Steve Martin apologized for a racist joke he tweeted on Friday night.
The comedian was taking questions from his Twitter followers about word usage, when someone asked, “Is this how you spell Lasonia (pasta)?” His reply was considered racist.
Martin answered back, “It depends. Are you in an African-American restaurant or at an Italian restaurant?”
A follower quickly called him on the racist nature of the tweet. Of course!
Martin replied to the user with a simple “I’m sorry” and immediately removed the possibly offensive post.
Of course, the tweet had gone viral and was many Twitter users were offended.
One sent a tweet to Martin saying, “Are you going to act like that tweet doesn’t exist @SteveMartinToGo? We all saw it. Very disappointing”. Another user added, “An apology would go a long way. He deleted the tweet.”
Many of Martin’s followers came to his defense, saying they found the comment funny, others saying they were not offended and one using the term “Hyper-sensitivity bull**it”.
One user had the last laugh in the situation, tweeting, “I know a woman in PR who could help you out. Real expert in this stuff. Her name is Justine Sacco”, referring to the PR executive who tweeted a racist remark regarding AIDS and Africa last week.
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