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Roland Martin’s Statement Regarding The H&M David Beckham Ad

02/06/2012 9:58 am 82 comments

By Roland S. Martin
Editor-in-Chief
RolandMartinReports.com

Fam, let me address the issue that some in the LGBT community have raised regarding some of my Super Bowl tweets yesterday.

I made several cracks about soccer as I do all the time. I was not referring to sexuality directly or indirectly regarding the David Beckham ad, and I’m sorry folks took it otherwise.

It was meant to be a deliberately over the top and sarcastic crack about soccer; I do not advocate violence of any kind against anyone gay, or not. As anyone who follows me on Twitter knows, anytime soccer comes up during football season it’s another chance for me to take a playful shot at soccer, nothing more.

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  • Anonymous

    The instant someone uses the term “political correctness” (which you do in your defense of Tracy Morgan), he gives himself away as a hypocrite and a coward. What is it such people want to say that they feel they can’t? Why can’t they? They can say anything they like… they just better be ready for the backlash. Let ‘em talk, I say. I want to know where they are. And to talk back.

  • Keith B

    Martin “boasts on his website that his wife “has counseled many men and women to walk away from the gay lifestyle.”  Is this true? If yes, I just find it so disturbing that so many African Americans fail to recognize Gay rights as a civil rights movement that seeks to
    fight the same type of discrimination that the Civil Rights movement of the 60′s was fighting against. And don’t tell me gay is a choice, like African Americans, we too are born this way.

  • Keith B

    Martin “boasts on his website that his wife “has counseled many men and women to walk away from the gay lifestyle.”  Is this true? If yes, I just find it so disturbing that so many African Americans fail to recognize Gay rights as a civil rights movement that seeks to
    fight the same type of discrimination that the Civil Rights movement of the 60′s was fighting against. And don’t tell me gay is a choice, like African Americans, we too are born this way.

  • Keith B

    Martin “boasts on his website that his wife “has counseled many men and women to walk away from the gay lifestyle.”  Is this true? If yes, I just find it so disturbing that so many African Americans fail to recognize Gay rights as a civil rights movement that seeks to
    fight the same type of discrimination that the Civil Rights movement of the 60′s was fighting against. And don’t tell me gay is a choice, like African Americans, we too are born this way.

  • Keith B

    Martin “boasts on his website that his wife “has counseled many men and women to walk away from the gay lifestyle.”  Is this true? If yes, I just find it so disturbing that so many African Americans fail to recognize Gay rights as a civil rights movement that seeks to
    fight the same type of discrimination that the Civil Rights movement of the 60′s was fighting against. And don’t tell me gay is a choice, like African Americans, we too are born this way.

  • mitchw7959

    That’s it? Did you take lessons in damage control from Susan G. Komen VPs?

  • Dancun546

    Why not just apologize and move on? Seriously.

  • Dancun546

    What do you gain by people thinking you are homophobic? Instead of going back and forth with people on twitter, why not just say you apologize to the LGBT community for your words. Even if this was not meant to be an anti gay joke, many people took it as one. This will hush over if you just apologize today. Prolonging this won’t help anyone. jeez.

  • Crazydaysandnights

    Playful shot at soccer=soccer is an unmanly, sissy, gay sport.

  • Crazydaysandnights

    He’s not sorry, so he isn’t going to apologize. He’s going to “stand up” for himself, as if he has any legs to stand on. This is what people do when they are emboldened, as Mr. Martin is in this situation. Also, lets get real. He doesn’t want to back down to gay people AT ALL in any scenario, so that element is at play too. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_537TQP2DW2266MO5REFR5QPPBQ David

    The irony of Black Bigots!

  • Dan Valdes

    douchebag 

  • JBlack

    What I couldn’t understand is why make a statement about about a 30-second ad for H&M? I am a Black Gay man who thought RM’s tweet was unnecessary and promotes archaic, bigoted and foolish thinking. RM – Perhaps, you should step back off Twitter if you have no filter.

