February 10th, 2012 by faye
Who would forget CNN reporter Roland Martin after he fired controversial tweets on Monday during the Super Bowl game? The tweets were about the underwear ad of H&M featuring David Beckham, as well as some other comments which some considered as an attack against the gay community. Clearly, GLAAD, the nation’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media advocacy and anti-defamation organization was outraged with such tweets from Roland Martin. And while the CNN reporter thinks it’s all just a joke, the higher authorities at CNN did not find it all amusing.
The authorities from CNN finally took action regarding the behavior and homophobic tweets of CNN reporter Roland Martin, so they decided to suspend him from his duty at the network.
As we recall, gay rights organization GLAAD was trying hard to convince CNN to fire Roland Martin. However, CNN did not lay off Roland Martin, but gave the reporter disciplinary sanctions they think is best. Roland Martin’s return date at CNN is not yet clear.
CNN issued a statement, saying:
“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. We have been giving careful consideration to this matter, and Roland Martin will not be appearing on our air for the time being.”
Aside from the mocking tweet he said regarding the H&M advertisement, CNN reporter Roland Martin also said in another comment, “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”
Roland Martin tried to sort things out by apologizing on Monday:
“Based on several tweets I made on my Twitter feed on Super Bowl Sunday yesterday, I have been accused by members of the LGBT community of being supportive of violence against gays and lesbians and bullying. That is furthest from the truth, and I sincerely regret any offense my words caused.”
Clearly, GLAAD seemed satisfied with the decision of CNN to suspend Roland Martin. GLAAD said in a statement: “CNN today took a strong stand against anti-LGBT violence and language that demeans any community. Yesterday, Martin also spoke out against anti-LGBT violence.”
“We at GLAAD 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.”