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Final Thoughts On Super Bowl-Twitter Controversy

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

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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  • lala

    *waits for ignorant comments to come in*

  • Denis441

    Thank you for apologizing!

  • Denis441

    Thank you for apologizing!

  • Anonymous

    To be honest, I am not sure that you needed to apologize, because, I did not think that you were being anti gay or homophobic. However, if you felt the need, or the Lord has led you to do this, then, I respectfully understand. Plus, I most definitely agree that some of the people, who have used derogatory language towards you, such calling you an age, gorilla, and the N-word, are just as guilty of being bigots, themselves, as they accused you of being. I think that we, as a people, can be able to have disagreement, without being disagreeable. 

    • tiztiz

       @faceman68:disqus  -he apologized because he needs to eat & take care of family. U can’t bite off the hand that feeds u -plain & simple. CNN probably told him – u need to make this situation right with the people who took offense to your comments..

    • tiztiz

       @faceman68:disqus  -he apologized because he needs to eat & take care of family. U can’t bite off the hand that feeds u -plain & simple. CNN probably told him – u need to make this situation right with the people who took offense to your comments..

  • Anonymous

    To be honest, I am not sure that you needed to apologize, because, I did not think that you were being anti gay or homophobic. However, if you felt the need, or the Lord has led you to do this, then, I respectfully understand. Plus, I most definitely agree that some of the people, who have used derogatory language towards you, such calling you an age, gorilla, and the N-word, are just as guilty of being bigots, themselves, as they accused you of being. I think that we, as a people, can be able to have disagreement, without being disagreeable. 

  • http://twitter.com/OBCreation BusinessCreation

    well said and to tell the truth, I am really getting annoyed with people who doesn’t even read your timeline and just come in and start saying that you are an homophobic. At least your true followers knows that you are not, and we will continue to support you. 

  • http://twitter.com/OBCreation BusinessCreation

    well said and to tell the truth, I am really getting annoyed with people who doesn’t even read your timeline and just come in and start saying that you are an homophobic. At least your true followers knows that you are not, and we will continue to support you. 

  • http://twitter.com/CrissieP Crystal Mullins

    Roland, I 

  • http://twitter.com/CrissieP Crystal Mullins

    Roland, I 

  • KathyStasko22

    That’s big of you! You did the right thing Rowland. We love you on CNN!

  • KathyStasko22

    That’s big of you! You did the right thing Rowland. We love you on CNN!

  • Anonymous

    Viral video of Atlanta man getting the “ish” kicked out of him for not being a “real bruh.” Words take actions.

    You stood by Tracy Morgan’s violent remarks of what a “real bruh” should do with a gay son. And your wife has counseled people to go back into the closet. Then there’s the comparison you made about LGBT Americans to alcoholics… out of touch, ill-informed, and not helping the cause for equality. 

    • lala

      so the video of the idiots beating up someone is because of roland?(violence in black communities needs to be addressed, its out of hand)
      but his remarks during a football game joking about a underwear ad and a guy in pink (what, all gays like pink??) are not worth all this commotion, its way bigger things in the world going on.

      • Anonymous

        I never stated or implied it was because of Roland Martin, but instead, that rhetoric has ripple effects.

        Every time a narrow-minded person hears anti-gay sentiments, they hear, “It’s ‘OK’ to treat LGBT people differently, they are, and they are less than heterosexuals.” This is simply not true. Remarks like Martin’s, this and in the past, use gender/conformity stereotypes to jab and dehumanize, and some people will take these words to support their bigotry, condemnation and violence against LGBT Americans.

        The young man in Atlanta was attacked for no other reason than not being considered enough of a “real bruh.” Words matter, especially from a man as prominent in the media and community as Mr. Martin. 

  • Anonymous

    Viral video of Atlanta man getting the “ish” kicked out of him for not being a “real bruh.” Words take actions.

    You stood by Tracy Morgan’s violent remarks of what a “real bruh” should do with a gay son. And your wife has counseled people to go back into the closet. Then there’s the comparison you made about LGBT Americans to alcoholics… out of touch, ill-informed, and not helping the cause for equality. 

  • Gaypersonsofcolor

    As a journalist, you use words to do your job, as, for example a surgeon would use a scalpel to perform his or her tasks. You used words poorly in a manner that injured thousands of human beings. If you were a surgeon, you would have been fired. Homophobic issues aside, you did not do your job well as a journalist in the public eye.

  • Gaypersonsofcolor

    As a journalist, you use words to do your job, as, for example a surgeon would use a scalpel to perform his or her tasks. You used words poorly in a manner that injured thousands of human beings. If you were a surgeon, you would have been fired. Homophobic issues aside, you did not do your job well as a journalist in the public eye.

  • Wattspoolcleaning

    Nice attempt to keep your job.  We all see through this.  I hope CNN sees through this as well and does the right thing.  Fire a repeat Homophobic person.

  • Wattspoolcleaning

    Nice attempt to keep your job.  We all see through this.  I hope CNN sees through this as well and does the right thing.  Fire a repeat Homophobic person.

  • Tonebobb

    way to go, roland. 

  • Tonebobb

    way to go, roland. 

  • Nomoremrnicegay

    Stay away from gay jokes, they are usually not funny. Gay bashing is going on left right and center. Most people hate us and your tweets encouraged them. I am glad you apologized but stay away from twitter for goodness sake!

  • Nomoremrnicegay

    Stay away from gay jokes, they are usually not funny. Gay bashing is going on left right and center. Most people hate us and your tweets encouraged them. I am glad you apologized but stay away from twitter for goodness sake!

  • cantwealljustgetalong

    Nothing in his tweets suggested homophobia and GLAAD in my honest opinion, is overreacting… again… as usual. What’s pissing me off though is the main people complaining about how he’s discriminating and promoting violence/hatred towards gays are calling him out of his name, attacking his wife, attacking his religion and throwing out n!gger, ape, monkey, “biscuit negro” and all kinds of other ***….

    • Ecirpb21

      Interesting! I did a “find” search on this tread! The only examples of the use of any of the words
       “n!gger, ape, monkey, “biscuit negro” , where from your post. Until now, they only showed up once.  

      • Elmo545

        dude those words were used on twitter by gay white males complaining about discrimination. The irony it burns!

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1210647559 Michael Buchanan

          Did you know that people can use twitter anonymously? And also, did you know that gay people are also black? I know it helps you to make this a black v. gay discussion but unfortunately for you the two groups are not mutually exclusive.

  • cantwealljustgetalong

    Nothing in his tweets suggested homophobia and GLAAD in my honest opinion, is overreacting… again… as usual. What’s pissing me off though is the main people complaining about how he’s discriminating and promoting violence/hatred towards gays are calling him out of his name, attacking his wife, attacking his religion and throwing out n!gger, ape, monkey, “biscuit negro” and all kinds of other ***….