  • Dancun546

    His arrogance is what gets to me. He can’t even apologize. He doubles down instead of saying sorry and stepping away from twitter.

  • Paulyballgame

    It was a joke, what’s the big deal?  So some people interpreted it the wrong way, get over it.  He explained what he meant and you can either believe him or not.  He doesn’t owe anybody an apology.  The over sensitivity of society is pathetic.  Just a bunch of groups waiting in the weeds to crucify somebody for saying something they find inappropriate.  Sad.

  • Nice Try, Liar

    Liar.  Resign.  

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1492236221 David Christian

    So if Beckham had been advertising three piece suits you’d have made the same dumb remark? Sure you would. And anyway, it is not ok to suggest, even jokingly, smacking anyone because they like soccer. 

  • TeddyKGB

    The next time this moron wants to “crack on soccer”, remind him the Chelsea/Manchester United match on Super Bowl Sunday was broadcast in 220 countries and that the Super Bowl was only shown in 110.

    Besides, you know what “real bruhs” don’t wear? Ascots.

  • TeddyKGB

    The next time this moron wants to “crack on soccer”, remind him the Chelsea/Manchester United match on Super Bowl Sunday was broadcast in 220 countries and that the Super Bowl was only shown in 110.

    Besides, you know what “real bruhs” don’t wear? Ascots.

  • TeddyKGB

    The next time this moron wants to “crack on soccer”, remind him the Chelsea/Manchester United match on Super Bowl Sunday was broadcast in 220 countries and that the Super Bowl was only shown in 110.

    Besides, you know what “real bruhs” don’t wear? Ascots.

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

    I am unfamiliar with the act that you referred to in your tweet as “smack the ish out of him”.

    Can you detail what “the ish” is and how, exactly, would one smack it out of someone?

    Thanks in advance.

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

    I am unfamiliar with the act that you referred to in your tweet as “smack the ish out of him”.

    Can you detail what “the ish” is and how, exactly, would one smack it out of someone?

    Thanks in advance.

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

    I am unfamiliar with the act that you referred to in your tweet as “smack the ish out of him”.

    Can you detail what “the ish” is and how, exactly, would one smack it out of someone?

    Thanks in advance.

  • Stop Violence On Gays

     Not waiting in the weeds.  Gays are bullied every day, commit suicide with too much frequency, and are murdered as well because of this bigotry.  He actually ADVOCATES violence against gays in this tweet.  If you read it with the lens of him bashing soccer it makes no sense.  If you read it with the lens of him encouraging people to physically bash someone who is perceived to be gay, it is obvious. 

  • Paulyballgame

    He was making a simple joke.  The type of joke that men throw at each other all the time.  There is no malice or intent to harm anybody.  IT WAS SIMPLY A JOKE.  I am not a fan of Roland Martin, but can’t stand the way people get railroaded now a days.  When you attempt to make a big deal out of everything, you simply hurt your true cause.  This is a non-story, but you people just won’t let it go. 

  • Mikelewis44

    A simple honest apology will do. As a gay man,your tweet says that you are OK with me being  smacked in the head by my friends if I find a guy attractive. Your tweet was disturbing, weather you meant it to be or not. Just fucking apologize man, WTF?

  • Seriously??!!!

    I read the tweet and thought, ‘Ro, what did that ad stir in you that you had to comment? Should I await a follow-up tweet of your coming out?’ With all of the ads and the homoerotic nature that accompanies professional sports, why did he feel the need to promote homophobia and shore up his masculinity? Things that make you go, ‘Hmmm?’ Might he feel unsure about his feelings for scantily-clad David Beckham?

    Seriously, the ad was forgettable and soon will be this moment. I

  • Crazydaysandnights

    An insensitive, crude, disrespectful, classless “joke” is not acceptable solely because the intent of said joke. I wonder why you think saying “it was just a joke” changes anything of what was said, when clearly, it does not. Mr. Martin still said what he said, and what he said was clearly offensive.

