Comedian, actor and author Steve Martin offended folks on Twitter last Friday when he made a racial joke about black people.

According to, Martin was answering grammar questions when he was asked by a Twitter user, "Is this how you spell lasonia?"

The comic tweeted back, "It depends. Are you in an African-American neighborhood or an Italian restaurant?"

Martin apologized and then deleted the tweet, but not before screenshots were made.

He then tweeted, "I did apologize. But again, a second later I realized what an offensive thing I'd done."

On Sunday, TMZ misquoted Martin’s tweet by replacing "neighborhood" with “restaurant," which led to more controversy, notes Mediaitecom.

The conservative website Twitchy, which monitors tweets, originally slammed Martin, but later stated:

The original version of this post stated that Martin’s tweet denigrated the spelling ability of people who live in African American neighborhoods. A more likely explanation is that he was referencing the tendency of some African Americans to use names that include the prefix “La.” If we misinterpreted his joke (and we think we probably did), we apologize.

Sources: Mediaitecom, Twitchy, Twitter,