CNN political analyst Roland Martin sparked controversy this weekend with Super Bowl comments that some perceived as homophobic.
“If a dude at your Super Bowl party is hyped about David Beckham’s H&M underwear ad, smack the ish out of him![sic]” Martin said via Twitter, addressing nearly 95,000 followers.
Earlier that day, the pundit also posted allegedly anti-gay remarks on his Facebook 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[sic]”.
The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation responded by calling on CNN to fire Martin, the Advocate reports. “Advocates of gay bashing have no place at CNN,” they said in a Tweet directed at Martin and CNN.
In a press release, GLAAD detailed Martin’s unfavorable record with the LGBT community. Martin has condoned faith-based reparative therapy as a “cure” for homosexuality on his website, noting that his wife, a Baptist minister, “has counseled many men and women to walk away from the gay lifestyle.” He also defended Tracy Morgan’s hateful anti-gay standup routine last year.
Martin initially dismissed his David Beckham remark as a joke against soccer fans. Earlier today, GLAAD updated their press release with an apology from 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.” [link]
CNN has remained silent on the issue.
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