CNN has suspended CNN political analyst Roland Martin after a
series of tweets he sent during the Super Bowl on Sunday drew ire from GLAAD
who interpreted this statements to suggesting violence against gay people.
In a statement issued Wednesday, CNN said, "Roland
Martin's tweets were regrettable and offensive. 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."
Martin's offending tweet was in reference to an H&M
commercial starring easy-on-the-eyes 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!" it said.
GLAAD tweeting back that "advocates of gay bashing have no
place at CNN" and demanded that Martin be removed from the network's air.
Martin appeared on CNN Tuesday night in the network's
coverage of the Missouri primary and Colorado and Minnesota caucuses.