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Gwyneth Paltrow in trouble for tweet
Why is it that of all the minority groups, there remains a persistent segment of the black community that is determined to own the pejorative once directed at them rather than just discard it? Why try to repurpose and reclaim it, then criticize non-blacks for following the lead? The reason the word won't die is because they won't let it. I don't run around calling my white family members honkies and crackers or my Mexican relations spicks and wetbacks. Seems like common sense to me. I know there are plenty of black folks that feel the same way as I do (my black relations for starters), but some people didn't get the memo.Gwyneth Paltrow is involved in a Twitter-related controversy that I will now explain to you because that’s my job. First, the facts: On June 1, Gwynnie tweeted, “[N-words] in paris for real [@Terius Nash] (the dream) tyty, beehigh” with a picture of three people at a Kanye West and Jay-Z “Watch the Throne” performance.
(Nash is the songwriter better known as The-Dream. “Tyty” is Jay-Z’s friend, “Beehigh” is the rapper’s cousin.)
Some Twitter users became upset with Paltrow for her use of the N-word (which she had composed with letters and stars), to which she responded, “Hold up. It’s the title of the song!” The-Dream came to her defense, first trying to take credit for the tweet then saying there’s too much power given to the word. It’s too bad that’s there not a GOOP guide to Twitter Paltrow could have used.
So, what gives?