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Final Thoughts On Super Bowl-Twitter Controversy

02/06/2012 10:14 pm 242 comments

By Roland S. Martin

Based on several tweets I made on my Twitter feed on Super Bowl Sunday yesterday, I have been accused by members of the LGBT community of being supportive of violence against gays and lesbians and bullying.

That is furthest from the truth, and I sincerely regret any offense my words have caused.

I have consistently said on television, radio, and in print, that I am steadfast against bullying. As I wrote on CNN.com, as well as said on the nationally-syndicated Dr. Phil Show, I believe parents and schools need to take an active role in ending this epidemic that afflicts kids nationwide, gay or not.

In fact, I was bullied in school, and watched another middle schooler pulled a knife on my father when he boarded our school bus and came to the defense of me and my brother. My position has been unequivocal on this issue, and will remain so.

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.

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  • Ericlewis33

    Now that’s more like it. That’s a sincere apology and I can accept that. Let’s me more careful with our words in the future. Cheers!

  • angrygayguy

    “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.”
    So, Roland, if that is the logic then it must be ok to tell black jokes again.

    This is barely an apology. Perhaps you could do a story about homophobia in the black community? It apparently is there. Even in high profile reporters as yourself.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/M52VVN25IAOT747FKBYS7ARUK4 Roderick St John

    I’m still unclear on the meaning of your tweet “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”

    What is an “ish” and how, exactly, does one “smack the ish” out of someone?

    Is it necessary to contact #teamwhipdatass to have them “smack the ish” out of someone or can it be done by individuals.

    Thanks in advance.

  • pauliji

    How can anyone who claims to be Christian speak in such a way about other human beings? I don’t care if it’s a joke or not, it’s highly offensive. I guess you just don’t think it’s wrong to make gay jokes anytime you want? How does this faith or yourself square with your obvious disdain for the sentiments and safety of those who share your country and who happen to be gay or lesbian? Who would Jesus smack the ish out of?

  • Crazydaysandnights

    This reeks of desperation. What I know is the twitter petition against Mr. Martin’s continued presence on CNN was around it’s goal of 50,000+ last evening so is most likely far surpassed the goal by this morning. After going out of your way to defend yourself it takes until I guess fear from realizing your job is on the line to write an apology. Says it all, really. 

  • GAYIN3LA

    I am glad to see this apology. i hope you have reflected on how powerful your words can be, even “jokes”. You have a voice and platform. Please preach love and not hate. I love your work on CNN.

  • Chrissy643

    How about homophobia in the mostly white Republican party?  Truth is it’s mostly the white legislature that is responsible for the decades of homophobic laws. The black guy in the WH has been trying to undo some of that mess. Clinton’s DADT etc.Start in your own backyard before going for the black community.

  • Anonymous

    This is a good start, Roland. I would just change three things:

    1) Change the title from ‘Final Thoughts..’ to ‘A Sincere Apology..’

    2) Remove the “But” from the last paragraph.

    3) Perhaps in one of your next blog posts, directly address issues the gay community faces and your commitment to helping that community achieve full equality in our society.

    Best regards,
    Tom

  • Reed

    Mr. Martin, if this was your first foray into potentially anti-gay speech, I might cut you some slack. But given your history, you don’t deserve a past. As a black gay male, I am appalled at your neanderthal view of the LGBT community and your less-than-sincere attempt at apologizing. Get a clue. We are not stupid. We know the real deal about where you are coming from.

  • Werner

    As someone who has always had a positive opinion of you and who has written his fair share of dumb stuff on the Internet, I will commiserate with you briefly, sir.  Okay, that moment has passed.

    Because I’m not a contributor on a major national news network. My opinions aren’t held to a higher standard, or any standard at all for that matter. So it’s troubling that you wouldn’t even stop to consider what you were writing before you hit “send’. It calls your whole sense of propriety, judgement and discernment into question.

    So while you might apologize for the comments themselves, it still calls into question your professionalism and just your general sense of the tone and tenor of discourse in our society.  If you can tweet such tone-deaf things why should I trust or believe anything else you write? Some people don’t like sports. Some people like soccer. Many women and men find David Beckham attractive. And justifiably so. It’s not a red or blue, either/or kind of dichotomy. It’s just the way it is. So show some love and understanding and compassion. Have a sense of responsibility in the words you choose. For whatever reason why, people are listening to you Roland.

  • http://www.facebook.com/marc.birou Marc Birou

    I have always thought highly of you, but these comments are unacceptable. You should not be on CNN…there is no place for bullying and prejudice. If this was about race…one can only imagine…but your judgment of the LGBT is so backward thinking. I don’t want to hear your opinion anymore. You suck.

  • Steve

    Roland, Up to this point, I have always thought highly of you and always enjoyed watching you on CNN. To me, you always come across so smart and articulate in every broadcast. …  but this recent tweeting “scandal” has really changed my opinion of you. After reading your “Final Thoughts” all I can say to that is “BULLSH*T”. Your “beliefs” and your actions completely contradict each other.  There was only one thing you meant by what you said.. your tweets speak for themselves.. and everyone knows it. A soccer reference?? C’mom, you think that we are that gullible?  Your comments are no less repugnant to me then if someone called for the lynching of a brutha at a party who was wearing a doo-rag or pants that were hanging off him, exposing his underwear.. of course not David Beckham underwear. Brazilsun@aol.com

  • Oneika_mb

    I thank you for taking the time to try and respond to the criticisms lodged against you, however I feel that you have not addressed the entire issue. While your use of violent language in your tweets, was an issue that GLAAD took issue with, they believed it to be homophobic because you have a history of supporting homophobic things, most notably your wife’s attempts at gay conversion. Many experts have found gay conversion therapy to be unsuccessful and psychologically damaging to those who participate in it. While your website said that your support of conversion wasn’t something you did out of hate but rather as something “Christian” it does not change the fact that experts on this subject find conversion to be harmful and that many Christians have no problem accepting gays just the way they are. To promote conversion, suggests that you do in fact have a problem with homosexuals, if you were completely fine with them, you would not seek to change them. While I do not campaign for you to be fired, I personally cannot respect your opinion or fully believe your apology until you address this issue; I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels this way. Maybe you do not care what me and some other people think of you, but I have strong feelings about this issue and I felt like voicing my opinion. So, if you do read this, I just hope you will consider what I have said and look into some of the research out there on conversion therapy. What you find may very well horrify you.

  • FJF

    Mr. Martin, I’m feel so sorry that everyone has taken your words so seriously.  I really don’t understand how your tweets are even anti-gay or promote volience.  First, I’m sorry, but the David Beckham ad during the super bowl is just funny.  We are watching the most highly watched sports event in America and then some soccer star is in an ad. I don’t think so; its about sports, its not about being gay or not.  And as for as a guy wearing an all pink suite…really?  I think that’s a little overboard in regards to style and taste.  That’s my viewpoint.  I don’t understand why every thought/word has to be sensored and how everybody is SO sensitive about gay rights.  I mean don’t we all have enough common sense and human good will to know the difference between hate and joking?  I guess not from this “scandal”.  Mr. Martin, carry on.

  • Keith B

    If Martin’s comments had been racially charged EVERYONE would be up in arms, but somehow if jokes or comments are homophobic we are asked to not be so serious, to not be so politically correct. Homosexuals are the last minority group that it is still publicly okay to castigate and take swipes at. Let me tell you, speaking as a homosexual man, we’ve had enough.

    On the main page of this website, Martin continues to assert that some gays “choose” the “lifestyle”. Any gay person AND anyone in the medical/psychiatric profession who is a legitimate practitioner (and not some quack trying to convert gays to christianity) will tell you that this is simply not true. Gay is not a choice anymore than straight is. Sexual orientation is as innate as race and gender.  The psychiatric community has recognized for decades now that homosexuality is a “normal and positive” variation of human sexuality and that people fall at all points on the continuum between heterosexuality and homosexuality.

    Martin and his wife can continue to rationalize their bigotry and hatred through the guise of “christianity”. However, make no mistake, they are bigots. It’s a simple as that. And yes, that the African American community which has had such harsh and recent experience with the exact same kinds of prejudice and hatred uses “religion” as a shield to promote the exact same
    behavior is beyond disappointing.

  • Anonymous

    Ah, the classic non-apology.  So sorry YOU misconstrued my innocent remarks.

    Well as homophobic Tweets go, yours was on the lower end of the offensive scale, but your suggestion that you comment is tied to soccer is patently absurd.  I apologize if you thought that was your true intention.

  • Me

    Roland … unfortunately this is the product of a society you helped create.  Its a society where people take themselves way to seriously and any one person’s offense is another man’s downfall.  People like yourself have made your dollar doing this to others and now it has been done to you.  And your response is the exact same as others have made and you have critisized.

    Through the door of good intention comes a monster.  Your monster just bit you.  Take care of the wound.

  • Collpatrick1

    I have watched you on CNN over the years and probably 99% of the time I disagree with what you are saying, but I have to defend you on this one.  First of all, whatever your views may or not be on homosexuality is irrelevant to this conversation.  So, people are saying that if you were some pro gay marrage advocate, they would have accepted your tweet as a joke, but since you are pro-(what the Bible says), they just assume your tweet was homophobic, hateful and advocated violence.  I mean, come on people?  I mean David Beckham himself said he a hard time watching that ad…. When I read Roland’s tweet,  I didn’t see any relation to gay people or gay issues at all.  Occasionally, GLAAD rightfully is outraged like during Eminem’s rise to fame through clearly offensive lyrics to gays and just about everyone, but I think GLAAD loses credibility going out of its way to be outraged over just about everything.  And for many of you people commenting here, get over yourselves a bit.  You will never be happy in life if you get upset or outraged over every little comment or joke that may have some vague reference in some way to homosexuality (which I dont think ever applies here at all!!!!).

  • Anonymous

    Any dude rocking a peach cravat in publicity photos should think long and hard about casting the first stone at anyone, let alone hardcore soccer fans.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EBXKXT4AWDKTKLHSEZVD5NF6XQ Jason

    Just drop the lame soccer excuse. We’re adults, not 3 year olds. Only the ridiculously gullible are buying that asinine defense. Just admit you screwed up. This non-apology apology is just that, not apologetic in the least. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EBXKXT4AWDKTKLHSEZVD5NF6XQ Jason

    Just drop the lame soccer excuse. We’re adults, not 3 year olds. Only the ridiculously gullible are buying that asinine defense. Just admit you screwed up. This non-apology apology is just that, not apologetic in the least. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_EBXKXT4AWDKTKLHSEZVD5NF6XQ Jason

    Just drop the lame soccer excuse. We’re adults, not 3 year olds. Only the ridiculously gullible are buying that asinine defense. Just admit you screwed up. This non-apology apology is just that, not apologetic in the least. 

  • jp

    Maybe I’m missing something. I read it a few times  and then i call my kids in to read it and nothing there. All this over underwear. Your right no one gets nutty over underwear and if a guy does How does that make him Gay. Are Gay people saying they are the only ones gets nutty about underwear? Really people wow

    I support gay rights and gay marriage so don’t get it twisted.

    CNN need to rethink this. Only 2 reason I watch CNN all day Roland Martin & Donna Brazile

  • JR

    What’s good for the goose…..Welcome to the what you do to others.  KARMA!

  • Tina

    Shame on CNN for bowing to “special interest” groups.  Gays & Lebians are now depriving us (straight) people our right to speak freely, and share our opinions for fear we “offend” them.  Well News Flash CNN, Roland Martin is an intelligent, well-read commentator, who meets the public well.  Whether you agree with all or nothing that he says on CNN, what he does in his private life is his business, just like what gays and lesbians do or say in their private lives and on their private time is their business. What you ought to consider is the millions of straight people that watch and support your network!!  We have had enough of this crap from the gay & lebian community!!! Every minute you hear them screaming about some miniscule @#!!! ENOUGH!!

  • Gay Friendly

    This incident may have to become the new official definition of the word irony. 

  • Gay Friendly

    This incident may have to become the new official definition of the word irony. 

  • Keith B

    There’s a word for you. It’s called “homophobe”. Would you be running to Martin’s defense if is his comments were blatantly sexist and/or misogynist?

