Donald Glover's Reasons For Leaving 'Community' Are Actually Kind Of Troubling
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Donald Glover's Reasons For Leaving 'Community' Are Actually Kind Of Troubling

By Joanna Robinson | Miscellaneous | October 15, 2013 | Comments ()


As you no doubt know, Donald Glover will be leaving Community this season after the first five episodes. And while that’s sort of devastating news for us (NO MORE TROY AND ABED BUMPERS?!), we’re just audience members. They’re just fictional characters. We’ll get over it. I’m much more concerned (and not in a fake gossip-y way) about this note that Glover posted to his Instagram. His reasonings are vague and unfocused, and if this were a journal entry or a late night email to a friend, then it wouldn’t matter a bit. But this is something he felt was worth uploading and sharing with the general public. Who knows his motivations, emotions or thought processes? I shouldn’t guess. So I’m just going to stick with my initial reaction: Troubling.


You can see the rest here, and they all paint a rather upsetting picture.

(via Instagram)

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  • alejandro

    I love Community but it was holding DG back. It takes up a huge amount of time to star in a tv show. You mostly spend your entire day hanging out with your cast members in make up and then reciting lines.

    its pretty cool that hes getting his own tv show. hes obviously a talented writer.

  • Barth

    How is this in any way troubling? The fuck is wrong with you people?

  • punkinelf

    As a fan of The Walking Dead, I'm kind of feeling what he wrote. Why am I watching a tv show that week after week kills people in a truly gruesome way? I mean, Daryl Dixon is hot but Norman Reedus' made other movies, in his hotness. I dunno **wanders off to find some van Halen**

  • KyhanGJR

    If I could to talk to Donald, I'd want him to know that "Bro Rape" is nothing compared even to the cameo he had in Muppets. His role in Community makes the show funnier, and his standup is hysterical. I hope him the best, and am sad to see him leave.

  • alejandro

    hes making a new show that he will be writing and starring in. you should be excited.

  • KyhanGJR

    And now I am! Thanks, Alejandro!

  • Sara_Tonin00

    I...don't find anything troubling about them at all? It just sounds like someone who wrote out his fears on paper, and then decided to be brave and share them with the world. Like Post-Secret minus the Secret. If anything, it's probably helpful to people to see that even someone who is a success has self-doubts, fears, everything normal people have.

  • Barth

    Fucking right.

  • L.O.V.E.

    I just sung/rapped the whole thing in my head (he has about 5 of them).This is powerful, cryptic, and concerning. But its definitely artistic.

    Think Kanye spouting profundities.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    Sorry, but that last sentence doesn't compute.

  • exjw

    He's an ex-Jehovah's Witness. I'm an ex-Jehovah's Witness. Reading this made complete sense to me. It's typical ex-jw stuff. Trust issues, feeling lost, feeling disconnected. He'll be fine.

  • A. Smith

    I hope so. I felt like a mess the past year because of family passing and no job or school for the first time in my life. It was weird being alone but sometimes it can lead to clarity. I hope this is nothing but a bump in the road.

  • sanity fair

    It sounds more like someone trying to sort their shit out while drunk. It's dark and kind of disturbing and frightening to anyone who catches a glimpse of
    the craziness we feel in those moments.

    Hopefully he's able to get through the "identity crisis" and move forward.

  • Tinkerville

    I wish we'd avoid giving armchair diagnoses every time a celebrity does something off kilter. This could be anything from a drunken night, to being fed up with rabid Community fans harassing him for leaving, to a serious issue. Point being we don't know so can we not shout various illnesses from every direction like we do?

  • Sarah Weissman

    Agreed. It reads to me like a journal entry that he was bold enough to share.

  • bleujayone

    For some reason all I could hear in my head was Van Halen's "Right Now" while reading all these Post-Its. I disturbs me for three reasons; 1. Clearly this young man sounds troubled, weather he's clinically depressed, having a personal crisis of profession or just having a hard look while trying to work things out, 2. My dark, inappropriate sense of humor is at it again and 3. When the hell did Van fucking Hagar become my subconsciousness's go-to for internalized soundtrack?

  • llp

    It means everthing...

    Damn you, bluejayone.