  • http://twitter.com/takimercer †åki merçer

    GLADD should be apologizing to Roland. They took advantage of his jokes (albeit, his unfunny jokes) to make stock political talking points at his reputation’s expense.
    Roland didn’t mention homosexuals and he most certainly didn’t suggest inflicted bodily trauma to homosexuals. So how dare they accuse him of supporting gay-bashing? I don’t see how anyone could jump to the libelous conclusions that GLAAD and other separate homosexual activists landed on.

  • http://twitter.com/takimercer †åki merçer

    GLADD should be apologizing to Roland. They took advantage of his jokes (albeit, his unfunny jokes) to make stock political talking points at his reputation’s expense.
    Roland didn’t mention homosexuals and he most certainly didn’t suggest inflicted bodily trauma to homosexuals. So how dare they accuse him of supporting gay-bashing? I don’t see how anyone could jump to the libelous conclusions that GLAAD and other separate homosexual activists landed on.

  • http://twitter.com/shanewindmeyer Shane Windmeyer

    You have a history of anti-LGBT remarks in humor and reacting to given situations in the media.  This is not an isolated incident.  If only you understood your own privilege in this matter.  I think this is a larger CNN issue when it comes to sensitivity and awareness training of its employees on LGB and T issues.  I find this outrageous that you would even consider this to be a joke or funny (or as you say in jest).   There are too many youth committing suicide because how they are treated as LGBT. You should have known better.

  • http://twitter.com/shanewindmeyer Shane Windmeyer

    You have a history of anti-LGBT remarks in humor and reacting to given situations in the media.  This is not an isolated incident.  If only you understood your own privilege in this matter.  I think this is a larger CNN issue when it comes to sensitivity and awareness training of its employees on LGB and T issues.  I find this outrageous that you would even consider this to be a joke or funny (or as you say in jest).   There are too many youth committing suicide because how they are treated as LGBT. You should have known better.

    • http://twitter.com/takimercer †åki merçer

      I can’t believe people are stipulating a person’s sense of humor. I’ll be the first to say Roland is no comedian, but he can’t even make “bruh jokes” anymore? I’m all for political correctness, but are you really reaching (or overreaching) into humor to find bigoted ideologies?  

      Roland has no anti-LGBT statements professionally as noted by the Washington Post, so I don’t know why anyone is calling for him to be fired. He’s not Pat Buchanan.Additionally, how do you know he was talking about anyone LGBT? If he was in fact being homophobic and advocating gay-bashing, why would he use such coded language? Do you really think a gay youth would see Roland’s tweet and commit suicide because he’s not a ‘bruh’ and likes David Beckham? If not, why did you bring that up, besides the fact it is a stock political talking point?

      • http://twitter.com/Crutch4 Joshua Crutchfield

        Just because the dialog is formed in the context of a joke does not make it any less offensive.  How many racist comments are formed in the context of jokes? The fact of the matter is this: the personal is political. We have to be very careful how we use our language and also how we use our comedy. 

        Roland was on the defensive ever since the comments were made.  From the get, he needed to be a “real bruh” and recognize his mistake and apologize. I’ve followed him for a while now, and he consistently pushes for a dangerous kind of patriarchal masculinity. 

        I think the intentionality of his statements is irrelevant. That is, if he meant it to be homophobic or not, the statements still were. Point blank. 

        • http://twitter.com/takimercer †åki merçer

          How was it homophobic? He did NOT say men that are sexually attracted to men need to be beaten up. Do gay activists really think that David Beckham commercial was made for homosexuals, and them alone? There was nothing that problematic about his statements, sir. Why are you offended beside the fact someone told you to be offended?

          His detractors are trying to form an argument out of nothing. If he pushes “patriarchal masculinity,” who cares? I’ve seen him discuss fatherhood, specifically in the black community, with many people, and I happen to agree with him. Don’t follow him on Twitter if you agree with his specific worldview. 

          • http://twitter.com/Crutch4 Joshua Crutchfield

            Patriarchal masculinity is always homophobic.  Patriarchy by nature is always dominating. I’ve followed him up to now because he gives some (only some) good analysis of politics. 

            His tweets do not have to be explicitly homophobic. They were implicitly homophobic. 

  • http://twitter.com/shanewindmeyer Shane Windmeyer

    A number of organizations considered Roland’s remarks to be anti-LGBT.  They were heterosexist and negative.  Sharon Lettman of the National Black Justice Coalition stated in quite succinctly:  “Even if he meant it in a jovial manner, Roland Martin’s words carry a real impact on the everyday lives of Black LGBT people, especially our youth,” says Sharon Lettman, executive director of the National Black Justice Coalition, the nation’s largest black LGBT civil rights organization. “Given the number of rash murders, attacks and violent acts involving LGBT people of color, we cannot let statements such as this go unchecked. Silence is a form of acceptance and only perpetuates the problem.”

    • Brittany

       And do you understand what these organizations would have to gain by focusing on an issue like this? Not to say they are not genuine, but a lot of times every once and a while you see them come after celebs over tiny things they say and before fully  researching their comment they take it straight to the media. He does not have a history of making violent comments and the “history” that GLAAD is trying to refer to is baseless and weak at best. Sometimes you have advocacy organizations while having a good intention create the very problematic circumstances they are trying to fight against. One could easily say as well that GLAAD has a history of being dishonest (i.e…Former director stepping down for not fully disclosing organization finance) but this too would be considered weak.

      All I am trying to say is that people must do thorough research on a person before they make  broad knee jerk comments. Those are just as hurtful as it damages ones character.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1210647559 Michael Buchanan

        Telling someone they can change their sexual orientation by paying money to a church psychiatrist is the most hateful thing I can think of. Low, down and dirty! Violence on a spiritual level. Ask Roland what I’m talking about.

        • http://Educate-Empower.com BNWW

          Oh stop posting comments just to agitate! AreYOU being paid (especially since your Facebook page link doesn’t work!)?!? Additionally, ask people like Cynthia Nixon who make it more difficult for people who are really gay/lesbian by claiming she “chose” to be gay — it was her “choice.” GLAAD also pounced on her for that and she reluctantly tried to backpedal a little! It’s people like her (and there are many) who cause problems. You also know about that Nixon issue so there’s no need to “link or be a liar” there either. Lol. Smh.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1210647559 Michael Buchanan

            Nice dodge.

          • http://Educate-Empower.com BNWW

            Sigh… Paid poster you are. Quite a dodge!! (lol) Sigh…

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1210647559 Michael Buchanan

            My facebook page link works just fine.

          • http://Educate-Empower.com BNWW

            Sigh… Paid poster you are. Didn’t re-check but glad you fixed it!

