‘It Was Offensive’: Steve Martin Apologises for Racist Tweet After Fan Outcry

Daily Mail (London), December 23, 2013

Steve Martin apologised for a racist joke he tweeted on Friday night.

The comedian was fielding lighthearted questions from his Twitter followers about word usage, when someone asked: ‘Is this how you spell Lasonia (pasta)?’

Martin replied: ‘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.

Martin replied to the user with a simple and succint ‘I’m sorry’ and swiftly removed the offending post.

But by then the tweet had gone viral and was deemed offensive by many Twitter users, including one, who sent a tweet to Martin saying, ‘Are you going to act like that tweet doesn’t exist @SteveMartinToGo? We all saw it. Very disappointing’ then, adding two other users to the conversation, added ‘An apology would go a long way. He deleted the tweet.’

At this point Martin issued another, more fervent apology:

That was retweeted by a user, preceeded by the comment ‘To say the least’ and received a reply from Martin saying ‘Yeah, I learned that.’

Many of Martin’s followers came to his defense as well, some saying they found the comment funny, others saying they were not offended and one using the term ‘Hyper-sensitivity bull—-.’

One user may have had the last laugh with this tweet: ‘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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  • mgs166

    Apology for what? Quit groveling already. Another damn, weak fool.

    • Greg_Deane

      I thought blacks were proud of their illiteracy-sure proof of their independent character and their refusal to submit to the tools of white oppression. Spelling ‘lasagne’ correctly would be the equivalent of moral capitulation and a return to the era of slavery and black abjection. Steve Martin was merely celebrating the assertion of black power.

      • tlk244182

        I thought he was making fun of preposterous names like Lekiesha, Latiffa, Lasonia…., not Black spelling. But you make a good point. Learning to spell, speak well, etc. is trying to act White.

        • Greg_Deane

          Steve was being a jerk in both directions.

      • TrollBuster

        Lasagna..are you oppressed? Lol..

    • AutomaticSlim

      It was the funniest thing he’s said in years.
      He’s been quite lame since “King Tut”…

  • Max Krakah

    who cares, a h-wood lib being declared “an enemy of the state”. These vermin created this situation. let them be devoured by it.

    • I agree. I have no reason to believe that Martin is a friend of ours.

      If people like that are friends of ours, which I doubt, then they had better start learning that it does not matter how much you back track, grovel, apologise, plead, the twitterati and libtards will gun them down anyway.

      It is like fox hunting for the rich, or some kind of target practice, only the venue is for the professionally offended to set their scope or their hounds upon unsuspecting twitter users who have not yet fathomed how these people sniff for some scent that they can then chase and pounce on, before ripping the said person limb from limb and moving on to the next victim, who they see as ‘vermin’ too.

      It is the “broken windows” of the “liberal” world. If you leave a few panes of glass slightly cracked, that will lead to smashed windows, then the hoodlums will stand on the corners, then there will be crack and prostitutes and the neighbourhood will go to hell. That is the nutshell of the thing I suppose.

      For the “liberals”, they feel the need to pounce on every little thing, no matter how slight, because they fear that if they do not, the baddies and hoodlums of ‘fascism’ and ‘bigotry’ will return…….

    • Lagerstrom

      Damn right! Let the fool act like a scared rabbit.

  • Spartacus

    Yuz waycis dawg !

  • Johnny99

    I think it’s spelled “Lazahnya”.

    • JDInSanD

      Yes, remember all the threats before the Trayvon decision?

    • Mike Conrad

      Lazahnya? Thanks! I think I be namin’ my daughter Lazahnya.

    • MBlanc46

      There’s got to be an apostrophe in there, too.

    • Morris65

      You shouldn’t be making fun of someone’s daughter.

  • JDInSanD

    I thought it was funny.

    I also thought he had said African American neighborhood vice restaurant. Years ago I saw two black twins named Letisha and Lasagna in an article. When I first saw this story I thought Martin was mocking black names, not simply their lack of spelling ability.

    At any rate his only mistake was saying African American when he should have just used black.

  • Steve Martin: “The Jerk”: The film begins with Navin R. Johnson (Steve Martin), a befuddled homeless simpleton, directly addressing the camera and telling his story. He is the adopted white son of African American sharecroppers, who grows to adulthood naïvely unaware of his obvious adoption. He stands out in his family not just because of his skin color, but also because of his utter lack of rhythm when his adopted family plays spirited blues music. …. From Wiki.

    Thank god Tweeters have never seen this movie.

    • Irishgirl

      “I was born a poor black child.” Great movie.

      • DelmarJackson

        ” He hates these cans!”

