Gwyneth Paltrow's Controversial 'N-Word' Tweet Could Have Easily Been Avoided

Gwyneth PaltrowGwyneth Paltrow has never seemed to have a problem being particularly vocal with just about anything. If she's living it and believes in it, she puts it out there. Admirable, sure, but also at times incredibly irritating! Now, she's gone and done something she might never live down ... Gwynnie tweeted the N-word while partying at a Jay-Z and Kanye West concert in Paris this weekend. Reportedly, The Dream (aka Terius Nash) took a pic of Gwyneth dancing onstage and blasted it out to his Twitter followers. She then tweeted a reply: "Ni**as in paris for real." 'Course, then, Twitter chaos and controversy galore ensued.

The Dream later apologized for them both, trying to take the fall for the tweet and blaming being "lit," but oh man -- what an illustrated example of what not to do on Twitter!

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And I'm not necessarily talking about the use of the N-word -- especially in a song title or lyrics. I'm talking about posting anything that could be construed as racist, sexist, insensitive, or ignorant ... without considering the potential consequences. You'd think the more followers someone has, the more responsible they'd try to be when mouthing off via social media. In other words, you hope they'd think before before writing a potentially incriminating or even just inflammatory tweet. But no.

Whether or not she should have tweeted the word -- even as part of a song title -- is up for debate. There are obviously strong feelings about that on both sides of the debate. But for that reason, she should have taken a little more care. Maybe given the tweet a little more context. Or just written something else entirely. Because I wouldn't peg her as the type to want to necessarily invite controversy (at least not this kind) with her tweets. And whether or not she's cool with the can of worms she opened, this is one incident that could taint her on- and offline rep for good.

Do you think Gwyneth should have thought before she tweeted?

 

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