    • Brittany

       And do you understand what these organizations would have to gain by focusing on an issue like this? Not to say they are not genuine, but a lot of times every once and a while you see them come after celebs over tiny things they say and before fully  researching their comment they take it straight to the media. He does not have a history of making violent comments and the “history” that GLAAD is trying to refer to is baseless and weak at best. Sometimes you have advocacy organizations while having a good intention create the very problematic circumstances they are trying to fight against. One could easily say as well that GLAAD has a history of being dishonest (i.e…Former director stepping down for not fully disclosing organization finance) but this too would be considered weak.

      All I am trying to say is that people must do thorough research on a person before they make  broad knee jerk comments. Those are just as hurtful as it damages ones character.

  • http://twitter.com/shanewindmeyer Shane Windmeyer

    A number of organizations considered Roland’s remarks to be anti-LGBT.  They were heterosexist and negative.  Sharon Lettman of the National Black Justice Coalition stated in quite succinctly:  “Even if he meant it in a jovial manner, Roland Martin’s words carry a real impact on the everyday lives of Black LGBT people, especially our youth,” says Sharon Lettman, executive director of the National Black Justice Coalition, the nation’s largest black LGBT civil rights organization. “Given the number of rash murders, attacks and violent acts involving LGBT people of color, we cannot let statements such as this go unchecked. Silence is a form of acceptance and only perpetuates the problem.”

  • tiztiz

    Now Roland u can resume getting paid from CNN…
    U know what time it is… BTW did u apologize to Ms Sherrod -i remember her words being misconstrued..

    • Bri

      You have GOT to be kidding. Did you really go there? Build a bridge and GTF over that. How long ago was that?! I mean…this post probably can’t even convey how irritating it is that you actually brought this up. You bringing the Sherrod thing up is more irritating than the fact that Roland actually apologized for doing nothing wrong.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1210647559 Michael Buchanan

        If he did nothing wrong, he shouldn’t have apologized.So is he a hater or a liar?

      • tiztiz

         Well i did bring it up -so u GTF over it..

  • tiztiz

    Now Roland u can resume getting paid from CNN…
    U know what time it is… BTW did u apologize to Ms Sherrod -i remember her words being misconstrued..

  • Mike in SF

    Good on you Rowland!. Now if we can get all those homophobic republicans running for office to humble themselves and apologize for their constant anti-gay hate, that would be awesome.

  • Mike in SF

    Good on you Rowland!. Now if we can get all those homophobic republicans running for office to humble themselves and apologize for their constant anti-gay hate, that would be awesome.

  • http://Educate-Empower.com BNWW

    GLAAD does what it normally does, jump on an opportunity to get some exposure when it’s a popular name involved (CNN, Smith). When it’s the regular Joe on Twitter making all day/every day homophobic remarks, they say/do nothing but anything that might get them some PR, they’re on it whether justified or not. Additionally, it’s interesting that they want to link the Black struggle to the gay struggle but no such campaign/PR move is ever made when the n-word is used. In fact, there are many gay executives in decision making positions who push entertainers and promote products where RAMPANT n-word use is standard. But I guess that doesn’t matter?!!?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1210647559 Michael Buchanan

      Link or you’re lying.

      • http://Educate-Empower.com BNWW

        Oh please! Attend conferences, meetings, seminars, join some of the entertainment unions and organizations, etc., etc. and there you’ll have it. It’s definitely NO SECRET. You do your research, but you already know the deal, I’m sure. Link or lying, what a joke!

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1210647559 Michael Buchanan

          If it is as rampant as you claim, why can’t I find anything about it?

          • http://Educate-Empower.com BNWW

            If you don’t think there’s RAMPANT n-word use promoted through entertainment then you’ve got a lot to learn! If you don’t think that RAMPANT use is not supported by the use of certain  entertainers as advertising spokespeople for products then you’ve got a lot to learn! If you don’t think there’s an elevation of certain artists who are RAMPANT n-word users through award shows, global marketing, prime business opportunities, etc. then you’ve got a lot to learn. Please, give up the combative/insistent approach you’re taking because it is not working — FACTS, quite simply, prove you wrong!

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1210647559 Michael Buchanan

            Then let’s see some. Facts, I mean.

          • http://Educate-Empower.com BNWW

            Sigh… Paid poster you are.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1210647559 Michael Buchanan

            Prove it. Shouldn’t be hard, if it’s true.

          • http://Educate-Empower.com BNWW

            Sigh… Paid poster you are.

          • Dominic

            look up the riff between Ice cube Easy and Doctor Dre. Also, look up Dave Chapelle and his reasoning for walking away from his show. It’s true, also the movie Brown Sugar depicted this reality.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1210647559 Michael Buchanan

      Link or you’re lying.

  • http://Educate-Empower.com BNWW

    GLAAD does what it normally does, jump on an opportunity to get some exposure when it’s a popular name involved (CNN, Smith). When it’s the regular Joe on Twitter making all day/every day homophobic remarks, they say/do nothing but anything that might get them some PR, they’re on it whether justified or not. Additionally, it’s interesting that they want to link the Black struggle to the gay struggle but no such campaign/PR move is ever made when the n-word is used. In fact, there are many gay executives in decision making positions who push entertainers and promote products where RAMPANT n-word use is standard. But I guess that doesn’t matter?!!?

  • http://twitter.com/globewriter V. O’Reilly-Ramesar

    If you are lying at least make it credible. You meant those tweets in a homophobic way and you are regretting it because you never realized the LGBT community would call you out on it. 

    Babbling about soccer is silly as that was not the context you made the comments in. If you say “I was drunk and I hate gay people” … we understand that –  but don’t lie. Your past  posts speak for themselves.  2006? Yeah saw it. 

    I will continue, as a gay person of color, to ask for your removal from CNN.

    • Elmo545

      “Gay person of color”? Really? That must not be your picture eh?

    • Elmo545

      “Gay person of color”? Really? That must not be your picture eh?

    • Brittany

       In a nice and professional way may I say this? Get the f**k out of here. Seriously? I cant believe people such as yourself have asked for the removal of the host when he has vehemently explained that it was a joke not to be taken that way. GLAAD is an organization while claiming that they have the best intentions for the people they represent, are just opportunistic in jumping on bandwagons to gain attention to their organization. If you or others can respect his retracting statement than maybe it has nothing to do with what he said. Maybe other such as yourself have personal issues you just want to vent out to the world. Now be mature enough to accept his statement and move on!!! Its dead and tired now.

      P.S….What does sexuality and ethnicity have to do with anything? I hate when the gay community likes to compare the struggle of racism to sexuality. Both are completely different.

  • http://twitter.com/globewriter V. O’Reilly-Ramesar

    If you are lying at least make it credible. You meant those tweets in a homophobic way and you are regretting it because you never realized the LGBT community would call you out on it. 