    BTW, “you people”? Care to clarify who “you people” are? The true cause is to eliminate bigotry and discriminatory thoughts and actions. Thus, Mr. Martin is being rightful condemned for his bigoted tweets.

  • Mcclellan Torrance

    Roland, did you or did you not call for the firing/boycott of Don Imus after the “nappy headed hoes” comment? 

  • C.J.

    What you said was completely NOT OK.  Your past commentary on the gay community does nothing to help the lies you are using to try to weasle your way out of this one.  Your platform needs to go away.  You do not deserve it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=507118368 James Troia

    Resign.

  • Paulyballgame

    “You people,” meaning those of you who blow things out of proportion and can’t take a joke.  This could include whites, blacks, gays, straights, hispanic, asians, men, women….Please try to turn “you people” into a hate crime.  It’s what you people do so well.

  • Meh1218

    A bullet to the head would only make a martyr out of you!

  • Be nice man!

    That’s a non apology and you know it!. I can’t believe CNN is OK with this. Don’t you feel bad for all the gay people being bashed left right and center?. You are lucky to have a platform and you say anti-gay stuff. Even Jesus is not OK with those kind of jokes.

  • Edward907

    I don’t understand your thinking… your views are usually pro democratic, yet your views on homosexuality are hard right wing evangelical.  BTW, no one can change their sexuality from gay too straight… I tried for years. I am still gay!

  • Anonymous

    kjb

  • Crazydaysandnights

    You’re the one who said “you people”. I’ve never heard anyone use that line in a positive way. It’s in fact quite insulting and belittling and shows a total lack of respect. And no, I personally cannot take a crass, offensive joke and be OK with it. It isn’t OK. Saying “it’s a joke” 1000 times will not make an offensive comment non-offensive. 

  • Crazydaysandnights

    You’re the one who said “you people”. I’ve never heard anyone use that line in a positive way. It’s in fact quite insulting and belittling and shows a total lack of respect. And no, I personally cannot take a crass, offensive joke and be OK with it. It isn’t OK. Saying “it’s a joke” 1000 times will not make an offensive comment non-offensive. 

  • StillmarriedinCA

    The people who use religion to justify their willful ignorance and outright bigotry are particularly offensive in today’s world.
    Perhaps you are not aware of the fact that the arc of justice is bending in the direction of equality for gay and lesbians all over the world.
    More and more countries are recognizing the rights of LGBT citizens as equal under the law.
    More and more states are recognizing the equality of LGBT citizens here in America.
    This is the way the world goes.  As ignorance is replaced by enlightenment we let go of the fears and hatred of the past.  This is what happened for people who were born with dark skin…like you.
    This is what is happening for people who are born Gay… like me.

    Your comments foster ignorance and hatred and lead to the suicide of some of our best and brightest young people.  Shame on you.

  • R.J. Johnson

    Is this Rick Sanchez 2.0?  Only time will tell, Rollo.

  • Syncereblakman

    Roland: As much as I appreciate your work, I simply cannot abide your track record. After a short Google search revealed moment after moment of you spouting anti-gay rhetoric. You really should know better as a self-proclaimed student of the Black-American civil rights movement. There are scores of other social injustices, including the uniform discrimination and violence against homosexual men and women. Again, you should know better. Sadly, it appears you do not know better.

  • Joegalardi

    IGNO – rant…..

  • David O

    What a cowardly statement. We all know what you were trying to say. Either back down and say sorry, or stand by it, but don’t take us for fools.

  • Jellaw

    From a heterosexual male who does not get excited about David Beckham: I respect your political opinion, but seeing you delve into the social issue of homosexuality, I am disgusted by you.  You are a homophobe and your “explanation” is so disingenuous and ridiculous that it should be considered an insult to any person who considered you to be an intelligent, rational human being.  Consider being honest about your hatred and fear and consider never, ever, making any “cracks” again. You’re not funny. Just little and mean.

  • Anonymous

    Roland, I have enjoyed your political commentary. You are sharp and witty.

