The description doesn't fit, if not a synonym of menace, then forget it
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A “synonym” is a word that means the same thing as another word. Earl likes to describe himself as a menace, so if you describe him using a word that isn’t another word for menace, you’re describing him incorrectly.
Earl is essentially calling the system out on how they are not even close to representing him correctly. He wants to be presented a certain way. But the record labels and the media want to portray him in different ways. Control over their own image is a classic struggle that artists in the public eye have to face.
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