If life were fair, the metaphorical valley that creatives must navigate in the names of their respective visions would be a universal distance for all who traverse its treacherous depths. Life isn’t fair, however. It’s full of undeniable truths that we all must accept (even if it’s only for the time being). Here are two of those truths: 1) In reality, the aforementioned valley waxes and wanes in a different manner for each of us, and its size is (unfortunately) usually directly correlated to one’s gender and/or pigmentation; and 2) The TV business is just that -- a business -- and if a network or studio feels a showrunner’s vision doesn’t line up with what they had in mind for their intellectual property, they have every right to part ways citing “creative differences” as the reason. Those two truths are the most prominent themes in Donald Glover’s recent shade-throwing session on Twitter, and I’d like to explore them both.
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