Steve Martin Posts Racist Tweet, Promptly Apologizes

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Steve Martin is under fire for tweeting a racist joke and offending many of his fans on Twitter, though he did delete it himself and apologize immediately.

The actor/comedian was having some fun on Twitter, answering questions about grammar rules, in what is one of his usual hilarious social media routines.

Then, things took a bad turn.

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When one of the 68-year-old's followers when one asked him "Is this how you spell lasonia?" Martin then replied with this racially charged joke:

"It depends. Are you in an African-American neighborhood or at an Italian restaurant?"

As mentioned, Martin quickly took the tweet down, and apologized immediately.

Still, he received criticism from fans, and posted this: "I did apologize. But again, a second later I realized what an offensive thing I'd done. Deep bow."

The 68-year-old star resumed Tweeting a day later without mentioning the mishap.

So first the Justine Sacco debacle and now this. Remember when Twitter was just for sending non-stop updates about bathroom breaks or live-Tweeting Scandal?

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I thought all comidians got a pass if they were "joking". That's what the left always says.

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His mistake was taking it down. He's a comedian! Ask a comedian a "straignt-line" question like; "How to you spell ... ?" and you're inviting, dare I say DEMANDING, a comic response.

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He made a simple mistake. He apologized. He therefore should be forgiven. But, some people just do not get that.

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The other half of the joke, is most white folks prob couldn't spell Shaquille.
When you look at it that way, it's not so much offensive, just every culture has hard to spell words/names.

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Key&peele say, it's funny, Martin says it and it's offensive. Oh well.

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Which two colors are always used wrongly when describing a person, black and white soooooooooooooooooooooooooo are you brown or pink?

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I thought this was hilarious and not racist at all.. If you watch Sunday football, you gotta wonder where the parents of a lot of the Black players come up with the names for their kids! Who else names their kid LeSean, or Anquan, or Keyshawn, etc..?

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The guys a comedian and it was a joke. Enough already. It's people like that Robertson dude that is making it impossible to see the difference.

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So noticing that Lasonia could easily be confused with one of these trendy neo-African names is racist? But we know that it would have been OK if Chris Rock said it. PC nonsense, noticing and even making light of differences isn't racism.

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@ Doug in Jax

Agreed!!! Everyone gets picked on in jest during their lives. This is all getting too ridiculous to keep track of.