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Gwyneth Paltrow

Triggers Racial Controversy

after Using N-Word

6/4/2012 10:50 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
breaking news

0604_gwenith_paltrow_on_stage_twitterGwyneth Paltrow ignited a firestorm of criticism after blasting the N-word to her one million Twitter followers this weekend ... while describing a Jay-Z and Kanye West concert in Paris.

Paltrow was rockin out Friday at the "Watch the Throne Tour" ... when she decided to send a twitter pic of herself on stage (above) with the rappers and the caption "Ni**as in paris for real." If you've been under a rock -- or if you're Kris Jenner --  that's the title of a Jay and Kanye song.

The tweet triggered a tidal wave of negative internet buzz ... with fans questioning whether Gwyneth was using the term in a derogatory way. GP later responded unapologetically, "Hold up. It's the title of the song!"

That said, Jay and Kanye did go on to perform their hit song "Ni**as in Paris" a whopping 11 times that night.

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151.

Debs626    

Why is it okay for a black person to use tht word if it is so OFFENSIVE?? Give me a f'ing break...double standards, Gwyneth obviously did not mean it in a derogatory way. Just love this **** when people make a mountain out of nothing!!!!! (sic)

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152.

Amiri    

The "N" word is NEVER appropriate for ANYONE to use. But having said that, White People: Your constant analogy that if Black people use it, it's o.k. is ignorant and simplistic. Ms. Paltrow could have merely said she was at the Jay-Z / Kenye West Concert. Her use of the word, concert/song title or not, was inappropriate and insensitive.

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153.

Gabrielhues    

This is written to black people everywhere - if you don't want white people using the N* word then don't say it, don't put it in the title of a song, don't use the word in a friendly way to other black people or don't make a big deal out of it when others use the word. It is only a WORD, nothing more. Folks, get over this nonsense.

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154.

Confused    

If we had no "N-word" we'd have no rap music period.

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155.

Dani    

Absolutly ridic - it's a damn song people, chillax!!! Always looking to yell racism and cause a stir, everyone needs to just calm down. Regardless, I think it's ridic that it's ok for some but not others.... games and drama....

840 days ago
156.

Hobie    

Gwyneth is probably saying "but it's OK, I'm friends with black people"
haha

And wait - why is Gwyneth Paltrow on stage with Jay-Z and Kanye? Very odd.

I demand to be called a European American and I want to loosely use the word 'Cracker' all day long with my European American friends. If African Americans use the term, however, I will be deeply offended, as will my fellow EAs...because they're different than us and no matter how they try to accept us we will always have an underlying tension toward them.

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157.

Tiggy    

Stupid WHITE girl!! Stupid RAPPERS!! If you are going to refer to yourself as a N", then don't get pissy when someone else refers to you as a "N"!! Don't start what you can't handle coming back to you no matter the source. You can't have it both ways!

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158.

valerie    

why are black people the only ones allowed to say ****** a ****** is basically a stupid person get over your selves

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159.

BrodyYoung    

Oh WOW!! really its the name of the damn song you got to be kidding me....leave her alone damn bastards.

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160.

