Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Powerful words

Did you hear this story about Gwyneth Paltrow tweeting the n-word?

She says she used the phrase because it's the lyric to a song. Fair enough - but I sorta think that still crosses a line.

Words are powerful. Sometimes, we give them too much power, and we need to try and negate that power. But that's a slow process, and it starts by teaching kids lessons - privately.

An international film star (Oscar-winning, at that) can't take to her very-public twitter account with a word that is possibly one of the most heated, racially-charged insults ever - and not expect to ruffle a few feathers.

After all - not all her followers know her friends said she could "take it back."

There are some things you just don't say.


  1. She didn't say the word. She didn't tweet the word. She tweeted a censored version of the word. No harm, no foul. If she had SAID it, or had tweeted it UNCENSORED, then it would be an issue. but she didn't.

  2. It's not like she was ranting and raving about something and used that worth Hatefully.
    It really is just a lyric and I think it has really gone too far.
    She's friends with Jay-Z and Beyonce... The people who she really wanted to see that understood what she meant.