Here’s why Twitter doesn’t like this imagined moment of Michelle Obama hugging Kanye West

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After its release on Saturday, Childish Gambino‘s music video for “Feels Like Summer” was met with a wave of praise and admiration.

The animated video, with character design by artist Justin Richburg, features cameos from almost every major player in the hip-hop scene, from Drake to Future to Janelle Monáe. Between Migos shooting hoops and Nicki Minaj and Travis Scott playing with blocks, it’s imagery from what the Root called “what has to be the coolest neighborhood ever.”

But one imaginary moment in the music video is facing criticism for its depiction of Kanye West and Michelle Obama and what they represent as culture symbols. The visual (which starts around 2:05) shows Obama wrapping her arms around West, who’s wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat and crying.

Some saw the moment as playing into an exhausted trope of Black women acting as saviors for men.

“Just so you know, it is not the job of Black women to heal or fix Black men,” Twitter user @LegalSojourner wrote. “Black women do not exist to be other people’s mules.”

Others on Twitter interpreted the moment as heartwarming, especially since West’s mother died in 2007 and Obama is positioned as a strong maternal figure.

When the history of media shows us such narrow and stereotypical depictions of Black women, critical conversations about their framing in contemporary art are worth having.

“I’m tired of Black women needing to ‘save’ Black men so they can come to their senses about who they are and the realities of the world we live in,” Twitter user @wasteofdevotion wrote, adding in another tweet, “We all had to struggle and figure it out, don’t lean on Black women to be your savior we’re more than that.”

H/T Twitter Moments

Kris Seavers

Kris Seavers

Kris Seavers is the Evening Editor for the Daily Dot, where she covers breaking news, politics, and LGBTQ issues. Her work has appeared in Central Texas publications, including Austin Monthly and San Antonio Magazine, and on NPR.