Steve Martin Isn't a Racist -- He Just Made a Bad Joke

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Whoops. The latest celebrity to tweet before thinking is Steve Martin, and the Internets wasted no time before calling him out on his racially insensitive comment.

The 68-year-old comedian was exchanging tweets with fans last Friday, when one asked him, “Is this how you spell lasonia?” Martin responded, “It depends. Are you in an African-American neighborhood or at an Italian restaurant?

He seemed to realize his lack of judgment quickly and deleted the tweet nearly immediately, but screenshots are forever, and you can bet with over four-and-a-half million followers, people noticed.

Nothing like a joke gone wrong to label you a racist.

He responded to several people online that called him on it, and seemed genuinely remorseful over his flippant response. He admitted, “My tweet was highly inappropriate.”

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I’m not going to hold this one against him. He’s a comic, and anyone that’s seen The Jerk knows that Martin has been poking fun at racial stereotypes for decades. It doesn’t mean he’s a racist -- it just means he likes to push the envelope. It’s his job.

Besides, after the whole Justine Sacco controversy this weekend when the PR exec tweeted about not getting AIDS while in Africa because she’s white, it’s hard to muster much outrage for Steve Martin.

Are you offended by Steve Martin's tweet?


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nonmember avatar Deceyes

I think that we are all now continuously offended by everything.

Saras... Sarasahmof3

Different cultures spell things differently. That is just a fact of life. If he was answering a question honestly then his answer was appropriate.

nonmember avatar elmexicanito

It is spelled: "la sania"

nonmember avatar Sarah

I do not think that's offensive at all!! People need to seriously lighten up! Why is it that white people say something about another race and it's automatically racist yet the other races can sit and call us every name in the book without anyone saying anything?? Smh...Its a damn shame what this world has come to !

Elaine Cox

lol..now people are saying calm down and stop being offended by everything..all animals are not created equal..i dont know whats in his heart and doubt he is racist but its funny watching people flip flop at the drop of a hat..

nonmember avatar Grizzly Bear

You can't please everybody.

Todd Vrancic

Not about this.  This is his JOB, to make fun of things.

nonmember avatar krelia

Considering how often black people recreate spellings of name to not be "white". His joke was pretty factual and hilarious at that....

Tyson Fricker

Justine didn't do anything wrong and neither did Steve.

Eddie... EddiesMama1983

Of course he's not racist, he's a libertard!

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