Free Roland Martin
I’m no fan of the guy, but this is just ludicrous. The Wrap:
CNN has suspended commentator Roland Martin over tweets during the Super Bowl that GLAAD and others blasted as homophobic.
“Roland Martin’s tweets were regrettable and offensive,” the network said in a statement Wednesday. “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…”
“If a dude at your Super Bowl party is hyped about David Beckham’s H&M underwear ad, smack the ish out of him!” he said in one tweet. In the other, he said, “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.”
Do you really think Roland Martin was seriously advocating violence against men who wear pink and/or enjoy looking at David Beckham in his underpants? Or was he just tweeting stupid stuff in the middle of a Super Bowl party? Do you think maybe you could just relax a minute?
I think it’s ridiculous to suspend Martin for this, but maybe some good will come of it. Maybe now he’ll think twice before he complains about “dog whistles.” Maybe now he sees firsthand how unfair it is when other people decide what your motives are for you.
Maybe. I doubt it, but maybe.
P.S. John Nolte: “Martin inadvertently stepped into a trap he probably didn’t know existed, and as a result he is now receiving an invaluable lesson about today’s politically-correct hierarchy, where gay trumps black.”