Steve Martin apologizes over tweet deemed racist
When asked by a Twitter follower, ‘Is this how you spell lasonia?,’ the ‘Father of the Bride’ star answered, ‘It depends. Are you in an African-American neighborhood or at an Italian restaurant?’
By Ethan Sacks / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Steve Martin came across as a jerk.
The 68-year-old comic apologized after being labeled a racist after an attempted joke on Twitter went wrong.
Martin, who uses the social media site to engage in witty back and forth with fans, received a setup line from one of his 4.5 million followers:
“Is this how you spell lasonia?”
The “Father of the Bride” star’s answer?
“It depends. Are you in an African-American neighborhood or at an Italian restaurant?,” Martin tweeted.
Martin deleted the Tweet shortly afterwards — but not before retweets and screen grabs circulated all over the Internet.
To his credit, the Honorary Academy Award winner did face the wrath of his angry fans.
“I did apologize,” he tweeted back to a follower who accused him of “acting like that Tweet didn’t exist.”
“But again, a second later I realized what an offensive thing I’d done. Deep bow.
“My tweet was highly inappropriate.”