Gwyneth Paltrow is a fool for the following Tweet:
“Ni**as in paris for real @mrteriusnash (the dream) tyty, beehigh http://say.ly/ySc3rTP,” followed by this photo taken during the “Watch the Throne” tour.
No way around it.
And it doesn’t matter that it’s the title of an actual song by Jay-Z and Kanye West, or that she is friends with Jay-Z and Beyonce. Not one of those individuals has the cultural carte blanche to “allow” her the use of that loaded term.
Though, it is important to note that the Lady Paltrow is not the first to be foolish about the song.
Ireland Baldwin (Yes, Alec’s daughter) recently made the error of using the title in a Tweet.
But then again, Ireland is a teenager.
Gwyneth, however, is a grown azz woman and a supposedly cultured one at that.
Married to the British rocker, Chris Martin of Coldplay, and mother to a child named Apple, she should (and does) know better. The “Shakespeare in Love” actress ain’t Kreayshawn or V-Nasty, after all.
So say what you will about the fault being with Kanye West and Jay-Z for making a song with a title that is pointedly provocative and highly ill advised…I, for one, am not buying. Nor do I purchase producer The Dream’s excuse he typed it into her phone.
Gwyneth is no naive young girl without a clue of the ramifications of her actions. And if you think she’s from a generation that doesn’t understand the weight of the n-word, you may want to bone up on your GP history. This chick is knocking on the door o’ 40. Hell, she’s ringing the doorbell.
She’s an Oscar-winning, world-traveling cultural curator. She doesn’t get to claim it’s just a song title. Because we all know it’s much more than that.
Your turn: What do you think of Gwyneth Paltrow’s tweet? And for those who do use the n-word, does this make you want to use it less? If you don’t use it, do you blame Kanye West and Jay-Z for choosing this provocative title that (ahem) gets the people going?
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