    Babbling about soccer is silly as that was not the context you made the comments in. If you say “I was drunk and I hate gay people” … we understand that –  but don’t lie. Your past  posts speak for themselves.  2006? Yeah saw it. 

    I will continue, as a gay person of color, to ask for your removal from CNN.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1347516922 Kiaunna Ledian Evrae

    Mr. Martin…  I applaud your sincerity…  Perhaps now, you can/will think before you speak.  Remember you are a public figure and that your words have power and influence. 

     

  • Syncereblakman

    If it were the lone statement, I could consider it jest but it’s not a lone statement. The defense of Tracy Morgan’s sickening stand up routine in which he stated he would stab his gay son to death. Really? Mr. Martin should know better.

    I agree that GLAAD is as opportunistic and ineffectual an organization as they come but it doesn’t excuse a track-record which suggests a hophobic stance.

    Also, I don’t understand why an image of a scantily-clad David Beckham aroused a response in the first place. I’m a gay man and didn’t think twice about the ad, yet, Mr. Martin was jarred into a response. Hmmm…

    • Dominic

      A track record, defending Tracy Morgan, ya know Chris Rock did too as it was done in jest, but after reading over what was actually said both had a change their view. To quick to vilify, it will only hurt your cause and turn more away being intolerant and judgmental to the point of malice.

  • Syncereblakman

    If it were the lone statement, I could consider it jest but it’s not a lone statement. The defense of Tracy Morgan’s sickening stand up routine in which he stated he would stab his gay son to death. Really? Mr. Martin should know better.

    I agree that GLAAD is as opportunistic and ineffectual an organization as they come but it doesn’t excuse a track-record which suggests a hophobic stance.

    Also, I don’t understand why an image of a scantily-clad David Beckham aroused a response in the first place. I’m a gay man and didn’t think twice about the ad, yet, Mr. Martin was jarred into a response. Hmmm…

  • Ecirpb21

    Talk about the pot and the kettle, or the proverbial prodigal chickens; this guy has made a handsome living, over the last few years in particular, implying and in some cases, directly calling racist anyone who dares to publicly disagree with Obama; often taking words and comments out of context, or assigning meanings and attributing racist motives for what are often principled disagreements over policy; oversimplifying analysis to justify his racist accusation.   SMH!  How dem shoes fit Roland?

    • Elmo545

      Of course someone had to bring Obama into this!. I’ve never understood why gay white men have a dripping hate for Obama. The most pro gay president ever!. Ended Clinton’s DADT, stopped defending DOMA, threatening to withhold help to nations with harsh homophobic laws? Yah Obama is such a bigot….. You want the messiah who can magically make all the problems disappear eh? Greenwald, Aravosis are some of the worst Obama haters. Don’t drag Obama into this drama. Please

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1210647559 Michael Buchanan

        The President was merely responding to the pressure we have kept him under and will continue to keep him under until we enjoy equal protection under the law. ALL the laws. you know, like you enjoy.

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1210647559 Michael Buchanan

        The President was merely responding to the pressure we have kept him under and will continue to keep him under until we enjoy equal protection under the law. ALL the laws. you know, like you enjoy.

        • Elmo545

          That’s bullshit. The Glenn Greenwalds and Aravosis’ of the world hate Obama no matter what he does. They can’t get past the fact that gasp! the black guy won the election! Where was the pressure on Clinton when he signed the hateful DADT in place? Obama has been cleaning up the mess made by white presidents before him with no support from you guys. He needs to be superman,right?

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1210647559 Michael Buchanan

            If I can’t know what is in Martin’s heart when he sends out seemingly homophobic tweets, you can’t know what is in Aravosis or Greenwald’s heart when they criticize the President’s policies or tactics. Fair is fair.

          • Elmo545

            Fair is fair. I agree that martin is hateful based on his words just like I believe Aravosis and Greenwald hate Obama based on their own words on their blogs. Aravosis race baits 24/7, he’s toned it down a little these days. His comment section is full of racist comments which he doesn’t erase. Greenwald is hateful, even said Obama rapped a nun and refused to apologize when called out on it…and gasp! supports Ron Paul. I guess he missed the newslatters. I say Martin is a bigger man because heat least had the sense to say SORRY.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1210647559 Michael Buchanan

            You got it bad. The hate.

          • Elmo545

            Not really. I love everyone. I can’t say the same thing about the Greenwarls, Aravosis’  Santorums or Martins of the world. Bye Mike.

          • Dominic

            No, you should read over your comments laced with emotion of hatred. 

        • Elmo545

          That’s bullshit. The Glenn Greenwalds and Aravosis’ of the world hate Obama no matter what he does. They can’t get past the fact that gasp! the black guy won the election! Where was the pressure on Clinton when he signed the hateful DADT in place? Obama has been cleaning up the mess made by white presidents before him with no support from you guys. He needs to be superman,right?

    • Elmo545

      Of course someone had to bring Obama into this!. I’ve never understood why gay white men have a dripping hate for Obama. The most pro gay president ever!. Ended Clinton’s DADT, stopped defending DOMA, threatening to withhold help to nations with harsh homophobic laws? Yah Obama is such a bigot….. You want the messiah who can magically make all the problems disappear eh? Greenwald, Aravosis are some of the worst Obama haters. Don’t drag Obama into this drama. Please

  • Ecirpb21

    Talk about the pot and the kettle, or the proverbial prodigal chickens; this guy has made a handsome living, over the last few years in particular, implying and in some cases, directly calling racist anyone who dares to publicly disagree with Obama; often taking words and comments out of context, or assigning meanings and attributing racist motives for what are often principled disagreements over policy; oversimplifying analysis to justify his racist accusation.   SMH!  How dem shoes fit Roland?

  • http://twitter.com/Crutch4 Joshua Crutchfield

    Just because the dialog is formed in the context of a joke does not make it any less offensive.  How many racist comments are formed in the context of jokes? The fact of the matter is this: the personal is political.

    We have to be very careful how we use our language and also how we use our comedy. Roland was on the defensive ever since the comments were made.  From the get, he needed to be a “real bruh” and recognize his mistake and apologize. I’ve followed him for a while now, and he consistently pushes for a dangerous kind of patriarchal masculinity.

     I think the intentionality of his statements is irrelevant. That is, if he meant it to be homophobic or not, the statements still were. Point blank.

    • Brittany

       Dude, seriously you and others are getting to caught up in your feelings right now. If you were a regular follower of his he has a very funny long running joke that he calls “Roland’s Rules” that he does on football Sundays. I strongly encourage those like yourself and GLAAD who have obviously not researched his background enough to know that he has done work in the past to fight against such issues. I’m beginning to believe now that the issue of his tweets goes way beyond what you all are claiming. Its more personal if you ask me. He said sorry (for what I don’t know) now move on. Its people like you that make things a bigger issue than what they should be.

