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Gwyneth Paltrow

Triggers Racial Controversy

after Using N-Word

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

Jay Z and Kanye may not be in this group, but i have heard a LOT of rap songs where rappers call people gay, "fa**ots" and women are "bi*ches" so if you want respect then you have to give it. if you call me a fa**ot then i'll call you a ni**er and we can see who does what.

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Pimpcessa    

Haha, i wonder if Charlize Theron calls herself African American?

767 days ago
48.

RamHead    

"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.

I've not been under a rock and I'm neither Kris Jenner, but I don't know this song. You know why? I don't give a damn about ......what were their names?

767 days ago
49.

Vanessa    

Looks like Gwyneth aka blue-blooded-blonde-rich-beeyotch might be getting a little too comfortable around her black friends…!! watch out Bey Bey :/

767 days ago
50.

Pimpcessa    

Soon will come a day when a white person, singing along with this son will get thrown in jail......

767 days ago
51.

Pimpcessa    

If she apologizes for this, I will dislike her more than I already do! don't even think about it gurrrrl!

767 days ago
52.

ManiacalZebra    

I think it's ridiculous that blacks demand equality, then turn around and say that certain words are exclusively for black use. If it's a bad word, NO ONE should be allowed to use it. If it's OK for one group to use it, it should be OK for all to use it.

767 days ago
53.

Joao    

THAT'S TOTALLY RIDICULOUS. THAT'S WHAT NI**AS CALL THEMSELVES. THEY HAVE NO SHAME OR RACIAL PRIDE. WHAT'S THE BIG DEAL. I'M MUST BE MISSING SOMETHING HERE.. THAT'S THE NAME OF THE DAMN SONG.

767 days ago
54.

Charles    

They dont mind whites substituting the word Ninja for ******. But that's so damn stupid because everyone knows that the word is being substituted.
So, if ***** is so offensive, then why use it in the original lyrics in the first place?

Something I noticed: You dont see and asians pullin the race card and getting all up in arms when blacks use the word Ninja in their radio versions of their songs.

767 days ago
55.

Charles    

On a side note, I'd love to eat Gwenyth Paltros ass. Anyone seen the movie Shalow Hal? DAY-UM!

767 days ago
56.

Imperial    

I wish NOBODY would use it! But, people who are not African-American certainly shouldn't use it. Whatever her intention smay have been-she was dead wrong. Whether we want to remember it or not, the word does have historical significance and is a racial slur. Didn't she for a second realize that saying N*** in Paris for real" is the same as saying "they really are N***s that are really in Paris"?? I thought she had more sense that to ever Tweet something like that. I have no sympathy for her getting this backlash. Make better decisions Gwen-geez!

767 days ago
57.

Michael Jackson Was A Pedo    

So some black guys put the n-word in the title of their song and you're not allowed to say the name of the song unless you're black? How f***ing dumb. She didn't do anything wrong. People are just f***ing morons.

767 days ago
58.

cece    

NO ONE SHOULD USE THE N WORD
Gwyneth, Kayne and Jay Z included

767 days ago
59.

LOVELIFE    

OH PLEASE WHY CAN'T SHE SAY ? BECAUSE SHE'S NOT BLACK ? IF SO ALL OF THE ABOVE NEEDS TO STOP USING THE ((N. WORD)) COME PEOPLE WAKE UP!

767 days ago
60.

Keyser Söze    

This comment comes from a black man who just happen to not be African-American, which is the HUGE majority of black folks around the world:

This nonsense has been going on ever since the days of NWA, namely black artists freely and, frankly, stupidly using the n-word in the lyrics of their songs, selling said songs to the mainstream public (read: white people), because, well, that's where the money at and it's the only way they could make millions out of their albums. But then, lo and behold, when those dumb white folks start using and/or singing the same exact lyrics from those songs they love listening to, every African-Americans who hear about it completely lose their sh*t as if those guys actually killed an black baby.

Listen... I could tell all the black folks in the US that we are now in the 21st century, and that it's more than time they start getting over that stupid word altogether, since it's just a word, a very stupid one at that, and doesn't have any more power than any other insults anyone can throw out there. But I'm not naive enough to think they can muster yet the indifference to not being affected by it. Like it or not, the n-word is loaded - it got a ugly-ass history in the States, and it will probably take a few generations for it to stop affecting folks as much as it still does nowadays.

That being said... if you got to be upset at someone in the story, be upset at the right people. Gwyneth Paltrow is just repeating the damn title of the damn song here! Be piss at Sean and Kanye for using a negative term to create fake controversies and thereby make money out of it. What, they couldn't call it "Brothas in Paris" or, more accurately, '"Jackass in Paris", right? Naw, let's just once again trivialize 'n*ggas' and make self-righteous dumbasses lose their minds when white people DARE to sing it... typical B.S.

Wanna be upset at Gwyneth about something? Be piss at her for having some poor-ass taste, cause that track is weak as all hell. Everything else... blame it on 'the throne'. Hey white kids! You like that new hip-hop track with bad lyrics in it? SING THE CRAP OUTTA IT! Cause, ultimately, if they care about you using those bad words, they wouldn't try to sell those track to you, wouldn't they?

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