  • Ariel Garcia

    How does it feel to be tried and executed by the same PC crowd you usually use to bash non-liberals.

  • Rigo

    Jason (below), you are exactly right. It’s the first thing I thought when I read Roland’s statement. And I’m sure countless others saw right through it. C’mon, Roland! You lost credibility in my eyes … big time!

    “Just drop the lame soccer excuse. We’re adults, not 3 year olds. Only the ridiculously gullible are buying that asinine defense. Just admit you screwed up. This non-apology apology is just that, not apologetic in the least.”

  • Justbcuzihav2

    Being the parent of a gay teen I’m sensitive to the plight of the LGBT community.  With that said, get over it already,the comments made by Mr. Martin were benign and were not directed at the LGBT community.  You can read whatever you want into anyone’s comment when you’re looking for a reason to be offended.

    Parent of a gay teen.

  • Jasone

    I’ve long thought that you are a homophobe, and this conclusively proves it. When you’re not minimizing school bullying or carrying on about poor, trodden-upon religious types, you’re spewing this garbage. You are disgusting.

  • Jasone

    I’ve long thought that you are a homophobe, and this conclusively proves it. When you’re not minimizing school bullying or carrying on about poor, trodden-upon religious types, you’re spewing this garbage. You are disgusting.

  • Jasone

    I’ve long thought that you are a homophobe, and this conclusively proves it. When you’re not minimizing school bullying or carrying on about poor, trodden-upon religious types, you’re spewing this garbage. You are disgusting.

  • Jasone

    I’ve long thought that you are a homophobe, and this conclusively proves it. When you’re not minimizing school bullying or carrying on about poor, trodden-upon religious types, you’re spewing this garbage. You are disgusting.

  • Jasone

    I’ve long thought that you are a homophobe, and this conclusively proves it. When you’re not minimizing school bullying or carrying on about poor, trodden-upon religious types, you’re spewing this garbage. You are disgusting.

  • Jasone

    I’ve long thought that you are a homophobe, and this conclusively proves it. When you’re not minimizing school bullying or carrying on about poor, trodden-upon religious types, you’re spewing this garbage. You are disgusting.

  • Millie0pruitt

    Now that you are suspended you from CNN’s air space what’s your next move?  Let me make a suggestion.  Stay your AZZ from their station.  We keep running our selves over to them on the guise of seeing/hearing what they have to say. It never works. Al Sharpton on MSNBC; but they fired Keith Olberman. Make that make sense.  Tyler Perry hiring Kim Kardashian.  When are we going to learn?
     I had a conversation with a co-worker just this very day and a “white man” phrase was used.  Nothing negative about the conversation at all but my coworker lowered her voice when she said “white man” to the point she had to repeat herself.  I have no issue with the gay community but they are getting just a bit too much dayum press.

  • Millie0pruitt

    Now that you are suspended you from CNN’s air space what’s your next move?  Let me make a suggestion.  Stay your AZZ from their station.  We keep running our selves over to them on the guise of seeing/hearing what they have to say. It never works. Al Sharpton on MSNBC; but they fired Keith Olberman. Make that make sense.  Tyler Perry hiring Kim Kardashian.  When are we going to learn?
     I had a conversation with a co-worker just this very day and a “white man” phrase was used.  Nothing negative about the conversation at all but my coworker lowered her voice when she said “white man” to the point she had to repeat herself.  I have no issue with the gay community but they are getting just a bit too much dayum press.

  • Jay

     Thank you Millie: you are a homophobe and you assume (probably correctly) that Martin is as well. You have clarified everything.

  • Jay

     Thank you Millie: you are a homophobe and you assume (probably correctly) that Martin is as well. You have clarified everything.

  • Jay

     jp: are you stupid? This has nothing to do with underwear. It has to do with beating up people and wishing violence on them.

  • LiberianGirl

    So seriously, someone as eduated as Roland Martin and lives in the public eye would blurt out homophobic comments on Twitter with no second thoughts? Give me a break. This is not the guy next door, he’s a reporter and knows exactly how a story can be spunned. I’ve always been an avid supporter of the Gay and Lesbian communities but they have gone too far this time. It’s no different from my fellow African-Americans blaming every hardship in life on slavery and racism. Enough already!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    Un – ‘bloomer’ – believable!  CNN censoring one of the few political media persons with a genuine sensibility for reporting as opposed to ‘brief’ flashes of but party line thinking – is disconcerting in the extreme!  In hopes that this is read by Mr. Roland Martin himself, I ask:  Where is the A*-GLAAD (Gay Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) Alliance Against Defamation? *I use the “A” as an alpha privitive.  Mr. Roland Martin – let us initiate a drive to enlist supporters internationally to immediately respond by demanding the removal from news organization consideration of any and all deletrious defamations originating from the GLAAD organization against persons such as yourself as well as all “ish” and “ishah” – ah – there may be the rub!

  • Deb

    I’m from the old school and……………………………….y’all need to give up Twitter and Facebook………as you can see it continues to get y’all in trouble……………………time after time.
    Roland speaks his mind and I’m sure this was what CNN was waiting on………….A REASON TO SHUT HIM UP!!!!!!!! The few Black faces we have…… gets removed sooner or later and what a wonderful time of the year……………….ELECTION YEAR!!!!!!!! when Roland was so verbal and spoke for the voices who would never be heard four years ago.  It’s truly tooooooooooooooo BAD.

  • Cody

    If you’ve ever seen, heard, or read any material from Roland Martin, you would know that the guy has a sense of humor. He has a sense of humor in a profession where it seems humor fades everyday. From his personal twitter he made comments that were not directly offensive to homosexuals, and I can’t really see an indirect offense, but that would be for others to decide. Roland Martin makes several jabs at soccer periodically. One of the tweets was directed at Beckham. As a soccer fan, I still can’t stand Beckham. I took Martin’s comment the way they seem to have been intended, as humor. I understand CNN’s tough position, based on the over sensitive groups that have expressed outrage over his comments. I understand that they want to support and protect the LGBT community, but this situation does not need said protection. Just as the NAACP sometimes gets a little too sensitive, the LGBT community is in this situation. I hope to see Mr. Martin back on CNN soon.

  • Amccrary310

    I AM SICK OF CNN. THEY FINALLY DID WHAT THEY WANTED!  WATCH OUT REV AL SHARPTON YOU WILL BE NEXT!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1314563037 Tanya Nicholson

    Having a sense of humor is one thing but tweeting someone needs their a$$ whipped because of wearing a pink suit or whatever is promoting bullying – you can have a sense of humor without tweeting to the whold world to whip someone’s a$$ because there ARE idiots out there who take your words as literal and would do such a stupid thing because YOU tweeted it. WHat if someone tweeted some nastyness about your mother and your rather LARGE head…hmmm how would that make you feel? You people in the media especially need to stop and think about your words before you put them out there for the world to see! I am proud to say I signed to petition about you! People like you do not need to be a voice on TV!

  • ConservativeGayMan

    As a gay man, I wasn’t upset.  Why should I be?  I say the same damn thing during football games.  I saw *NOTHING* wrong with what Roland tweeted.  Don’t let the super pc elite of the Gay Rights Groups write the narrative, guys. The only reason CNN suspended Roland was because his Baptist background and his views on homosexuality.  GLAAD’s bigoted, anti-black, anti-Christian bigotry is clear for all to see.   I am white.  But I will tell you this:  if they fire Roland, there needs to be a march on CNN Headquarters …

  • ConservativeGayMan

    As a gay man, I wasn’t upset.  Why should I be?  I say the same damn thing during football games.  I saw *NOTHING* wrong with what Roland tweeted.  Don’t let the super pc elite of the Gay Rights Groups write the narrative, guys. The only reason CNN suspended Roland was because his Baptist background and his views on homosexuality.  GLAAD’s bigoted, anti-black, anti-Christian bigotry is clear for all to see.   I am white.  But I will tell you this:  if they fire Roland, there needs to be a march on CNN Headquarters …

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1186461725 Carl R. Carro

    CNN needs to lighten up a bit..Although viewers can tell that Mr. Martin is an obvious partisan on politics and policy, he is one of the more interesting, colorful and, yes, decent commentators on a network with an otherwise fledgling domestic audience..his remarks with an implied Gay bias were insensitive but not intentionally vicious nor were they made “on the air”..in the context of a Super Bowl Sunday, they merit a pass..CNN needs to focus on more important issues rather than always needing to check all the boxes on the PC score sheet…

  • http://twitter.com/jeff1964 jeff1964

    You will not be missed.

  • John

    Yep.  And I’m straight, white and 60 years old.  I better not say anything…to anyone!! 

  • Anonymous

    This was so stupid! So I guess he has to get a fake twitter account in order to voice his opinions. I don’t even know Roland, and know that he could never hurt anyone, let alone kill someone! This isn’t about the twitter comments, and whoever is hating Roland so much needs to chill out! Usually, when this type of stuff happens, KARMA comes into play. I hope Roland parts ways with CNN, they are not end all to a J O B! Roland is too intelligent not to be to move on from this incident. CNN will lose a phenomenal guy, and some us won’t watch their station any longer behind this incident!
    Putting LGBT community in racial situations is disturbing. I would hope these people and their LGBT community lighten up, and stop making life miserable for everyone! 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IPAX3NBES5QURDVXUFEASUACZQ Paul T

    Homolustuals have taken the spot light away from true minorities who are minorities through no fault of their own.  Pop culture liberal media is behind them all the way.

  • amac

    Its RIDICULOUS and BS. In an attempt to make every person in the country politically correct they reach to create anti-gay statements. Cmon!!!! If dude has on a yellow suit Roland probably would have cracked on that. And what about the beer commercials that say something isnt manly. Where are the gay activists there.

  • Katrina_griffin

    Roland, I absolutely love you when you are on any show and I don’t think you have a darn thing to apologize for.  I am so sick of people having to watch every word they say in relevance to gay people.  Hey, gay people please get a grip and realize people are so sick and tired of your whining.  I found your comments funny and true.  Don’t apologize for your words.

  • Katrina_griffin

     Well, Tanya, it’s called having a sense of humor which apparently you don’t have!!!!  If you said that about my mom I wouldn’t be mad because I have a sense of humor.  It’s all in how you say something not just what you say.

  • poorboy

    Roland,how does it feel?

  • Juhlman

    Roland….. I’m a pretty conservative guy (or at least what counts for conservative in California) I don’t like your politics or your world-view, but I watched the SB w/ my best friend who is gay and he had no problem with your Twitter posts when I sent it to him, he laughed……….

    Don’t apologize……. I wouldn’t wear a pink shirt or David Beckham’s underwear…….  This hypersensitivity to NOT offend ANYONE at ANYTIME is verging on the ridiculous!  More dangerously, it is encroaching on our right to free speech, that no matter how hateful, ignorant, despicable or demeaning language “may” actually be – it is necessary to provide for the free interchange of ideas so long as it does NOT encourage violence.  Your Twitter feed was NONE of those things……….. nor is any of your CNN commentary – if it was, I could complain about you, but it isn’t, so I can’t…….

    I would hardly call your Twitter feed an “incitement” to violence….. c’mon!  Although I disagree with your views and politics, I will defend your right to express yourself – EVEN if it might somehow (in a tangentially sort of way) offend someone – for God’s sake!  We can’t actually offend anyone nowadays, can we?

    Speak the truth as you see it, and we can disagree, but let’s be serious about what sort of language is actually abusive and hurtful………… yours was not…….

  • Rhubler35

    as far as im concerned i will not watch cnn anymore   i think they are ignorant to take this action –you and your comments on the show whether political or whatever will be missed.

  • CupI_cam

    I am not gay and I don’t really care what anyone else does, but I have spent many years in broadcasting and consider myself a professional in that field and having worked in the broadcast industry for many years now, I do not know why viewers could watch you or even management hire you without being able to tell that you have issues. You certainly come across as the proverbial broadcast “talent”. You should have been terminated the first time you called someone stupid on the air. I’m sure the Floor Directors find you to be quite a handful. The following quote says it all.