      • http://twitter.com/Crutch4 Joshua Crutchfield

        I do follow him on a regular and know all about his tweets. I take the perpetuation of patriarchal masculinity very personal. That perpetuation always demonizes and ostracizes the people that don’t fit in that stigma.  

        Silence about issues like this is what is going to kill us. I wholeheartedly accept his apology. And I offer grace where it is needed, but he cannot just blow past this like it didn’t cause harm. 

        • Dominic

          What harm? if anything it further exploits paranoia with lies, and blinded philosophical arrogance. What will kill you is paranoia to crucify and burn at the stake even though the man has clarified his position that was met with cynicism and judgement. It is an unforgiven person who truly ostracize. 

  • http://twitter.com/Crutch4 Joshua Crutchfield

    Just because the dialog is formed in the context of a joke does not make it any less offensive.  How many racist comments are formed in the context of jokes? The fact of the matter is this: the personal is political.

    We have to be very careful how we use our language and also how we use our comedy. Roland was on the defensive ever since the comments were made.  From the get, he needed to be a “real bruh” and recognize his mistake and apologize. I’ve followed him for a while now, and he consistently pushes for a dangerous kind of patriarchal masculinity.

     I think the intentionality of his statements is irrelevant. That is, if he meant it to be homophobic or not, the statements still were. Point blank.

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

    This is soooooooo STUPID. If you are not a regular follower of Roland’s page, or have never seen “Roland’s Rules” then how could you POSSIBLY have ANY insight to what his intentions were?!?!?! Roland has NEVER put anything bashing gays in all the time I’ve been a follower of his facebook page. It’s so sad that these days people read half of a blog post, from someone who read a facebook post, from someone that saw one tweet and decided that it was offensive, not even knowing the context. IF PEOPLE ACTUALLY READ OR ASKED QUESTIONS instead of jumping to conclusions, they would know that Roland’s Rules is always full of jokes about people who don’t know how to act during various occasions and NOBODY is safe from a slap or getting kicked out! lol IT NEVER has ANYTHING to do with gay people or any specific group. And the joke WASN’T about gay people. It was about sports. ANYONE who follows his page knows how crazy he is about sports!

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1210647559 Michael Buchanan

      Freedom of speech means I don’t have to do a pyscho analysis on Roland to respond to his bigotry. He said it in plain words: Real ‘bruhs’ don’t like David Beckam. If I like David Beckam and his underwear, I’m not a real bruh. Hmmm, I wonder what he could possibly mean???

      How dumb do you think we are?

      • OVERglaad

        Not dumb just OVERLY sensitive! Move on with it please!  This tweet is not worth the energy that YOU have personally invested.

      • Dominic

        pretty dumb actually, and high sensitive. if you follow his twitter it shouldn’t be that hard to make the distinction, and even if you don’t and just caught it on a news page, like myself it’s easy to see where he was coming from. I for one couldn’t find what was offensive, then went to his twitter page to see him getting bombarded with hateful tweet. Gays using the guise to hate against black it seem, rather I assume, but assuming’s okay right. Because assumption is what made something out of nothing and the brainless sheeps will follow having no other hobby in life, it has become it.  However, you’re second hand info person, who likely knows nothing of the man until the uproar and made judgement call based on what others have said like a good little sheep who follows but can’t think for themselves and see reason and rationale. The dude apologized and yet you want blood. Why apologize at all if it won’t be accepted. You choose hatred, bitter to the end, lost cause. 

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

    This is soooooooo STUPID. If you are not a regular follower of Roland’s page, or have never seen “Roland’s Rules” then how could you POSSIBLY have ANY insight to what his intentions were?!?!?! Roland has NEVER put anything bashing gays in all the time I’ve been a follower of his facebook page. It’s so sad that these days people read half of a blog post, from someone who read a facebook post, from someone that saw one tweet and decided that it was offensive, not even knowing the context. IF PEOPLE ACTUALLY READ OR ASKED QUESTIONS instead of jumping to conclusions, they would know that Roland’s Rules is always full of jokes about people who don’t know how to act during various occasions and NOBODY is safe from a slap or getting kicked out! lol IT NEVER has ANYTHING to do with gay people or any specific group. And the joke WASN’T about gay people. It was about sports. ANYONE who follows his page knows how crazy he is about sports!

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

    Furthermore…I’m SO tired of GLAAD jumping on any chance to get the spotlight. Trying to ruin’s someone reputation and career without reason…they’re the real bullies in this situation. There are people that are bullied-straight, black, white, nerds, short people, fat people…gay people are not the only people who are bullied, and not EVERYTHING is an attempt to do so. And IDK why his wife has been brought into this. It is NOT homophobic or bullying to be a Christian and be against homosexuality, as long as you respect people and love them. As a minister, that is her right and duty if that is what she believes. Just as Christians should be loving and accepting and respectful of gay people, gay people should be respectful of Christian’s beliefs about the subject based on their faith. And while I do have many VERY close gay friends, so I do not in any way tolorate homophobia, trying to make an example out of someone who did nothing wrong is NOT the way to bring light to that.

  • Anonymous

    Mr. Martin… and I say this as a fan… you’re a wonderful news analyst, but a lousy comedian. You might have friends who would disagree with me, and maybe you’re the life of the party, but I’ve watched you on CNN and I’ve rarely seen you go for the laugh, and if these tweets I’m reading are any indication, staying away from comedy is probably a good move for you.

    Chris Rock, Louis CK and others can toe the line and even step over it because they are artists and comic geniuses. The brilliance they create makes the offenses they might make along the way worth it. But I’m not seeing anything in your tweets that the world would miss. 

    Remember, you are a public figure. Your Twitter account is a matter of public record. So use it to make public statements that won’t embarrass you, your employer and your fans. Save the comic stylings for your friends who find your hatred of soccer amusing and who know that you harbor no hate.

    Just my opinion. I enjoy your work on CNN and would hate to be deprived of it because you did something on Twitter that put the network in an untenable position.

  • MissusPowell

    I am so darn glad the air is cleared because no way did I believe for a minute Roland to be enciting violence against gays or anyone, for that matter.  If it hasn’t been noted, TWEETS and SOUNDBITES, and even TEXT MESSAGES are NOT conversations of “getting to know you” !
    They need to be understood as simply as “Hello”, “Have a nice day!” and many such words used to anyone we meet.  There is an old joke about a man who ran into Freud on the sidewalk one day and Freud offered him a cigar.  He declined and thanked Freud but walking away thought, “I wonder what he meant by that!”  Sometimes, folks, a cigar is just a cigar.  We all do not know all the language used in all communities or families, just like we don’t all know tech language or insurance jargon.  PLEASE before acusing someone ASK them what they meant and why you felt offended.  You will be doing both yourself and the person you felt offended by a huge favor.  “Getting to Know You” does not a tweet or two make.

