Creating a documentary about someone can give a director a unique insight into a person. So you may or may not be surprised to hear that the maker of new series ‘Supervillain: The Making Of Tekashi 6ix9ine’ thinks that the rapper “is truly a horrible human being”. Although he also says everyone thinks that, so maybe it’s not that unique a perspective.
“The public and media hates him because he is truly a horrible human being who has done terrible things”, Gill tells the New York Post. “And from an overall perspective, he loves to instigate and aggravate, which is something that naturally sparks a reaction”.
“I think viewers will be shocked to realise how hyper calculated the rapper is”, he adds. “Tekashi was someone who never did anything online on accident. Every click, word, and action online was designed with care to spark a reaction”.
Gill, it should be noted, never actually met Tekashi 6ix9ine while making the three part documentary, but reckons he’s seen enough to make these judgements. Not that he didn’t go into the project without his own preconceptions, which seem largely unchanged. In fact, so strong is his distaste for the rapper that he almost declined to take on the project at all.
“I never really wanted to explore Tekashi’s story specifically, and actually was hesitant about the project at first, because of how he has been such a toxic individual in our culture”, he explains. “[But] from a wider scope, I realised it’s an extremely important story that shines a light on where we are as a culture. We’re living in the era of manufactured celebrity, where people can create inauthentic online personas and rise to fame without any talent or morals. Tekashi’s story is exactly that – he’s someone who realised the power of having your own platform”.
“I was surprised to find out how much of a social media mastermind he truly was”, he adds. “His understanding of how human beings operate on these platforms is incredible … To me this project was an opportunity to capture this time in human history, a time where we have seen pop culture figures, and even presidents, shape their own realities and manipulate us all through digital media”.
‘Supervillain’ will air in the US on Showtime on 21 Feb.