Wednesday, June 6

Ni**as In Paris???

Recently Gwenyth Paltrow tweeted a picture that had Twitter on fire.  She attended the Jay-Z Kanye West concert in Paris with some of her celeb friends Beyonce (of course), Kelly Rowland and Spike Lee.  And while she was there she tweeted a picture with the caption "Ni**as in paris for real" (see pic below)

Gwyneth Paltrow on WhoSay

Why is everyone going crazy? At the concert that night, Jay-Z performed his song 'Ain't No Ni**a' and EVERYONE in the room was singing every lyric (including all the White girls to their Black boyfriends in the audience that night).  After all, it's just the name of the song title...right?

Reaction to this innocent (I don't think that she did it maliciously) has been varied...some say that she shouldn't have used it.  Some say get over it.  Some say that White people shouldn't use it.  It's enough to make your head spin.

So what are the 'rules' we need to live by concerning the every controversial N-word?  Is it OK to use it in hip hop circles only?  Do Black people get to use it towards each other at free will and every other race has to tread lightly when using it?

Do we allow this to go by as innocent and frown upon a  Dutch magazine calling Rihanna's style 'ni**gabitch'?  (Click here to read more)

I don't think we'll ever come to a consensus on the use of the word...but I'm curious to know if any of you use the word.  Do you get offended when Black people use the word?  Other races?  Maybe it's the context that matters most?


ragamuffin said...

I think it depends on the context its used. For example. Gwyneth tweeting that picture with the title of the well known song isn't malicious in any way. Now if she said, I hate the stupid nigga. Now that's a whole different context. I'm pretty sure the circle she was in didn't find it offensive. So I say let it go. Not a big deal. said...



Only niggers know what a real nigger is.

Forget the clothes, the car, the house, the wife...
let her worry about those, kids.

In a wor(l)d "What" aint worth tryin, all I can do is take what I have to give.

Only a nigger nose... what a real nigger is.

(I am in love with a Black man, so don't think it's meant to be racist)

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