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Q-Tip Blasts Russell Simmons For Defending Gwyneth Paltrow


Q-Tip is weighing in on Gwyneth Paltrow’s n-word “tweeting scandal,” and he’s upset with Russell Simmons for defending the Oscar winner. Uncle Rush wrote a blog post on his Global Grind website yesterday about the history of the n-word, in a foolish attempt to remove some of the “power” behind the word.

The G.O.O.D. Music rapper laid into Simmons, and Touré via Twitter. “Listen Rush Simmons, Toure, and all Black folk who are sympathist [sic] to this gwen paltrow ni**a thing. She may not have meant harm, sure it was in the heat of the moment but that fact that she showed not 1 IOTA of an apologetic tone, given the historical weight of that word is not responsible of G paltrow’s part,” he wrote. “As powerful as hiphop is it DOESNT erase the years of damage that not only that word has done but circumstances that usually surrounded it. Sure there is empathy for the black American struggle from all races but the empathy shld be extended to the great pain we as blacks have experienced for generations.

“For the pain that we still deal with in our communities daily. Was gwen wrong for recognizing unrelated people to the song as ‘ni**as in paris for real’? debatable. BUT she SHLD have. Paltrow shld have offered a ‘if i offended anyone im truly sorry’ as a person who loves black people and understands there’s a scope of black folk that exist beyond the ones that she partied with in Paris who are still dealing w the complexities of their circumstances. black folks that dont [sic] know about giving a white person a ‘pass’ … there is a lot to this thing. Rush ? Toure? its ok its all love brothas but lets build … later! and i got love for yall and im glad we can express our views! peace. BTW i said nothing mean or nasty. i met gwen and chris. kool peeps! so no need to be mean in ur responses.”

After she posted the offensive “Ni**as in paris for real@mrteriusnash (the dream) tyty, beehigh,” tweet, The Dream claimed to have sent out the post–which is highly unlikely. Paltrow also attempted to explain herself by using the “it’s the title of the song” excuse.

Respect to Tip for saying what other people seem to be afraid to address.



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  • Nickxdope

    after reading what tip said, i still dont have a problem with what gwyneth tweeted… i mean come on, why should anyone be offended by that? are u saying white people cant say the title of the song? are you saying she should have tweeted “track 3 off of watch the throne is being performed now by my buddies”, i mean come on.. obviously she meant no harm by it.. and even if thats not the issue.. hear me out … if any black person took offense to that.. for them to take offense to that, they had to be thinking in their mind.. “hol up, she’s white, she cant say that!” 😐 .. people in general should NOT think like that… the color of your skin or anyones skin DOES NOT MATTER.. please people, its the year 2012, its about time we move on from this.. by taking offense to that simple innocent tweet and making it and ongoing issue (she tweeted it some days ago, and we are still talking about it) is putting society in reverse.. we should be moving forward from that dark era we went through, not back into it… move on people.. (btw i am black, but does it matter?)

  • Peppermint

    Anyone outside the brown culture would not have the freedom or feel the freedom of saying the N word if those that said it within their own in songs and on TV didn’t do so. Those that use the word keep it current and now its mainstream…. no other culture degrades themselves within and without as much as brown people do. You can not expect to use a word that carries so much pain and humiliation, without repercussions. Brown people made it ok for any and everyone to say it, now here are the consequences!

  • J.O

    C’mon now black ppl.. We are getting a lil too sensitive now! For the record I’m black and we need to stop jumping to conclusions and speaking out every single time someone other than black uses the word. What about these non-black rappers who use the word constantly Q-Tip? We respect what you did for Hip-Hop but we don’t need this non-sense from u or other black ppl who feel entitled to say something. It’s time to chill out for a sec tho