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Everybody Loses it Over ‘Atlanta’ Trans-Racial Episode

Donald Glover has done it again. Tuesday night’s episode of “Atlanta” was complex on so many levels and although many viewers were praising Glover for being a “genius,” the running theme of the evening was “that’s weird.”

So what was so special about this specific episode?

This week’s “Atlanta” was an episode within an episode. It aired as a 30-minute segment of a talk show titled “Montague” — which was reminiscent of “The Tavis Smiley Show” — on a faux network, Black America Network (BAN), complete with fake commercials and all.

Tonight’s episode of #AtlantaFX was one of the funniest, relevant, and downright genius episodes of TV this year.

— Rudy Perez (@RudyP88) October 12, 2016

While many others echoed the same sentiments, some couldn’t help but note the strange structure.

“Atlanta was extra weird and amazing tonight. I love this show,” commented one fan.

Most importantly, it seemed that most people were just happy that “Atlanta” was unapologetically black.

“A black entertainer & writer who creates material that doesn’t compromise nor exploit his community?! C’MON NOW!” tweeted another.

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Just watched the best episode of #AtlantaFX and one of the best episodes of any show ever. So creative. So real. So US! Bravo @donaldglover

— Jeff J. (@JeffJSays) October 12, 2016

 

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Rapper Paper Boi joined Franklin Montague on “Montague” along with Dr. Debra Holt, the head of the Center of Trans-American Issues, for an episode dedicated to discussing “growing outlook of accepted sexuality and its affects on black youth and culture.” The rapper appeared on the show to do some damage control after he had gotten into some trouble for tweeting controversial messages about Caitlyn Jenner.

When “Montague” returns from its commercial break (some of which are part of “Atlanta” and some actually real commercials), the host checks in with his correspondent, Nathan Wielder, who is interviewing a black teenager named Antoine Smalls who believes he’s really a white man. All of which is very familiar to the trans-racial discussion sparked by Rachel Dolezal, a white woman who pretended to be black.

“I’m a 35-year-old white man,” are the first words Smalls tells Wielder. The correspondent explains that Smalls has “trans-racial identity,” and now identifies as Harrison Booth from Colorado.

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At this point, we see scenes of Smalls, er, uh, Booth carrying golf clubs, walking through a farmer’s market and at one point we even see Booth attempting to get a black man who was in the middle of speaking with police officers arrested by telling the cops: “He doesn’t even live in the area, I’ve never seen him before.”

The punchline: “I called them,” the man said.

See some of the best tweets below.

yall finally getting around to #AtlantaFX , the hidden messages in the scenes be making you speechless.

— lionel.richie (@UcheDaPharaoh) October 12, 2016

#AtlantaFX is the realest show on tv right now. Period

— Chinedu Achebe (@ChineduAchebe) October 12, 2016

That moment when #AtlantaFX produces funnier commercials than we seeing during the Super Bowl >>> pic.twitter.com/hbhRdRypXR

— ronald isley (@yoyotrav) October 12, 2016

#AtlantaFX just clowned bet, don lemon, cnn, racist commercials and dropped the real in under 30 mins

— Jody Elizabeth (@jaj1311) October 12, 2016

Wow that was the perfect representation of the media always trying to find something negative even after everybody is at peace #AtlantaFX

— Ahmed/Zan (@big_business_) October 12, 2016

When @R3troSp3ctro said he was a 35 years old white man, I was crying #AtlantaFx

— Jëan Gréy (@GreyMatterrs) October 12, 2016

#Atlantafx addresses so many things that need to be addressed.

— aaron. (@Aaronreq) October 12, 2016

Wow #AtlantaFX reached a level of social and racial hilarity and brilliance I haven’t seen since #ChappellesShow @AtlantaFX

— Max Garcia (@raiderfan911) October 12, 2016

Fake commercials on #AtlantaFX were hilllariooous. Starting to like this show. #transracial ????????

— AMP LIVE (@amplive) October 12, 2016

Tonight’s episode of #AtlantaFX was funny, complex, critical, analytical, and intelligent. Paper Boi is my favorite new rapper.

— Luis (@Scrface87) October 12, 2016

I can’t handle this #AtlantaFX episode ???????????????????????????? pic.twitter.com/xQO1kdUj4z

— IWatch2MuchPodcast (@IWatch2MuchPod) October 12, 2016

This new episode of #AtlantaFX though ???? Donald Glover is so damn clever.

— Yael Gomez (@YGomez13) October 12, 2016

Donald Glover + team is firing on all cylinders. Simply brilliant. #AtlantaFX

— James Gobert (@MrGobert) October 12, 2016

Tonight’s episode of #AtlantaFX was one of the funniest, relevant, and downright genius episodes of TV this year.

— Rudy Perez (@RudyP88) October 12, 2016

#Atlantafx the complexity and humor tonight ????????

— YG Sappleton (@justcausethatsy) October 12, 2016

Just watched the best episode of #AtlantaFX and one of the best episodes of any show ever. So creative. So real. So US! Bravo @donaldglover

— Jeff J. (@JeffJSays) October 12, 2016

Is there anything past being woke because whatever it is, #AtlantaFX is it.

— Mick (@Micksab) October 12, 2016

Oh damn. Tonight’s episode of #AtlantaFX is so incredibly thought-provoking and smart. It doesn’t purport to have answers, but asks #woke ?s

— scott fernandez (@scottfernandez) October 12, 2016

This smartest, blackest show on television #atlantafx

— 400lb hacker (@NameisRomane) October 12, 2016

Harrison has me in tears #AtlantaFX

— reub (@REUBENJAY90) October 12, 2016

I mean this is just genius!!!! #AtlantaAlive #AtlantaFX #childishgambino #GLOVER https://t.co/m2iO1UtpVR

— Matthew Quaine (@MatthewQuaine) October 12, 2016

.The satire in #AtlantaFX is ridiculously genius.

— Mia Guevarra (@MIAGVARRA) October 12, 2016

A black entertainer & writer who creates material that doesn’t compromise nor exploit his community?! C’MON NOW! @AtlantaFX #ATLANTAFX pic.twitter.com/pH4iAgpyT6

— Fuzzy Slippers (@JCNoHunnidz) October 12, 2016

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