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Why the Childish Gambino video feels so awkward

Donald Glover, AKA Childish Gambino. (Credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images for Disney)

The message of a dance performance can feel obscure, but what about when it’s viscerally uncomfortable to watch?

In this quick video, Susan Koff, clinical professor of dance education at New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development, answers the question: Why does the dancing in the new Childish Gambino music video make us cringe?

If you haven’t yet seen “This Is America,” you can check it out here (contains sudden violence, swearing).

Here’s Koff’s take on the strange moves: