Once a quarter I have a rant on a serious topic/issue… So here it is… The press, fans, media, etc.. has bashed actress Gwyneth Paltrows for tweeting the N word at a concert w/ BFF’s Jay Z, Kanye West & Beyonce…. The quartet were all partying on stage as Jay & Kanye begin performing the infamous song… I’ll be the first to admit that the word needs a ceased and deceased order….However, the word has become so loosely used, that the association carries as much weight as putting on a pair of socks. The hip hop community carries a tremendous amount of influence & power. Therefore, if you produce a platinum song with the “derogoratry word” that will be recited in the black, white, latino, asian, indian, etc.. community….what do you expect??? It’s not cool when the word is ever said. BUT You can’t say it’s cool today and unjustifiable tomorrow!
Actress Gwyneth Paltrow has come under attack for using the N-word when referring to a photo of two of her African American friends Jay-Z and Beyonce.
When partying on stage with the couple during a Jay-Z and Kanye Watch The Throne stop in Paris Friday, Paltrow tweeted a photo with the message, “Ni**as in paris for real @mrteiusnash (the dream) tyty, beehigh.”
Many who took offense to Paltrow using the derogatory term slammed her online. Amanda Seales called Paltrow’s comment “wreckless.” A post on popular African American blog site,Bossip.com, said “Gwyneth might be getting a little too comfortable around her black friends …”
On Sunday, Paltrow defended using the word. “Hold up. It’s the title of the song!” she said in response to a post from blogger B. Scott.
Gwyneth tweet [photo: WhoSay]
“Single Ladies” producer The Dream came to Paltrow’s defense. “WE GIVE THE WORD TO MUCH POWER!” he wrote on his Twitter page.
As an African American person, I agree that Paltrow’s use of the N-word was inappropriate. But I believe I understand why she thought making the reference was okay.
During the U.S. run of Watch The Throne tour, Jay-Z and Kanye closed out the show with the infectious sing-along song. They performed 9 encores in Los Angeles the night I attended. If you’ve gone to a hip hop show, you know that crowd participation is mandatory.
Several years ago, I saw Kanye perform “Gold Digger” in concert. Part of the chorus goes, “I’m not saying she’s a gold digger, but she ain’t messing with no broke n-gga.” Before Kanye performed the song, he told the crowd that they had his permission to use the N-word that night.