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Was Young Thug's green dog arrested? Twitter joke run amok

Bruno Cooke May 11, 2022
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Young Thug’s arrest, along with numerous other members of his YSL collective, has been all over the internet for two days – and all over Twitter. Now his dog is in the limelight so what’s the story behind Young Thug’s green dog?

Did Young Thug really dye his dog green for the cover of YSL’s Slime Language 2?

Apparently, yes. XXL Magazine posted a behind-the-scenes video of the shoot in question to Twitter on 4 March 2021.

The video shows Young Thug’s dog – dyed green – on a lead, wagging its tail, and sniffing around on the set of Slime Language 2’s cover artwork shoot.

Released 16 April 2021, the compilation album features guest appearances from an array of high-profile rappers. Its cover artwork is in the form of a large family portrait. 

It shows the YSL collective sitting in what HipHopDX described at the time as a “horror film-inspired living room”. A green dog sits in front of everyone, reminiscent, says Revolt, of The Mask.

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Twitter joke that Young Thug’s green ‘slime dog’ was arrested goes overboard

Not long after Young Thug’s arrest made news, a Twitter user wrote online that officers had arrested his green dog as well.

They posted two pictures side by side. The first is Slime Language 2’s album artwork, featuring the green dog. In the second, a dog looks out of a police car window. The dog is green:

But, as others have noted, the “hilarious image of a naughty dog behind bars in a police car” has gone viral before. It first appeared in April 2018, when the actual dog was “‘arrested’ for running away and attacking a deer”:

Despite people pointing this out, the joke has persisted:

Others develop the story

One user posted an image of a small dog in what looks like an interrogation room. Facing a person in “GARDA” uniform, the pup looks nervous.

Another added he’d “snitch” after they give him a big bowl of dog food.

Young Thug and fellow rapper Gunna were among 28 people charged following a 56-count indictment revealed on Monday, WSB-TV’s Michael Seiden reports.

Young Thug – real name Jeffery Lamar Williams – has denied all charges.

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Williams’ defence attorney, Brian Steel, told reporters: “I’ll tell you the response to any allegation; Mr Williams committed no crime whatsoever and we will fight to my last drop of blood to clear him.”

Young Thug made his first appearance in court on Tuesday, 10 May at 11.30am local time. Gunna handed himself into the authorities later the same day and had yet to appear in court or comment at time of writing.

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Bruno is a novelist, amateur screenwriter and journalist with interests in digital media, storytelling, film and politics. He’s lived in France, China, Sri Lanka and the Philippines, but returned to the UK for a degree (and because of the pandemic) in 2020. His articles have appeared in Groundviews, Forge Press and The Friday Poem, and most are readable on Medium or onurbicycle.com.