Well, here’s one celeb who wasn’t rushing to defend Gwyneth Paltrow’s tweet about being a n*gga in Paris for real. After The Dream, Russell Simmons, and even Toure hopped on the GP train of defense, rapper Q-Tip had more than a few words to say about their support, and he called them out by name on Twitter:
“listen rush simmons, toure, and all Black folk who are sympathist to this gwen paltrow n*gga thing….she may not have meant harm, sure it was in the heat of the moment but that fact that she showed not 1 IOTA of an apologetic tone….given the historical weight of that word is not responsible of G paltrow’s part…as powerful as hiphop is it DOESNT erase the years of damage that not only that word has done but circumstances that usually surrounded it…sure there is empathy for the black american struggle from all races but the empathy shld be extended to the great pain we as blacks…have experienced for generations. for the pain that we still deal with in our communities daily..was gwen wrong for recognizing unrelated people to the song as “n*ggas in paris for real”? debatable. BUT she SHLD have ….paltrow shld have offered a “if i offended anyone im truly sorry” as a person who loves black people and understands…there’s a scope of black folk that exist beyond the ones that she partied with in paris who are still dealing w the complexities of…their circumstances. black folks that dont know about giving a white person a “pass” … there is a lot to this thing. rush ? toure? its ok its all love brothas but lets build … later! and i got love for yall and im glad we can express our views! peace
So diplomatic. I think Tip is the first person to explain why Gwen’s message was suspect, beyond just her having white skin. I imagine we’ll be holding our breath til Kingdom come to hear anything from Bey, Jay, or Ye on this but I’m thinking next time Gwen start’s balling so hard she forgets she’s white, no n-word’s will be flying from her phone, via her fingertips or The Dream’s. I will say though, saying sorry probably wouldn’t make much difference. We receive enough of those obligatory apologies on a regular basis, but Gwen was kind of feeling herself with that “Hold Up, It’s the name of the song” response like she didn’t think anyone should check her on it. Sadly mistaken.
What do you think about Q-Tip’s take on this situation?
Brande Victorian is a blogger and culture writer in New York City. Follower her on Twitter at @be_vic.
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