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Steve Martin Apologizes for Racist Joke, Deletes Tweet
Salon ^ | FRIDAY, DEC 20, 2013

Posted on 12/21/2013 5:55:40 PM PST by nickcarraway

SNIP

Martin was bantering with Twitter followers and turning their grammar questions into jokes when he was asked “is this how you spell lasonia?”

His response: “It depends. Are you in an African-American restaurant or at an Italian restaurant.”

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TOPICS: Humor; Weird Stuff
KEYWORDS: stevemartin

1 posted on 12/21/2013 5:55:40 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

LOL


2 posted on 12/21/2013 5:58:06 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: nickcarraway

lol

did he get fired and lose his sponsors too?


3 posted on 12/21/2013 5:59:02 PM PST by GeronL (Extra Large Cheesy Over-Stuffed Hobbit)
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To: nickcarraway

Do not get the joke or the racism.


4 posted on 12/21/2013 5:59:45 PM PST by Williams (No Obama)
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To: nickcarraway; a fool in paradise

How do you spell ‘latrine’?


5 posted on 12/21/2013 6:00:16 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: nickcarraway
I don't think it's offensive, but I also don't think it's funny. It seems quite gratuitous.

But who cares?

6 posted on 12/21/2013 6:00:45 PM PST by ClearCase_guy
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To: nickcarraway

I am offended because I didn’t get the joke. I am supposed to laugh at a joke and I was not given the pleasure.


7 posted on 12/21/2013 6:02:58 PM PST by dforest
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To: nickcarraway

I don’t understand. Bill Maher says some awful stuff and it’s OK because he is a comedian but Steve Martin is in trouble for this lame joke.


8 posted on 12/21/2013 6:04:23 PM PST by Lurkina.n.Learnin (This is not just stupid, we're talking Democrat stupid here.)
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To: dforest

I think he meant lasagna (in an Eyetalian restaurant), or LaSagna at a ghetto birth registry office.


9 posted on 12/21/2013 6:04:46 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: dforest

I think he was joking about the names of black women. Latisha, Lakeesha, Latonya, Lasonia...


10 posted on 12/21/2013 6:05:07 PM PST by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter)
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To: nickcarraway

It’s a good, politically incorrect joke, anti-conservative compassionate.


11 posted on 12/21/2013 6:07:05 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Williams
Maybe he should have said "Italian-American" instead of just plain "Italian". Me, I might have answered "pasta".

Seriously, this is all too stupid if a comedian cannot make any jokes or attempt humor. There are more important things to be concerned with. Are there no more thick skinned people around?

12 posted on 12/21/2013 6:08:03 PM PST by 1_Rain_Drop
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To: nickcarraway

It’s actually a pretty good joke. :-)

If anything is fertile ground for making good fun of... It’s those ridiculous names that some black folk have been dreaming up for their kids. The wellspring of ignorance is too much... They —think— it’s Swahili or some such, but it’s just not. Sometimes there really is nothing left to do but point and laugh. Pretending they’re exempt from ridicule just makes it worse.


13 posted on 12/21/2013 6:11:46 PM PST by Ramius (Personally, I give us one chance in three. More tea anyone?)
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To: Revolting cat!

Now that made me laugh!


14 posted on 12/21/2013 6:12:09 PM PST by dforest
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin

“I don’t understand. Bill Maher says some awful stuff and it’s OK because he is a comedian but Steve Martin is in trouble for this lame joke.”

its because mahr makes jokes about the approved groups, whites, christians, men, heterosexuals.


15 posted on 12/21/2013 6:12:25 PM PST by willywill
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To: nickcarraway

It’s so difficult to be progressive these days.

Where do they keep the current censorship rulebook?


16 posted on 12/21/2013 6:17:31 PM PST by MV=PY (The Magic Question: Who's paying for it?)
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To: Kirkwood
Don't forget La-ah. That is pronounced La dash ah!

I think there was really a black girl who was named that OR it was an Internet joke, not sure which.

17 posted on 12/21/2013 6:17:36 PM PST by Ditter
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To: nickcarraway

did he tweet in CURSIVE? now THATS Racess!


18 posted on 12/21/2013 6:22:06 PM PST by MeshugeMikey ( Visit http://icantenroll.com/ In Glitch We Trust....;o})
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To: nickcarraway
Good joke Steve. Go tell the sensitive Jacknapes to go pound sand.
19 posted on 12/21/2013 6:22:47 PM PST by vetvetdoug
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To: nickcarraway

it’s racist WHY?

they have names like this.

or was he pulling it because he offended italians....?


20 posted on 12/21/2013 6:24:11 PM PST by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: dforest

Watched a movie with my son on Netflicks last night. Boondock Saints with the actor that plays “Daryl” on The Walking Dead. (10 year old movie??) Anyway, a character tells a joke:

A white guy, black and Hispanic guy walking along a beach and find a magic bottle with a Genie in it.

They rub it and they decide they’ll each get a wish. The Hispanic says “I wish me and all my Hispanics could go back south and live and be happy.” POOF! His wish is granted.

The black guy says “I wish me and all my black brothers and sisters could go live in Africa and live and be happy.” POOF! His wish is granted.

So the white guy looks at the Genie and says “So all the Hispanics are gone to their homeland? And all the blacks are gone to their homeland?”
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“I’ll have a Coke.”
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(Not sure if it is all that funny, but it IS racist!”


21 posted on 12/21/2013 6:26:52 PM PST by 21twelve (http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2185147/posts 2013 is 1933 REBORN)
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To: Revolting cat!

