GLADD Demands Roland Martin Be Fired From CNN
Following H&M’s Super Bowl commercial featuring soccer player David Beckham, CNN’s Roland Martin tweeted to almost 95,000 followers:
If a dude at your Super Bowl party is hyped about David Beckham’s H&M underwear ad, smack the ish out of him! #superbowl
Roland Martin is a regular guest on CNN and a commentator on TV One, a news network available in over 36 million homes.
.@rolandsmartin Advocates of gay bashing have no place at @CNN #SuperBowl #LGBT
@glaad @CNN well you’re clearly out of touch and clueless with what I tweeted. Way to assume, but you’re way off base
Earlier today Martin posted to his Facebook fan page:
Who the hell was that New England Patriot they just showed in a head to toe pink suit? Oh, he needs a visit from #teamwhipdatass
Roland addressed the “controversy” this morning stating:
Fam, let me address the issue that some in the LGBT community have raised regarding some of my Super Bowl tweets yesterday. I made several cracks about soccer as I do all the time. I was not referring to sexuality directly or indirectly regarding the David Beckham ad, and I’m sorry folks took it otherwise. It was meant to be a deliberately over the top and sarcastic crack about soccer; I do not advocate violence of any kind against anyone gay, or not. As anyone who follows me on Twitter knows, anytime soccer comes up during football season it’s another chance for me to take a playful shot at soccer, nothing more
Why does GLADD or any other gay rights organization think that if somepne speaks in a “neagtive” tone about homosexuality it’s gay bashing. Not everything is homophobic just like not everything is racist. I see nothing wrong with his tweets.. if you follow Roland, as I do, you would know that he talks like this all the time and no one or thing is off limits.
GLADD seems to overreact all the time…use that drive to “fight” for what really matters. I hope CNN doesn’t buckle under the pressure because Roland keeps the viewers tuned in.