Usually the only controversies Gwyneth Paltrow deals with have to do with cookbooks and juice cleanses, but she stepped in a real mire this weekend when she tweeted the n-word. It happened on Friday night when Gwyneth was in Paris and joined her BFF Beyonce for Jay-Z and Kanye West's Watch the Throne tour stop. While they were hanging out, The Dream (aka Terius Nash) snapped a photo of her dancing onstage and tweeted it out. She replied, "Ni**as in paris for real." It didn't take long, of course, before people on Twitter started to flip out. Gwyneth pushed back yesterday saying, "Hold up. It's the title of the song."
Yes, yes it is. But that hasn't stopped a serious debate erupting over whether it's okay for her to use the word. Some, like Rebecca Carroll at Ebony, argue that Gwyneth's whiteness means she "do[es] not get to use that word in any context, ever." But Nash himself can't seem to stop tweeting in defense of Gwyneth and in general annoyance that it's even an issue given the context. At one point he even tweeted that he was the one who said it:
Fyi Sorry for the Confu I typed Ni**as in paris for real from Gwens Phone my bad I was Fkd up please excuse it! We were lit!
Though he later issued the below (in a series of three tweets) which seems to contradict that:
Sure Attack her you know she's not going to do anything, you know in your heart she didn't mean it in anyway. The world is just full of Bull shitters who act like they give a shit haven't did one righteous act in there lives. Its a Hot Topic because people aint got shit To Do! Period. Say what u want. No one called Trayvon Nigga before he shot him it was an action. Racism is an Action!
Hmm, well, you can decide for yourself whether you think Gwyneth was in the wrong here, but one thing is for sure: the danger of tweeting under the influence has never been more clear.