The purpose of this project is to show how media can change the connotative meaning of a word and that depending on the environment you grew up in the word may not mean the same thing.
A thug is considered a violent criminal according to Webster.com
Richard Sherman, a football player for the Seattle Seahawks, had an incident with the mentioned football player above. As you heard no profanity or threats of violence were used in the interview. He simply called someone he was not to fond of ‘mediocre’. The only thing that you could actually accuse Richard Sherman of is bad sportsmanship and not letting the loser bow out gracefully. That comment lead to a series of very negative post on social media about Sherman. Most of all there has been a prevalence of the word thug which was used 625 times on TV the day after the interview.
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This sparked controversy across the nation about the word ‘thug’ and how it went from being a criminal to being associated with a Stanford grad with no criminal history.
Being a thug has different meanings though depending on the environment and context it is used
Thug- As Tupac defined it, a thug is someone who is going through struggles, has gone through struggles, and continues to live day by day with nothing for them. That person is a thug. and the life they are living is the thug life.
Source: urban dictionary