  • Glover is an artist. This looks to me like a bit of a spoken word performance/working through some stuff. I didn't see anything troubling about it when you read them all together. It speaks to a universal theme of being unsure of who you really are, what others think of you, if what you are doing is "worth" it. I thought it was kind of uplifting.

  • Seahawk

    I have to agree with you. A while back I worked myself out of a couple of years of fairly serious depression (with professional help ).
    One of my personal breakthrough moments was when I wrote a journal entry that sounds a lot like this stuff Glover has written-- finally acknowledging and letting out all the doubts and fears and frustrations that I spent way too long pretending didn't exist. Once I got those things out of my mind, they turned out to be much less frightening and much easier to deal with than I ever thought possible.
    Like Tinkerville mentions below, it's usually a bad idea to try to sit on the sidelines and diagnose someone else's mental state, let alone a celebrity/artist who has based a big part of his [rap] career on being confessional and self-deprecating. But in my own experience, being willing to own up to your doubts and fears and confusion is often the sign of a relatively health mind, because it means those things are being dealt with, not avoided.

  • GDI

    The lyricism in his raps have always sounded very earnest to me. That's exactly what this sounds like.

    It does tip the scale however, where I think he feels like he might snap due to the sheer over-anxiousness.

  • Justin Kuhn

    It definitely spoke to me as well.

  • Pawesl

    He sounds depressed.

  • Pants-are-a-must

    Sometimes people just reach that point. It doesn't matter if they're famous, if they're successful, if they're wanted and loved, or not. I remember reading a famous entertainer talking about seeking therapy after she got famous, not before, because she couldn't handle the mindset. I really do hope he finds an outlet for his feelings, and maybe he did, writing and releasing this personal confession.

    Mind you, there's a small, cynical part in me that thinks this is a marketing ploy, and yes, I hate that I think it too.

  • Anthony Hoffman

    Yeah. It's like all the Miley/Britney/Kanye/Eminem/Etc. stuff over the years has really made me not take this stuff for merit.

  • alejandro

    Gambino is the realist.

  • Donald bunks down at the Residence Inn?


  • bastich

    Hey, don't knock it. They have a hell of a continental breakfast. Best thawed-out donuts in the industry!

  • stella

    Hey they have eggsand bacon too...

  • John G.

    How old is Glover? Schizophrenia doesn't usually appear until early to mid twenties.

  • indarchandra

    he's on the older edge for it to kick in. however, there are a number of mental health issues that can arise at any age. having never met him, it's hard to diagnose, but major depressive disorder is not uncommon and more likely. Or he could've had a shit day & a bottle of whiskey. even famous people make dumb choices on the intarwebs. Over sharing: it's not just for lonely house fraus anymore

  • Danar the Barbarian

    As a lonely haus frau, I approve this message.

  • sjfromsj

    He's 29!

  • pissant

    Eh...that sounds like a more coherent version of things I send to my friends and family or post on Facebook when I'm drunk and alone in a hotel room somewhere.

    Perhaps he's feeling trapped in a situation where he can't make one single move that will please himself and every fan/co-worker he has. Perhaps he realizes how lucky he is and how much he owes to people "on the internet", but just couldn't stomach continuing to work on Community for reasons we'll never know or understand. Maybe he offered those 5 episodes as a kind of compromise to a fan base he figured would - and did - flip out on him, as if they own him.

    I'm not too worried about him. Maybe he's just tired the whole fame thing. I mean, Jesus, I can't stand it sometimes when I can't walk from one end of my house to the other without having to interact with my roommate (and we're good friends). i can't imagine what it would be like to be recognized by strangers on the street.

  • alejandro

    he talks about wanting to leave community in some of his songs that were written a long time ago.

    everyone called him crazy when he -at the age of 20- left his writing job on 30 rock.

    you should be excited about his new tv show that he will probably be a head writer on the show is based on his life.

  • stella


  • Benjamin Fletcher

    yeah all those instagrams he sent through last night were worrying. they sounded so lonely and desperate. Especially written on hotel stationary like that. I hope he's ok.

  • bastich

    Why do I have the feeling that the Marriott marketing department is going to try to spin this note to their advantage?

  • AvaLehra

    "Marriott: We Help You Find Your Path."

  • AvaLehra

    I'd hate to be in their shoes right now.

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