Roland Martin Responds to GLAAD's Accusations of Homophobic Comments

10:56 AM PST 02/06/2012 by THR Staff

The organization criticized the commentator after he urged violence against men who enjoyed David Beckham’s Super Bowl commercial.

On Super Bowl Sunday, Roland Martin, a commentator for CNN, sent out a controversial tweet that resulted in GLAAD (Gay Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) demanding his removal from the news network.

After an H&M commercial featuring a scantily clad David Beckham aired, Martin wrote on Twitter: "If a dude at your Super Bowl party is hyped about David Beckham's H&M underwear ad, smack the ish out of him!"

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Almost immediately GLAAD picked up on the tweet, and demanded that Martin be fired from CNN, where he appears as a commentator.

On Monday, Martin issued a statement defending his comments, which he said were against soccer fans, and not gay men.

“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,” he said in a statement.

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“It was meant to be a deliberately over the top and sarcastic crack about soccer,” he continued. “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.”

When contacted for comment, CNN referred The Hollywood Reporter to Martin’s statement.

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GLAAD’s statement against Martin’s comments on Sunday demanded that the commentator, who has appeared on The Situation Room and Anderson Cooper's AC360, be fired from CNN. “Martin has a history of anti-LGBT views. GLAAD is calling on him to be fired, joining many other LGBT activists and bloggers,” reads part of the statement.

The statement, which accused Martin of homophobic comments in the past, also pointed out that Martin had made fun of a man for wearing pink earlier in the day. "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," he had written.

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