Justin Bieber Was Played By A Black Actor On 'Atlanta' And Twitter Loved It
The latest episode of Donald Glover's stellar FX comedy called upon black actor Austin Crute to play Justin Bieber, and fans were all about it.
Viewers enjoyed a crazy clever representation of the Biebs as he participated in a charity basketball game and found himself at odds with Paper Boi.
Some considered the casting choice a heavy-handed reference to Justin's well-documented love affair with cultural appropriation.
This "black Justin Bieber" on Atlanta has me in actual tears! It's just too on point — Jillian (@ImJillianRose) September 28, 2016
Others loved the casting for its surreal brilliance.
Ultimately, fans agreed this was, overall, a “genius” move.
When he says it's Justin Bieber and you see this black kid #AtlantaFX pic.twitter.com/zbz1FiLrqC — Eat_Tweet_Pray (@B_Sharnez) September 28, 2016
"Atlanta" creator and star Donald Glover even recorded a fake Justin Bieber single for the episode.
Am I supposed to be digging the mock pop Justin Bieber song at he end of this episode of @AtlantaFX ? I hear you @donaldglover #AtlantaFX — anabel (@anablu3) September 28, 2016
Glover's show has already been renewed for a second season after having the most-watched basic cable primetime scripted comedy premiere in over three years among the 18-49 demographic and becoming the most watched new comedy series in the same demo since April 2014, IGN reports.
With just five episodes aired, the show is a clear favorite among fans and critics, and creative commentary that yields hashtags like #BlackBieber likely has much to do with the show's success.
Atlanta gotta be the most funniest and realistic show on Tv bruh — BODEGA PABLO(@PabloTheGodd) September 18, 2016
On episode 2 of ATLANTA and can confirm it's my new favorite show — Mary E. Winstead (@M_E_Winstead) September 22, 2016
More of this, please.