Nas Defends Gwyneth Paltrow’s N-Word Tweet: “Real People Get a Pass”
Gwyneth Paltrow’s use of the ‘N-word’ still seems to be a hot topic in the black community. There are some people extremely upset, while others are in defense of the Oscar winning actress. Rapper Nas, who is known to make songs about African American struggles, has surprisingly defended Paltrow’s ‘N-word’ tweet:
“I would slap the s*** out of somebody for Gwyneth Paltrow. She’s the homie she’s cool. Gwyneth gets a pass. Real people get a pass we know what this s*** is. We don’t interrupt Italians when they say ‘Wop’ to each other. They gonna punch you in the mouth if you interrupt that. Don’t interrupt us. We pick and choose.
Some might not feel the same way. Some of us will get angrier about it than others but some people get a pass. The people that I know who are cool and real n****s, Gwyneth Paltrow is a real n****, that’s my homie. That’s how I’m on it. Some people get a pass.”
Russell Simmons has also jumped to Paltrow’s defense:
“The tweet she sent has since angered some in the black community, since she used the n-word. But when I saw it, it didn’t faze me – not even one bit.
I have to throw my hand up and stand up for Gwyneth. I know her intentions were not to be offensive … she was just proud of her friend, Jay-Z. My words are in defense of her.”
Q-tip on the other hand isn’t hopping on the bandwagon. The rapper tweeted:
“Listen Rush Simmons, Toure, and all Black folk who are sympathist [sic] to this gwen paltrow ni**a thing. She may not have meant harm, sure it was in the heat of the moment but that fact that she showed not 1 IOTA of an apologetic tone, given the historical weight of that word is not responsible of G paltrow’s part. As powerful as hiphop is it DOESNT erase the years of damage that not only that word has done but circumstances that usually surrounded it. Sure there is empathy for the black American struggle from all races but the empathy shld be extended to the great pain we as blacks have experienced for generations.
For the pain that we still deal with in our communities daily. Was gwen wrong for recognizing unrelated people to the song as ‘ni**as in paris for real’? debatable. BUT she SHLD have. Paltrow shld have offered a ‘if i offended anyone im truly sorry’ as a person who loves black people and understands there’s a scope of black folk that exist beyond the ones that she partied with in Paris who are still dealing w the complexities of their circumstances. black folks that dont [sic] know about giving a white person a ‘pass’ … there is a lot to this thing. Rush ? Toure? its ok its all love brothas but lets build … later! and i got love for yall and im glad we can express our views! peace. BTW i said nothing mean or nasty. i met gwen and chris. kool peeps! so no need to be mean in ur responses.”
Deep Q-tip…extremely deep. What do you think of this debate??