Get The Facts Straight Before Gwyneth Hate
So Twitter talk puts yet another celebrity in the hot seat for comments. This time around we’ve got actress Gwyneth Paltrow cooking from a tweet she made on June 1, 2012 that said “Ni**as in paris for real @mrteriusnash (the dream) tyty, beehigh”. She tweeted the above photo, along with that statement, showing her on stage in Paris while Jay-Z and Kanye West are performing their hit song entitled “Ni**as In Paris”.
Now this isn’t another post to debate whether or not it was appropriate for her to make that tweet. That topic is being debated all over blogosphere, twitterverse, and whatever media likes to report controversy. The issue that I want to bring up is a bit different.
In reacting to Gwyneth’s tweet and in efforts to spread the fury further, several blogs, Facebook posts and the like have been passing around the wrong picture to go along with Ms. Paltrow’s quote. The following picture being the one I’m speaking about.
Again, this is not the correct picture. This picture, coupled with Gwyneth’s tweet, sends a completely different message. The context isn’t the same. This picture shows Gwyneth surrounded by black people, namely Kelly Rowland, Beyonce, Jay-Z, and Spike Lee. The statement “Ni**as in paris for real” takes on a whole new meaning in this situation. It makes it look like Gwyneth was referring to black people by that racial epitaph. The real picture, show above, is her on stage during an eleven-times in a row performance of the song “Ni**as in Paris”. The incorrect conclusion not only says something about Ms. Paltrow but also opens up those she is in the picture with to judgement. I saw one response to the tweet being accredited to this picture that read “More like house ni**as in paris”. Because this makes it look like they are all cool with her referring to them in that manner.
My point is this, let’s make sure we have the facts correct before we make judgements and assumptions. The message can be completely changed and skewed causing people to come to conclusions that they might otherwise not come to. Again, this particular commentary isn’t one about the appropriate nature of her tweet or using that phrase as a title of the song. This was simply about getting the facts straight and not letting false propaganda rule the conversation. Besides Jay Smooth and others have already spoken on the topic.