(Original story at ABC News here.)
Maybe Mr. Martin really hates David Beckham. Or perhaps he really hates underwear advertisements. It is possible he thought the advertisement was terrible at doing its job — selling. Whatever it was, his remarks have definitely been interpreted to be homophobic.
Feb 8, 2012 6:02pm
Roland Martin Suspended by CNN Over ‘Offensive’ Tweets
CNN has smacked the “ish” out of Roland Martin.
The commentator has been suspended indefinitely for tweets he sent during Sunday’s Super Bowl that were criticized as anti-gay, according to a statement released Wednesday. One tweet said, “If a dude at your Super Bowl party is hyped about David Beckham’s H&M underwear ad, smack the ish out of him!”
“Roland Martin’s tweets were regrettable and offensive,” CNN’s statement reportedly said. “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.”
“CNN today took a strong stand against anti-LGBT violence and language that demeans any community,” said Rich Ferraro, a spokesperson for the gay rights organization GLAAD. “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 it.”
This is the latest case of public figures tweeting themselves into trouble.