CNN is being pressured by an activist group that is calling for the firing of an analyst in the wake of a controversial tweet, reports the Los Angeles Times’ Show Tracker blog.
The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation has started an online petition asking CNN to fire Roland Martin because of a tweet he wrote during the Super Bowl criticizing an H&M ad starring David Beckham, the story reports.
Martin’s tweet made fun of Beckham for sporting only his underwear in the ad, noting, "Ain’t no real bruhs going to H&M to buy some damn David Beckham underwear!," according to the piece. 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!"
GLAAD accused Martin of gay bashing, the story says. Martin defended himself, writing later on Twitter, "I do not advocate violence of any kind against anyone gay, or not. As anyone who follows me on Twitter knows, anytime soccer comes up during football season it’s another chance for me to take a playful shot at soccer, nothing more," according to the piece.