The-Dream doesn’t have a problem with Gwyneth Paltrow tweeting the "n-word," but how do you feel?
After a few days of controversy and ample amounts of side-eye, the actress’ friends are stepping in to defend her, despite the fact that The-Dream claims he was the one who sent the offending tweet.
"Fyi Sorry for the Confu I typed Ni**as in Paris for real from Gwens phone," he revealed this week. "My bad I was Fkd up please excuse it! We were lit!"
Fans of the producer were upset that he was speaking up on Gwyneth’s behalf after she excused the posting by citing that it was just the title of a song. The-Dream doesn’t think people should be offended. "N—a doesn’t have any power over me which is why this will be the last thing I say about it," he tweeted. "A word means something when u react to it! … Context is everything."
Context aside, Sherri Shepherd expressed that the tweet was an example of poor judgment, no matter who wrote it. Since it came from a White woman’s account, Sherri feels that Gwyneth should have expected to hear something about it.
"I don’t know that there’s ever a time that a White person can say that and not get a backlash for using it," Sherri said matter-of-factly. "If you got a group of people that say all the time that it offends them, even if you have friends who say, ‘Oh it’s okay,’ there’s always going to be a backlash."
But what do you think? Our president is Black, interracial marriage is on the rise and many people have a diverse set of friends. So, it should be cool now, right? Not exactly, according to our fans on Facebook.
Schlonte’ McGee had a good chuckle about it, stating, "I find it hilarious." However, Sherrie Williams thinks it is "never appropriate" to use the n-word.
And in Keisha Bristow’s opinion, that sentiment goes for anyone, regardless of color. "Honestly, I don’t like the word," she wrote, "no matter WHO uses it!!!"
Others were a little more lax about Gwyneth’s tweet. Nikita Russell, for example, wasn’t sweating it because Jay-Z and Beyonce haven’t gotten all up in arms about the post. Apparently, her "’nigga’ friends don’t care so why should I?" said Nikita. "Long as she don’t call me one."
"I find it offensive and should never be used by anyone Black or White," said Patricia Green, who thinks that Black people should stop using it as a term of endearment. "I blame those (Black people who use it) thinking they are taking it back, how ignorant, no self pride in your own culture just downright ignorant and no Black pride anymore, sad."
But it was Grace Marbury who poked a hole in Gwyneth’s defense that she was just tweeting a song title. "Nigga should not be used by anyone," Grace stated, "but she added ‘for real’ like WTF do she mean for real!!! It read "niggas in Paris for real" that’s why I’m looking at her side ways."
Melody D. Bernardez, however, thinks the responsibility for this whole debacle ultimately lies with Jay-Z and Kanye. "If she’s quoting what was in the song," Melody reasoned, "then apparently the person who decided to name the title of this song did not consider the ramifications of the outcome."