MARK    

WHAT HAPPENED TO THE IDEAL OF FREEDOM OF SPEECH IN THE UNITED STATES? HAVE WE AS A PEOPLE BECOME SO CONFUSED WITH THE IDEAS OF BEING POLITICALLY CORRECT THAT WE WILL TRASH THE FREEDOMS SO HARD FOUGHT FOR US. THE IDEAL OF FREEDOM OF SPEECH AND OUR RIGHT TO FREE EXPRESSION IS TO ALLOW US TO SPEAK OUT ABOUT WHATEVER WE WANT NO MATTER WHO DISAGREES. NOW WE ARE BEING STUNTED BY THOSE WHO STATE "IF IT OFFENDS OTHERS YOU CAN NOT SAY IT OR EXPRESS IT. THE WORD "******" WAS LONG
IN THE DICTIONARY AND HAD OTHER MEANINGS. BLACKS USE THE WORD THEMSELVES EVERY-DAY. SO NOW IN REVERSE DISCRIMINATION ONLY THEY CAN HAVE FREEDOM OF SPEECH USING THIS WORD. EVERYONE SHOULD HAVE EQUAL
RIGHTS AT JOBS, LIFESTYLE, OPPORTUNITY,
ETC., BUT NOT AT THE EXPENSE OF OTHERS'
FREEDOMS OR GIVEN SPECIAL TREATMENT,
SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR JOBS OR
PASSING CLASSES UNQUALIFIED TO GET
OPPORTUNITY OF DEGREES. THIS ONLY
LOWERS EVERYONE AND THE COUNTRY.
OUR PRACTICE OF LOWER EDUCATION
HAS DUMBIFIED OUR POPULATION WITH
OUR CITIZENS NOT KNOWING HISTORY,
UNABLE TO SPELL WORDS OR ADD AND
SUBTRACT. OUR WORK ETHIC HAS GONE
DOWN THE TUBES WHILE WE BLAME THE
IMMIGRANTS FOR STEALING WHAT JOBS
CITIZENS REFUSE TO DO. EVERONE
WANTS THE EASY HIGH PAYING JOBS,
WE HAVE ALLOWED OUR SOULS TO BE
SOLD TO CHINA AS OUR MACHINERY IS
TURNED INTO SCRAP AND THOSE ABLE
TO RUN THEM DIE OFF - CANCELLING OUR
ABILITY TO REINDUSTRIALIZE. LARGE
CORPORATIONS ONLY WORRY ABOUT PROFITS NOT THE WORKER, INTEGRITY OF THE COUNTRY, OR VIABILITY OF THE COMPANY. WARS WILL BE STARTED IF IT PROFITS THE COMPANY. THE IDEA OF A WORLD ORDER WITH LAISSE-FAIRE
BUSINESS PRACTICES IS A FARCE AS HOW
IS THERE UNTOUCHED BUSINESS PRACTICES
WHEN THE FREE NATURE BALANCE IS TWISTED WITH GIVING COUNTRIES "MOST FAVORED TRADE STATUS" WHILE THE SAME COUNTRY WILL NOT READILY HAVE THE STANDARD OF LIVING CHANGE AS THE MILITARY CONTROLS THE PASSING OF PROFITS ONTO THE POPULATION - SUCH AS WHAT OCCURRED WITH CHINA. WE NO LONGER PRESS THE IDEALS OF HARD WORK
AND ACCOMPLISHMENT SHOWING THE MEASURE OF AN INDIVIDUAL AND THEIR IDENTITY. THE PAST PRACTICE OF APPRENTICESHIPS GAVE INDIVIDUALS AN APPRECIATION FOR EVERY ASPECT OF WORKERS JOBS AND AN UNDERSTANDING OF COMPANIES NEEDS. IN THE PAST PEOPLE GROUPED TOGETHER IN COMMUNITIES BASED ON THEIR BELIEFS AND CULTURE. ENTITIES THAT ARE WORKING TO CONTROL THE GOVERNMENT AND SOCIETY IN GENERAL ARE WORKING TO CONVINCE AMERICANS THAT THEY MUST FEEL GUILTY OVER ANY PAST INJUSTICE OR PERCEIVED INJUSTICES DONE TO SPECIFIED GROUPS OF INDIVIDUALS - WHILE OTHERS ARE
IGNORED. CERTAIN CULTURES ARE HIGH-
LIGHTED AND PRESSED ON THE CITIZENS
THROUGH MEDIA AND THE EDUCATIONAL
SYSTEM, WHILE TRUE HISTORY AND THE
GREAT ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF CULTURES
WHICH ROSE UP TO TRUE ACCOMPLISHMENT
THOUGHOUT HISTORY ARE IGNORED. ALL OF
THE CULTURES SHOULD BE STUDIES AND
THEIR ADDITIONS TO OUR WORLD CELEBRATED NOT JUST SPECIFIED ONE TO APPEASE THEM. MATH AND SCIENCE EDUCATION IS BEING DIMINISHED AS WE FALL BACK FROM OUR PAST STATUS AS A TECHNOLOGICAL DYNAMO. THE ENGLISH
LANGUAGE - OUR CHOSEN NATIONAL LANGUAGE IS BEING ASSAULTED - NOT BY IMMIGRANTS WHO ARE 'TAKING OVER". IT IS BIG BUSINESS PUSHING FOR BILINGUAL ADVERTISING TO GET BUSINESS. WHEN COMMUNITES WERE LEFT ALONE TO GROW ON THEIR OWN, GROUPS OF SIMILAR BACKGROUND STAYED TOGTHER AND SOME PEOPLE NEVER LEARNED ENGLISH AS THE COMMUNITY SERVICED ITSELF. BUT WITH
THE GOVERNMENT PLACING INDIVIDUALS
WITH IMMIGRANT PLACEMENT AND SECTION 8 HOUSING - SOMETIMES BEING PURPOSELY USED TO AFFECT VOTING OUTCOME AND BREAK UP VOTER BLOCKS, THE TRUTH IS DECEIVING. PEOPLE ARE BEING LED TO SEE THE ISSUES THE WRONG WAY AND SEARCH FOR THE WRONG SOULTIONS. IT WOULD BE GREAT FOR EVERYONE TO BE GREATLY EDUCATED AND FOR US ALL TO BE BILINGUAL. BUT EVERYONE MUST NOT GET DEGREES IN THE FUTURE UNLESS THEY EARN THEM BY BEING EDUCATED AND FUNCTIONAL TO A MINIMUM STANDARD. WE MUST PROVIDE FREE ENGLISH EDUCATION AND ALSO REQUIRE IMMIGRANTS TO LEARN ENGLISH AFTER BEING HERE FOR A CERTAIN PERIOD SO THAT INDIVIDUALS UNDERSTAND THE LAWS AND
