Gwyneth Paltrow Caught Up In N-Word Controversy After Watch The Throne Tweet [Details]
Rucuss staffJune 4, 2012
Actress Gwyneth Paltrow got caught up in the moment at the Watch the Throne concert in Paris over the weekend.
Paltrow witnessed Kanye West and Jay-Z perform N*ggas in Paris a record 11 times during one of their sold out shows last Friday night. And at some point during the concert, Paltrow tweeted about her experience alongside Beyoncé, Kelly Rowland, The Dream and Spike Lee.
Paltrow tweeted out a picture of herself onstage with the rappers, along with the caption: “Ni**as in Paris for real.”
Now Paltrow is being criticized by some for using the n-word on Twitter. Blogger Ms Jia tweeted, “Just out of curiosity…does @gwynethpaltrow have a hood pass or something? Just asking. No judgment. Signed, a N—- not in Paris.”
Once the comments became unbearable Paltrow responded, “Hold up. It’s the title of the song!”
The Dream came to Paltrow’s defense. He tweeted:
“N[*]gga doesn’t have any power over me which is why this will be the last thing I say about it. A word means something when u react to it! Context is everything. Meaning it in the context as a Song which is how we Sold it to the world!!!!!! it is what it is. I’ve seen people not use the Word at all and have been the most racist people rather than use it in the context as the song it self. And Actually N[*]ggaz was in Paris! Lol stop wasting gods time Do something with your life! Love not War.”
Russell also came to Gwyneth’s defense in a blog posted on Global Grind:
In the case of “N*ggas in Paris,” it is clear that these two poets are celebrating the fact that they now travel the world and are literally ballin’ in Paris … it started as a badge of honor, something to be proud of, something to poke their chests out at. Because for them, when they were kids, Paris was a million miles away and now it’s a private jet ride. The idea of being in Paris with a movie star, whether she’s black or white, is incredible!
There is something truly inspiring about black culture and black music, hip-hop culture and hip-hop music. No matter what color skin you might have, there is an overriding good effect that this music has on you. It is contagious. It was this explosive expression that spread out of the inner cities of America into the walkmans of kids like Gwyneth Paltrow during their childhoods in 1980s and 1990s. It allowed white kids to begin to sympathize with the plight of many in black America. Having any Hollywood starlet at your concert was unimaginable, and having her quote your lyrics as a badge of honor that she was hanging out with you, you never would have dreamed of that – until your poetry hit the market and changed the world.
So, for Gwyneth to tweet out her excitement about hip-hop taking over the planet is a good thing. She didn’t mean any harm, she just was trying to ball so hard, and like Jay-Z says, “motherf*ckers can’t fine” her.
Paltrow is close friends with Jay and Beyoncé so we are quite sure that she didn’t mean anything by it. But we do fault Kanye and Jay-Z for naming a song with crossover appeal that title. It’s just plain stupid.
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