Roland Martin on Wednesday was suspended by CNN over a tweet directed at gay fans of David Beckham.
Referring to an H&M commercial featuring soccer star David Beckham modeling his line of underwear which aired during Sunday's Super Bowl, Martin tweeted: “If a dude at your Super Bowl party is hyped about David Beckham's H&M underwear ad, smack the ish out of him!”
Media advocacy and anti-defamation group the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) called on CNN to fire Martin.
Martin apologized for his remarks on Monday, saying he could understand how someone could misconstrue his comment as being “anti-gay or homophobic or advancing violence.”
“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. Violence against gay people or against any other minority isn't a political opinion,” he said.
But the apology failed to avert action from CNN.
“Roland Martin's tweets were regrettable and offensive,” the network said in a statement. “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.”
Source: On Top Magazine