     “Martin’s tweets today advocating violence against gay people weren’t an accident — they are a part of a larger pattern for Martin. Anti-gay violence in America is a serious problem”.
    -G.L.A.A.D

    I’m glad somebody saw the pattern besides me.

    I saw you with T.D. Jakes on your website. Call him and get some counseling.

    Remember in the business of broadcasting Roland is a nobody. Here today, gone tomorrow.

  • Bill

    Mr. Martin, dont worry about what a bunch of idiots complain about!!  This is “America” and you ought to be a person that has freedom of speech and can speak your piece as long as it isn’t flamatory or derrogatively directed at an individual!!  Color shouldn’t even play into a situation as I am Caucasion and I would be right by your side on your freedoms, especially freedom of speech!!!  I don’t see anything that you did wrong, so don’t give up and if CNN sees fit to release you, I gurantee you won’t be unemployed very long.  Have a Good Day and “GOD BLESS”.

                                                                                                        Bill Stafford
                                                                                                        Denmark, Tn.

  • Rolanda (Chicago)

    I dont understand where the offense took place! The LGBT community is so sensitive to everything that is said and often misconstrue the facts of any matter. I don’t condone speaking ill of anyone’s sexual preference or race, but I dont think it’s fare that the often offended always have a problem with anything anyone says. I don’t think CNN is being fare, but I do know GOD takes care of HIS own and Roland, you will advance pass this. Pray the offended, get some understanding that, EVERYTHING said and mention, ISN’T ABOUT YOU!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Brittani-McNeill/22202974 Brittani McNeill

    People needed to read it in CONTEXT. PERIOD. You can’t read one tweet out of dozens and call someone homophobic. People are so concerned about being politically correct and never concerned about being CORRECT. Roland’s Rules are Roland’s guidelines on how to act during/at/on and given holiday/social function/etc. He’s always talking about going off on someone, kicking them out, etc for anything from coming in the house and not saying hello, to coming to asking questions during a football game, to bringing a rude gf/bf to a family gathering. It’s all in FUN. PERIOD. If the suit would’ve been red, green, orange or purple he would’ve commented. Gay bash on someone wearing pink?! This is a man who wears ASCOTS and gets his shoes shined. If he wanted to gay bash he could’ve simply said, and men, don’t bring you boyfriend to my SB party. He DIDN’T and he WOULDN’T. This is bogus and people are ignorant. Always jumping to conclusions. I’m so over ignorance. GLAAD will do anything to bring light to their agenda, and that’s not right. I’m OVER it and them.

  • Anonymous

    Roland on this issue you have done no wrong why are you apologizing, please stop it be a the man I though you were it you don’t
    stand for something you will fall for anything. I know you have to think about
    your career but for god sakes BE A MAN and “stand for what it right”!

  • Anonymous

    NO THEY ARE NOT THAT SENSITIVE THIS IS A POWER MOVE THEY FEEL THEY
    HAVE THE GRIP, THEY ARE BULLIES, INTIMIDATORS AND NOW
    WANT EVERYBODY TO BE AFRAID OF THEM.

  • MackT

    I did not find the comments offensive, but I would agree that we live in a time where everyone is so hyper sensitive that it is becoming more and more difficult to express yourself about anything without someone, somewhere being deeply offended. I think it was right to apologize for that is the right thing to do.

    My true belief in this matter however speaks to a much deeper issue. I think that this is just an attempt to silence the voice of Roland Martin. As an outspoken supporter of our President, you do not hide your views especially where his critics are concerned- ESPECIALLY, when you identify that the source of the criticism is nothing more than racism!. 

    Many Obama haters watch CNN, and I would not be surprised if many of them have been complaining to the station. I think that there has been an undercover plot to misrepresent and undermine the President even at times by the supposed Liberal media. Why? because they have to please their sponsors.

    With what appears to be shaping up to be a very nasty Election in the Fall, this strategy is what they probably consider damage control on the front end. This has nothing to do with LGBT taking offense or even any off the cuff remarks that may or may not have been said about David Beckham. This is all about silencing the voice and the influence of Roland Martin.

    I love CNN and would not consider them to be a racist organization, they have consistently provided a platform for some of the most talented journalists in our African American community however, I believe that since they too have to pay the bills, they are deferring to accomodate the wishes of their sponsors- many of whom do not care much for the African American community, The President….or Roland Martin. Sorry to be so blunt…..but it is what it is.

    I would not be surprised if they put some kind of unwritten gag order on the likes of Soledad O’Brien and some of the other Presenters so that they don’t even mention your name on the Airwaves (would not be surprised if they know the real deal as well and are probably as mad as all heck about it). I’ll miss you Bro, but will continue to support you on Washington Watch and on the Tom Joyner Show.

  • Deapp

    Everyone here need to get a petition going and sign it in support of Mr. Roland. He never said Gay., Homosexual, Trans, Punk, FG, Sissy or anything related. It would not bother me one bit if he did express a concern of a anti Heterosexual commercial appearing on a mostly masculine watched extravaganza with Homosexual sexual suggestiveness and visualizations. A silly attempt by Gays to slip a Gay commercial into the Superbowl because last year they wouldn’t allow a blatantly Gay commercial to play.

  • KINGHURU

    Mr Martin, You have been targeted on this one.. You’ve been thrown over someone’s shoulder and it seems your about to be taken to the taxidermist shop and stuffed. I guess, unless you clip a part of your body, the part that some people with pickup trucks like to hang from the back bumper, and submit to their agenda, ,,,,,,,,,. My advice is to dig deep into yourself and ask yourself if silver and gold is better than standing up for what you truely believe in. In my opinion, it’s time to Stand Up, don’t sit with your legs crossed. Be strong Man and do what’s right… Don’t be one of them.. You have strength and faith…

  • Deapp

     No! Write CNN and express your feelings. We need more Blacks on that channel.

  • Kinghuru

    I also wonder if this might have anything to do with your support for Mr President Obama? Your such a huge fan, maby taking you out reduces Mr Obama’s voice by 1 outspoken public voice..

  • Deapp

     Write CNN and let them know how you fell.

  • Deapp

     Kinghuru you fight for the Brother write CNN.

  • Karen McRae

    Where are we as a society when a group categorized as a class of people forces this type of result?  How is it that remarks made in jest create the type of censorship and gerry mandering the LGBT community claims it opposes.  The backlash created over Roland’s remarks are shameful and serve to further illustrate the disconnect of our society.  Independent of whether one supports or condones GLAAD or the LGBT community itself.  How is it that remarks such as these translate into violence against the LGBT community?  Does anyone remember “food stamp president or hire children to be janitors”?  These remarks were clear cut racist versus manufactured bullying.  Where was the outrage, suspension or righteous indignation?  Enough already! This entire situation is a disgrace. With all due respect, the civil rights movement was meant to stop or decrease oppression based on skin color.  The LBGT community does not have the same challenge as no can deny being born black.   And it is this color that caused others, including those in power, to demean, discriminate, abuse, dehumanize and oppress.  There is no way to turn off, disguise or hide the fact that one is black.  On the other hand, being gay is not something you can necessarily detect from just looking at a person or commenting on an underwear ad!!!!

  • Gay Friendly

    If only!!!!!!!!

  • Geomcm

    “As someone who has spoken out forcefully against bigotry against African Americans and other minorities, as well as sexism against women……..”

    Would it make more sense to be against bigotry across the board rather than selecting a few preferential groups. I believe that anyone or any segment of our culture can experience bigotry. White males, traditionally thought to be favored, I believe in some respects can experience bigotry in today’s culture. I believe an even greater form of bigotry is committed against older workers and seniors.

    Bigotry as a whole should be discouraged. Unfortunately, the method of our operation in recent years has been to grease the squeakiest wheel in a manner of speaking. We run to the aid of the latest group in the headlines or that screams the loudest.

    I believe Mr. Martin is a victim of is own making in the sense that he has propagated this type of thinking and behavior as he indicated by his own words which I quoted above.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kevi-Equality/100002106564260 Kevi Equality

    Hi Karen.  I’m a gay man and reading the content of Mr. Martin’s tweets, I really don’t see what the uproar is about.  Were they immature?  Yeah, I guess so.  Were they inciting violence against my community?  I think that’s a stretch.  Should he apologize?  Well, that’s moot, as he already has.  Should he be suspended?  I don’t think the content and context of his tweets rise to that level.  But that is about as far as I agree with you.

    Every minority that has faced discrimination in this nation has not faced it in the same way – but does that mean you can dismiss the civil rights struggle of one group and say it is not as important as another’s?  African Americans were never incarcerated in internment camps like Japanese Americans, nor were they ever the targets of systematic genocide like First Nations citizens.  So I guess African Americans have no right to complain about anything, right?  I myself have been bullied, raped, and discriminated against professionally for being gay.  But I’m not descended from slaves so I should shut up – oh wait – I have both slaves and indentured servants in my ancestry, so scratch that.  There were white slaves, you know.

    A lot of people in the US are of mixed ethnic background – I have seen pictures of families where some members looked African American and some looked European American – it is not always possible to tell someone’s ethnic heritage just by looking.  And have you ever stopped to think that African American kids don’t have to ‘come out’ to their parents?  Or face homelessness as a result?  It is estimated that one in four LGBTQ teenagers gets kicked out of their home when they come out – about 40% of all homeless kids in the US self-identify as LGBTQ – and about 95% of these are kids of color.  It is attitudes such as yours that contribute to this appalling situation.

    The civil rights movement is a struggle for equal rights under law, for dignity, respect, and opportunity for all people.  It is not a competition about who was wronged worse.

  • Keith B

    HOMOPHOBIA IS NO LONGER TOLERABLE. PERIOD.

  • Keith B

    Why do so many in the African American community find Homophobia perfectly tolerable
    when they have been the recipients of the EXACT same type of oppression and discrimination for decades if not centuries. Can’t you recognize that this discrimination is based on an innate characteristic that is NOT  choice and that is no different from the inherent characteristics of birth such as skin color and gender? As no one should tolerate sexism and racism, we finally have stand up and say that HOMOPHOBIA is intolerable, not debatable!

  • Keith B

    HOMOPHOBE!

  • Keith B

    WOULD YOU BE OFFENDED BY RACIST COMMENTS? IT’S NOT SO HARD TO UNDERSTAND. WE’VE SIMPLY HAD ENOUGH.

  • Keith B

    WOW, You’re really self loathing, aren’t you?

  • Beau_tee

     untrue.  homosexuality is a choice. even for those who say “i was born this way”, fine, that’s debate-able, but what’s not debate-able is that you were not “created” that way. God CREATED you to be with the OPPOSITE SEX, not the SAME SEX.

  • Beau_tee

     Hello! Finally, someone with some real common sense!

  • Theloneblackman

    Roland, they rail roaded you, straight up.  I know that YOU know you said nothing wrong.  I know that YOU know there was absolutely nothing in your tweets that should have allowed CNN to suspend you. We know this man. There is this illogical over reaction to this PUSH on our rights as Americans right now. It has nothing to do with the gay movement itself, but everything to do with leaders who use political scare words to get what they want. Someone can accuse you of being a witch because they dont like you and the next moment you are being burned at the stake. That is what is happening to you, brother. You are a victim of over reaction. You wont be the first nor the last, but honestly brother, I wish you would fight. I wish you would NOT have apologized. Go on the offensive against CNN for their actions, against GLADD for their actions, because someone has to. We have to stop this MADNESS, for it IS madness. The witch hunts in Salem were wrong, and the homophobe hunts in 2012 are just as wrong. 

    You will continue to see a rash of people keep discussing the wrong things here. They will talk about you supporting ‘bullying’ or attacking gays in general and rally against the imagery. The real problem is this power that is being wielded to ironically bully all of us into submission.  Obviously you arent “against” gays. But these people dont care. They just want to WIN.  It is about power. And brother, you were just in the middle of the road. There was no way to even prepare yourself for this kind of pummeling. Yes brother YOU are the victim here. But no need to stay the victim.

    FIGHT FOR WHAT IS RIGHT! 

