When a word has the same spelling and the same pronunciation, yet has more than one meaning it’s called a homonym. When a word has the same spelling and the same pronunciation, but only has different meanings when heard by particular races of people who aren’t your race, and you decide to all of a sudden be offended by their use of it, it’s called: stupid.
Well that’s why I call it at least.
Gwyneth Paltrow was (practically if not for sure) trending the other day online because of her use of a word. Before even clicking a source to verify what she said that was so offensive, I rolled my eyes immediately guessing.
“When partying on stage with the couple (Beyonce and Jay-Z) during a Jay-Z and Kanye Watch The Throne stop in Paris Friday, Paltrow tweeted a photo with the message, “Ni**as in paris for real @mrteiusnash (the dream) tyty, beehigh.”
Many who took offense to Paltrow using the derogatory term slammed her online.”
Yeah, yeah, yeah of course they did.
Why? Because there are certain words only certain people are allowed to say. Apparently.
“Paltrow defended using the word. “Hold up. It’s the title of the song!” she said in response to a post from a blogger.”
Doesn’t matter. Apparently.
Reading this article on yahoo music’s Hip Hop Media Training, writer Billy Johnson Jr, chose to end it with this,
“But Paltrow isn’t the only person confused about the etiquette for using the N-word. There’s one simple rule. If you are not African American there is no instance for using the word that is not going to be taken offensively. It doesn’t matter if you’re friends with the most prominent African Africans on the planet, Jay-Z, Beyonce, Oprah or President Obama. Don’t. Use. The. Word.”
The debate and drama over who can, and who never can use the word is endless and rages on.
The online Dictionary Reference describes the word as being “probably the most offensive word in English.”
Why do we allow ANYONE to say it? Can we get a little backlash for Kayne West throwing it around—just for good measure? It’s like dear songwriters, how dare you write music that some of your fans are going to be offended by if some of your other fans sing along to!!!
Its’ not as though this is the only word like this either. It’s perhaps at the top of the list—but the fact that there is a list is a problem.
- It’s okay for black people to use the n-word.
- It’s okay for gay people to use the f-word.
- Mexicans (especially comediennes) make light of words like beaner, wetback, and brownie.
- Go to certain parts of America you’ll prone to hear many a white person refer to each other as a cracker.
These words are used in a why that embraced the negative stereotype surrounding them, and maybe the users actually think their taking back the power from the word by using it themselves in humor or what not, but the second you cry foul play when runs with the example you’ve set, and uses it the way you’ve shown them, you’ve given all the power back to the word. Every negative thing associated with it comes rushing to the surface and that sucks. Some people still use the words for intentional racist purposes. Fact. But when your BFF is freaking Beyonce (!!!)—we all know you are NOT racist, and undeserving of criticism. Fact.
The drama rages on.
(And it’s stupid. That’s how I really feel about it, in case you haven’t figured it out yet. I certainly don’t use the word. No power from me to it period.)
Lets take to moment to now defer to a few words that have been all but been redeemed from their derogatory racial ties. Granted half of them still don’t mean anything positive about someone, but I doubt the masses are using them in conjunction with the racial heritages they were once connected to, and in reference of. Words like: Hooligan, vandal, hip hip hooray, picnic, barbarian, bugger, cannibal, and gyp.
Cracked.com has a super informative article on these words that can be found here in, 8 Racist Words You Use Every Day.
To wrap up this vent on words with more than a solitary meaning, I’ll leave you with something on the humorous side.
One word 50 meanings.
50 shades of:” hey” click HERE
- Gwyneth Paltrow, “Niggas,” and the Black Folks Who Cried Wolf (clutchmagonline.com)
- Beyonce’s BFF Gwyneth Paltrow Calls Her A “N*gga In Paris” (hellobeautiful.com)