Rowland Martin Suspended From CNN for Tweet Deemed Homophobic
CNN analyst Roland Martin has been suspended by the cable network following calls for his dismissal by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) after he tweeted what they considered homophobic comments.
Essence reports that the tweet in question, sent during the Super Bowl, was about a David Beckham H&M commercial.
“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” tweeted Martin.
That didn’t sit well with GLAAD and they called for the axe. CNN responded Wednesday by announcing Martin’s suspension. “Roland Martin’s tweets were regrettable and offensive. Language that demeans is inconsistent with the values and culture of our organization, and is not tolerated,” read a statement.
Earlier in the week Martin issued an apology, saying his tweets were in jest. “It was not meant literally, and in no way would I ever condone someone doing such a thing,” he wrote. An incessant tweeter, Martin has not responded to the suspension yet.
Basically, Martin got fired over an insinuation. He didn’t actually come out and say anything overtly hostile toward gay people. Also, Rowland was off the clock when he said it, it’s not like he broadcasted it live, unlike several other controversial media personlities who have said things way worse.
Did CNN do the right thing? Is GLAAD overreacting?