  • Keith B

    If the situation were reversed and a public gay figure made racist comments, you’d all be asking for his head on silver platter.  Martin is not being “railroaded”. As racism is no longer acceptable, neither is homophobia. Why can’t you see that?

  • Keith B

    I am homosexual and I know many other homosexuals and EVER SINGLE HOMOSEXUAL will tell you that they were born gay.  And I am so sick of “christians” condemning homosexuals. If there is a god, he loves us all as he made us. Stop using religion to shield your bigotry, hatred and intolerance.

  • Keith B

    Last year, the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs released a study that showed that hate crimes committed against lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) and HIV-affected people were on the rise in America.In 2010, the coalition reported a 13% rise in LGBT hate crimes and documented 27 murders, a 23% increase from 2009.

  • Theloneblackman

    THIS ISNT HOMOPHOBIA! Stop throwing around SCARE words! Nothing he said was even remotely homophobic. The problem with you, Keith, and others like you, is your outright  McCarthyism. How on earth can you equate his comments with bullying? Its over reactive NONSENSE! Stop the got damn MADNESS. And when it comes to bullying guess what- EVERYONE GETS BULLIED! Not just gay people! FAT people get bullied far more than gay people. Where is the rush to stop people from telling fat jokes? 

    So because 27 people died in 365 from hate crimes, you link it back to Roland’s tweet? GET A CLUE! STOP OVER REACTING!  It is people like YOU that deserve to get your butt whooped. Not because you are gay, but because you are a whiny little jerk. Show me the stats on idiots who got killed last year, douche bag.   

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002352999022 Fancy Duker

    CNN was looking for an excuse to release Martin. He’s confrontational and that’s a no no @ CNN. This twitter episode is all of the ammo CNN needed to suspend Martin. Bye Bye Roland ..  

  • Tired of Heterophobia – LOL

    If someone is for heterosexuality–regardless of race or sex–does that make them homophobic?

    I think not. It means they have a different opinion on homosexuality. Without personal, first-hand knowledge of the person or specific examples that they are “homophobic”, you have no right to label them as a homophobe.By doing that those accusers are, in fact, bullies.

    Again, in many cases –not all–when a person states they are pro-heterosexuality or don’t agree with homosexuals, GLADD or the LGBT, it simply a difference of opinion. Nothing more. Nothing less.

    Heterosexuals that don’t believe in homosexuality are not necessarily homophobics–they are not scared of gay people–they simply don’t agree with the lifestyle choice, lifestyle or way of life. It doesn’t mean they use horrible language, are disrespectful, condone violence against gay people. It does means they don’t agree with you, how you live, how you love or have sex and shouldn’t be bullied into it.

    Again, every person is entitled to an opinion on the issue–whether you agree or not.

    Interestingly, if someone says that they don’t agree with Marijuana use or tattoos, there are no issues, but the minute someone says they don’t agree with a homosexual lifestyle, there are major issues.

    Let’s be clear on what homophobia really is. Let’s not go on the attack on heterosexuals who do not support the homosexual agenda. Last time I checked this was America, and we have the right to believe in and align ourselves with the issues, people, platforms, organizations that we believe in.

    It seems like homosexuals and GLADD are the real bullies since they are trying to punk any person, organization or business to believe in their homosexual agenda.

    Dear gays and GLADD–in case you didn’t get the memo: Just because a heterosexual person doesn’t agree with you; doesn’t like what you do or how you do it; doesn’t promote your issues, doesn’t make them a bad person or homophobic. It doesn’t mean they would be disrespectful, use or condone violence, or makes derogatory comments. All it means is they simple don’t agree with you–and shouldn’t be bullied into doing so under the so-called veil of political correctness.

    After all, by doing so, you are doing exactly what you are accusing so-called homophobic of: non-acceptance.

    Blessing to all that read this message.

  • Arr

    Ur a damn liar!

  • concerned woman

    his comments were not hateful but actually in a joking style.  he did not advocate for people to randomly go around slapping people in the gay community. 

  • Pattrick

    No Arr  your the damn fool.

    Roland has been a stand up commenter and advocate.  Conservatives and Fox news are partners in trying to derail  Mr. Martin’s comments.  For CNN, I hope the two parties will work out a civil resolution, however, in the current “political correction” atmosphere that is unlikely

    Therefore, comments like Arr will echo but falls on deaf ears. ‘

    Mr. Martin you got me as a supporter.

    So, to Arr and all those like you……..whenever chump!
     

  • Keith B

    Would you be so forgiving of someone who didn’t condone or approve of your heterosexual “lifestyle”? The happiness and well being of gays should not be subject to “opinion” which is generally dictated by religious beliefs. Would you stand for anyone disapproving of the “female lifestyle” or the “black lifestyle”?

  • Darrell

    Roland please stand your ground and don’t give in to this homosexual agenda that is being pushed on us.  You did nothing wrong and should not apologize for speaking your mind.  It will be a crime to be heterosexual in the near future, if the leaders in the gay community have their way.  Stay strong and continue being a man and saying manly things, hell it was the super bowl, not the damn ballet.

  • Joshudan

    Roland, I’ve been a huge fan of yours for a long time, so this episode really upset me. Your response doubly so.

    The “I was only kidding” excuse completely glosses over the casual way you threw out the suggestion to ‘smack the ish’ out of someone. There is no explanation of what you were trying to say if it wasn’t advocating smacking someone. I also don’t understand why it is ok for you to hate on someone for their preference of sports team and advocate violence towards them for it. I think that Giants fan who was recently let out of the hospital after being brutally beaten for his choice of sports team would disagree about it being ok.

    If it is true (and I’m sure it is) that you have spoken out against bullying and violence towards others based on their preferences it would have strengthened your case if you cited a couple. Yes we have all had personal experiences, some more tragic than others. In this situation, though, it is kind of irrelevant if you are going to say you did something, it should be easy enough to point to an example or two.

    As I said I am a huge fan and want you to come to grips with this so you can get back on the air; I know you will figure it out.

  • Seriously?

    Don’t see a problem with what you said. Seems if you want someone kicked out all you have to do is get the homosexuals in a tizzy and everything becomes “homophobic”. But if you’re “heterophobic” its okay. Please gays. If you ever want to be treated equal, then get over yourselves.

  • Karen

    Hi Kevi,

    Certainly no with respect to anyone needing to be quite for the injustice experienced.  And, certainly no for the ignorance you experienced.    My opinion should not be viewed as one persons injustice is greater than anothers.  My point is that I think we need to keep things in context and perspective. How is that lifestyle is a class or race of people?  We can agree to disagree but and not it’s not a competition.  But the struggle was not same because oppression based upon race is different than disagreeing with a lifestyle. 

    The good news is that dialogue is good and we both agree that the suspensiono f Roland Martin by CNN is what is truly appalling!

  • http://twitter.com/LFC_the_best Adolph Addison

    You need a brain surgery

  • Iancleonard


    Stay strong and continue being a man and saying manly things” 

    Which part of space did you drop from?

  • Iancleonard

    If you can’t see the problem then you’re no better than he is. 

  • Vbanks25

    I am very upset that they would suspend you over something that could have been not intended in the way it was intepreted.  I don’t understand how many can get up and demonize the minorities of this country and nothing is never said or done about it.  I was more insulted about the Repubs taking their country back…….I took this as an insult to blacks……….How many journalist reported on the food stamp and work issues that the political people out right lie about the blacks, that is good news………I’m really pissed that this action was taken for those statements.  Ok, whats good for the goose is good for the gander.

  • Vbanks25

    I am very upset that they would suspend you over something that could have been not intended in the way it was intepreted.  I don’t understand how many can get up and demonize the minorities of this country and nothing is never said or done about it.  I was more insulted about the Repubs taking their country back…….I took this as an insult to blacks……….How many journalist reported on the food stamp and work issues that the political people out right lie about the blacks, that is good news………I’m really pissed that this action was taken for those statements.  Ok, whats good for the goose is good for the gander.

  • Tired of Heterophobia – LOL

    Keith I respect you and your opinion, but I’m also entitled to my own. Like everyone, I have have friends, family and co-workers that are gay. While I may not understand their sexual preference, it’s not for me to understand but to accept that that is their life’s journey. Just because I don’t agree with it, doesn’t me that I have to accept someone else force-feeding me THEIR belief system. We can agree to disagree on everything except sexuality–then, if I don’t agree with you, I’m automatically a homophobe, that’ not right.

    I’m not concerned with the happiness or well-being of gays – or any other group for that matter. I am concerned with the happiness and well-being of people–that does matter. Regardless of whether I agree with your choices–or  you with my for that matter–I feel we can come to some common ground, that we should respect one another’s opinions.

    You’re never gonna get me to agree with homosexuality, but you can help me understand your issues and that starts with respecting my right to have an opinion that’s different than yours.

  • http://littlehoffman.blogspot.com/ Sonny

    it finally caught up with you.  whew.  your racist voice needed to be quieted a LONG time ago…  BYE BYE…

  • Bud Mazzo

    In my previous job we had a lof of ‘church-goin’ black folk’ as they would refer to themselves.
    During my first couple months, we had a “Diversity Day” at work and all the church-goin’ black folk made disgusting remarks out loud when they showed photos of gays and lesbians. They knew they were unfireable because they were black, so they felt that they could (and did) say anything. It looks like the tide is finally turning. I know for a fact that a majority of these church-goin’ black folks are the worst homophobes on the planet and I look forward to seeing lots of them get their due. 

  • De

    Oh No Roland Martin is “Homophobic” bout the dumbest thing I’ve heard in my life. I did some research of my own and wanted to know the meaning of phobia.
    “a persistent, irrational fear of a specific object, activity, or situation that leads to a compelling desire to avoid it.” now lets look at the meaning of  homo “a combining form appearing in loanwords from Greek, where it meant “same””  No but it together Same Fear? You people are so funny using word play against someone. I doubt that Roland Martin has a “Fear” of anything the “Same”  I mean the only thing I see him having  a fear of is food. He doesn’t look like he can live missing a meal :-) joke of course. But most people that talk about it being an attack on a group that you don’t know what they hell they are until you ask them have some nerve.

  • De

    Oh No Roland Martin is “Homophobic” bout the dumbest thing I’ve heard in my life. I did some research of my own and wanted to know the meaning of phobia.
    “a persistent, irrational fear of a specific object, activity, or situation that leads to a compelling desire to avoid it.” now lets look at the meaning of  homo “a combining form appearing in loanwords from Greek, where it meant “same””  No but it together Same Fear? You people are so funny using word play against someone. I doubt that Roland Martin has a “Fear” of anything the “Same”  I mean the only thing I see him having  a fear of is food. He doesn’t look like he can live missing a meal :-) joke of course. But most people that talk about it being an attack on a group that you don’t know what they hell they are until you ask them have some nerve.

  • De

    Oh No Roland Martin is “Homophobic” bout the dumbest thing I’ve heard in my life. I did some research of my own and wanted to know the meaning of phobia.
    “a persistent, irrational fear of a specific object, activity, or situation that leads to a compelling desire to avoid it.” now lets look at the meaning of  homo “a combining form appearing in loanwords from Greek, where it meant “same””  No but it together Same Fear? You people are so funny using word play against someone. I doubt that Roland Martin has a “Fear” of anything the “Same”  I mean the only thing I see him having  a fear of is food. He doesn’t look like he can live missing a meal :-) joke of course. But most people that talk about it being an attack on a group that you don’t know what they hell they are until you ask them have some nerve.

  • De

    Oh No Roland Martin is “Homophobic” bout the dumbest thing I’ve heard in my life. I did some research of my own and wanted to know the meaning of phobia.
    “a persistent, irrational fear of a specific object, activity, or situation that leads to a compelling desire to avoid it.” now lets look at the meaning of  homo “a combining form appearing in loanwords from Greek, where it meant “same””  No but it together Same Fear? You people are so funny using word play against someone. I doubt that Roland Martin has a “Fear” of anything the “Same”  I mean the only thing I see him having  a fear of is food. He doesn’t look like he can live missing a meal :-) joke of course. But most people that talk about it being an attack on a group that you don’t know what they hell they are until you ask them have some nerve.

