Steve Martin Apologizes For Twitter Controversy On Blog, But is it enough?


It's always disconcerting and upsetting when your heroes say or do something that isn't quite on the up-and-up. It is apparently also disconcerting and upsetting for the heroes in question — especially when they feel they've been largely misunderstood. And so it is that Steve Martin apologized for that Twitter fiasco that got him reamed for racism in the press.

Martin's tweet has been blowing up the news in a weekend whose social media beat seems to be revolving almost exclusively around racially bent tweets. Now he's explaining himself, and though it's sure not to satisfy everybody, it's overall an explanation that will (hopefully) at least let you go to sleep tonight knowing that Steve Martin is less racist than you thought he was yesterday.

He also explains the terrors of being misquoted:

He explains the original thinking behind the joke (he wasn't making fun of African-American restaurant's ability to spell, and his love of grammar jokes played a part), and his reaction to the reaction (emphasis ours):

Look, it's not perfect; few apologies ever are. It's up to you whether or not you "forgive" him or what have you. But here's the thing: This is a guy who immediately realized the error of this joke and deleted it, following it up with an apology. The joke was also not what a lot of people perceived it to be, and while in a lot of ways perception can still be more important than intention, that's a little different when the person's been straight-up misquoted.

He's not a perfect dude, but he's apologized multiple times at this point and he seems pretty sincere about it; as he said in one of his tweets, "a second later I realized what an offensive thing I'd done."

He's not just ragging on the world for a perceived lack of sense of humor, which is an annoying common reaction comedians have to ill-received jokes. He's not excusing himself, just explaining. He's acknowledging the underlying issues and expressing regret into how he played into them.

Sounds like a pretty good apology to me.

You can read the full thing here.