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Consider yourself blessed if you don’t follow a “Belieber” on any social media. The cries of pre-teen girls (and some boys) can be heard by dogs 200 miles away. Why the tears? Because Justin Bieber has been arrested, and if there is a God in heaven he’ll get the full six months hanging in his face.
Bieber was arrested early Thursday morning for drag racing in Miami, FL. Not only drag racing, since Bieber is no pussy, but drag racing under the influence on a suspended license. Then to top it all off, resisting arrest.
Obviously news of this arrest is huge on every blog, website, and national news entity. Bieber is a huge star with millions of fans, and a large catalog of music. The problem comes in when you read some of the articles that describe Bieber’s actions as “gansta” or “thuggish.” These words are inflammable and are becoming a huge problem in the media for some. It was Richard Sherman who summed up why the use of these words are problematic.
After last week’s NFC Championship Game, Sherman went on a rant describing how he was “the best.” Sherman’s tone and mannerisms caused some to cry that he was being unsportsman-like, and others to label him a “thug.” In a press conference Sherman described why being called a thug was especially disturbing to him. “The only reason it bothers me,” he said, “is because it seems like it’s the accepted way of calling somebody the N-word nowadays.”
“It’s like everyone else said the N-word, and then they say ‘thug’ and they’re like ‘oh, that’s fine,’” he said.
it seems like it’s the accepted way of calling somebody the N-word nowadays.
Sherman has a point. When you use the word “thug” you conjure up images of a black man. Images of Trick Daddy singing “Baby ’cause I’m a thug…” on The Source Awards, and of Tupac holding up his shirt to reveal a tattoo across his abdomen that reads “THUG LIFE.” You think of niggas.
Sharon Osborne, in an interview with the Daily Beast last year said about Justin Bieber, “I think that he’s lost, I really do. I think he doesn’t realize he’s white and not black – that’s a huge problem. And, at the point he’s at in his career, it’s so dangerous because we’ve seen it all before a million times.” Osborne was later slammed for her racist remarks; but her remarks show us that “acting black” or acting like a “thug” can be, in Mrs. Osborne’s words, dangerous.
if only bieber knew that he was white, then he wouldnt get in any trouble at all!
— Brokey McPoverty (@brokeymcpoverty) January 23, 2014
With media outlets calling Bieber a “thug,” what they are low-key saying is “look at all the nigga actions he’s doing!” We’re ignoring the fact that his own actions have brought him to this point of being arrested. We’re ignoring the fact that he makes his own decisions and no one else is to blame.
It’s not that Justin Bieber or Miley are getting ‘passes’. They’re not. They’re transgressions are being BLAMED on Blacks. THAT’S the issue.
— kokupuff (@kokupuff) January 23, 2014
Calling someone a “nigga” gets you labeled a racist because the word is now grating to everyone that hears it. Calling someone a “thug” is a soft way of calling someone a nigga without actually using the word and that is what needs to be stopped.