    But your thinly veiled animosity towards the gay community should be addressed in a more substantive manner. This non-apology isn’t going to cut it.

    Gay and transgender Americans deal with deeply embedded hostility on a regular basis. A man of your stature and influence should not be adding to those burdens. If anything, you should be seeking to lessen them.

    Please reflect upon the importance of treating all people with respect and decorum. Belittling others based on any singular characteristic is beneath you.

  • Mannyfi

    Mr. Martin,
       I have been a supporter of yours on CNN in your staunch defense of Democratic positions and of Pres. Obama against the inane attacks by the likes of Ari Fleisher and David Gurgin.
       But as far as your Twitter comment about beating the ish out of guys who like David Beckhams underwear Superbowl advert, you are clearly as phoney as a three dollar bill and you owe a big apology to the LGBT community.  If such a statement were made about the Black community you would be all up in arms but obviously you have double standard when it comes to your own prejudical behavior and attitude.   Fess up Dude and be honest and stop the pathetic obviously false defense.   We are not fools out here.   You need sensitivity training.   LGBT bias is rife in the Black community with it’s misguided machismo and you are an obvious example of that hostile attitude.   Does it make you feel superior dude?  Shame on you.
    Emanuel Fineberg Ph.D

  • Meh1218

    I would like to apologize for the comment I posted yesterday. Apparently it must have offended as I do not see it on the comment thread. I meant no harm or disrespect, and meant to prove a point; nothing more. I am sorry if my comment was taken outside of the context in which it was intended. I do not support violence of any form, against any persons, and respect all living things. 

  • JR

    I’ve dealt with R. Martin on twitter before.  Believe me, the man has no filter and is getting his just deserts now.  He has condemned people for less if he perceived it to be racist when the comment obviously wasn’t   The problem is R. Martin was being homophobic despite his thin excuse!

  • Rightougindignant

    to hell with CNN and Gladd Where are Black gays and lesbians? This is all about silencing Roland’s voice. My God, the man wears an ascot! No more watching CNN, no support for Gladd

  • Rightougindignant

    to hell with CNN and Gladd Where are Black gays and lesbians? This is all about silencing Roland’s voice. My God, the man wears an ascot! No more watching CNN, no support for Gladd

  • Autogirl

     why is this any different than when you called for don imus to be fired..now take your medicine and shut up

  • CARLOSVAZQUEZ26

    HOMOSEXUALITY  IS WRONG  

  • http://twitter.com/American_hero Joe

    I’m tired of these bullies – if they don’t like what you say, TFB – it’s your opinion.  This calling for “firings” and “life punishments” is mean and just as bullying as any threatening statement anyone can make.  

    As a side note; what part of that football game ISN’T a homo-erotic fantasy?  

  • Anonymous

    So Sorry I won’t be seeing Roland’s image or hearing his commentaries.  Hopefully this is not a permanent ‘suspension’.  In so many ways, people are becoming overly sensitive; and thus they remove earnestness when there is a real issue.  This was not.  Here we have an issue of a few people running the television industry who are either too sensitive themselves, perhaps due to personal issues, or too quick to appease the ‘groups’ who seem to be currently in control of censor and freedom of speech.  If CNN does not allow for Mr. Martin’s swift return, I am afraid that I will no longer be able to turn to the station for news.  Clearly Mr. Martin was not condoning real violence on any group.

  • Sherri Ellis

    Where are the English teachers?  The written word can be interpreted in different ways.   If Roland would have written, “If you like this commercial, you are gay,” then perhaps I would infer that the written message is within a homosexual context.   However, Rolland spoke hyperbole, an exaggeration of speech.  However, his written words did not reference gender or preference. Roland is not the one who is homophobic.    

