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CNN analyst Roland Martin suspended for David Beckham tweet

CNN suspended Roland Martin over a Super Bowl Tweet some construed as homophobic. CREDIT: AP

CNN suspended Roland Martin over a Super Bowl Tweet some construed as homophobic. CREDIT: AP

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Twitter has helped another person get in trouble: this time, it’s CNN analyst Roland Martin.

He was suspended from the Atlanta-based news network today after a Super Bowl Tweet that some perceived to be homophobic.

“Roland Martin’s tweets were regrettable and offensive,” the CNN said in a statement this afternoon. “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.”

There was no return date referenced. The 43-year-old columnist, commentator and author has been a regular contributor to CNN since 2007.

During the Super Bowl, Martin Tweeted:

“If a dude at your Super Bowl party is hyped about David Beckham’s H&M underwear ad,” he wrote, “smack the ish out of him!”

Gay watchdog groups, including GLAAD (Gay Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation), seized upon this as an anti-gay slur and demanded his removal from the network.

Martin apologized but said he was being “soccer”-phobic, not homophobic:

“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.”

But CNN took action anyway and GLAAD was glad:

“CNN today took a strong stand against anti-LGBT violence and language that demeans any community,” said GLAAD spokesperson Rich Ferraro in a statement. “Yesterday, Martin also spoke out against anti-LGBT violence. We look forward to hearing from CNN and Roland Martin to discuss how we can work together as allies and achieve our common goal of reducing anti-LGBT violence as well as the language that contributes to.”

Martin had about 96,000 Twitter followers as of today. He also does commentary for the Tom Joyner morning show  (heard locally on Kiss 104.1) and TV One.

He was on CNN last night discussing the voting in Missouri, Colorado and Minnesota.

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By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

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Pamela

February 8th, 2012
3:47 pm

They should have NEVER suspended him…please. I’m so SICK and TIRED of this type of crap. He did NOT say anything about anyone being gay nor did he say anything out of the way. Was it a CNN page where he said this? Hell no! Nothing should have happened to him. This was taken way too far. I’m so sick and tired of this type of crap happening.

Sad Day

February 8th, 2012
3:48 pm

We live in a world where some feel that not being offended is a right and thus if they are offended, somebody must pay.

Fat man in Georgia

February 8th, 2012
3:49 pm

Will everyone quit being so dang sensitive already? Problem with the world today is no one can speak their mind as they are too worried about stepping on someone’s toes and hurting their feelings. Pull up your big girl panties and get over it!

MyPatootie

February 8th, 2012
3:50 pm

I don’t really care for Roland Martin, and care even less for CNN, but if that statement can be construed as “anti-gay or homophobic”, I feel very sorry for the rest of the on-air people at that so-called network. This country has been turned upside down by just such as this. Note to those at all networks: “Be careful your thoughts are now being monitored”.

C. Tampa Ironworse

February 8th, 2012
3:51 pm

What’s “ish”?

Sean Eclectech

February 8th, 2012
3:54 pm

How pathetic and weak to suspend this man over this tweet.

Mary Chestnut

February 8th, 2012
3:54 pm

I am short, bald, fat, ghey and have an eye patch. Somebody get me a pfanta pweaze.

Lawrence

February 8th, 2012
3:55 pm

Roland Martin is also racist. He deserves whatever suspension he gets.

Darryl Moore

February 8th, 2012
3:56 pm

You NEVER make any remarks about LGBT lifestyles or Jewish people…especially if you work in an industry where more than HALF the decision makers fall into one of those two groups that I just mentioned…it is career suicide…besides that, how a person chooses to live their is their business…leave them alone…

Wow

February 8th, 2012
3:57 pm

That is complete crap! Really CNN?!

Really

February 8th, 2012
4:00 pm

Frankly, I don’t give an ish about the outrage of the lgbt community……

Rush Limbaugh

February 8th, 2012
4:00 pm

Lawrence

February 8th, 2012
3:55 pm

Roland Martin is also racist. He deserves whatever suspension he gets

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I resemble that remark dammit!

