Steve Martin was accused of racism based on a tweet he made about pasta. I know that sounds weird as hell, so I’ll explain. According to TMZ, Mr. Martin (“Please, call me ‘Mr. Steve Martin’”) was answering fans’ questions on twitter, cracking jokes, when someone tweeted to him,
is this how you spell lasonia?
To which Mr. Steve Martin replied,
It depends. Are you in an African-American restaurant or at an Italian restaurant.
After he got lots of angry tweets back, he deleted the tweet and then apologized (“In retrospect, bad joke”) and then apologized a second time, tweeting,
I did apologize. But again, a second later I realized what an offensive thing I’d done. Deep bow.
What do you think? Was what he did offensive? How does it compare to Brandi Glanville’s comment, which got her fired? Guess he thought it wasn’t a big deal considering he was, “born a poor black child.” (The Jerk, everyone.)