No less than hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons has jumped into the feeding frenzy surrounding a recent tweet in which Gwyneth Paltrow supposedly used the N-word and he’s defending the actress/lifestyle oversharer.
“I have to throw my hand up and stand up for Gwyneth,” Simmons writes in a blog post at his site GlobalGrind. “I know her intentions were not to be offensive … she was just proud of her friend, Jay-Z.”
Controversy quickly kicked up after the message, “Ni**as in paris for real @mrteriusnash (the dream) tyty, beehigh,” was posted to Paltrow’s Twitter account from a Kanye West/Jay-Z “Watch the Throne” concert in Paris.
Debate raged everywhere from Twitter to “The View” where Whoopi Goldberg said the “for real” is what made the tweet offensive since Paltrow was obviously talking about West and Jay-Z, not merely tweeting the name of one of Jay-Z’s songs.
To complicate things, The Dream later tweeted, “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!”
So she may not even have written the potentially offensive message. But, if she did, Russell Simmons is on team Gwyneth:
“She didn’t mean any harm,” he writes. “She just was trying to ball so hard, and like Jay-Z says, ‘motherf***ers can’t fine’ her.”