Russell Simmons defends Paltrow's N-word tweet
Hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons has defended actress Gwyneth Paltrow's use of the N-word on Twitter.
The star was attending rappers Jay-Z and Kanye West's Watch The Throne show in Paris on Friday night (June 1) when she tweeted the name of their Top 10 hit single "N****s in Paris," prompting a backlash.
"Ni**as in paris for real," she wrote, along with a photo of herself on stage with the two rappers. Her followers immediately began questioning the use of her word and the story but Simmons, one of the founders of hip-hop label Def Jam, has since urged fans to brush the controversy off, arguing that the success of the song should transcend political correctness.
"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," Simmons wrote on Global Grind. "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.
"There is something truly inspiring about black culture and black music, hip-hop culture and hip-hop music. No matter what colour skin you might have, there is an overriding good effect that this music has on you. It is contagious," he continued. "Having any Hollywood starlet at your concert was unimaginable, and having her quote your lyrics as a badge of honor that she was hanging out with you, you never would have dreamed of that – until your poetry hit the market and changed the world.
"So, for Gwyneth to tweet out her excitement about hip-hop taking over the planet is a good thing. She didn’t mean any harm, she just was trying to ball so hard, and like Jay-Z says, 'motherf***ers can’t fine' her."