Gwyneth Paltrow's N-Word Tweet Gets Thumbs-Up From Russell Simmons

"I know her intentions were not to be offensive," Russell Simmons says of Gwyneth Paltrow's tweeted slur

Gwyneth Paltrow's use of a racial slur on her Twitter account over the weekend angered many. But Russell Simmons wasn't one of them.

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Hip-hop mogul Simmons weighed in on Paltrow's controversial tweet via a post on Global Grind on Tuesday, and to hear him tell it, the only thing that offended him about the actress' tweet was that he wasn't also at the Jay-Z and Kanye West concert that Paltrow tweeted from.

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"It was at this show that my friend Gwyneth Paltrow tweeted something that got me a little twisted," Simmons wrote. "I follow Gwyneth on Twitter and when I saw her tweet about the 'N*ggas in Paris' show in PARIS, I said ‘Damn everybody is there but me.’ I’m a bit older and I don’t get to jet-set to concerts like I used to, but when I saw Gwyneth was there, I must admit, I got a little jealous."

With regard to Paltrow's use of the epithet itself, however, Simmons was unfazed.

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"I have to throw my hand up and stand up for Gwyneth," Simmons said. "I know her intentions were not to be offensive … she was just proud of her friend, Jay-Z."

While admitting that he doesn't have "a permanent answer to the n-word controversy that appeases everyone," Simmons does suggest that Paltrow was merely celebrating the success of Jay-Z — much like he and West do in the song that inspired Paltrow's virtual use of the slur.

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"[I]n the case of 'N*ggas in Paris,' it is clear that these two poets are celebrating the fact that they now travel the world and are literally ballin’ in Paris … it started as a badge of honor, something to be proud of, something to poke their chests out at," Simmons wrote. "Because for them, when they were kids, Paris was a million miles away and now it’s a private jet ride. The idea of being in Paris with a movie star, whether she’s black or white, is incredible!"

Simmons concluded, "So, for Gwyneth to tweet out her excitement about hip-hop taking over the planet is a good thing. She didn’t mean any harm, she just was trying to ball so hard, and like Jay-Z says, 'motherf*ckers can’t fine' her."

Paltrow stirred the ire of many over the weekend when she tweeted a picture of herself onstage with Jay-Z and Kanye West during a concert in Paris with the caption, ""Ni**as in paris for real." (The comment was in reference to a song on West and Jay-Z's album "Watch the Throne.")

After receiving several negative comments, Paltrow expressed her dismay over the backlash, writing, "Hold up. It's the title of the song!"