There’s been a renewed interest in “passing” narratives recently with Rebecca Hall’s 2021 film adaption of Nella Larsen’s Passing and Brit Bennett’s bestselling novel The Vanishing Half, which is currently being developed into a miniseries for HBO Max, as prime examples. Mariah Carey’s revealing memoir The Meaning of Mariah reignited a conversation about her racial ambiguity and how it manifested in her career as a pop and R&B singer. There was also a moment on Twitter at the start of the pandemic when users were perplexed about Rashida Jones starring in the Black Netflix sitcom #BlackAF and accused the biracial actress of passing throughout her career up until that point.
Clearly, the Atlanta writers’ room, which has been a little too attuned to Twitter discourse lately, took note of social media’s increasing fascination with the subject. In fact, tonight’s episode seems to be partially inspired by a viral TikTok of a seemingly white gentleman, known as @billybillynyc, in which he reveals that his father is Black, something that amused the internet for about a week last year.
In “Rich Wigga, Poor Wigga,” Donald Glover crafts his own passing story, also in black-and-white like Hall’s film. The 30-minute vignette, however, feels less in touch with the genre’s classic hallmarks and tropes, as it takes place in modern times, and follows a white-passing boy who attempts to be seen as Black when it proves to be beneficial for him.
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