The debate surrounding the "N" word continues today with Gwyneth Paltrow at the center of it.
Conversation was sparked over the weekend after an image was tweeted from her account that appears to be of herself on stage with rappers Kanye and Jay-Z during their “Watch the Throne” concert in Paris. (For those who don't know, Paltrow is besties with Jay-Z and his wife, Beyonce.)
Jay and 'Ye reportedly made the most of being in the City of Light, performing their track "N***as in Paris" 11 times - a record, music blog Nah Right points out.
Paltrow seemed to acknowledge their set with a tweeted photo bearing the controversial caption “N**as in Paris for real," looping in producer/singer/songwriter Terius Nash, who's known as The-Dream.
Ni**as in paris for real @mrteriusnash (the dream) tyty, beehigh say.ly/ySc3rTP—
Gwyneth Paltrow (@GwynethPaltrow) June 01, 2012
When questioned about her use of the word - examples of which can be seen in the comments on her WhoSay account - Paltrow replied, “Hold up. It’s the title of the song!”
Nash also weighed in, seeming to assume responsibility for sending out the tweet in the first place.
"Fyi Sorry ... I typed Ni**as in paris for real from Gwens Phone my bad I was F** up please excuse it! We were lit!" he wrote Saturday night.
He went on to explain that the word "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."[/QUOTE]
I find the last bit the most interesting. It's the context that matters, i.e. it's only the worst most racist word in our language when certain people say it is?
I'm guessing Ms. Paltrow will not suffer much on this one, after all, it IS the name of the song and Paltrow is a well-respected liberal.