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.
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