June 4 – 10: Ice T On Gwyneth Paltrow Using The N-word: ‘Leave [Her] Alone’

Billy Johnson, Jr.
Stop The Presses!

Gwyneth Paltrow was the subject of much debate this week. While jet-setting in Paris at Jay-Z and Kanye West's "Watch The Throne" concert, she joined them from the sidelines of the stage, took a camera phone photo and posted it on social media sites Who Say and Twitter. The problem was her caption that included the title Jay-Z and Kanye's controversial song, "N-ggas In Paris."

Some have attacked Paltrow for typing "ni**gas in paris for real" underneath a photo of two African Americans, Jay-Z and Beyonce. Others like Russell Simmons, The Dream, and now Ice T have come to her defense.

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Veteran rapper Ice T, who has freely used the N-word in his lyrics since the 1980s, believes the slams on Paltrow are unwarranted. "The Internet has allowed a bunch of dumb people to say dumb things. Gwyneth Paltrow typed the name of the f—king record," the "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" actor told Yahoo! Music's The Aftermath in an exclusive interview. "Leave Gwyneth Paltrow alone. We got wars going on. We got real issues. People have nothing else to say. People want to talk sh-t about Gynweth Paltrow. Is she a racist? If she was really racist, she wouldn't be listening to rap music to begin with. So shut the f—k up and leave Gwyneth Paltrow alone."

Ice T, who also stars in the reality series "Ice Loves Coco" with his wife Coco Austin, said he does not have a problem with people who are not African American using the N-word when singing a rap song. "If you a rap fan and you listening to the damn record … if you singing the words, you get a pass. That's part of the record. I wrote it. You lip syncing me."

Ice T, who releases his new documentary "Something From Nothing: The Art Of Rap" on June 15, said using the word is about a universal rule of respect that he applies to other "inside words." "So if the word does not pertain to you, you don't say it," he said. "If you ain't fat don't call anyone fat. If you ain't Jewish don't say Jewish slang. If you're not Italian don't say Italian slang."

By the same token, Ice T understands why some people are upset with Paltrow for posting the N-word online. "It's an inside word so use it at your own risk … As far as Gwyneth Paltrow, ain't she Jay-Z's [daughter's] godmother? So she f—ks with black people. Leave [her] alone."

Paltrow isn't the only celebrity with a disagreement brewing online. Soul goddess Erykah Badu and Flaming Flips frontman Wayne Coyne have been fighting via Twitter all week. Last week, Coyne released a music video for the group's cover of Roberta Flack's "First Time Ever I Saw Your Face" featuring Badu's vocals. The video features Badu and her sister in various nude scenes. Badu argues that she hates the final edit and that Coyne released the video without her approval.

In other drama, Axl Rose was robbed of $200,000 worth of jewelry after performing in Paris. John Mayer whined that he thought Taylor Swift's "Dear John" diss was unfair. Nicki Minaj refused to perform at Hot 97's Summer Jam concert after one of the station's personalities criticized her song "Starships" during the introduction of another act, and Lauryn Hill responded to accusations that she is dodging paying her taxes.

But there was also some good news this week. Bonnaroo 2012 kicked off in Manchester, Tennessee, boasting a million top acts including Radiohead, Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Beach Boys. Kanye West turned 35 Friday. And Miley Cyrus announced her engagement to "Hunger Games" actor Liam Hemsworth.

On Friday, the family of late Bee Gees member Robin Gibb paid their respects in a memorial service.

That's it for this week's roundup of music news. See you next time.


1) Oh No She Didn't -- Gwyneth Paltrow tweets "ni**gas in paris" for real.

2) Rated R -- Erykah Badu and Flaming Lips Wayne Coyne feud over nude video collaboration.

3) Stop Thief -- Axl Rose robbed of $200,000 worth of jewelry.

4) Put A Ring On It -- Miley Cyrus engaged to actor Liam Hemsworth.

5) The Show Must Not Go On -- Nicki Minaj refused to take stage at New York radio station concert after dissed by DJ.

6) R.I.P. -- Bee Gee Robin Gibb laid to rest.

7) Cry Baby -- John Mayer calls Taylor Swift mean for "Dear John" song.

8) Let The Games Begin -- The Bonnaroo music festival descends on Manchester, Tennessee.

9) Tax Day -- Lauryn Hill accused of refusing to pay her taxes.

10) Happy Birthday -- Kanye West turns 35.

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