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Steve Martin has apologized after tweeting a joke about the spelling of “lasonia,” but dinged news outlets that made the joke seem more offensive than it was. Martin was joking with fans when a follower asked him, “Is this how you spell lasonia?” Martin replied: “It depends. Are you in an African-American neighborhood or at an Italian restaurant?” Also read: Tom Hanks, Steve Martin, Martin Short Have Colonoscopy Parties (Video) He then deleted the respond and apologized, saying it was a riff on the African-American name “Lasonia.” But when Salon reported on the tweet, it said he had asked, “Are you in an. »

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