  • Vsuph6

    As one that follows and laughs at the CONSTANT BARRAGE of tweets that you make during football season, I knew EXACTLY what you were talking about because you had tweeted the anti-soccer message before…MANY TIMES BEFORE! Too bad someone looking for an issue made one up when those of us that follow your CONSTANT BARRAGE of tweets knew EXACTLY what you were referring to. Proof that if you don’t know, you’d better ask somebody. Be Blessed Roland. 

    • Dominic

      True, though I knew what he was talking about without ever seeing his tweets.  Somebody just had it in for him and finally got something on him they can twist and make malice with slander and defamation. 

      • lambda98

         Yeah, those bad gays made him advocate violence against them. He says gays should have their asses whipped, but they have slandered him. I see. Talk about a culture of victimization.

  • Mark Teso

    Stay strong Roland

  • Mark Teso

    Stay strong Roland

  • Thales

    See how hard it is to defend yourself against the “dog whistle”
    accusation? Republicans allegedly use “dog whistle” words to express
    racism. Roland Martin allegedly uses “code words” to express violent
    homophobia. And, of course, nothing they do or say can disprove the accusation that they’re using code words to support bigotry.

    Can we get rid of the “dog whistle politics” allegation altogether? It’s destructive and impossible to disprove.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1210647559 Michael Buchanan

    I’m sure I’m not the only one who thought ‘methinks he doth protest too much’ when reading your tweets. You have bigger issues than delivering a lame joke.

    And maybe you could clear something up for me: what exactly is a real bruh? And what makes him real? Is it his underwear, the sports he likes or something that only YOU know?

    It sounds like you are trying to maintain some kind of unspoken rules for real bruhs that includes not finding David Beckam or soccer attractive or thinking that the color pink is something that you should actually wear without getting the ‘ish’ beat out of you. And you act surprised that people felt this was homophobic? Please.

    One last question: How stupid do you think we are?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1210647559 Michael Buchanan

    It’s impossible to disprove, because he knew EXACTLY what he meant. Same with Republican racists.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1210647559 Michael Buchanan

    It’s impossible to disprove, because he knew EXACTLY what he meant. Same with Republican racists

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1210647559 Michael Buchanan

    It’s impossible to disprove, because he knew EXACTLY what he meant. Same with Republican racists

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1210647559 Michael Buchanan

    I also noticed that your ‘apology’ doesn’t mention if you believe gay people should enjoy equal treatment under the law, as we currently do not. Hence all the sensitivity. Give us equal rights and we promise to let your homophobic tweets slide. Maybe.

    • Dominic

      he’s not a crusader, it’s your crusade, you fight for it and stop trying to demonize black men of stature to do your bidding for you. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1210647559 Michael Buchanan

    I also noticed that your ‘apology’ doesn’t mention if you believe gay people should enjoy equal treatment under the law, as we currently do not. Hence all the sensitivity. Give us equal rights and we promise to let your homophobic tweets slide. Maybe.

  • Whatever 55

    Dot the mostly white republican homophobes responsible for decades of homophobic laws get to apologize or just the guy who wrote a homophobic tweet? Did Rick Santorum apologize for his homophobia.? Ron Paul for his homophobia? The Backmans? So, Martin should lose his job over this tweet while the mostly white legislature responsible for putting the gay down for decades is given a pass?. Tell you what, why not clean up your own backyard before pointing a finger to the AA community? The black guy in the WH has been busy trying to undo the homophobic laws in place like Clinton;s DADT etc. There much more homophobia in the white community than black or latino community combined and everyone knows it. Don’t get me started on the white gay male racists.

    • Nomoremrnicegay

      Who says we don’t call out white homophobes? Of course there are much more white homophobes in powerful positions and I agree that Obama is the most pro gay president.Visit any gay blogs, you will see people like Santorum, NORM being called out everyday. No one said AA are more homophobic than whites. I think the problem is religion imho.

      • Dominic

        no, all you do is glitter bomb Romney the most moderate republican, such rebels you are, where the boycotts in petitions? because there is no such organization, but let a black man of stature say something and the nooses come out, hang em, and hang em high. 

        • lambda98

           bigot

    • Nomoremrnicegay

      Who says we don’t call out white homophobes? Of course there are much more white homophobes in powerful positions and I agree that Obama is the most pro gay president.Visit any gay blogs, you will see people like Santorum, NORM being called out everyday. No one said AA are more homophobic than whites. I think the problem is religion imho.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1210647559 Michael Buchanan

      Trust me, if CNN were paying Rick santorum, we gays would have something to say about it. Unfortunately, republican homophobes are paid with votes, networks with ratings. I don’t vote for Santorum just like I won’t watch CNN when homophobes are on.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1210647559 Michael Buchanan

      Trust me, if CNN were paying Rick santorum, we gays would have something to say about it. Unfortunately, republican homophobes are paid with votes, networks with ratings. I don’t vote for Santorum just like I won’t watch CNN when homophobes are on.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1210647559 Michael Buchanan

      You can single out white gay racists. That’s fine. No group is perfect. Just like we are pointing out black (admittedly) straight homophobes.

      • Whatever 55

        Exactly! no group is perfect. So how about we stop painting AA with a broad brush. The ZOMG! teh blacks hate us! makes no sense when we have lily white hard core homophobes like Santorum running around heh?

        • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1210647559 Michael Buchanan

          We’re not painting anyone but Martin. and we’re doing that with his own words!!

          • Whatever 55

            Well now he has apologized. Can we move on to the bigger daily bigots with billions and votes who want gay people to not exist? Santorum’s of the world? Maybe bloggers like Aravosis, Greenwald,  can help us keep those homophobes out of office by…you know  stopping to advocate for bigots like Ron Paul. That can be a start.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1210647559 Michael Buchanan

            He didn’t apologize for making homophobic tweets. He copped out with the ‘I’m sorry if you misunderstood me’ claptrap. I understood him perfectly. He knew what he meant. Men who like Beckham or soccer or wear pink or whatever are not ‘real’ men and should be beat.

            His ‘apology’ is a lame attempt to satisfy his bosses at CNN. It was not intended for me.

          • Whateve 55

            Lame or not, it’s an apology and it looks like people are accepting it. He isn’t going to lose his job at CNN if that’s what you are angling for. If Santorum can keep his job without even apologizing, then Martin should be able to keep him job even after apologizing, don’t you think? I mean what the Santorum’s and Bachmans say is equally if not more vile.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1210647559 Michael Buchanan

            Only those who were not offended in the first place are the ones ‘accepting’ his apology. I was offended and I don’t accept it. And If Roland wants to be employed as a representative, I say good luck. I wouldn’t vote for him. Do you not see the difference between Santorum and Martin? Realy?

