefully, this is the lead up to a solo episode or the start of her personal journey without having to follow the boys around. ‘Atlanta’ shows the absurdity of white people ‘waking up’ clearly

Russell Falcon

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