Another debate over the use of the “n-word” has erupted, and this time it started with a tweet from actress Gwyneth Paltrow, who took in a Jay-Z/Kanye West show in Paris.
— Gwyneth Paltrow (@GwynethPaltrow) June 1, 2012
Paltrow watched the show with producer The Dream, who initially took the heat for the… tweet, but later recanted to MTV News. Still he, along with Russell Simmons and others, have defended Paltrow’s words. The actress herself has also said she was simply stating the name of the popular Watch the Throne track, and meant no harm.
Being a middle-class white guy, I’m not about to talk in an authoritative manner about the use of a word that has had no effect what-so-ever on my life. That stated, I never use the word, in any circumstance, because to me it just doesn’t feel right.