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CNN Remains Silent as Roland Martin Posts Second Apology Over Homophobic Tweets

In a new blog post in which he describes being bullied as a kid, Roland Martin says that he is sorry for items he tweeted on the day of the Super Bowl.

R_martinSaid Martin in the tweets:

If a dude at your Super Bowl party is hyped about David Beckham's H&M underwear ad, smack the ish out of him! #superbowl

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

Writes Martin:

When we witness violence in this country against someone because they are gay, or being beaten because they are Black, that speaks to a vicious cycle that seems to be never ending.

My joking about smacking someone, whether it was in response to a commercial or food they prepare for a Super Bowl party or wearing an opposing team’s jersey, was stated in jest. It was not meant literally, and in no way would I ever condone someone doing such a thing.

As I said repeatedly, I often make jokes about soccer in the U.S., and my crack about David Beckham’s commercial was related to that and not to anyone’s sexuality. To those who construed my comment as being anti-gay or homophobic or advancing violence, I’m truly sorry. I can certainly understand how someone could come to a different conclusion than the one I meant.

I’m disheartened that my words would embolden prejudice. 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.

As someone who has spoken out forcefully against bigotry against African Americans and other minorities, as well as sexism against women, I fully understand how a group who has been unfairly treated would be offended by such comments, and, again, I am sorry for any offense my remarks caused.

But my focus has been steadfast and resolute in being a strong voice against such issues. My conviction has always been to speak progressively on issues confronting this country, and I will continue to do so.

Read Martin's full post here.

Despite calls from GLAAD for Martin's firing, CNN remains silent.

The network should not continue to do so. GLAAD continues to believe that CNN can find responsible, diverse voices who do not have a history of advocating or making excuses for violence toward anyone. The network now has to decide. 

The time has come for Roland Martin to put actions behind his words.   GLAAD calls on him to meet with us and our partners to discuss how we can work together to address the staggering rates of anti-LGBT violence that continues to face our community today.

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  1. DH, you are a racist that dislike black people.

    I love Ellen.

    Posted by: Mel Smith | Feb 8, 2012 2:21:45 AM

  2. Martin should be fired. When people violate the rights of tens of millions by openly advocating violence against us they should first be fired and then be jailed, given an extended 'time out' and forced to undergo robust treatments to help them overcome their sociopathic tendencies.

    That same rules should apply to anti-gay scum like Scott Lively and Obama BBFs Rick Warren and Donnie McClurkin. All are guilty of interfering in the affairs of Uganda and other nations to promote hatred and murder. (The Kill the Gays bill was reintroduced in Parliament yesterday and these three thugs all had a hand in it, even if they deny that their complicity will lead to murder. It already has. David Kato, a key leader of the movement in Uganda was murdered last year.)

    I can't imagine why anyone would want to give bigots 'freedom' a pass to go on promoting hatred and it's fallout: discrimination, suicide, harassment, violence and inevitably, murder. They follow hatemongering like Winter follows Autumn.

    Posted by: Bill Perdue | Feb 8, 2012 4:37:09 AM

  3. Not that I am a decision maker, but Im ok with this last apology. We have progressed because people have changed peoples minds - We as a community have to give them the space to change it without forcing them from their jobs or the public square. They may wind up being our best advocates.

    Posted by: Allen | Feb 8, 2012 10:11:13 AM

  4. GLAAD is pathetic! They'll fawn over Tracy Morgan, but then come on strong with Roland Martin. What determines who they decide to come down on? Any anti-defamation group that incorporates kissing ass into its work is not credible. As for Martin, I don't know why CNN ever hired him. He clearly belongs on Fox News with the rest of the ideologues.

    Posted by: Stuffed Animal | Feb 8, 2012 1:10:03 PM

  5. Me: Going to buy a pink suit.
    Me: Going outside the CNN building
    Me: "Come whip my ass Roland!!!! COME OUT HERE AND WHIP MY ASS!!"

    So sick of these homophobic bastards!

    Posted by: Hollywood, CA | Feb 8, 2012 3:24:17 PM

  6. Self Defense Lawyer - we all have one within. Without all the push from GLAAD he will lose viewers. Why do you have to push CNN, TVOne and others to either be on board or drown? The issue is real but the reaction is overbearing. History has shown that it works so why not do it? Because he is already hurt. Any man in his right mind would have saved some money and get his own business and say by to any company that doesn't want him. He needs to do for himself at this point because he can't apologize according to what I am reading. Jerry Lewis stated that his friends don't need an explanation and to those who aren't they will never believe him anyway.

    Posted by: dwonder | Feb 17, 2012 6:16:20 PM

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