  • Marshall Fields

    it was a joke idiot. Get over your politically correct self
     “o my he made a funny and i was offended” dimwits

  • Marshall

    I wish you people would quit comparing yourselves to African Americans
     U didnt spend years working for no pay, u didnt have separate entrances to businesses and restaurants,no one knows you r gay till u open your big blab mouths. u dont walk into job interviews and the interviewer “sees” you r gay and decides from the beginning not to hire you. Stop comparing yourselves to Blacks!!!!!!!!!

  • Rick in New Orleans

    Roland, as a gay man, I think CNN is overreaching on this one.   I can see how people who want to make it homophobic can make your statements homophopic.  But the statements are also neutral comments on how can anyone get excited about an underwear ad when the biggest game in sports is on and a comment on over the top fan “attire”.  I am willing to give you the benefit of the doubt.  Our march to PC conduct is a form of intolerance itself and an assassin of funny and sarcastic commentary.   I’m sorry to see yet another person fall victim to comments which are meant as nothing more.   Keep your chin up and keep up the good work.

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

    Do what is normal. Not abnormal stuff.

  • Anonymous

    Are you serious? Heterosexual maybe, insane definitely.  All this intelligent black male did was joke about a commercial. It seems to me that jokes are now taken as truth and the LGBT community is overexcited/sensitive when it pertains to a black male with some stature. I see this as a present-day lynching. He is not codoning violence against gays/lesbians–it was a joke. Everyone has heard a distasteful joke around the water cooler at work. Everyone has heard negative comments. Howard Stern makes these comments all the time–who has called for his resignation– no one. I am shocked that this black man is not getting the support he deserves. Heard of the saying crabs in a pot. We should have a website calling for his reinstatement, but we want to reflect on an issue that really was/is not an issue. How many people do you know that say things that they later regret? Mr. Martin apologized and that should be good enough for everyone.

  • Free Press…Free Tweets

    CNN has overreached, as media outlets often do.  I hope to see Roland back on CNN or some other network soon.  I appreciate the perspective he brings.  On a larger question, I am concerned that networks may eventually have “analysts” who are so careful on the air that they will have no humor, no perspective, and meld together into a kind of bland blah blah blah talk.  Roland brought a perspective when he was on the air that I did not always agree with but I believed it was a perspective that widened my view of life.  By the way, CNN, cancel that Erin Burnett show as soon as possible.  She is a perfect example of what is happening to CNN’s programming.  This is a VERY BORING SHOW…as is the fellow who replaced Larry King.  That show is REALLY BORING.  As I look for perspective, I find myself turning to MSNBC and Fox all the time.  Opinions and humor are permitted on those networks more so than on the very bland CNN.  Also, what’s the deal with John King and Dana Bash being on the air at the same time.  How ingrown in that CNN?  

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Johnny-Rockett/1112502882 Johnny Rockett

    As a Californian and a Gay man, I am acutely aware of the fact that one of the significant reasons that Proposition 8 ( The measure to ban same sex marriage in California) was passed is because 50% of all whites supported it, 70% of Hispanics supported it and 80% of all African-Americans supported it.  So while most if not all gays were going to the polls to help elect the first black president, blacks were stabbing us in the back by voting to take away a civil right that was already granted to us.  I am tired of black hypocrisy..railing against racism and complaining about their own disadvantages while bashing us and trying to take away our rights.  i am sick of two faced “bruthas” like you Mr. Martin who only care about the civil rights of your own people and no one else.  I am tired of the slurs, innuendos, jokes, put downs and bashings fro black men like you who are insecure with their own masculinity.  I am contacting CNN and adding my voice to keeping you off the air permanently.  If it was good enough for Imus..it’s good enough for you!  “Deal wit it”   

  • Darryl Hart

    Mr Martin,

    Shame – shame – shame on you.

    I’m not sure how your comment could have possibly been taken any other way – “If a dude at your Super Bowl party is hyped about David Beckham’s H&M underwear ad, smack the ish out of him.”

