Gwyneth Paltrow's 'Ni**as in Paris' tweet sparks controversy
"Ni**as in paris for real @mrteriusnash (the dream) tyty, beehigh."
Reactions were swift. A blogger questioned whether it was OK or not for her to use the N-word and she responded, "Hold up. It's the title of the song!"
Which is true - "Ni**as in Paris" is the third track off of Jay-Z and Kanye's 2011 album "Watch the Throne" and the concert Gwyneth was in attendance at was the Paris stop on the "Watch the Throne" tour. There's a pretty good chance the song title was used because that song was playing at the time of the tweet - particularly because her response says "the title of 'the' song," not "a" song, like it was the song playing at the time.
But reactions continued. Commenters on the blog post write:
"Gwyneth trying to sneak out of this by saying this is quoting a song, Lets be very clear she called a group of black men that have nothing to do with the song 'Ni**as'. Are Kanye and Jay-z in the picture? No. She is specifically calling The Dream and Ty Ty real 'Ni**as In Paris' in that moment. There was no need for that. She's the one that connected the two, They have nothing to do with the song."
"Not okay! The "FOR REAL" and Kanye and Jay not being no where In the picture completely changes the context, of trying to say all you was doing is saying the name of the song. Basically she called the black men she is on stage with "Real Ni**as". She was trying to cute and failed."
But others defend Gwyneth, writing:
"REALLY?????? Its the TITLE OF THE SONG!!!!!!! If Kanye and Jay-Z (who are BLACK males) felt that the word should not be said, I would think they wouldn't have it on a album or play it in concerts where they cater to a HUGE NON-BLACK audience base. Gwyneth did NOT say anything wrong and she shouldn't be accused of doing so."
"seriously, if jay and kanye (or any other rapper) didn't want white (or yellow or orange or purple) people to even THINK of the word, they wouldn't put it in song lyrics and titles... people who get upset at others for referencing it when talking lyric/titles should be equally upset at the artists for USING it... she was clearly making a joke referencing the song title and the fact that they are IN paris FOR REAL... and she didnt even type the full word... "
In an addendum to the whole controversy, The Dream (Terius Nash) tweets, "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!"
And now he is receiving reactions along the line of "save that white princess."
What do you think, Zappers?