  • Wack

    CyberPhobia

  • http://littlehoffman.blogspot.com/ Sonny

    and Good Riddance.  he says things he can’t back up, he weighs in on anything hot and controversial just to be that “hot and controversial” guy.  I, for one, am HAPPY to see him gone.  I hope he STAYS GONE and CNN doesn’t cave in when he pressures them by meeting with the community he offended and says “oops – i didn’t mean that…”  GOODBYE GOODBYE GOODBYE…

  • Guest

    AutoPhobia. I can make anything a fear of something. You people need to get over yourself. I have a fear of America. AmericaPhobia

  • http://littlehoffman.blogspot.com/ Sonny

    yeah – but this fool isn’t just a homophobic, he is a racist too.  long history of it.  can not stand him.  glad to see him getting what he is due…

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NP42LBDHSIHSXEWOO5I73ZC77Q pius

    I’ve been a fan of yours and will always be. I’ve stopped watching CNN because of this. I don’t see anything wrong with what you said. No apologies needed. I respect you and will always do. It doesn’t matter what CNN and all the gay worshipers want to hear.

  • Ddd

    RebuPhobia. Fear of the Republicans

  • Barbara Dumas

    Roland, I feel CNN firing you for the tweets I read is so ridiculous. You are a serious journalist and you do your job well. My daughter is a journalist with the AJC and a masters degree from Northwestern so I understand the journalistic world. To be fired over a joke regarding David Beckhams underwear ad is sooooo ridiculous. I have heard journalist on CNN speak negatively about president Obama and no one takes offense. I was an avid viewer of CNN but I am not so sure now. I think they are folding under the pressure from the gay and lesbian groups. I am not anti gay or lesbian but really they need to get a life. I wish you the best Roland and remember stand up for your principles, and as my grandmother always told me when one door closes another opens. Keep doing what you do and only good things will come your way,as for CNN firing Roland is your loss. I support Roland!!!!!!! 

  • http://littlehoffman.blogspot.com/ Sonny

    I agree wholeheartedly.  Mr. martin is no more against bigotry than the KKK was/is.  Roland is an advocate for the black community.  Not against bigotry at all.  Matter of fact, I would say he IS a bigot.  And a racist.  And honestly – just a mean-spirited jerk.

  • http://littlehoffman.blogspot.com/ Sonny

    YES!  Everybody – stop what you’re doing and write CNN and tell them that you WHOLEHEARTEDLY SUPPORT THEM GETTING RID OF ROLAND S MARTIN.

    The dude is a bigot.  A Racist.  And some may now say a homophobe.  He’s bad for CNN.  He’s bad for America.  And he’s horribly bad for the veryt hing he advocates for – the black community.

    Make him go away.  Silence him.

  • http://littlehoffman.blogspot.com/ Sonny

    ^^^^ THAT IS THE BEST HTING I HAVE READ YET.

    Here today.  Gone tomorrow.

  • http://littlehoffman.blogspot.com/ Sonny

    ^^^^ THAT IS THE BEST HTING I HAVE READ YET.

    Here today.  Gone tomorrow.

  • http://littlehoffman.blogspot.com/ Sonny

    TRUTH!

  • http://littlehoffman.blogspot.com/ Sonny

    TRUTH!

  • http://littlehoffman.blogspot.com/ Sonny

    dude… being a minority is not a “fault.”  

  • http://littlehoffman.blogspot.com/ Sonny

    TRUTH.  Roland S. Martin doesn’t matter.  My ears feel better already knowing his voice can’t pollute them…

  • Kmr1242

    Thanks Beau -

    Just trying to keep it real and get some perspective!

    PS/ Sorry for the typos :)

  • Kmr1242

    Thanks Beau -

    Just trying to keep it real and get some perspective!

    PS/ Sorry for the typos :)

  • Anonymous

    There was absolutely nothing wrong with the tweet, but this is the game your side plays – accuse others of racism/sexism/homophobia when it doesn’t exist (e.g. Juan Williams recent article about “code” words), and then bully gutless execs who are afraid of the victimology hucksters (Jesse Jackson, Planned Parenthood, GLAAD, etc.).

    You’ve helped make that bed, now sleep in it.

  • Keith B

    Again, I find it problematic that you feel it’s your place to “agree or disagree” with homosexuality. It’s so tiresome that so many people don’t “approve” of our “lifestyle”. You are COMPLETELY missing my point. Do you need me to “approve” or “condone” you being black or you being female? Gay is an innate characteristic. It is not up to other human beings to “agree” or “disagree” with gayness. It would be like me discriminating against someone because they have blue eyes. When you are continually singled out because of that one characteristic, of course we have to stand up and say we won’t be discriminated because of it. Don’t you get that we make a big deal out of it because OTHERS make a big deal out of it.  And mostly, it’s under the guise of being “christian”. Whatever happened to the Christian mantra “do unto others as you would have others do unto you”? 

    I’m sorry to say it, but black “christians” are persistently homophobic.
    What does homophobic mean? It means that homosexuals are treated as outcasts, subject to verbal and physical abuse and singled and denied the same basic rights that all other Americans enjoy such as employment, healthcare, housing and marriage. And many people are still attempting to make this discrimination through legislation.  WE WILL STOP SCREAMING ABOUT HOMOSEXUALITY WHEN EVERYBODY ELSE STOPS MAKING IT SUCH A BIG ISSUE. We want to move on, it’s those who oppress us who won’t allow it.

  • Ddd

    Rolland, why did your Bigot wife delete her Twitter account?

  • Coachadamson

    I feel sorry for you for a couple of reasons…. First, anyone who read your comments made themselves feel offended, As Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “No one can offend you, unless you allow yourself to be offended”, Second, Your failure to accept that the sport of Soccer, is far and away more physical than any football game.

    I would be delighted to take a “world class” soccer star such as Cristiano Ronado and _______________ (insert any football “star”) on a field and run back and forth up and down the field.. we’ll see very quickly who remains standing after 45 minutes. If it were not for switching out defenses, and offenses, timeouts for every reason from TV commecials to booth reviews, end of quarters… ETC., the Football players would be puking their guts out.

    Soccer players dont have:
    Pads,
    Helmets
    Timeouts
    specialization- (they play both Offense and Defense)
    Secial protection from the officials(no Flags)

    You are apparently similar to my old high school football coach, who referred to soccer players as “Lawn Fairies”.. so sad. I find that knuckle-dragging, misinformed, no experience comments about soccer like yours, offensive . Try playing the Beautiful Game before you make your moronic comments berating the world’s greatest sport.

  • Keith B

    To: TIRED OF HETEROPHOBIA

    Again, I find it problematic that you feel it’s your place to “agree or disagree” with homosexuality. It’s so tiresome that so many people don’t “approve” of our “lifestyle”. You are COMPLETELY missing my point. Do you need me to “approve” or “condone” you being black or you being female? Gay is an innate characteristic. It is not up to other human beings to “agree” or “disagree” with gayness. It would be like me discriminating against someone because they have blue eyes. When you are continually singled out because of that one characteristic, of course we have to stand up and say we won’t be discriminated against because of it. Don’t you get that we make a big deal out of it because OTHERS make a big deal out of it.  And mostly, it’s under the guise of being “christian”. Whatever happened to the Christian mantra “do unto others as you would have others do unto you”? I’m sorry to say it, but black “christians” are persistently homophobic.What does homophobic mean? It means that homosexuals are treated as outcasts, subject to verbal and physical abuse and singled and denied the same basic rights that all other Americans enjoy such as employment, healthcare, housing and marriage. And many people are still attempting to make this discrimination legal through legislation.  WE WILL STOP SCREAMING ABOUT HOMOSEXUALITY WHEN EVERYBODY ELSE STOPS MAKING IT SUCH A BIG ISSUE. We want to move on, it’s those who oppress us who won’t allow it.

    And if one more person quotes the bible, I’m gonna VOMIT. The bible is a book MADE UP BY MEN.
    It condones stoning people, slavery and makes eating shellfish a crime.
    It also promotes the subservience of women to men AND claims that the earth was made in 6 days.  

  • Anonymous

    Shin pads?

    And why should they have pads or helmets?  The sport is designed to minimize physcial contact between the players, more like basketball than football where there is contact but its incidental to the game.  Unlike in football where it is elemental.

    No flags – right, but red cards, yellow cards; what’s the point, here?

    When soccer players stop flopping around like fish out of water trying draw penalties when wever they are touched (or almost touched), they might earn some respect from the general public.  Until then, you’re just pissin’ in the wind.

  • Anonymous

    Shin pads?

    And why should they have pads or helmets?  The sport is designed to minimize physcial contact between the players, more like basketball than football where there is contact but its incidental to the game.  Unlike in football where it is elemental.

    No flags – right, but red cards, yellow cards; what’s the point, here?

    When soccer players stop flopping around like fish out of water trying draw penalties when wever they are touched (or almost touched), they might earn some respect from the general public.  Until then, you’re just pissin’ in the wind.

  • catopublius

    What a weenie.

    Can you imagine Christopher Hitchens rolling over like that over a funny tweet?

    He should have made the point about hyper-sensitivity and lack of a sense of humor in the public realm.

    Instead, he took the bad-dog route.

    Sad.  No profile in courage here.

  • catopublius

    What a weenie.

    Can you imagine Christopher Hitchens rolling over like that over a funny tweet?

    He should have made the point about hyper-sensitivity and lack of a sense of humor in the public realm.

    Instead, he took the bad-dog route.

    Sad.  No profile in courage here.

  • Anonymous

    Roland , you and your ilk created these speech codes and PC atmosphere.    Now it has come back to bite you.  Karma’s a b tch sport……enjoy your time off

  • phil

    Liberals eating their own.  Love it!

  • Txflyboyz

    BUT BUT BUT BUT BUT……BLAH BLAH BLAH BALH BLAH….

  • Txflyboyz

    Dumb meet Dumber!

  • Txflyboyz

    Dumb meet Dumber!

  • Simwellt

    @Roland…I don’t see anything wrong with your Tweet, You’re entitled to speak your mind! Man, F$ck CNN….It’s their loss! #RealTalk! Keep doing what you’re doing, and be blessed my brother.

  • Jean Guerrier

    Roland,
    There is no question, CNN used your comment as an excuse to terminate you. I have been watching you with great pride and I know the type of journalist you are. You are a man with high dignity and great character. As far as I sam concerned, you are one of the best political analysts that America has ever known. It is a sad moment for me and many of your other fans. For CNN acting in such irreponsible manner, for me to say the least, it is purely offensive and ignorant. CNN’s ideology is to become like Fox news and has only goal in common to get rid of good law-abiding citizen such as yourself and replace them with low-lives or scumbags. They should known better than that. I believe strongly in the American people. Unfairness and racism can not and will not be sustained for long and it must be eliminated once fo all. Obviously, this proves the Martin Lutherking’s struggles has yet to be embraced and renewed. Shame on them who made this decision. 

  • http://twitter.com/ApparatusMini Jonathan WOP

    What he said.

  • Mike L.

    Your comments were classic homophobic jokes, so I’m wondering why and how you can deny what you so clearly said.  If anything, own it.  Tell everyone that you think a dude looking at guys in their underwear are ‘queers’ or guys who wear pink are ‘fags’,  In other words, just be real and don’t hide behind any prior stance you’ve taken against bullying or some ridiculous connection with your teasing about soccer.  Jeez, Roland, grow a pair.  You’re a bigot who thinks being gay is a choice and that it’s an immoral one to boot. You think gay people can choose to be straight (meaning moral) and your wife (the preacher) concurs with this (yes, I read your past article on the subject).  Well, I can only guess that you’re trying to keep your job at CNN, which is understandable.  My only suggestion would be additional education. Take a class in Sex Education at a community college or even on-line or something.  You clearly have a huge lack of knowledge about homosexuality and, as a public figure, you should be factually informed. The sentiments you put out there hurt a lot of people and just pissed off the rest of us who wonder just how dumb you are, ascot or not.

  • Adam

    Doesnt the book of proverbs talk about getting once’s foot caught in the trap he sets for others/  roland is the first guy to yell about suspensions for someone who says the leastt little thing wrong about black people.  He is now getin a taste of his own medicines.  tastes bitter dont it/

  • Mike L.

