Steve Martin Apologizes for Racist Joke on Twitter

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By Daniel Gates

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Steve Martin has apologized for making a racist joke on Twitter.

On Friday, the actor and comedian was engaging in a back-and-forth with followers about grammar, using their questions to make wisecracks.

When one person asked Martin, “Is this how you spell lasonia?” the star replied, “It depends. Are you in an African-American neighborhood or at an Italian restaurant?”

Martin quickly realized his joke might be interpreted as offensive and deleted it.

“In retrospect, bad joke,” he tweeted to a follower who brought up his remark, later adding, “Sorry about that.”

When a different fan expressed disappointment in him, Martin wrote, “I did apologize. But again, a second later I realized what an offensive thing I’d done. Deep bow.”

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