    You say you were joking about soccer during a football game – wait – did I see the same commercial that you saw. Although the commercial featured a soccer star – it was clearly not a soccer commercial and as a member of the LGBT community, I DO NOT ACCEPT YOUR APOLOGY. In fact I’m insulted that you think so little of my intelligence (not knowing who I am) to believe that your response would be a sufficient band-aid on the gaping wound you’ve inflicted.

    Mr Martin – your words – “If a dude at your Super Bowl party is hyped about David Beckham’s H&M underwear ad, smack the ish out of him.” WTF. As a black same gender loving man – how else can I take that statement —– except that had I been hyped about the undewear ad – I should have expected somebody to smak the ish out of me.

    Mr Martin – come on now. One intelligent being to another – don’t insult me or my community. “If a dude at your Super Bowl party is hyped about David Beckham’s H&M underwear ad, smack the ish out of him.”

    Mr Martin – “If a dude at your Super Bowl party is hyped about David Beckham’s H&M underwear ad, smack the ish out of him.” You’ve been tasked with a responsibility as a person in the media – to watch your actions and your words – especially when they can incite such vitriol from the masses.

    Mr Martin – “If a dude at your Super Bowl party is hyped about David Beckham’s H&M underwear ad, smack the ish out of him.” Even if you meant this in the most jovial manner, your words carry a real impact on the lives of REAL PEOPLE. I am marginalized by the world everday for being black – even more so for being gay. I don’t expect this lack of compassion from you – my brotha. Murders, attacks, and violent acts against LGBT individuals have skyrocketed and comments like this don’t help.

    I’ve tried to keep silent and excuse your comment as a mispoken and misunderstood tweet that was posted in jest. But ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. My silence would show acceptance and further perpetuate the problem.

    Watch your words Mr Martin.
    Watch your actions Mr Martin
    Watch your behavior Mr Martin

  • WhitePowerStinks

    Most of the adults understand, Roland.  Tweeting about disliking the undies of some guy is not a crime.  The true crime is that white power continues under the new guise of gay rights. 

  • WhitePowerStinks

    I was not aware that there were TWO elections in 2008 for the presidency:  one for whites, and one for blacks.  What about the Asians, Hispanics, Native Americans, etc.  Did whitey vote for them too? 

    As far as Prop. 8 goes, your thinking only proves your underlying hatred for black people.  Black people are only 6 per cent of the population in California when Prop 8 went on the ballot.

    And WHO put Prop. 8 on the ballot?  WHY a predominately white christian group (Mormons and Catholics—but mainly Mormons). 

    And WHO created all of the unjust laws preventing people from fully participating in American society in the first place?  You people!

    White people in California hold a commanding position in their numbers.  After them are the Asians, and then the Hispanics.  You would like to believe that the tiny number of blacks held all of those other SUPER MAJORITIES hostage; but then again you lie and plus you are racist to boot.

    When you talk about Prop. 8; talk to your mama, your local white community; and your white local authorities.  They hold all of the cards.  Black people aren’t holding you back:  your own people are.

    And again, why do you white gays dismiss black gays when you want to get your bigotry on?  You have no problem erasing them when you want to get your white power on.

  • WhitePowerStinks

    I was not aware that there were TWO elections in 2008 for the presidency:  one for whites, and one for blacks.  What about the Asians, Hispanics, Native Americans, etc.  Did whitey vote for them too? 

    As far as Prop. 8 goes, your thinking only proves your underlying hatred for black people.  Black people are only 6 per cent of the population in California when Prop 8 went on the ballot.

    And WHO put Prop. 8 on the ballot?  WHY a predominately white christian group (Mormons and Catholics—but mainly Mormons). 

    And WHO created all of the unjust laws preventing people from fully participating in American society in the first place?  You people!

    White people in California hold a commanding position in their numbers.  After them are the Asians, and then the Hispanics.  You would like to believe that the tiny number of blacks held all of those other SUPER MAJORITIES hostage; but then again you lie and plus you are racist to boot.

    When you talk about Prop. 8; talk to your mama, your local white community; and your white local authorities.  They hold all of the cards.  Black people aren’t holding you back:  your own people are.

