On season 2 of his hit show "Atlanta," actor Donald Glover dressed in whiteface to play a creepy, eccentric millionaire named Teddy Perkins, who has a bizarre encounter with the character Darius (Lakeith Stanfield). Some have likened Perkins to Michael Jackson, though the writers claimed the King of Pop was just one of many inspirations for the character. To add some mystery, the credits of the episode did not list Glover as the actor, claiming instead that Perkins played himself.
Wearing a wig and white makeup, Glover appeared as Perkins once again on Monday on the front row at the Emmys, where Glover was nominated for five awards.
Winner of the Best Actor award in a comedy series, Bill Hader, can be seen hugging Perkins before heading on stage. Backstage, Hader said, "I don’t know who that was I hugged but it was the guy from 'Atlanta,' he showed up," Variety reports.
Glover is certainly no stranger to controversy, especially on race relations. Earlier this year, his hip-hop single "This Is America," sung by his alter-ego Childish Gambino, won social justice activists' hearts everywhere through its endorsement of the Black Lives Matter movement and its portrayal of America as a dangerous place for black people.
As for his portrayal of Teddy Perkins, the talented actor manages to be eerie, humorous, and discomforting all at once.