It’s never a dull moment when Kanye and Jay-Z hit the stage to perform N*ggas in Paris. Over the weekend, they kicked off their Watch the Throne Tour in the French capital and since they were self-described n*ggas in Paris, they performed the hit song a record 11 times. Somewhere in the midst of all that, Gwyneth Paltrow, who attended the concert with Beyonce, Kelly Rowland, and the Dream, was feeling the energy and sent out a tweet with the picture above of her on stage saying:
And that’s when the beat dropped a bit. Blogger B. Scott picked up on Gwyneth’s tweet and retweeted it asking if it was OK or not, to which the actress responded:
I was surprised this was even up for discussion considering she didn’t exactly just throw the n-word out there without asterisks, but I think it’s the “for real” part that made some people say hold up, did she just call Jay and Ye n*ggas? The Dream came to the actresses defense quickly on Twitter saying:
“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.”
Regardless of whether Gwyn got too caught up in the hype or not, I blame Jay and Kanye for this. The title of this song and it’s crossover appeal was just asking for this type of nonstop n-word controversy foolishness.
Do you think Gwyneth was in the wrong or are people overreacting?
Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.
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