I once asked a new temp “Is that pronounced Darrel or Day-relle”?


22 posted on 12/21/2013 6:27:35 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin

Gran Torino barbershop scene.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dw2S3VocS9w#t=15


23 posted on 12/21/2013 6:30:53 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: nickcarraway

The Nazification of our country by the left. Once bullies get the idea that they can push people around, they keep going until the other side gives them one or two very unpleasant experiences and/or simply turns the crowd against them.


24 posted on 12/21/2013 6:31:23 PM PST by Avid Coug
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To: cripplecreek

Just to be rude?


25 posted on 12/21/2013 6:32:45 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

No, just being a smart ass.


26 posted on 12/21/2013 6:35:11 PM PST by cripplecreek (REMEMBER THE RIVER RAISIN!)
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To: Revolting cat!


27 posted on 12/21/2013 6:40:55 PM PST by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: nickcarraway; a fool in paradise
100,000 or more (a rough estimate) of young women and children in this country named after an outhouse (yes, I mean LaTrina's) and the rest of populace intimidated to the point where it won't dare to laugh at that!


28 posted on 12/21/2013 6:43:14 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: nickcarraway
So, when does Cable TV get The Apology Channel?

Someone can apologize for pointing out what those using the exit for an entrance already presumably know, Someone else can apologize for trying to make people laugh who hold millennia old traditional beliefs who disagree with other people who have traditionally been viewed with social scorn.

Maybe there could be a guest spot for that person who said something, anything which taken out of context made them the target of the professionally offended who seek to have the rest of us as starry-eyed and gaga over their particular issue or behaviour as they think we should be, even as we vomit.

(Maybe they secretly get off on that, not that there is anything wrong with that...)

Or....

How about people just get off everyone else's butt (figuratively speaking) and mind their own d@mned business.

And If they really don't want to hear what people think, don't ask.

29 posted on 12/21/2013 6:46:15 PM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing.)
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To: Revolting cat!

You know damned well some mother of the untouchable race named her kid “LaTrine” or “LaTreen” or some variant, and hasn’t a clue that he/she will pay for that in years to come.


30 posted on 12/21/2013 7:03:17 PM PST by Thumper1960 (A modern so-called "Conservative" is a shadow of a wisp of a vertebrate human being.)
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To: nickcarraway
Humor is against the rules in PC-land!

No joking allowed if anybody even might be offended!


31 posted on 12/21/2013 7:09:42 PM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: nickcarraway

He gets a pass on this. After all, he was born a poor black child.


32 posted on 12/21/2013 7:19:19 PM PST by LittleBillyInfidel (This tagline has been formatted to fit the screen. Some content has been edited.)
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To: ClearCase_guy
Normally I'd defend Steve on this, because I really think it is overblown hypersensitivity.

But since Mr. Martin is such an elitist rude liberal in real life, I hope he has to crawl on his knees.

Make him kiss the feet of fellow liberals who are higher on the food chain than white formerly funny comedians.

(Forgive the anger, it's personal with Steve Martin).

33 posted on 12/21/2013 7:27:07 PM PST by boop (Liberal religion. No rules, just right!)
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To: 21twelve

“I’ll have a Coke.”
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(Not sure if it is all that funny, but it IS racist!””

He could have told the genie...”you’ve already granted my wish without performing any magic...my tax burden has now been lifted!


34 posted on 12/21/2013 7:33:01 PM PST by mdmathis6 (Secret Societies are like Sasquatch, you never catch one but they do leave footprints!)
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin
Steve Martin is a comedian too. At least he was in the 1970s.


35 posted on 12/21/2013 7:42:20 PM PST by SamAdams76
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin
Steve Martin is a comedian too. At least he was in the 1970s.


36 posted on 12/21/2013 7:42:21 PM PST by SamAdams76
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To: SamAdams76

That’s what I was thinking.


37 posted on 12/21/2013 7:50:47 PM PST by Lurkina.n.Learnin (This is not just stupid, we're talking Democrat stupid here.)
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To: nickcarraway

Damned straight it was offensive. But I don’t understand the ‘racial’ component: I’m Italian. </sarc>

;-)


38 posted on 12/21/2013 8:39:35 PM PST by logi_cal869
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To: Lurkina.n.Learnin

“...he is a comedian ...”

Bill Maher is a comedian? Coulda fooled me; I’ve never heard him say anything funny, sort of like the new “Saturday Night Live.”


39 posted on 12/21/2013 8:49:10 PM PST by Rembrandt (Part of the 51% who pay Federal taxes)
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To: nickcarraway
Steep Canyon Rangers & Steve Martin ~ The Crow ~
40 posted on 12/21/2013 9:30:42 PM PST by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: nickcarraway
Apparently Lasonia is a brand of women's shoes.

Using Ixquick image search, once you get past the shoes, there are at least 11 images showing black females named Lasonia.

Steve Martin seems to be defining racism differently than I do. Perhaps he should clarify what was so offensive about his tweet. I'm sure those women don't want to be branded as racists. Does Martin think that Lasonia shoes should be boycotted?

41 posted on 12/21/2013 10:13:22 PM PST by TChad (The Obamacare motto: Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori.)
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To: Ditter

My Mom worked at a public school where one of the students’ Mom said the doctor named her daughter. The name he picked was Fee-mal-lay (Female) Brown. It was on the card on the baby’s bassinet. This was in the mid 70’s.


42 posted on 12/21/2013 10:22:23 PM PST by 5thGenTexan
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