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CNN’s Roland Martin Sparks Controversy with Anti-Gay Tweets

CNN’s Roland Martin Sparks Controversy with Anti-Gay Tweets

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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12:00PM PST on Feb 15, 2012

Elaine A.: For the last time, being born LGBT is NOT a lifestyle! So quit your whining and get your facts straight. I love to do gardening, fish, cook and go to the gym. I call those my lifestyles. Those are choices I've made in my life based on my interests and skills. You could say I have a diverse lifestyle being interested in so many different things. BUT, now listen very carefully because I will say this only once: I was born gay, I will be gay all my life and IF I had a choice (which I do not) I would chose to stay gay.
Lastly, if someone choses to be gay they would also chose to be discriminated against, in some cases physically and verbally attacked, imprisoned and sometimes murdered. Are you truly that brainwashed that you actually believe someone would chose to bet the target of all this?
I am truly grateful for the majority of posters on this issue being so supportive and caring and also that people like you, Elaine, are a part of a vanishing minority!

7:55PM PST on Feb 11, 2012

Fire his butt! Then make him ride at the front of the San Francisco Gay Pride Parade this year! People like him are the reason we lose so many kids to suicide. As a teacher, I have lost more than one student to suicide because of who they were. Does he have children God forbid? They will have to be closet cases until they are adults and even then they'll be disowned as I was by my parents. Homphobes are bigots, bigots are small people who are afraid of the things they do not know. Scardy cat!

4:25PM PST on Feb 9, 2012

CNN said Martin would not be appearing on our air for the time being.

4:32AM PST on Feb 9, 2012

Hard to say - I kinda believe he did not mean it in those ways - but he may have. I don't think he needs to be fired - just watched.

11:36PM PST on Feb 8, 2012

This man needs to go off the air and before speaking put his brain in gear.

7:19PM PST on Feb 8, 2012

Whether he likes it or not Mr. Martin is a representative of CNN. As a result the company has a right and responsibility not to be associated with such a hate filled lbgt basher.

5:05PM PST on Feb 8, 2012

Dang! What's with the pink remark? He needs to be given the pink slip.

4:18PM PST on Feb 8, 2012

His remarks are absolutley shocking and contemptible. He should resign or be fired. And to Elaine: if religion were not useful to governments as a tool to control people, it would be listed in medical nomenclature as a psychiatric impairment. I truly believe that you are certifiably insane.

4:01PM PST on Feb 8, 2012

Thank you.

3:24PM PST on Feb 8, 2012

I have listen to Roland for years and have also heard his jokes about soccer vs football. I have never heard him make nasty LGBT remarks; I have heard him be supported of LGBT people and issues. I don't think his comments were intended to be bigoted remarks toward LGBT people. I do think he was slamming soccer in good fun. I think this is overkill and I hope he doesn't permanently lose his spot on CNN because of it.

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