Sooooooooooo Tired of This Crap

February 8th, 2012
4:00 pm

What ever happened to Freedom of Speech?!! Stop being so D$%& sensitive about everything and looking for “perceived offense”! Not everything is about the LGBT community. I didn’t like the GoDaddy ads; does that make me homophobic? No I just don’t want to see another naked lady on tv. GET OVER YOURSELVES AND GET A LIFE. STOP TRYING TO MAKE EVERYONE CONFORM TO YOUR SENSITIVITY!!!

Steve

February 8th, 2012
4:00 pm

What???? I thought he was gay and before all you people say “he is married.” We know that being married doesn’t mean anything, just ask Eddie Long….

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Allison Wonderland

February 8th, 2012
4:02 pm

No wonder CNN is in last place.

banshee29

February 8th, 2012
4:02 pm

he is right, slap the ish out of him…soccer or (what do I put here? will ajc remove my comment?)

Troy Johnson

February 8th, 2012
4:02 pm

A pathetic turn of events; someone could potentially lose their job, have their career destroyed over a “tweeted” joke. Couldn’t GLAAD, express their outage without trying to take someone’s livelihood? Have we lost all freedom of expression? Is that the goal?

Glen Beck

February 8th, 2012
4:04 pm

Lawrence

February 8th, 2012
3:55 pm

Roland Martin is also racist. He deserves whatever suspension he gets

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Hey Rush, you can’t out do me dummy!

Bill O'Reilly

February 8th, 2012
4:05 pm

Lawrence

February 8th, 2012
3:55 pm

Roland Martin is also racist. He deserves whatever suspension he gets

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The spin stops here losers. I top all of you!

Phil Barnet

February 8th, 2012
4:08 pm

Just more of the same bs. I am offended by whatever anyone says and they should be fired mentality needs to go away. There is freedom of speech and opinion. no one agrees with any one all of the time.
if you’re gay, you’re gay. If you don’t understand or see the gay lifestyle…so be it.
The same holds true for blacks, women, short people, disabled people, hispanic people, heterosexual people,yellow people (I heard that one last night)…
The common denominator is that we are all people. People with opinions, perspectives and individual thoughts…and they are all not the same.
I respect people and their right to be people. If I get offended I don’t scream for someone’s job. Their butt maybe. But, not their job.
Get a life!!!!!!

Terry

February 8th, 2012
4:14 pm

Without having to look it up, what is LGBT?
How come these groups haven’t come out & supported that little kid that got beaten up by those thugs outside the grocery store?

Joan

February 8th, 2012
4:16 pm

Enter your comments here

JB

February 8th, 2012
4:17 pm

I think it was because of the nature of what he said. Violent acts against any group need to stop in our society and he implied that you should smack the ish out of someone whose views might be different than his own or yours. If you are in the media you need to be careful of what you say. He made that choice and he needs to convey a more positive message whether it is tweeting or company email. That’s what you choose when you are in the media and the public spotlight, like it or not.

GOD

February 8th, 2012
4:21 pm

I hate GAY people

February 8th, 2012
4:23 pm

I hope I piss every one of the gay people on here, off! Just because a person says something they should be fired (or removed)? It is a free country the last time I checked, and the freedom of speech is still included in the constitution. If you don’t like it…get over it! Also, this planet was created for straight people and if you don’t like it you are more than welcome to get off! Gay/Lesbian groups say they want tolerance, but are not tolerant of people that disagree with them. Have a nice day!

GOD

February 8th, 2012
4:25 pm

“… this planet was created for straight people and if you don’t like it you are more than welcome to get off!”

….Says Who?….SMDH

JTesla

February 8th, 2012
4:28 pm

Sorry, I thought this was a blog about Rowan & Martin, I love Laugh-In re-runs!

SAWB

February 8th, 2012
4:28 pm

So, does this mean his fishing show will be off the air?

http://www.fishingwithrolandmartin.com/

Yawn

February 8th, 2012
4:28 pm

Is CNN still on the air? This crap is why no one watches this network anymore.