    Amen brother.

  • Ballerino_usa

    up 80 knee grow

  • Suzyque10

    It is ridiculous to take him off. Freedom of speech  must only apply to a certain hue of people….Of all the garbage being  said about the President and others, by “others” it isn’t viewed  to be so a horrible, more like “freedom of speech” for them.  It didn’t refer to no such group of people. As he stated we’ve used that term “slapping your momma” if something was good. What’s with this group forever finding something that offends them?  Any thing to shut him  up.  They’ve been trying to get rid of him anyway. What a shame digging so low….minds in the gutter!

  • I. McGee

    Comment sent to CNN:
    I am so dismayed to hear that Rolland Martin has been suspended for a few thoughtless tweets over the weekend.  Sensitivity to everyone’s identity is a constant learning curve of which we all at some time or another fall short.  His tweets seem rather inappropriate rather than maliciously oriented.  It appears that the punishment doesn’t really fit the crime – unless there are other reasons for such significant action (looking for a reason to let him go, perhaps?) – you lose yet another voice of color who happens to provide cogent, insightful analysis of our political landscape.  In effect, you’ve sanctioned the entire viewing audience – not solely a commentator.
    I am VERY disappointed. Will now consider how much viewing time I invest with your network.

  • Anonymous

    Are you saying that Roland’s termination (or suspension) was based on racism? 

    To a degree you’re right about MLK not being embraced, and I’ll bet you don’t even know it.  If we were judged by the content of our character and not the color of our skin, we would be much better off as a nation.  But what would the race hustlers and the victim-industry do then?  So better to blame racism (as you do here), homophobia (as GLAAD does against Roland), islamophobia (as CAIR does against everyone), sexism (as PP does against Komen), and capitalism (as the Occupy losers do) for any perceived offense or lack of personal success.   

    Fox’s only goal is to get rid of good law-abiding citizens and replace them with scumbags? 

    Interesting (and sad) perspective and worldview you have there, Jean. 

  • Jhverpoten

    way to suck up to the ATM crowd Roland!

  • Tdog3715

    I personally know Roland Martin (C/O 87) and I do not believe he would intentionally make a derogatory comment towards gays or lesbians; it is not in his DNA.  As biased as CNN is (Bill O’Reilly Fox News, 2011) this once again proves the ignorance and demonstrates the far left ideas CNN intends to spread.  Roland’s Tweet did not state or infer a negative tone about gay people, it was an innocent joke.  The tweet alluded to an individual being hyped over an ad, CNN’s interoperation or definition of being hyped must be exclusive to gays!  Only gay people can be hyped? I am not privy to the stipulations of Roland’s contract with CNN however; I believe the constitution permits his speech.  In fact, I have personally fought three wars and served 21 years for him to do so.  Roland was not standing under a CNN banner nor did he infer that CNN approved of the message.  My take away from this is an individual may work for CNN, but he or she must leave the constitution at the door and pick up leftist ideas, while tip toeing past gay anchors and their own tweets.  Maybe that is why Fox News is #1.  No spin and no sexual preferences worn on the shoulders of the messengers’.  I watch O’Reilly every night and I have no idea if he is married or not, possibly because his personal and private life is not part of the news, or made an issue while he presents the facts to us “Folks”.  Maybe CNN should seek advice from Bill O’Reilly; after all he is the reason why Fox News is consistently #1.  Lee

  • goldenlady1031

    I totally agree with you on that! Only we all should BOYCOTT watching CNN until they bring him back. The only thing upon which everybody agrees is $$$$… & not having theirs f’d with!

  • Tired of Heterophobia – LOL

    And I find it problematic that every time I turnaround someone one is telling me that I’m homophobic because I don’t get down with the gay agenda. I find it problematic that I (and my children/family/friends) are called names (because of it).

    I find it problematic that gays create an issue with everything that is said–taking somethings way out of context and blowing it up out of proportion because it’s a sensitive issue to them (understandably so) but then want to blame people when they get attention. If you’re going to call people out when they mistreat you, get ready to be called out when you do the same.

    Fair is fair.

    Nobody is oppressing gays. Has someone forced you into homosexuality? No that was a choice. Has someone put gays in concentration camps, made them indentured slaves? I think not! So, please don’t go there with that melodramaticness and say that gays are being oppressed – fuey, a bunch of fuey!

    I once jumped in to help a gay man being beat in West Hollywood. I didn’t do it because he was gay and didn’t deserve that, I didn’t do it because he was white, I didn’t do it because he was a man. I did it because he was a human being that doesn’t deserve maltreatment, regardless of sexuality. I didn’t say, I don’t agree with his lifestyle, so I’m not going to help him–that’s foul and homophobic. My only issue is this blanket generalization given those who don’t believe what you believe.

    If the point of contention is not about me agreeing/disagreeing, then I should have the right to my beliefs and there would not be a problem at all.

    ‘Nuff Said

  • WhitePowerStinks

    Your real problem is that you are working for a white network.  You will never get to say what you mean, or even to participate in this society fully until you have your own network.  There are many rich and successful black business man and women, who have gone back instead of creating something for themselves.  It is for this reason that I am a fan of John H. Johnson and not Oprah Winfrey.  Oprah is for herself; Johnson was for us all.  I wished that you did not meet with these members of GLAAD or the LGBT.  If you read around, you will find that members of these groups are some of the most racists people around.  I remember reading in complete and total disgust at many prominent gay columist saying that black people in California were the reason why Prop. 8 passed.  This is when I realized that GLAAD and the LGBT are nothing but an extention of white power groups.  When things don’t go their way, they find some black people to scapegoat.  How quickly they “forget” that there are gay blacks, and that it is white people who have made all of the injust laws in our country—-not to mention that it is predominately white christian groups banding together to put forth laws against them. 

  • John Emr

    Your wife’s twitter comments about gay people trying to hijack racial civil equality betrays a different story altogether.  But you can’t reall be respomsible for her comments or how she feels…

  • Pterodactyl666

    Roland Martin proved himself to be a hateful man who would gladly cheer on a gay bashing in the street. People like this are modern day Klansmen lusting to lynch someone just for being different.  He’s lucky he wasn’t fired. 

  • SSPO520523

    YOU ALL JUST GOT IT TWISTED NO MAJORITY IN THIS COUNTRY WANTS TO RESPECT AFRICAN AMERICANS THE GAME IS STILL THE SAME YOU LYNCHED THE SAME WAY AS IN THE PAST JUST A LITTLE DIFFERANT NOW. YOU ALL NEED SOME REVEIW OF THE JUDICIAL SYSTEM BECAUSE MOST PEOPLE DONT KNOW THEIR RIGHTS. THE GAYS AND LESBIANS ARE TRYING TO MAKE IT LEGAL FOR THEM TO MARRY BUT IT IS A PROBLEM IN SOME STATES. JUST LIKE WHEN BLACKS WERE FIRST FREED FROM THE PLATATION SYSTEM AND EVEN NOW YOU HAVE TO ASKED ARE THEY FREE?

  • Teambryndza

    Yeah. Seriously. Its estimated that 10% of the population are gay. So in your so called land of the free there are over THIRTY MILLION gay and lesbian people who wish for the same rights and respect as everyone else. If this guy was stupid enough to make comments like this on twitter then he should lose his job. What if, say, Anderson Cooper made some offensive remarks about black people on twitter? Would it just be brushed off as the ‘blacks getting in a tizzy’? NO and quite rightly too.  

  • Joshua Danowitz

    What about this tweet?  “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.”  That doesn’t seem even a tad homophobic?  It certainly doesn’t seem to be soccer-related.

    I knew someone would pull the Free Speech Card. Yes he is free to say what he wants.  CNN is also free to suspend him for it.  There is probably a clause in his contract directly dealing with public comments he makes, either in his capacity as a CNN contributor as well as when he is “off the clock.” 

    I really like Roland and hope he can understand that words can hurt; especially ones that promote a stereotype. 

  • TruDat

    Too bad you don’t show the same empathy for those you label “bigot” or “racist” or any of the other smears you typically use.  I’m glad you got smacked down.  You’re a moron.

  • TruDat

    I’m surprised to hear Martin’s married.  He looks as queer as a three dollar bill.

  • Keith B

    Roland Martin is a homophobe. It is not racist to point this out. This conversation has NOTHING to do with RACISM and EVERYTHING to do with homophobia. This incident has, sadly, made me realize how deeply entrenched homophobia is in the African American community. And no, I’m not saying ALL African Americans are racist.

    Martin’s comments are/were unacceptable. If this isn’t painfully obvious to EVERYONE we’ve obviously got a bigger problem than is being addressed here.

  • Keith B

    Roland Martin is a homophobe. It is not racist to point this out. This conversation has NOTHING to do with RACISM and EVERYTHING to do with homophobia. This incident has, sadly, made me realize how deeply entrenched homophobia is in the African American community. And no, I’m not saying ALL African Americans are racist.

    Martin’s comments are/were unacceptable. If this isn’t painfully obvious to EVERYONE we’ve obviously got a bigger problem than is being addressed here.

  • Keith B

    I meant to say that “I’m not saying ALL African Americans are homophobes.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/joseph.reyes.nyc Joseph Reyes

    I’ve always been a fan of Roland Martin AND of CNN.  (Both CNN and Fox News spin their news, CNN for Dems and Fox for Republicans).  Being a registered democrat, I always enjoyed how Roland would stand up to the Obama bashers who, in my opinion, can’t stand to see a black president succeed.  That being said, I was completely unaware of his ‘history’ of being anti-gay until the news hit about both tweets and the strong Christian beliefs of both he and his wife about homosexuality.  As a gay man, I believe that he and his wife have every right to believe that I am a sinner destined for hell.  That is their belief and they are 100% entitled to it.  However, when someone mocks homosexuals in ‘jest’, especially with violent terms ‘smack’ or ‘whip’, there is a problem.  It leads younger people following in his footsteps to think its okay.  And after the anti-gay violence we just witnessed in Atlanta, its not okay.  Its never okay.  It’s bad enough its 2012 and I pay taxes and still get to be legally treated like a second rate citizen.  When I was young enough to be in the military, I was denied simply because of who I am.  I couldn’t participate in the company blood-drive to save lives because gay men simply aren’t allowed.  I can’t marry my longtime partner because it’s simply not allowed.  And judging from the dissenting judge of the recent Prop 8 overturning, (Judge Smith simply compared homosexuality to incest, bigamy and bestiality as well as a threat to children/family) I don’t think I will ever be a truly free American in my lifetime.  This saddens me as all men are created equal.  I guess I was tossed in the ‘slightly irregular’ bucket when I was created.  

    Speaking of imperfect man, “So when they continued asking him, he lifted up himself, and said to them, He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her” John 8:7

  • Bre

    I believe you Roland! You have always fought for the injustice of all people. I do believe that CNN is positioning themselves for the upcoming presidential race coverage without you. You rough some feathers in the last election that CNN didn’t like. This is an attempt to remove you from the panel. God has given you a voice, so use it. It doesn’t matter if its with CNN or not. Be Blessed,
    Bre in Georgia!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Chiku-Misra/1272292314 Chiku Misra

    gays are way too vocal and in-your-face about their lifestyle anyway.  we get it, you’re gay, now just shut up about it.  there is a lot more to life than sex.  but the gays seem to think everything is somehow related to them and their gayness.  this man, mr. martin, has always struck me as a pretty astute and intelligent commentator.  so now people can’t have one little slip-up on the day of a big game and keep their job.  how retarded.  whatever happened to free speech anyway.  ya know, not everything is about the gays 24/7.  lotta other stuff happening in the world.  

  • Prateor

    Roland,

    I am so sorry that this has happened to an you. You are “The Political Contributor” that I and others hope to see in all political debates on CNN. You have served Ari on frying pan on many occasions and left me with a wonderful smile. You have done well.

