This weekend, the world was out to get Justine Sacco fired for her ignorant tweet and failed to notice what Steve Martin was up to.
Martin was having some fun on his Twitter page, discussing the merits of grammar. Fans of his would ask him questions about wording and he’d fire back a funny comment until one particular comment struck people the wrong way. @BethanyWedel wrote: “Is this how you spell lasonia?” And Martin wrote back…
Moments later, unlike Sacco, Steve Martin had the wherewithal to delete the comment but it was too late. People started calling Martin out for his remark, which honestly I don’t even understand. Is he making a joke about how an African American would say lasagna? Or is he commenting about how they wouldn’t know how to spell it if it were written in a menu. I have no idea.
After many of his fans started calling him out, he wrote:
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Many of you like to compare Justine Sacco to the scenario of “What if Chris Rock or Sarah Silverman said that!”. Well here is a similar scenario presented to you from the same exact weekend starring Steve Martin, an extremely accomplished comedian. And yes, he too had to apologize. Unfortunately for Sacco, she’s not a comedian for hire, and her bosses had the right to remove her for her grossly inappropriate comment.
In 2004 Gilbert Gottfried made comments about the Tsnumi victims while hired to be the recurring voice of the Aflac duck. He tweeted 12 jokes, one of which was “Japan called me. They said “maybe those jokes are a hit in the US, but over here, they’re all sinking.” He was then fired from his job. That’s right. A comedian was fired…from his job.
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But the question is was Steve Martin’s tweet harsh enough in your eyes to warrant an apology or should he just quit spending so much time on Twitter and write a sequel to The Jerk already. (I love this movie)
– Todd Spence (twitter)