Roland Martin of CNN—in hot water over perceived “gay-bashing” comment
Here’s what Roland wrote:
February 5, 2012
“Following retailer 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””
CNN Remains Silent after Calls for a Statement
February 7, 2012
CNN political analyst Roland Martin posted an apology on his website following calls from GLAAD, the National Black Justice Coalition (NBJC), bloggers, advocates and thousands of Americans. Wrote Martin:
“To those who construed my comment as being anti-gay or homophobic or advancing violence, I’m truly sorry. I can certainly understand how someone could come to a different conclusion than the one I meant. I’m disheartened that my words would embolden prejudice. While public debate over social issues is healthy, no matter which side someone takes, there is no room for debate as to whether we need to be respectful of others.”
Violence against gay people or against any other minority isn’t a political opinion. At a time when anti-gay violence afflicts countless LGBT and LGBT-perceived people in this country every day, prominent figures like Martin should condemn, not promote, such violence.
Yesterday afternoon, a video of a young man being brutally assaulted after exiting a grocery store was posted on LGBT news sites. As the perpetrators beat and kicked their victim, the attackers screamed “Fa**ot” as well as other anti-gay slurs.
- Should Roland S. Martin be Fired? (bilerico.com)
- Update: GLAAD claims CNN should fire Roland Martin over ‘anti-gay’ remarks (examiner.com)
- GLAAD to CNN: Fire Roland Martin for ‘anti-gay’ Tweets made during Sunday’s Super Bowl (miamiherald.typepad.com)
Posted on February 7, 2012, in Uncategorized and tagged cnn, David Beckham, Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, lgbt, Martin, roland martin, Super bowl, Violence against LGBT people. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.