    And again, why do you white gays dismiss black gays when you want to get your bigotry on?  You have no problem erasing them when you want to get your white power on.

  • John Emr

    Your name, your tone and your use of terms like “whitey” are fully offensive.  For these reasons you do a disservice to Roland Martin and all  people.  You sir, oppress yourself.  You’re nasty.

  • John Emr

    Free yourself already man!  Get on with it!

  • http://twitter.com/KingBiyela Lunga Biyela

    Hey, what’s wrong with Soccer?

  • Anonymous

    dang can’t we have any type of fun . I’m going to say this out loud if you trying to be funny anything goes this is america . its too bad if your feelings get hurt as long as there is no physical contact you can take it yeah I’m talking to black people (too) and all the rest we need all the laughs we can get these days .

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/R47GFQYODQLTGBLXU4BZ4N473A PAULS

    Roland is a good guy and he is one of the few who has the exposure and audience to stand up to this racist white power structure.I dont agree with someone getting beaten because they are gay and im sure anyone with sense aint going out beating gay people because of what Roland said.Even though I dont agree with their lifestyle I still consider gay men my brother..it all changed when I had my son and though im glad he didnt he could have been born with the gay gene.Its true..I know kids that showed signs of being gay from as young as 6 and I do think most gays are born that way.I dont think anyone should be beaten except Rush Limbaugh,Oreilly,Imus and the rest of the racist white nation.But gays stop trying to piggyback and compare your cause to the black struggle from slavery to post slavery Jim Crow and the fight for basic human rights.There is no comparison…there is always a closet for you to hide in if need be.And most states though not all have hate crime laws. Besides,Black doesnt wash off and we couldnt change colors like a Chameleon when the racist lynch mob came a calling.And all of you black thugs save that energy you used to attack a gay black person and posting it on the internet and TV for the next time these racist crackers strike by shooitng one of us down or killing our grandmothers in her own home.We will see what you do then.Anyway all blacks need to stick together gay and straight..these fuckers are out to kill us.Read more and stay away from the reality shows..they way they feel about us and the plans they have for our future are in books and not on TV.They are counting on us not reading and educating ourselves.Peace to brother Roland we are with you!!!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/R47GFQYODQLTGBLXU4BZ4N473A PAULS

    I know this is kind of off subject but I think it is still relevant to our people.GA once had a hate crimes law on the books introduced by state senator Vincent Fort.But it was stuck down and considered to “vague” by the legislature.What black people didnt see is that the law was struck down because at the time the only ones being sentenced under the law were whites who were attacking blacks and other minorities.Around the time of that laws brief existence there were hardly none if any stories or events in GA about blacks attacking whites or gays.Now with the events of this past week…all hell is breaking loose and watch how quickly that law resurfaces.The offenders in the Atlanta attack were black!!!! Even the Feds are now involved..wake the hell up black people!! Remember the Tasha Hill case in Atlanta when that filthy redneck Troy West attacked a black woman while spewing racial slurs in front of her daughter at Cracker Barrel and got off.Sad part about it was that white trash devil was represented by a brilliant black lawyer….Jackie Patterson..! Now tell me that aint evil and calculated..he committed the act and hired a black lawyer to represent him to appear as if he’s non-racist!!!!! Why didnt Mr. Patterson refuse to represent him?He’s a top notch Atlanta lawyer so he could have refused..not like hes hurting for dough.Please feel free to copy and share this info with your contacts..our people need to know this.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/R47GFQYODQLTGBLXU4BZ4N473A PAULS

