February 9, 2012
CNN's Roland Martin Suspended In Wake Of Homophobic Tweeting: Contributor's Comments About David Beckham's Super Bowl Ad for H&M Riles Gay Rights Groups — CNN Says Martin Won't Appear On Air "For the Time Being"
CNN has decided not to let journalist and contributor Roland Martin appear on the air "for the time being" after he came under fire from gay rights groups for tweeting about David Beckham's underwear commercial which aired at the Super Bowl, according to a Washington Post story. Martin tweeted, ""Ain't no real bruhs going to H&M to buy some damn David Beckham underwear!" and "If a dude at your Super Bowl party is hyped about David Beckham's H&M underwear ad, smack the ish out of him!" He later said his comments were intended only to poke fun at soccer fans, not at men attracted to Beckham, but GLAAD and others characterized the tweets as advocating violence against gays, The Atlantic reports in an article by Eric Randall. CNN released this statement on Wednesday: "Roland Martin's tweets were regrettable and offensive. Language that demeans is inconsistent with the values and culture of our organization, and is not tolerated. We have been giving careful consideration to this matter, and Roland will not be appearing on our air for the time being."
According to The New Civil Rights Movement, Roland Martin, along with his wife, have a long history of anti-gay behavior. Martin has praised his wife, a pastor, for her work attempting to "cure" gay men and lesbians of their homosexuality. The site also lambasted CNN for remaining "absolutely silent on this, and even ignored pleas from GLAAD, which has a strong history of working with organizations to help them teach tolerance and avoid situations like the one Roland Martin created."