THERE'S something about Hollywood stars from prim and proper backgrounds using bad language that brings out the school ma'am in everyone of us.
Gwyneth Paltrow is the latest celeb we wish we could hand a bar of soap with which to wash her mouth out after she used the N-word on Twitter while watching Jay Z and Kanye in concert in Paris.
Paltrow's intentions were pure - her tweet, "Ni**as in paris for real", refers to the rappers' hit song, Ni**as in Paris - but the web didn't see it that way and rounded on her for using racist language.
Stung by her fans' accusations that she was using the word in a derogatory fashion, Paltrow tried to explain the reference and kill the negative buzz around her.
Katy Perry, another nice white girl from a nice middle-class background, encountered similar problems earlier this year when she performed the hit on UK TV. The whole thing was very awkward, with Perry substituting "ni**as" for something less offensive but more surreal "ninjas".
In between offending the internet, Paltrow was kind enough to add a picture of her backstage at the concert.