    Until we demand our respect we will always be treated as the cesspool of the races.In this Lilly white so called “Christian” conservative society black peoples relevance and importance falls as follows…1)white women,2)white kids,3)dogs,4)cats,5)cattle and other domesticated animals,6)gays……….100)blacks,101)hispanics/latinos.This is ridiculous.People have been offending and abusing us forever and still do to this very day and no one is ever punished or fired.Limbaugh,Hannity,Beck,O’Reilly,Imus and others have been spewing racial hatred towards blacks and Latinos for years without repercussions.In fact Imus after his tirade got rehired and with better pay.Hell,they dont even respect our president..as a matter of fact their very reason for rising in the morning is to attack him.Black men we better get our s#%t together and stop being so passive.I’m clearly against anyone getting beaten especially another minority no matter what their sexual preference.Beating him is not going to make him less gay or force him to change.Plus that was a black kid and some black mothers baby..period.Im tired of stupid so called thugs on TV doing dumb s#$t and wildin’ for the wrong cause!!!! Were you down to beat someone and wild out when Miss Katherine Johnston was shot by A.P.D? Where were they when Sean Bell was shot 40-50 times by the N.Y.P.D? Where were these clowns when that racist redneck Troy West attacked Tasha Hill at Cracker Barrel?If you are going to do something that enables this racist  government to charge you with a hate crime at least go down for something you can be proud of.

  • Dorris1949

    Roland,I stand with you 100% because racism is ALIVE,WELL & KICKIN’ and CNN’s action only
    show how the black man is the exception to fairness and all Black Folk need to get together & boycott CNN for their assumptions & misinterpretations.

  • Rogan

    CNN is better without him.

  • http://twitter.com/SCOTTVallarta Scott Sutherland

    CNN has become to politically correct.Which humorless group is going to whine next.Suck it up CNN and put him on the air.Who are they going to push under the bus next.The guy has an opinion about lots of things but clearly is not over the edge.CNN created its own BLOOPER.COMMENTATORS have opinions and the good ones a sense of humor.

  • http://twitter.com/SCOTTVallarta Scott Sutherland

    Lighten up dude.Taking Roland to the woodshed over a wise crack is going to far for CNN and I do not think you should take this so seriously.If bad jokes were a crime a lot of us would be doing life.Let him go on with his life. I live in Puerto Vallarta where a good laugh can be had without so much sensitivity. Haggling about some over paid jocks underwear is really hitting below the belt.Get it?

  • ObamaSucks

    Roland is a rolly polly and is just jealous of the ad and abs

  • ObamaSucks

    He is making a real asscot of himself

  • Ateht3

    Roland I am shocked that you apologized.  I am sick and tired of people thinking that nobody can ever say anything that someone else doesnt like.  Who is GLAAD?  Are they some organization that has done something great for mankind?  In America we are supposed to be able to speak what is on our mind, but you can’t because everytime you say something, whoever is offended wants an apology or you fired.  How and when did America become so soft?  So what are people supposed to do, not say what they feel?  Are we now a country where you have to say what you really feel inside your house and be fake and phony when your are out in public?   I don’t see anything wrong with what Roland said.  Gay people just like everyone else in this world are going to have to accept that fact that not everyone agrees with that life style and just like everything else in this world, you will be the joke at some time or other.  Just liike race, weight, height, and every other characteristic.  Get over it!

  • Ateht3

    Roland I am shocked that you apologized.  I am sick and tired of people thinking that nobody can ever say anything that someone else doesnt like.  Who is GLAAD?  Are they some organization that has done something great for mankind?  In America we are supposed to be able to speak what is on our mind, but you can’t because everytime you say something, whoever is offended wants an apology or you fired.  How and when did America become so soft?  So what are people supposed to do, not say what they feel?  Are we now a country where you have to say what you really feel inside your house and be fake and phony when your are out in public?   I don’t see anything wrong with what Roland said.  Gay people just like everyone else in this world are going to have to accept that fact that not everyone agrees with that life style and just like everything else in this world, you will be the joke at some time or other.  Just liike race, weight, height, and every other characteristic.  Get over it!

  • RationalityAndReason

    Oh, shut the !^#$ up. I’m tired of idiotic hyper-active pro-gay activists.

    The more your kind does this, the more myself and other Americans will NOT accept your ****ing lifestyle that you try so hard to shove down our throats.

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