CNN has suspended contributor Roland Martin for some controversial tweets he made during the Super Bowl.
As TVWeek previously reported, "Martin’s tweet made fun of [soccer superstar David] Beckham for sporting only his underwear in [a Super Bowl] ad, noting, ‘Ain’t no real bruhs going to H&M to buy some damn David Beckham underwear!’…. He continued, ‘If a dude at your Super Bowl party is hyped about David Beckham’s H&M underwear ad, smack the ish out of him!’
CNN’s statement said, "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."
CNN did not say how long Martin would be off the air.
As our previous story noted, Martin said, "I do not advocate violence of any kind against anyone gay, or not." He has since apologized for his remarks.
Politico columnist Dylan Byers had this take on Martin’s suspension: "[I]n its decision to suspend political contributor Roland Martin today for controversial statements he made on Twitter, CNN seems to have suggested that controversial comments made recently by other contributors — namely Dana Loesch and Erick Erickson — do not warrant the same punishment.
"On her radio show, Loesch championed U.S. Marines for urinating on dead Taliban soldiers and said that she would ‘drop trou’and do it too.
"On his radio show, Erickson championed the tasing of an Occupy D.C. protester and said, ‘watching a hippie protester get tased just makes my day.’ "
Byers adds, "CNN may have felt extra pressure to suspend Martin because of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, which strongly condemned Martin’s comments."
Byers also notes, "It should be noted that among the three contributors, Martin was the only one to apologize for his statements."
Writing today, Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2012, GLAAD said, "Earlier this week, Sharon Lettman-Hicks, Executive Director of the National Black Justice Coalition, the nation’s largest black LGBT civil rights organization, also spoke out: ‘Even if he meant it in a jovial manner, Roland Martin’s words carry a real impact on the everyday lives of Black LGBT people, especially our youth. Given the number of rash murders, attacks and violent acts involving LGBT people of color, we cannot let statements such as this go unchecked. Silence is a form of acceptance and only perpetuates the problem.’ "