THE WORLD THEY FUNCTION IN NOT AS A WAY
TO BULLY IMMIGRANTS BUT TO SAFEGUARD
EVERYONE LIVING HERE. WE SHOULD HOUSE PRSIONERS WITH SIMILAR CRIMES TOGETHER TO WORK TO REAHBILITATE AND SOLVE WHY THEY ENTERED PRISON RATHER THAN WAREHOUSE AND THEN SPEND MORE TAX DOLLARS. FORCE POLITICIANS TO NO LONGER BE PROFESSIONAL - GO BACK TO CITIZEN POLITICIANS WHO ARE THEMSELVES AFFECTED BY THEIR DECISIONS. HOLD JUDGES ACCOUNTABLE TO THE LAWS
AND RIGHTS THEY ARE SWORN TO PROTECT,
MAKE THEM LEGALLY ACCOUNTABLE CIVILLY
AND CRIMINALLY FOR THEIR DECISIONS AS
ARE ALL OTHER CITIZENS, AND PROVIDE THE
CHECKS AND BALANCES ALL OTHER OFFICIALS WORK WITH IN. BRING DOWN THE SALARIES OF CEOS/CFOS TO THE REALISTIC LEVELS OF OTHER EMPLOYEES AND PROTECT BUSINESSES
FROM THE OVERHEAD AND DISMANTLING THAT
CEOS/CFOS HAVE BEEN INVOLVED WITH.
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WITH BONUSES FOR EFFORT AND GUARANTEED
PENSIONS INSTEAD OF THE THUGS OF TODAY,
WHO MAKE MORE THAN DOCTORS WHO SAVE
LIVES, WHILE COSTING CITIZENRY MORE FOR
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PRODUCT FOR VIABILITY), BY PUSHING CITIZENS TO UNDERSTAND THE NEED TO MANUFACTURE HERE, EVEN IF TARIFFS MUST BE IMPOSED ON PRODUCTS COMING INTO THE COUNTRY. FOREIGN COMPANIES RUNNING PLANTS IN THIS COUNTRY, WHILE PROVIDING JOBS STILL REMOVE PROFITS FROM THIS COUNTRY, COULD BE DANGERS DURING WARTIME, AND AFFECT OUR COUNTRY'S RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT. OUR RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT MUST NO LONGER BE ALLOWED TO SLIP OUT OF OUR COUNTRY AT A LOSS TO OUR COMPANIES
AND OUR COUNTRY'S SECURITY. FORCE MANAGEMENT TO REINVEST IN COMPANIES AND UNIONS TO PROTECT THE PENSIONS AND HEALTH CARE BENEFITS WHILE PUSHING FOR CONTINUING EMPLOYEE EDUCATION THEY SHOULD HAVE BEEN RATHER THAN LINE THEIR POCKETS WITH UNION DUES AND PUSH FOR UNOBTAINABLE SLARIES IN THE MARKETPLACE, RETURN TO APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAMS FOR WORKERS. AS A PEOPLE WE MUST REINVEST IN OUR IDEALS OF:
PATRIOTISM, SELF-SACRIFICE, HELPING OTHERS, QUESTIONING WHO WE VOTE INTO OFFICE, WATCHING THE USE OF OUR TAX DOLLARS, BEING WARY OF COURT DECISIONS
AND THE AFFECT THEY HAVE ON ALL CITIZENS,
QUESTION THE NEED FOR POLLUTING
PRODUCTS AND ITEMS THAT ARE NOT REPAIRABLE INSTEAD OF THE WASTE WE ARE
THROWIING INTO LANDFILLS AND OUR ENVIROMENT IN GENERAL, REUSE NOT JUST
RECYCLE WHAT WE ALREADY HAVE, PROTECT
OUR FARMLAND FROM OVERDEVELOPMENT
BEFORE IMPORTED APPLES COST US $10 EACH, PUT THE GENIE OF EMMINENT DOMAIN BACK INTO THE BOTTLE ONLY TO BE USED AS ORIGINALLY ENVISIONED - TO BUILD NECESSARY PROJECTS FOR THE PUBLIC USE - NOT TO MAKE DEVELOPERS RICH AS THEY HIDE IT AS TAX DOLLAR GENERATING, AND ASSURING OUR CIVIL RIGHTS ARE PROTECTED FOR THE FUTURE. IN GENERAL GO BACK TO USING COMMON SENSE: NOTHING IS FREE - NOT FREEDOM, OUR RIGHTS, OR GOVERNMENT FUNDING; IF SOMETHING APPEARS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE IT IS; THE GREEDY ONLY WORK TO GET RICHER; WE MUST HELP THOSE WHO CANNOT HELP THEMSELVES; WHAT YOU DO FOR OTHERS GETS RETURNED TO YOU MULTI- FOLD; YOU MUST STANDUP TO INJUSTICE; QUESTION WHAT YOU ARE TOLD; EDUCATION AND KNOWLEDGE IS POWER; EVERYONE MUST TAKE A STAND AND NOT DEPEND ON OTHERS TO DO IT FOR YOU; AND MOST IMPORTANTLY - WE DO DISRESPECT TO
THOSE WHO HAVE SACRIFICED FOR US TO HAVE OUR FREEDOMS WHEN WE DO NOT STANDUP FOR THOSE FREEDOMS WHEN THEY ARE AT RISK. A CITIZEN IS RESPONSIBLE TO EVERY OTHER CITIZEN AND HIS COUNTRY TO DO HIS PART TO PRESERVE THE COUNTRY'S FREEDOMS AND WHATEVER WORK IS REQUIRED TO MAINTAIN SAID COUNTRY.

