CNN personality Roland Martin was suspended by the cable news station Wednesday (Feb. 8) just days after posting comments on Twitter that many perceived to be homophobic.
In a statement, the network says, “Roland Martin’s tweets were regrettable and offensive … Language that demeans is inconsistent with the values and culture of our organization, and is not tolerated. We have been giving careful consideration to this matter, and Roland will not be appearing on our air for the time being.”
It was in response to the H&M Super Bowl ad featuring soccer star David Beckham in his underwear that Martin took to Twitter to say, “Ain’t no real bruhs going to H&M to buy some damn David Beckham underwear!…If a dude at your Super Bowl party is hyped about David Beckham’s H&M underwear ad, smack the ish out of him!…I bet soccer fan Piers Morgan will be in line at H&M in the morning to get his hands on David Bechman’s (sic) underwear line!”
Martin was quickly blasted by many for these comments, including by GLAAD. The organization even started a petition to get Martin suspended.
As the controversy heated up, Martin offered and apology, saying, “To those who construed my comment as being anti-gay or homophobic or advancing violence, I’m truly sorry.”
But apparently this wasn’t enough for the cable news station.
As new of Martin’s suspension broke, GLAAD says, “CNN today took a strong stand against anti-LGBT violence and language that demeans any community. Yesterday, Martin also spoke out against anti-LGBT violence. We look forward to hearing from CNN and Roland Martin to discuss how we can work together as allies and achieve our common goal of reducing anti-LGBT violence as well as the language that contributes to it.”