Last night during the Super Bowl, H&M aired an underwear ad featuring a lovingly-photographed David Beckham wearing not very much. CNN's Roland Martin didn't like it much. He tweeted:
To which GLAAD promptly tweeted:
@rolandsmartin Advocates of gay bashing have no place at @CNN #SuperBowl #LGBT
To which Mr. Martin tweeted:
@GLAAD @cnn well you're clearly out of touch and clueless with what I tweeted. Way to assume, but you're way off base
Mr. Martin later insisted that he meant to advocate violence against soccer fans, not gay men. Which makes one wonder why, earlier in the day, Mr. Martin tweeted:
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
Does pink remind Mr. Martin of soccer? In any case, GLAAD's not buying Mr. Martin's excuses: They've now posted a release to their website "demanding" that CNN "remove" Mr. Martin from the air.
To be fair, advocating for actual violence against gay people would be out of character for Mr. Martin. As GLAAD itself reporsts, on Mr. Martin's own website he advocates "loving" and "breaking bread" with LGBT people — while praising his wife, a Baptist minister, for delivering so many of them from their unBiblical lifestyle with her special faith-healing witchery. Maybe Mr. Martin doesn't want to smack the ish out of sinners; maybe he only wants to smack the ish out of their sin.