        • CoweringCoward

          It took the African, John Allen “Moo-Ham-Head” to bring the idea of randomly selected (whites, so not so random) people to shoot dead, into reality even.

  • Massif1

    Oh no, you can’t make any jokes against blacks even if they are remotely funny. Every time a white person makes a black joke they better apologize, write a letter, and donate millions to help hungry Africans. That’s the problem with America. If blacks are offended by their lack of proper pronunciation, their habits, criminality, and their stereotypical behavior, they can fly to Africa.

    • Lagerstrom

      Well…you can either grovel or tell them to go *@#* themselves!

  • Mike Conrad

    How dare Steve Martin imply that negroes aren’t the absolute bestest scholars of all? He raciss.

    • CoweringCoward

      But for “Afro-Tech” we would all be, dare I say, living like AFRICANS!

    • Cold_Gravy

      If it had been directed at Whites by any comedian there would be no problem. The politically correct should ponder their own racism.

  • Extropico

    It is a bit invidious to tell that joke to a mixed audience. But it is also a legitimate matter to underscore that a large percentage of blacks engage in an intentionally different discourse called ebonics.

  • MBlanc46

    If you want to have a public career in the US or Europe, you have to police your mouth very carefully. And if you chance to let out an “offending” word, you have to grovel before the gods of multiculturalism. People just can’t take a joke anymore. Say, did I ever tell you the one about the….

    • Cold_Gravy

      If they are White.

  • bigone4u

    No black restaurant serves lasagna because it requires a recipe that involves too many steps for the primitive, low IQ black mind to understand. Black restaurants stick with frying and boiling only. Somewhere there’s a better joke in that than the joke Stevie the Wimp told.

  • sbuffalonative

    In jest there is truth

    While not laugh out loud funny, I did crack a smile. It’s like they say, ‘it’s funny because it’s true’. And because it’s true, it’s offensive.

  • Strike_Team

    It’s not like he’s Mike Wallace or anything, you know, with an all-purpose get out jail free card because he… well, you know. Steve can’t say it was taken out of context.

  • haroldcrews

    It’s amazing the number of people who when surrounded by sharks first instinct is to do something other than stop the bleeding.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    Steve Martin is not a racist. How could he be?

    He was born a poor black child:

    Huh? My story? Okay. It was never easy for me. I was born a poor black child. I remember the days, sittin’ on the porch with my family, singin’ and dancin’ down in Mississippi.


    Spelling, grammar and cursive writing are racist, as racist as the White House and DOJ.

    At least White jokes are not off limits, we Whites haven’t lost our sense of humor. You’ll find it right next to our guns…


      “He was born a poor black child:” – You beat me to it friend. That’s exactly what I was planning on writing….

      • Bon, From the Land of Babble

        LOL, it was the first thing I thought of. Love it when hypocritical libtards like Steve Martin get “hoisted up by his own petard” to use one of QD’s expressions.

        Schadenfreude, baby.

        Ha Ha HA!! And Merry Christmas.

        • gemjunior

          True, 100% true.

        • Max Krakah

          Yes, insanity, contrary to the old saw about doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result every time ( which is stupidity not insanity)..insanity is believing two opposite things are true at the same time. That list is a list of 12 or 13 examples of just that. ( the first example is just an example of sanctimonious lip service)

    • Garrett Brown

      That’s a red dot.

    • Max Krakah

      a “holographic sight” … LOL, I like the updating

  • Tim_in_Indiana

    Just goes to show that blacks, despite the “tough” image they try to convey, are the world’s biggest crybabies (and so are their apologists).

  • Talltrees

    Merry Christmas to those celebrating Jesus’ birth!

  • ssviking

    The left sure seems to be turning on their own here lately i love it! Let them experience the venom from their own kind maybe it will wake some of them up but i doubt it

  • Sick of it

    Tell them to go F themselves. That’s what comedians used to do.

  • ben no

    Since he was going to be accused of racism anyway, he should have, you know, gone for it.

  • RyanP

    I am sure Steve Martin is a liberal. But to my knowledge he has not been very outspoken about political causes. I have heard many comedians make racial jokes similar to this. One example that comes to mind is Sarah Silverman. But she IS outspoken about political issues and actively supported Obama. If only Martin had done the same he may have been partially inoculated against this current scandal. But one thing is for certain. If you are not a liberal at all, watch every syllable.

  • Dalliance

    You can tell he tried to mitigate it by using the awkward “African-American” instead of “black”, which was practically an invitation for the sharks to frenzy. The moral of the story is don’t try to inject political correctness into humor. One’s only protection (and there’s the thrill) is the humor.

    • Max Krakah

      he should have given them something harder in response, instead of backtracking. Libs are like dogs, if they smell weakness, they go on the attack.