840 days ago
161.

S1234    

This is absolutely ridiculous…. Don’t we all have “equal” rights?! As a white woman I find certain terms offensive (ex. Cracker) and no I don’t say it. I find it offensive because MAYBE one of my ancestors were called it 100,000 years ago, and what they did wasn’t right BUT, NOT JUST BLACKS WERE SLAVES ! If blacks or African Americans find the word N***a or N***er offensive then done f’in use it. It’s always the “poor” black person. THE BLACKS ARE PULLING THE RACE CARD ! Don’t label yourselves as “African American”, when you ARE a AMERICAN just like the rest of us. This is why racism is still existent. GET OVER WHAT HAPPENED 400 years ago, it happened to many other races other than African Americans. Let’s get over the race game, and all ibe EQUAL as one in AMERICA.

840 days ago
162.

S1234    

This is absolutely ridiculous…. Don’t we all have “equal” rights?! As a white woman I find certain terms offensive (ex. Cracker) and no I don’t say it. I find it offensive because MAYBE one of my ancestors were called it 100,000 years ago, and what they did wasn’t right BUT, NOT JUST BLACKS WERE SLAVES ! If blacks or African Americans find the word N***a or N***er offensive then done f’in use it. It’s always the “poor” black person. THE BLACKS ARE PULLING THE RACE CARD ! Don’t label yourselves as “African American”, when you ARE a AMERICAN just like the rest of us. This is why racism is still existent. GET OVER WHAT HAPPENED 400 years ago, it happened to many other races other than African Americans. Let’s get over the race game, and all ibe EQUAL as one in AMERICA.

840 days ago
163.

monkeysuit    

She still gives me boners!

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840 days ago
164.

tessa    

Use of a words is not delegated by race. To suggest it is racist and wrong.

840 days ago
165.

Mike     

It's obvious she did not use it in a derogatory way. She was excited and stated the song aloud! So what! If black folks don't like the word, then DON'T USE IT! It's pretty clear she isn't prejudice if she's at a black concert. If anyone is keeping prejudice alive, it's the cry babies bit@hing about it. We need to move forward and leave prejudice behind. Get over it folks.

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