Roland Martin Remains On TV One
Cable net says tweet was offensive but points to apology and willingness to meet with GLAAD
By John Eggerton -- Broadcasting & Cable, 2/11/2012 8:54:56 AM
At press time, Martin was still suspended from his CNN political commentator slot after controversial Tweets he made during the Super Bowl, but will continue on-air for the African American-targeted cable net.
Martin's Tweets were in reference to the H&M commercial starring soccer star David Beckham: "If a dude at your Super Bowl party is hyped about David Beckham's underwear ad, smack the ish out of him!" he Tweeted. GLAAD labeled him a gay-bashing advocate.
Martin said the comment was a wisecrack about soccer, not sexuality. "I made several cracks about soccer as I do all the time," he said in a statement earlier in the week. "I was not referring to sexuality directly or indirectly regarding the David Beckham ad, and I'm sorry folks took it otherwise... 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." He later expanded on the apology. "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."
TV One praised Martin for his past work, for his apology and for his willingness to talk with GLAAD about the Tweet, but criticized his online comments.
"Roland has made valuable contributions to TV One. However, regardless of his intent, Roland's comments during the Super Bowl were offensive," said TV One in a statement. "That said, he has apologized, and we are pleased that he and GLAAD are planning to meet in the near future and hope they can engage in a constructive dialogue."
According to a media advisory on the lineup for Martin's show, he will reference that planned meeting with GLAAD
Cmon Really. GLAAD wants to put this man in shackles, behind bars for a universal comment that was really a personal, and playful not intended for anything but a man's thought during MAN most festive Holiday. Really GLAAD should be ashamed of themselves. By The Way Most Men On CNN are GAY anyway. Do you really think Roland wants to offend ANderson? He would really be out of a job. GLAAD seems a little HomoPhobic if you ask me.
Peter SUN - 2/13/2012 3:16:29 PM EST
I'm gay and I don't see what the big deal was in the first place. I have said the same things about men wearing pink, so I would be against my own kind because I said it. I think people are too damn sensitive these days and need to get a backbone. Also, CNN did not fire him, they suspended him. That means he could be back on CNN in the next couple of months. I felt that he was trying to be funny and people took it the wrong way.
capricorn7nc - 2/13/2012 2:42:44 PM EST
I saw this ad and then it was over. The ad made Roland want to smack a man and any man who felt aroused by it and he didnt say smack on the face. Alrighty then, Roland whats really on your mind. As for GLAAD. The only thing more scary then a woman being a stick in the mud during footaball is a more sensitive man who could careless for the superbowl but is in everybodys conversation during the game. Dont ruin Roland GLAAD my thoughts are he wants to work closer with your organisation then you may be aware.
Freeman - 2/13/2012 12:56:57 PM EST
GLADD SEEMS TO BE THE HATERS AND ANYONE ELSE OUT THERE THAT WANTS THIS MAN TO LOSE HIS JOB OVER THIS WE HAVE ATWO MANY PEOPLE OUT OF WORK NOW THE MAN APOLOGIZED AND I DON'T EVEN KNOW WHY I YOU ARE GAY GROW UP AND STOP BEING BABIES.
JOYCE RICHARDSON - 2/13/2012 10:26:30 AM EST
Roland, real men are behind you Bruh. Girly men in their pink panties need to stay away from our Superbowl.
deapp - 2/13/2012 9:36:24 AM EST
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