      • ixObserver

        Evolution is like that. Weakness is rooted out.

  • Thor Bonham

    Who give a crap ? The point is kneegrows and their white handlers get uptight about EVERYTHING … They are obsessed with race while calling everyone a racist .. SMFH .. It’s getting to a point where I can’t stand to even look at a black without hate in my mind and eyes ..

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    AND, it’s a sophisticated process to produce moonshine, far past back intelligence.

    It infuriates me that Appalachians are shown by the media as toothless, inbred, retarded, worthless, racist Whites to be mocked and laughed at.

  • CoweringCoward

    I can’t wait to see the “African American” spinoff industry born of crack dealing robbing and raping. Moonshine begot NAS Car then what thriving multi-million/(billion?) industry will they give the world?

    • bilderbuster

      The Private Prison Industry?

      • CoweringCoward

        Dang, I suppose you’re right about that one, hell it does dwarf NAS car even.

  • crockadoodle6

    It isn’t Steve’s joke that is funny….It’s the liberal itch to win a merit badge for ‘inclusion’ that occurs within 10 seconds of a non pc comment. Martin is old and rich. He has nothing to lose by telling the libs to eff off.

  • bilderbuster

    Ray Charles made some once.

  • NoMosqueHere

    We live in a cry baby society where victimhood is the new holy grail. Blacks and their allies are not really offended by the vast majority of so-called “racist” comments. Their motivation to attack the purported racists is to maintain black victimology and their false sense of moral superiority. Some whites do it too; such as certain posters here who love to blame the jews for everything under the sun.

  • JDInSanD

    Lasagna is an Italian word and doesn’t need English spelling reform any more than pizza needs to be changed to peetsa.

  • Ella

    Uhmm, they are comedians who make jokes and puns to entertain the general public. How many of us listened to Chris Rock and Eddie Murphy in here for a laugh? Like sanctimonious Blacks never say anything anti-White.

    • Cold_Gravy

      You’re so right Ella. Big difference when the person is White.

      • robinbishop34

        The worst (most pathetic) part of his kill-whitey monologue wasn’t what he said, it was the standing ovation from the 99% white audience he got after saying it.

        • Cold_Gravy

          True. There is no way a White actor saying exactly the same thing about blacks would have received a standing ovation by that very same audience.

          They (that audience) should give serious consideration to their own racist attitudes.

          Before it’s too late!

      • Ella

        Tarantino is out for shock and money of course. At least he has a financial motive to make trashy, violent and senseless movies to entertain brain-dead teens today. For cheering Whites, they must have suicidal wishes.

        • Cold_Gravy

          It’s the attitude of the ruling elites and the luvvies that is sickening. A black does things like this on screen and gets rapturous applause. Whereas Whites are demonised for, in this case, a simple joke.

          The people doing this should be brought to account. How is it they can turn a blind eye to blacks and not Whites?

          They should be dealt with and they can call it what the hell they like. They have it comming.

  • Cold_Gravy

    Oh the eternally offended again and God save us from the self-appointed (hate filled) thought police.

  • Cold_Gravy

    Those offended African-Americans could always do something about their poor grammar.


      Why do that when they could have whitey jump through hoops and beg them, who are good for nothing and of value to no one, for forgiveness.

  • ixObserver

    Ah the double negatives – I didn’t do nothing.

    • Max Krakah

      Ihk hob nisht kayn getan

  • ixObserver

    Curious, what is it that you think is ‘much worse’ ? Don’t comedians use stereotypes in their comedies anyway ? If he’d say some non-pc stuff outside his show, I am not sure he’ll be spared either.

    • Max Krakah

      well, all Martis said was that Lasagna sounds similar to Lashawnda. This guys says one can’t see black people in the dark, amongst other things.

      • ixObserver

        What Martin said isn’t a big deal. The line you mention from the video is funny, It is largely factual as well. American mainstream discourse is very PC.

  • negrolocaust


  • Max Krakah

    He and many others of that era only got somewhere because they were playing to a public that was made stupid by dope. Harldy any of those SNL skits have held up. When one watches them today they are just…. boring, except for some of Gilda Radner’s stuff.

  • John K

    Blacks never have a problem calling us cracker, honkey, polar bear, or any other name, but if you call them a ni***er, or make a joke about how they speak, they get angry, and many times violent. I have to wonder why Steve Martin apologized; he’s got all the money he needs and is pretty much done with his career.

    Who cares what blacks think? It’s what got America in this mess to begin with.

  • Funruffian

    Even millionaire comedians aren’t impervious to MSM tabloid scandal.

  • Isn’t LaSagne Jackson one of Shitavious’s half-sisters?