          • Whatever 55

            I don’t see the difference between them. I agree they are both homophobes. One has attempted to apologize and the other has not.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1210647559 Michael Buchanan

            One is a politician. One is a pundit who works on a network that has a non-discrimination policy that includes sexual orientation. If Rick thinks he can get enough votes without us, that is his decision. Obviously Martin doesn’t think he can stay on CNN without at least making the appearance of an apology like he has done here.

          • Whatever 55

            He has attempted to apologize. Maybe it’s sincere and he has done some reflection and learned from it. Maybe this is just a coverup.We don’t know what’s going on in his head. I hope he does some soul searching and finds out the root cause of his homophobia. I don’t think  even Jesus would approve of that tweet, you know. I hate bigots.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1210647559 Michael Buchanan

            All he learned was to keep his homophobia off twitter. I guess that’s a start. But no one has a right to a cushy pundit job. Anyone can do that job and it doesn’t need to be held by unrepentant homophobes. If those jobs were appointed by votes, Martin would likely have never had to apologize. Or if he worked over at Fox. That’s the trouble being a minority. You usually always lose at votes. So we will continue to use the tools we have which in this case is public pressure.

            And If you don’t know what our community has done to fight against the likes of Rick Santorum, you are simply not up to speed.

          • Whatever 55

            He won’t lose his job over this. There are too many bigots on the CNN payroll. It’s like bigotry is a requirement for getting a high paying job there these days. I’m glad your community is also putting pressure on the likes of Santorum. I am glad Martin has said sorry, lame or not and I hope he learns from this.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1210647559 Michael Buchanan

            AND if Rick Santorum come out and said that he made a terrible mistake being anti-gay all this time and he will work hard for the rights of gay Americans, I would take him at face value and verify by tracking his actions. However, if he came out and said something similar to Roland like  ‘sorry if you think it is offensive to compare gay men to dogs’ I would hold his ‘apology’ in the same regard as Martin’s: empty and not sincere.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1210647559 Michael Buchanan

            And BTW: Rick Santorum is unemployed. He lost his job as Senator to Pennsylvania after his ridiculous bigotry went mainstream.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1210647559 Michael Buchanan

            And maybe you’ve noticed, as I have, that it is easier to sway those that are not backed by billionaires. And best to sway those with a captive audience.

          • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1210647559 Michael Buchanan

            I just checked and Glenn Greenwald has not endorsed any candidate. He has agreed with ONE policy of Ron Paul’s but not with Ron Paul himself or any of his hateful bigotry or even his candidacy. If Rick Santorum came out in favor of gay rights, I would agree with that policy but I would NEVER endorse him or vote for him. So what is your point about Glenn? Is it just that you don’t like white gays who criticize the president or is it something else?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1210647559 Michael Buchanan

      You can single out white gay racists. That’s fine. No group is perfect. Just like we are pointing out black (admittedly) straight homophobes.

  • Pstinard

    Although I was offended by the tweet, I think you’ve learned from the experience and I accept your apology.  It’s time to move on…

  • Pstinard

    Although I was offended by the tweet, I think you’ve learned from the experience and I accept your apology.  It’s time to move on…

  • Rcbc2009

    I highly doubt pudgy little Rotund Martin could kick the ish out of anyone.  The dude is a mental and physical midget.  

  • Angryblackman

    Phew!!! Now can we now all just get along and move on from this tweet.Watch your mouth in future man. Now We have an election ahead and we need to join hands and  beat the republicans in November!

  • Annoyed

    oh please he didnt say anything offensive to the gay and lesbian community. All he said was he didnt want to see a practically naked man on the television and I agree. Just like i didnt want to see that horrible commercial where the girl was trying to convince men to do something romantic for valentine’s day in her underwear like cmon. People have nothing better to do with their time and that includes the LGBT advocates. Go read a book

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1210647559 Michael Buchanan

      That’s not what he said. He said any ‘bruh’ who likes David Beckham should get the crap beat out of them. That is a very difference message than: I don’t like seeing half naked men on TV. But even if that IS what he meant, why does it bother him and you? What’s your problem with the human body?

      • Whatever 55

        The fact that you keep repeating the word “bruh” says more about you.You are so transparent.. Lose the race talk, then you can demand for martin to lose the anti-gay talk.

        • Jay

           Why don’t we wait until Martin loses the anti-gay talk before anyone plays the race card.

      • http://twitter.com/takimercer †åki merçer

        No, he said, “If a dude is hyped… smack the ish out of him.” He didn’t say “like” or is “sexually attracted to.” “Hyped” means excited. People aren’t “hyped” because of sexual attraction. So there is nothing homophobic about that statement, unless people (bored people) inject a homosexual element into the discussions of the sake of profiting at another’s expense. 

        In reality, next time GLAAD cries foul, I’m might roll my eyes and not care. I would like to think that I empathize with all minority plight in America, but this is alienating and  detrimental to their cause. I think GLAAD is attacking him because he blogged his wife counsels chaste homosexual Christians. That put him on their radar, and this was the opportunity to pounce and attack. 

        • Anonymous

          Hyped – stimulated, excited; to create interest in by flamboyant or dramatic methods.

          Sounds like a slam at sexual attraction according to the definition of the word. And Mr. Martin used the word “bruh” in another tweet reminding us gay men apparently aren’t real men. 

  • James

    The fact that you call this article “Final thoughts…” represents your dismissiveness of the allegations that you are homophobic and, as a matter of course, cancels out your apologies.This is not a closed issue. Your lack of openness to the situation and your willingness to impose your “final” thoughts are glaring examples of behavior that requires some self-questioning on your real position concerning gay human beings. In your tweets you chose words that, at the very least, were unclear. As a journalist in the public eye, you should know that clarity of communication is of paramount significance. Should CNN and Time Warner fire you? Perhaps, you should resign.

  • Adamjsph07

    Those who smacked the “ish” out of Matthew Shepard thought it was all a joke too.  Hate is never funny.  CNN must terminate its relationship with this hate immediately. 

    • http://twitter.com/takimercer †åki merçer

      I did not know Matthew Shepard was killed because he was excited to buy David Beckham underwear from H&M. 

      • Jay

         I suspect you’re too dumb to even know who Matthew Shepard was.

        • guest

          Everyone knows who Mathew Shepard was. Mr. Martins tweet on sunday did not cause that tragedy that happened way before sunday’s superbowl. Less hyperbole please! Let’s not trivialize what happened to that poor kid K?

  • guest

    Sure nigga I accept yo apology and see ya one – next time one o yo bruhs applies some whipdatass, I be pulling my luger and applying some vermin be gone.
    Don’t like it?  too bad.  Where’s your sense of humour – it’s just words right?

