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Gwyneth Paltrow tweets back at N-word controversy

June 04, 2012|By Matt Donnelly
  • A tweet from Gwyneth Paltrow has caused controversy. Yes, controversy! On Twitter, believe it or not!
A tweet from Gwyneth Paltrow has caused controversy. Yes, controversy!… (Timothy A. Clary / Getty…)

Gwyneth Paltrow is urging folks to calm down after some negative feedback from one of her tweets. 

On Friday evening, Paltrow furthered her well-documented friendship with Beyonce by joining her at Jay-Z and Kanye West's Paris stop of the Watch the Throne tour.  

While jamming, fellow concert-goer The Dream (producer Terius Nash) tweeted a photo of the "Avengers" actress dancing onstage. She tweeted back, "Ni**as in paris for real."  

Instant reaction was that Paltrow had no business tweeting the N-word (Paltrow personally inserted the asterisks into the word), but we have to ask -- who doesn't know that "Ni**as In Paris" is the title of a hit Jay-Z and Kanye song? 

Paltrow feels the same, responding to backlash by writing, "Hold up. It's the title of the song." 

The issue has sparked debate over whether the word was fair to use given its context as a song title. Nash got some heat for defending Paltrow, and even told his own followers that he himself typed Paltrow's controversial reply into her phone.

"Fyi Sorry for the [confusion] I typed Ni**as in paris for real from Gwens Phone my bad...," he wrote. " ... please excuse it! We were lit!"

And this would be the twitter hangover.

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Follow Matt Donnelly on Twitter @mattdonnelly.

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