Oh, dear. The chorus of Gwyneth Paltrow saviors is growing, but this time, my boy Nas is adding his two cents to the list.
After Gwyneth got a little too up in her feelings about seeing her bestie’s husband perform his smash hit “N-ggas in Paris” and got a little too free with the tweets, saying she had just witnessed “N-ggas in Paris for real,” many were both shocked and not-so-outraged about her comments. While many wondered how anyone could be upset about Paltrow’s use of the still-controversial n-word considering it IS the title of the song, others felt that she, nor anyone for that matter, should utter the word.
Russell Simons, Toure, and The Dream all came to Gwyneth’s defense, and now Nas has weighed in on the matter, telling CBS news he’d “slap the sh*t out of somebody for Gwyneth Paltrow.”
Who knew Gwyneth had such street cred?
Nas explained: “She’s the homie, she’s cool. Gwyneth gets a pass. Real people get a pass. We know what this sh*t is.”
Nas admitted that many don’t agree with his idea of giving certain people “passes” to use a racial slur (go figure), but he doesn’t care. Gwyneth is his homie, his ace, and according to Mr. Jones, “a real n-gga.”
“Some might not feel the same way,” Nas said. “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 ni**as, Gwyneth Paltrow is a real ni**a, that’s my homie. That’s how I’m on it. Some people get a pass.”
As much as I love (like really, really love) Nas, I have to disagree with him. No matter how many songs she sings or millionaire rappers she befriends, Gwyneth Paltrow will never be confused for or be considered anybody’s “n-gga.”
I’m going to pretend folks aren’t buying into this foolishness that we’ve “reclaimed” the n-word and that any and everybody should be using it. No…instead I’m going to put Nas’ comments right along side his verse in “Oochie Walley“–in the folder marked “Things that should have never happened.”