    I remember it was not too long ago we heard Republican candidates “Misspeak” about various issues whether regarding race (including a camping ground with a unique name) or sexual preference in the military, marriage, etc. You seldom see GLAAD jump in there unless they feel they can isolate and checkmate an individual. I can surely remember W making quite a few comments, references,etc., and not hearing GLAAD on the scene. I guess after the Dixie Chicks and Dan Rathers, even they try to pick and choose carefully.

    You are strong and worthy of the accolades you have achieved. Stay sharp and make your return soon. You are missed by many and we all know CNN is not the only outlet worthy of your presence. In fact, I am willing to say, there may be some who’d like to see you elsewhere. Make a guest appearance on Bill Maher (HBO), continue your work elsewhere and consider. Anderson Cooper is a great investigator but for a talk show ehh. I am still wondering what was CNN thinking when they got Erin Burnett Out Front. Thankfully here in the Pacific NW, her show ends by the time I get home.

    Regarding CNN, I see extroverts making decisions once again to try to validate their salary but like most of the decisions by bottom line extroverts, their “return” comes back like a 2 day old flat bubbleless Coca Cola; in short, rather empty. That is why they caved to GLADD’s demands. That and the fact there are conservatives who wanted to find an excuse to prevent your knowledge from hitting the air like a scene from Hamlet (those spies are always conspiring).

    Remember, there are always “Haters” out there both far and near. If they aren’t hating, then you ain’t living it and doing it “Right”. Just ask President Obama. The world has many typical Boehners out there at every street corner. They are a dime a dozen just waiting, waiting, waiting to sell themselves for the right price. Let me see, what’s the dirty word for that, lol. They hate the fact you shine bright. Let them know they hadn’t seen nothing yet.

    A Q of the D.9
     

  • http://www.facebook.com/joseph.reyes.nyc Joseph Reyes

    It’s not about a lifestyle or sex.  You’re not gay so you don’t know any better.  It’s about being equal to every other human being.  I wish you were exposed to the United States a century ago.  With a name like ‘Chiku Misra’, you wouldn’t even be ‘entitled’ to post anything even if there was an Internet so tread lightly.  I agree he made a mistake and I accept his apology, but saying ‘gays are too vocal’ and to shut up is just plain ignorant.

  • http://www.facebook.com/cotulla Kasey Cotulla

    You received the punishment you deserved.  When you crow about your positions against violence and tell folks to “smack the ish” is out somebody, you promote violence.  Calling it a joke later doesn’t change the act.  Goodbye.  You won’t be missed.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tye-Thomas-Jr/100000756397497 Tye Thomas Jr

    I am sorry to see any individual or organization of the D9 stand with anyone who doesn’t take the time to consider the impact of his words and actions (isn’t that what sets you all apart)… As the son and nephew of members of your organization, I was raised to believe you all were taught to be respectful men of character and distinction (or should I say manhood and scholarship non of which comes through in Mr Roland’s homophobic tweets or you reactions post…. but I guess its ore important for you all to stand together and protect each other. As a black gay man, I have no interest in dimming Mr Roland’s so called “shine” but I find that members of the D9 don’t have a problem with attacking members of the LGBTQ community (especially those who are also people of color). Stop blaming GLAAD and (much like Mr Roland) take sometime and reflect on your personal issue with the LGBTQ community. 

    I respectfully keep my distance from all the organizational members of the D9, but maybe it time for LGBTQ people of African descent to take you all to task for continuing a legacy of hatred (not to mention the bigoted behaviors/attitudes you all display on many university campus’)… or maybe its easier to forget your own history of oppression by excusing one of your brothers for his consideration of others… I’m glad to see that you all rather stand by each other than act as the responsible, EDUCATE and informed men your organization says it fosters… Maybe its time for LGBTQ people of color to turn our sights on our own institutions (especially if they promote hatred and violence). I don’t need GLAAD to “isolate and checkmate an individual,” I need you, Mr Roland and others to be more responsible for your words

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tye-Thomas-Jr/100000756397497 Tye Thomas Jr

    I can’t anyone of African descent could post: ”
    gays are way too vocal and in-your-face about their lifestyle anyway…” because if a gay person made a similar statement about the African American community you would be outrage (and I assume expect LGBTQ people of African descent to stand with you in that outrage, as I would). The statement sounds like something Strom Thurmond would have said to African Americans who advocated/organized for civil rights… I can’t believe people are so irresponsible … or maybe I can when you feel its okay to say things like: “one little slip up…how retarded.” 

    If you can’t see the impact of Mr Martin’s words just Google Brandon White who was badly beaten because of other peoples homophobia (which is validated when one see’s famous African Americans irresponsible speak out of the side of their neck). BTW I find it interesting that everyone has jumped on this anti gay band wagon because GLAAD was involved and no one has addressed his comment about men wearing pink shirts…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tye-Thomas-Jr/100000756397497 Tye Thomas Jr

    after reading some of the posted comments, all i have to say is “I am a Man” and like Roland I should be held responsible when my speech is out of line. 

    It’s interesting that this gentleman understands his mistake: 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” …yet his supporters seems to believe they have the right to continue to inspire the homophobia.

  • http://bit.ly/DMBwp dandmb50

    Sorry don’t belive you, nice try. African Americans, why are they called that, I’m not a ‘White American?’ Why use that term? You’re Americans.

  • Patrick

    Everyone who has posted here has their own angle and perspective on the issue of Roland Martin and his Super Bowl tweet. So much in this world today gets blown so far out of proportion that it is difficult to take them at their face value. I pray you peace on your journey. If people won’t take you at your word they never were in your corner anyway. It as very clear to any objective person that your tweets were in jest and was obvious by the LOL at the end of the text. What’s next…are they going to take Gibbs off NCIS for his head slaps? Stop the nonsense people.

  • MANOFGOD

    1. You did nothing wrong!
    2. Don’t bow down to this perverse agenda.
    3. Homosexuality, Pedophilia, Beastiality are all wrong.
    4. Seek council with the LORD, but do not apologize.
    5. Serve GOD and let HIM worry about the rest.
    6. Jesus said things would get worse like they were in the Days of Noah. Those days are here!

  • JANICE_LEWIS2001

    YES HE WILL BE MISS BY ME AND ALOT OF  OTHER PEOPLE .YOU HATER

  • http://www.facebook.com/Utd.Devil Christopher O’Donnell

    Roland Martin: You’re nothing more than a hatfull thug, hiding behind religion to mask your homophobic brand of narrow-minded bigotry. 

  • Jasminecasteel

     *hateful

  • Anonymous

    Man, people can’t even take a joke any more. I see nothing wrong with anything you said. 

  • Anonymous

    Everyone on here who are boo-hooing over a JOKE, I got 3 words for ya’ MAN UP NANCY

  • Keith B

    We will stop being in your face about our Gayness when other people stop singling us out for that one characteristic and persecuting us for it. If Martin made anti-asian comments I doubt if you’d be so forgiving. 

  • Keith B

    If it was a RACIST joke would you be laughing?

  • lambda98

     JulianDelphiki: you are part of the problem, as is Martin. See Charles Blow in the New York Times today for a real definition of masculinity. You are such a thug, you probably think thugs are real men.

  • lambda98

     Just because a tweet might be made in jest doesn’t mean that it isn’t hurtful or inciteful of violence.

  • lambda98

     Bigot.

  • lambda98

     You’re also stupid. Freedom of speech has to do with the government punishing someone for saying something. It has nothing to do with an employer punishing someone for saying something stupid.

  • Drob180

    I prefer Toyota’s over Subaru’s so I guess I am Subaru-phobic! Gays are the bullies. You have a right to be gay and people have a right to disagree with it!

  • lambda98

     Another interpretation of his tweets might be that African Americans are so violent that they think it is a joke to beat people up and whip their asses. Of course, there is still the problem that he apparently wants to do that only to people who are attracted to David Beckham. You also need to learn the meaning of free speech. That means that you can’t be punished by the government for what you say. It has absolutely nothing to do with what your employer can do to you if they think your “speech” impacts their business. And most people who invoke free speech do so to try to shut other people up. If Roland Martin has the right to make stupid comments, so do other people have the right to call him on it.

  • lambda98

     Doesn’t anyone take courses in civics anymore? You have no clue as to what “freedom of speech” means.

  • lambda98

     Yeah, it is high dignity and great character to joke about gay bashing.

  • lambda98

     Too stupid.

  • lambda98

     You ought to read Charles Blow in the NYTimes today. But then I doubt you can read.

  • lambda98

     You are so stupid you give a bad name to your name.

  • lambda98

     You are so ignorant of black history. If you knew more, you would know that a lot of Black people can pass as white and many did so, with very bad psychological problems as a result. And yet you blithely think gay people should have to pass as straight to satisfy someone as stupid as you.

  • Glenn

    Odd… I didn’t know that something you tweeted counts as your “private life”… as a news commentator, Martin should have known better than to just thoughtlessly put those comments out there, and now he’s paying the price. I don’t know if he should lose his job, but certainly us gays and lesbians deserve an actual apology and not just this half-assed non-apology. Don’t pretend you didn’t see how it would come off this way, Martin, you don’t believe that and neither do the rest of us.

  • Glenn

    Odd… I didn’t know that something you tweeted counts as your “private life”… as a news commentator, Martin should have known better than to just thoughtlessly put those comments out there, and now he’s paying the price. I don’t know if he should lose his job, but certainly us gays and lesbians deserve an actual apology and not just this half-assed non-apology. Don’t pretend you didn’t see how it would come off this way, Martin, you don’t believe that and neither do the rest of us.

  • Anonymous

     If it were in a similar vein, yes. I hate to say it, I’m a strong supporter of gay rights and support my friends and family members who are gay…but you guys are acting like a bunch of fa**ots.

  • Postin3

    Acting like fa**ots? So you are saying gay people are over sensitive crybabies. Jesus your a f**cking idiot.

  • Anonymous

     See, there you go assuming again. Get that chip of your damned shoulder. In the context of my post, the word Fa**ot has nothing to do with gay people. Just as saying “Oh that’s gay” has nothing to do with gay people. It’s language, it evolves. Words change, or get redefined. It’s the nature of it. I also notice my post touched a nerve with you. All I have to say is: I just put that shoe out there, Cinderella, I didn’t make you try it on ;)

  • PMB

    Big Brother is watching you.

  • Joe

    Doesn’t sound like a sincere apology to me!

  • Hammerhead2020

    Roland, based on your religion it’s obvious that you’re suffering from your faith condemning homosexuality on the one hand, and your public image on the other.

    If you were truly sorry you wouldn’t take such a circuitous route around an apology. But it seems as if you’re actually not truly sorry at all.

  • Hammerhead2020

    Do you have a right to disagree with someone being Jewish or black?

  • Hammerhead2020

    Oh, so the word ni**er has nothing to do with black people.

    JulianDelphiki, you’re asinine and you’re part of the problem.

  • Hammerhead2020

    Of course you don’t. Because hey, if it doesn’t offend YOU then it couldn’t possibly be offensive to someone else.

  • andrew stromotich

    I don’t understand how you could believe that tweeting that people should beat down their friends at the suspicion of being gay, is not bullying? the choice is either you are a liar (pathetic), or very stupid (pathetic); either way you are not to be trusted.
    you should have just apologized and admitted to not being smart enough to understand your own tweet.
    freakin bozo

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=599040731 Petax Howl

    Wow… Roland needs to see a shrink, come out of the closet Mr Martin and we will forgive you.

  • GaysCry2Much

    Jeez, he was making a joke about the manliness of wanting to see David Beckham’s schlong in your face. Sacrifice freedom on the alter of political correctness. Roland is the best journalist they have, and they suspend him indefinitely for a joke tweet? Gays are now one of the most protected class in America, and they still find the most minute things to whine about. Call him homophobic if you must, but at the end of the day, CNN is weak and Gays are cry babies. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=599040731 Petax Howl

    You are frightened of a schlong? Wow .. that’s manly of you! I would venture to suggest that Jews are the most protected class in the USA, but whatever,

  • Keith B

    Gays are one of the most protected classes? Are you kidding me? Gays still can’t marry legally in most states. In those states, family’s can deny access to gay partners if
    they are in the hospital. Gays are still denied pensions of their partners. Many states don’t have laws protecting people from bullying, hate crimes, housing and employment
    based on sexual orientation. If Martin’s comments were RACIST, you wouldn’t tolerate them. 

