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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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61.

tab    

you can, they can't...what else is new??

838 days ago
62.

PornHallOfShamer    

How come TMZ uses the G word with impunity but censors all other slurs? Shouldn't it be reserved for olive skins and voweled surnames? Or is there a double standard where hate speech is concerned?

838 days ago
63.

Ann    

It's the name of a song, if you don't want me to say that word, then change the name of the song.

I am so tired of the black community and their martyr attitude when it comes to that word. You bring it on yourself with addressing each other with that word. If you don't demand respect from each other, then how can you respect from others?

Also, I read several comments about slavery...really? What does slavery have to do with her tweet? NOTHING. Plus, I never owned a slave, so quit preaching to me about slavery. I am full blooded Italian, we had our own problems going on, so get over yourself.

837 days ago
64.

Hank    

Really? Black people can say whatever they want whenever they want but white people have to get approval first. I think black people cause their own racisim by making everything about race. I'm sure now everyone will be tripping over themselves being politicly correct to make them happy. Whole thing makes me sick.

837 days ago
65.

South Beach    

it's the name of the SONG for the love of God. Are those "firestorm" people brain dead?

837 days ago
66.

Discoboy    

If Beyonce tweeted that, there'd be no controversy.

837 days ago
67.

Allen    

white people love to claim equality or whatever. When blacks enslave you for 400 years, whip you, beat you, lynch you, practice segregation and discriminate against you at every turn then we can call it even and equal and you can say the N word. Until then stfu. Nothing but a bunch of whining pansies.

837 days ago
68.

lauren    

N****s please!!! Thats the name of the F***ing song!! So all bets are off.

837 days ago
69.

Allen    

oh and Harvey's a ***got ass dick sucking homo...let's see if he gets offended by those words. I mean, it's the truth, right?

837 days ago
70.

Allen    

this article and the poll is "gay"....hahahaha

837 days ago
71.

jadedgurl    

1. People on here are using a lot of generalizations. 2. I am African-American and I do use Black and African-American interchangeably (maybe that's just me) some people on here think that no one of that ethnicity uses that term
3. Not every Black person uses the N word. It bothers me to no end when I see countless comments "Blacks use it". At my family gatherings we don't go around saying "n this, n that".
4. Rap is primarily to blame for the continuance of the use of that word and it's just the promotion of ignorant behavior (sadly a lot of rap today is about that)
5. If a word offends me I have a right to get offended by its use. Oddly enough I didn't get offended by Paltrow's use of the word as I could say is "We do it to ourselves". Meaning she wouldn't be saying or tweeting the word willy nilly if the song hadn't been written...thanks Jay-Z and Kanye. Two idiots that constantly promote negativity. Especially Jay-Z...you haven't sold drugs in 20 yrs so stop rapping as if you are still slanging rocks and that it's a lucrative avenue with a positive outcome if you stay in the game...you idiot!

837 days ago
72.

DizzKid    

Maybe people attention should be gear towards Jay Z And Kayne for the name of the song instead hm?


This is ridiculously, and any black person getting mad at her for using it is ridiculous. It's black rappers and comedians that keep putting the word out there. If you want to get mad at someone, get mad at them smh!

837 days ago
73.

jordii    

yes, well, if you don't want people to use it don't write it into a song. so tired of black people using the word but its a big no no for white people. the word is disgusting to me no matter who uses it.

i bet rosa parks is turning over in her grave after what she did for black peoples rights.

837 days ago
74.

Jen    

This is the stupidest f*cking "story" I've read all week. The name of the song is N I G G A S IN PARIS. That's the name of it. Saying the name of a song doesn't make someone racist. How f*cking stupid can people be? She's only BEST FRIENDS with Beyonce & Jay-Z, so why on earth would she tweet to millions of people calling him a n*gger. So damn stupid!

837 days ago
75.

Leader of the ignorant masses    

That is not the "N" word. Whether anyone else should be able to use it means nothing if you actually named the song that and someone is just saying the name of the song. People trying to make a issue where there is not one.

837 days ago
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