12/21/2013 01:59 pm ET

Steve Martin Tweets Un-Funny Racist Joke, Quickly Deletes It

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Comedian Steve Martin tweeted a joke in very poor taste yesterday (Dec. 20) and, upon realizing his mistake, has deleted it from his account. Unfortunately for him, the Internet is quick -- and the Internet doesn't forget.

On Friday, Martin engaged in a back and forth with one of his over 4.5 million followers when one asked him "Is this how you spell lasonia?"

The actor replied with a racially charged joke one Twitter user captured in a screenshot: "It depends. Are you in an African-American neighborhood or at an Italian restaurant?"

As mentioned, Martin quickly took the tweet down, but not before getting flack from his fans.

The 68-year-old star has resumed tweeting this morning without mentioning last night's mishap.

A request for comment made to Martin's rep was not immediately answered.