  • T. Palm Springs, CA

    What is all the fuss about. A couple of stupid jokes. Come on. I have listened to Roland Martin for years and I don’t believe for one second he is homophobic (or a comedian). If you think his comments were outrageous, you would have been mortified had you watched the commercial at my local gay bar. Time to lighten up people.

  • Wjoewilliams

    You sir are the very thing you supposedly crucade against, “racist”. you seemed to think blacks are the only people who can be discriminated against. Btw, you missed the mark on your apology….

  • Guest

    Speaking as someone outside of America I have to say that it seems that gay Americans have LESS rights than the majority of the population.
    And if this guy is one of the ‘best journalists’ I can see why – casual homophobia seems to be the norm in your country, and America claims to be the ‘land of the free’? I would disagree.

  • Khalil_mlk

    I have learned in my adult years of living that when someone or group don’t approve of you or what you are about “any excuse will do”. “God bless the child”.

  • SHANDRABURNEY

    what happened to freedom of speech he did not at any time say gay or otherwise why must we always read some thing more into what people say. another problem Im having is some of you feel he was hiding behind slang not at all when im around my girls I use slang that I dont use in my proffesional capicity when youre looking for something wrong you can always exploit what someone else says. only  god and roland know the real deal god said let he who is without sin cast the first stone guess what no one was left standing learn to forgive not destroy the man has a family to feed. why always go after the jugular. FORGIVE FORGIVE.

  • http://twitter.com/iBernard Bernard M Lynch Jr

    “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.” Mr. Martin: what is to be misconstrued about your Twitter, quoted above? Say I didn’t know David Beckham, and just saw a well-muscled guy in a video for his eponymous underwear, presented in a highly-sexualized manner. If you dissect your Tweet, you suggest that “if a dude…gets hyped about David Beckham’s…underwear ad…smack the ish out of him!” Is “ish” a rewording, somewhat acceptable, of the four-letter word “sh*t?” And while I can relate to the word “smack” as in “smackdown” you still are making no reference to soccer v football, especially if someone doesn’t know, or care for, either sport (put me in that category). But I do know who David Beckham is, and had he not been blessed with the genetic looks he possesses, and just coming off the very successful Giorgio Armani underwear ads, you are still suggesting that “if a dude…is hyped…about (another dude’s) underwear ad, smack the ish out of him.” Conversely, in the not too distant past, if a black man became hyped about a white woman, the consequences were far worse than just having the “ish” smacked out of him. He was, in all likelihood, tortured, perhaps lynched, dragged behind a pickup truck, and killed.
    There are no winners here, Mr Martin. But if you choose to live by the sword, be prepared to die by the sword. No one, Mr Martin, warrants being “smacked” in this world, for any reason.

  • Anonymous

    The comments tweeted by you, Roland Martin are disgusting.
    I used to rate your channel as pretty even handed and often visited your website.  NEVER AGAIN.  I now put you and your channel in the same league as FOX NEWS.
    Homophobia has no place in such a place as CNN.  Encouraging bullying is beyond the limit.
    I’ll leave this hanging in the air for you to ponder and answer…………..
    Question/ how many teenage kids committed suicide because of bullying due to their sexuality?

    YOU, Roland Martin are a disgrace, hang your head in shame.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000199432251 Rebecca Nixon

    Yeah, I totally agree. Treating people with respect and understanding has gone way too far, and now we are paying the price! First we have to stop joking about beating up gays and women, and before you know it they’ll have equal rights! We cannot allow this to happen, we must fight to keep prejudice and hateful language alive, so that we can joke about things with our buddies without getting into trouble!

    IDIOT.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000199432251 Rebecca Nixon

    Gay agenda? What is this, “gay agenda” you speak of? I have never seen a political statement called “The Gay Agenda.” all the gay people I know only have one agenda – to be treated like normal human beings.As for “concentration camps” and mistreatement of gay people, your ignorance is astounding.

    Your “rights” to your beliefs do not trump the human rights of gay people that are being violated daily through murder, violence and discrimination.

    That’s the issue at hand here – you do not live in a vacuum. Everything we say and do contributes to culture, and when you are contributing to a culture of hate (however inadvertently) then you are a part of the problem.Oh, and by the way? It’s “phooey” not “fuey”.

  • ObamaSucks

    WE are so glad  you are finally off the air, and please, stay off

  • Anonymous

    I wonder if Mr. “Tired of Heterophobia” was among the slim majority of Californians who voted in favor of Prop 8 banning same-sex marriage rights. If he is, he has a real nerve claiming gay people suffer no discrimination.

    Even if he didn’t vote for it, he betrays an astounding degree of ignorance regarding civil rights. People don’t need to be imprisoned or enslaved to have them infringed upon. Jim Crow laws once ruled the South, and women haven’t always had the right o vote. It wa

  • Anonymous

    Are there groups of people you would like to make fun of, Ariel, but feel you can’t because of “political correctness?” Care to list them, and then explain what you would like to say about each of them?

  • Sira

    You have nothing to apologize for. Period. The gay community need to grow a pair.

  • John

    Stop reading into comments that don’t exist. You are the one choosing to see all this homophobia in what he said. You are gay and good for you but don’t feel like the world needs to pull the red carpet everytime I gay person steps in the room.

  • Rush

    You suck!

  • Fan965

     your problem is that you hate Obama. Get a life,

  • Fan965

     It was joking. Give him some credit or why not give him a little grace?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000199432251 Rebecca Nixon

    Funny how whenever a minority group expresses offense, people like you are always there to step in and tell them to toughen-up (I will not use “grow a pair” as this is misogynistic language) without actually addressing any of the criticisms laid out by that minority group. If you’re going to argue a point, have some reasoning to back it up, rather than just making critical judgements that imply people are being overly sensitive to a statement that wasn’t even directed at you, and has no tangible effect on your life or your personal safety. When you’ve had the crap beaten out of you for your “gay” clothing choices, come back and tell us all about it. Ok?

  • Rangerjohn61

    Sir,

       I find it ironic that yourself and Mr. Patrick Buchanan were both cut loose by your respective networks this month.  The two of you could hardly be mistaken for one another, except for sharing a sense of logic, integrity, and commitment to the things you believe, and the ability to provide us the documentation that led to your analysis.  I grieve for our nation, as it seems we go for the throat when someone disagree’s with one another.  Depending upon where we sit or stand, things appear different to all of us, and I believe you have done a consistently excellent job of relating how things are, and why you see them as such.  It is a sad day when we decide to no longer listen to one another or try to understand our fellow man or woman.   

  • Deapp

     It seems this white gay group is trying to express their racism towards blacks then hide behind being gay. Homosexuality is cross racial but its the white gays that attack blacks constantly and it can be proven historically. J Edgar Hover hated blacks and I can go on. Black gay groups supports Roland. Now if I invite a few guys over for a straight mans ball game and one of them show up in pink and go crazy over a male naked ad on TV, that will be the last time he will come over to my house. Women have “waiting to exhale” meetings where they do not invite men and if one showed up talking about how fine some woman’s big butt was on TV, he would probably be beaten and kicked out the house. Nothing wrong with that uh?

  • Deapp

     It seems this white gay group is trying to express their racism towards blacks then hide behind being gay. Homosexuality is cross racial but its the white gays that attack blacks constantly and it can be proven historically. J Edgar Hover hated blacks and I can go on. Black gay groups supports Roland. Now if I invite a few guys over for a straight mans ball game and one of them show up in pink and go crazy over a male naked ad on TV, that will be the last time he will come over to my house. Women have “waiting to exhale”
    meetings where they do not invite men and if one showed up talking about
    how fine some woman’s big butt was on TV, he would probably be beaten
    and kicked out the house. Nothing wrong with that uh? The same, a man do not want to be disrespected by another man getting punked over some dud’s stuff.

  • Therese

    It is unfortunate that this controversy has deprived us of Roland’s perspective on CNN. It was particularly obvious during Whitney Houston’s funeral that none of the commentators understood anything about black church culture. Their comments were superficial to the point that various ones of us watching felt insulted that CNN made so little effort to have a commentator that knew anything about the Black church. Roland would have totally understood. This is a major loss for CNN, particularly going into the election. Last election Roland was often the only one at the table who could see past stereotypes. Roland, I do hope that you will either return to CNN or another major station, so that you can bring a counterpoint to discussions that are often heavily weighted by the media’s obsession with the far right. Incidentally, I thought your tweets were just macho, which is how guys talk when they watch football. Not wise on your part, but not homophobic.

  • WillingToRead

    It’s interesting that masculinity and being an ‘alpha’ male or macho, is now being used in the same vein as ‘bigotry’. 

    Please — this issue is exposing gay white men for being unreasonable and oversensitive.  Yes real men make jokes during a macho football game and yes black people make figurative statements like “slap the pee out of someone” or this food is so good that it makes you want to “slap yo mama”. —News flash, no one is really ever gonna slap there mama or advocate slapping there mama because of the scrumptious taste of food. 

    In other words– one would never actually commence to exacting physical violence or abuse on one’s mother in acknowledgement of the delicacy being enjoyed (for those sensitive folk who need proper English to communicate or who don’t understand ebonics)

    So yes, GLAAD and who ever else took that statement literally need some lessons in ebonics or more importantly, as Herman Cain once said, “…America needs to learn how to take a joke.

    BTW – Is it just me or did I not see the word “Gay” in Roland’s tweet at all.  CNN, congratulations — you’ve just been ‘punked’ by GLAAD and the politically correct bully’s of  the moment.  Next you will have to get all of your reporting approved by GLAAD.  LOL

  • WillingToRead

    It’s interesting that masculinity and being an ‘alpha’ male or macho, is now being used in the same vein as ‘bigotry’. 

    Please
    — this issue is exposing gay white men for being unreasonable and
    oversensitive.  Yes real men make jokes during a macho football game and
    yes black people make figurative statements like “slap the pee out of
    someone” or this food is so good that it makes you want to “slap yo
    mama”. —News flash, no one is really ever gonna slap there mama or
    advocate slapping there mama because of the scrumptious taste of food. 

    In
    other words– one would never actually commence to exacting physical
    violence or abuse on one’s mother in acknowledgement of the delicacy
    being enjoyed (for those sensitive folk who need proper English to
    communicate or who don’t understand ebonics)

    So yes, GLAAD and
    who ever else took that statement literally need some lessons in ebonics
    or more importantly, as Herman Cain once said, “…America needs to
    learn how to take a joke.

    BTW – Is it just me or did I not see
    the word “Gay” in Roland’s tweet at all.  CNN, congratulations — you’ve
    just been ‘punked’ by GLAAD and the politically correct bully’s of  the
    moment.  Next you will have to get all of your reporting approved by
    GLAAD.  LOL 

  • Keith B

    If the tweets were RACIST, you’d be singing a different song.  

  • Cocobrown01

     I’m really sick and tired of GLAAD and every other same gender loving organization punking heterosexual, homophobic or non-supporters of lifestyle people
    for their outward thoughts on a public level and calling it defamation
    or otherwise!!!  I’m tired of y’all punking America!!!!!  I’m tired of
    GLAAD and the rest of y’all same gender loving organizations trying to
    get everyone to bow down to your lifestyle and if ANYONE SAYS anything
    nay or negative you go crying to your lawyers and to the public
    demanding an apology or you want someone to loose their job or you want
    some money. I’m REAALLLLYY SICK & TIRED of the whole lgbt community
    using the rainbow for your “gay pride” when God created the rainbow and
    what He said it stands for doesn’t mean anything remotely close to your
    lifestyle WHATSOEVER!  I’m sick and tired of these people punking people
    and punking anyone who isn’t in support of their lifestyle.  GLAAD is
    gonna get SAD when JESUS comes and He’s coming soon.  

  • Jjp739

    We all know people who talk the talk but don’t walk the walk.  You may think that you walk the walk, but the minute you talk trash, you lose all creditability, it would seem.  We live in sensitive times.  You’re a role model to a certain extent.  Try to maintain your creditability.

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