Speaking of TV

February 8th, 2012
4:29 pm

I am SO SICK of the homosexual community’s sensitivity to everything. It’s all about them. Gimme a break. The color purple is theirs. The rainbow colors are theirs. They want marriage. They want their sexual lives to be “approved” in all venues, everyone needs to know about it. Keep it in the bedroom and grow some jewels. Man up, if you can.

I even saw a writer say that her editor wanted the pregnancy section of her book to not include mention about the male sperm and female egg because the gay community might be offended. WTF!! GROW UP! Not everything is an attack. Geez!

JTesla

February 8th, 2012
4:29 pm

“Also, this planet was created for straight people”

Tell them straight people to stop having gay babies. Oh and get rid of giraffes. All of them.

M915

February 8th, 2012
4:32 pm

Roland Martin is a RACIST? Hey WP isnt that calling the kettle black. You created racism.

Scott

February 8th, 2012
4:33 pm

Another attack by the accepting LGBT community. YEAH RIGHT This guy is complete Obamabot, libtard but he didnt say ANYTHING offensive. Keep it up queens and see that support that you think you are getting from mainstream society wither away.

DERK

February 8th, 2012
4:34 pm

You people at CNN are about as stupid as they get. I guess you’ll fire the next person on your network that mentions the word “GAY”!! As Redd Foxx would say “YOU BIG DUMMY!!!!”

Dr. Mindbender

February 8th, 2012
4:34 pm

They (and all the other PC groups that are so easily offended) need to go to the Dr. Being so thin-skinned is hazardous to their health.

I guess all of us that aren’t part of one of these ‘groups’ aren’t lucky enough to be offended and it matter to anyone else but us.

What comes around....

February 8th, 2012
4:35 pm

Looks like African Americans are having to play by the same rules as everyone else now….GOOD. You wanted equality, well now u got it! Guess yull see how it is with a old farrt Lowery or a shakedown Jackson watching everything u say. Word to the wise…ur skin color wont forgive ur remarks anymore my brothers and sisters (watch what u say)……lol

WendelllovesJanet

February 8th, 2012
4:35 pm

Im so sick of Americans..everyone gets offended by any and everything..Moral compasses need to be turned down..this is whack..Im hgay and I was not offended by his comment..he said nothing to bash gays.Man folks are really make me wanna url..this correctness is getting to be silly.

Fareeldo

February 8th, 2012
4:35 pm

This had nothing — and I mean NOTHING — to do with Roland’s tweet. CNN has been looking for a reason to ax him for a long time! And remember folks, the most homophobic among us are also the most conflicted about our orientation…just ask Eddie Long!

Steve

February 8th, 2012
4:36 pm

***This planet was created for straight people**** You really sound stupid!! Those are the same kind of stupid comments that have been made about blacks, christians, muslims, women etc, so if thats your backward way of thinking maybe you should get off the planet, and leave the rest of us intelligent people here so we don’t have to read your stupid comments!!

WendelllovesJanet

February 8th, 2012
4:36 pm

This country needs an enema

Fareeldo

February 8th, 2012
4:37 pm

What Comes Around, equality you say? Lemme get a piece o’ dat pie!!!

Devil's Advocate

February 8th, 2012
4:38 pm

I guess we can put an end to the notion that “if the on-air personality was black he wouldn’t get in trouble”.

GOD

February 8th, 2012
4:39 pm

Fareeldo – Real Talk.

Old Gay Guy

February 8th, 2012
4:41 pm

As a 60+ old gay male…. I wonder… “who cares?” Mr. Martin said it, got spanked and then apologized. That’s enough for me….let’s all move on to what really matters.

Hadley

February 8th, 2012
4:41 pm

Isn’t it ronic how the media distorts media? SMH

Devil's Advocate

February 8th, 2012
4:43 pm

It’s the liberal media’s fault that the liberal media personality said something against liberals!

skeeter

February 8th, 2012
4:43 pm

There was a second tweet he made about wearing pink.
He shouldn’t have been suspended for the contexts of the tweets, but he should be fired for being DUMB. In his position and on an international network and super bowl Sunday, yo dumb azz is tweeting. smdh

gaycist

February 8th, 2012
4:43 pm

I DON’T LIKE GAY PEOPLE!!! THAT’S RIGHT I SAID IT.