    • Guest

      Come on…..you just wanted to trot out the n word right?  I hope you got the satisfaction. BTW….whats the difference between your racist post and Roland’s homophobic tweet? Hypocrite!

      • Jay

         I think the point is that there is no difference between Roland’s homophobia and guest’s racism. Ever hear of sarcasm?

        • guest

          Point is don’t cry homophobia while being racist. It’s hypocritical, that’s all.

          • lambda98

             The point ought to be if you attack people for being gay and think that’s just a joke, you shouldn’t be so sensitive if someone calls you the n-word and think that that’s just a joke. You are hypocritical if don’t recognize the irony.

  • http://twitter.com/xsailorvenusx Jackie Vanwoert

    This just sounds like a lot of back tracking. What exactly makes a ‘real man’? Even if you’re just joking, it still perpetuates that mindset that there is only one right way to be a ‘real man’, and to be quite honest, men who make those kinds of statements or jokes are the men that I stay away from.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=603524699 Jimi Flix

    …stop spinnin’ it. apologize. take ya ass-whoopin’. and move on! tired of a grown man givin’ excuses like some kind of teenager! MAN-UP, homes!!!

    • Guest

      Uhm. He just apologized. Maybe you should have written the apology letter for him word for word. He has manned up homes!!!

      • Jay

         No. He just issued one of those “I didn’t do anything wrong, but if you were stupid enough to be offended, I’m sorry.” That’s not a real apology.

  • http://twitter.com/ShanaHughesFord Shana Hughes Ford

    I find it very refreshing when a person can say, “You know what, I am wrong and I’m sorry”.  No excuses, no spin…just a sincere apology.  Unfortunately that isn’t the case here.

  • Anthony Polo

    This is more of an apology that yesterday’s bull shit statement. I can accept this. I don’t know what’s going on with you man, but please make room in your heart to love LGBT’s. We are just human beings like everyone else. I am tired of everyone hating us and treating us like shit.People beating us up and killing us.Reflect on that.

  • Wayne Johnson

    Martin, you have been calling for prejudice against gay people for years. You are an ignorant bigot and your so-called religion is based on deceit and meanness. Resign from CNN, and then go back and read that Bible you use to call for violence against gay people.

    Jesus was gay. The man he loved wrote the gospel of John. They were physically affectionate together in public. They might as well have been married. According to the text of the Bible, the disciples recognized and honored their relationship. When Jesus was dying on the cross, he asked his mother and the man he loved to treat each other as mother and son, and they did.

    “See how he loved him.” When you call for violence against gay people, you are just one more of those people calling for Jesus to be killed because he was gay.

    • HONEYLOVE

      You need to reread the bible because clearly you have a problem with comprehension .  The bible says….“Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination [towebah].” Leviticus 18:22
      “If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination [towebah]: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them.” Leviticus 20:13.

      This is exactly why during the flood GOD instructed Noah to gather a male and female spices of every kind so that after the flood, they could procreate.

      Also Jesus was not gay, he loved people which does not make him gay.

      • Wayne Johnson

        No Honeylove, *you* need to read the Bible. It is written in Hebrew and Greek, not English.

        Those verses do not say what you claim. The critical phrase in Hebrew is “mishkevei ishah.” It means “a woman’s lyings. In 44 of the 46 occurrences of different forms of the word “mishkevei” it means lying places, like beds, bedrooms, couches, palette on the ground etc. The m- at the beginning usually means places, and in ALL of the occurrences in the bible of this word it ALWAYS means places, except, conceivably, in the two verses you quote.

        Therefore it could very easily be intepreted to mean “Men, do not have sex with a man in a woman’s bed.” In other words, it is assumed that men will have sex with men in other places.

        Think about it. There are only 6 or 8 passages in the entire Bible, out of over 30,000 verses, that anyone even *claims* to be anti-gay, and they all have bizarre ambiguities like this. If God really hated the gays as much as you say, then why did God not get around to saying it clearly and grammatically even ONCE in thirty thousand verses?

        And yes, Jesus was gay. Hugs! ♥♥♥

        • HONEYLOVE

          You can mis-quote the bible any way you chose however, you are clear and utterly incorrect.  JESUS did not and does not want your stank booty. Get over it.

          A booty is designed to rid the body of toxins. PERIOD!

          • http://www.facebook.com/people/Maikeru-Ronin/100000646737597 Maikeru Ronin

            So you’re a homophobic bigot too. Figures that a homophobe would defend a homophobe.

        • Craig

          No WAYNE READ YOUR BIBLE! Jesus was born FREE OF SIN…That’s why through him only can you get salvation. Sorry you feel the need to misread the bible to justify you lifestyle which GOD called an ABOMINATION.

          Romans 1:27, “And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, BURNED in their LUST one toward another: 

          And there were also sodomites in the land: and they did according to all the abominations of the nations which the LORD cast out before the children of Israel.
          1 Kings 14:22, 24 

          Romans 1:26-27For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their woman did change the natural use into that which is “against nature.”1 Kings 15:11-12And Asa did that which was right in the eyes of the LORD, as did David his father.And he took away the sodomites out of the land, and removed all the idols that his fathers had madeMAN WAS DESIGNED BY GOD TO BE THE PROVIDER, THE WARRIOR, THE GATHERER, THE PROTECTOR OF HIS CHILDREN AND HIS WIFE. To put a man in makeup, lipstick is to go against his very design and nature. You know this to be trueNO I do not advocate bullying or violence against gay people. But I wll bet you were the victim of molestation and being exposed to unatural and bizzare sexual behaviour growing up! Ask and pray that JESUS remove that Sodom and Gomorah spirit from you. You cannot take to plugs and fit them togther. Only the plug will fit into the female plug.

      • Jay

         Honeylove, you are a bigger bigot than Roland. No wonder you defend him. You are both trash.

    • Curious

      Are you Serious? Please identify the chapter and verses that say Jesus was gay

  • http://www.facebook.com/andrew.w.conrad Andrew W Conrad

    What I’d like to hear is you to say that you will watch your words in the future.  Words are powerful and once they leave your lips, you cannot do anything about them.  So don’t talk that way in the future.  If you’re not talking about violence, don’t use violent language.  It’s not rocket science.  I’ve long been a supporter of you on CNN but that kind of language disqualifies you.  So don’t use it, and tell your bosses and your public you won’t.  When you do again, resign.  That’s how to deal with it.  This lame idea that you can say how sorry you are if anyone misunderstood your intent doesn’t work.  Just stop talking using violent language. It’s not hard, you know.  Give it a try.  

  • HONEYLOVE

    Why are people in an uproar over Roland’s remarks…..When Dog the Bounty hunter was clearly heard calling his relatives girlfriend a N…., