CNN has punked out under pressure from the gay community to suspend analyst Roland Martin after he tweeted off a little joke about David Beckham’s underwear ad.
A CNN spokeswoman confirmed the suspension with this statement issued today:
“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 will not be appearing on our air for the time being.”
Martin came under attack from gay groups after tweeting a wisecrack about Beckham’s underwear commercial which aired during Sunday’s Super Bowl telecast on NBC.
Martin seemed to suggest in his tweet that his followers “smack the ish out of” any male Super Bowl fan who is “hyped about David Beckham’s H&M underwear ad.”
Martin added that “real bruhs” would not purchase underwear advertised by Beckham.
A network suspension is usually the first step towards a contract termination. Martin was a CNN political analyst for 4 years.
Meanwhile Fox News lets their analyst say whatever they want about black people..
As a gay advocate I must say that gay people are starting to get on my damn nerves.. Seriously? You are mad over that? Tracey Morgan can’t even make a joke about gays taking one up the @zz. The word GAY can no longer even be used in place of the word happy.. This is just pushing it a bit too far. Gay rights have came a looong way. But if incidents like this keep up it’s really going to make people not like the gays…
Then you have all these young gay teenagers killing themselves after being teased and ridiculed. The gay community should be spending time in the classrooms instead of monitoring twitter accounts.. I am disgusted.. I’m going to exercise my freedom of right to use the word as I see fit. CNN’s decision was hella GAY!! What do you think?
Source: Washington Post blog