Donald Glover is an incredibly talented actor, comedian, and rapper. So it comes as no surprise whatsoever that when some geeks online got angry at the suggestion of a black Spiderman, he delivered a brilliant response that is the exact sort of thing I want to see on my screen.
But while his joke is hilarious, it spells out a bigger problem. The fact that the mere suggestion of "Hey, why don't we have a black Spiderman?" could rile up such hit-your-face-against-the-deeply-entrenched-racist-wall racism highlights the greater need for diversity in mainstream cinema.
To put it in better words from the man himself: Donald Glover did an interview a few years ago where he talked about the reaction he received. Read what he had to say below:
While we're on the subject of diversity in Hollywood, this Racialicious article is a good read — give a go at the game they suggest playing four paragraphs down.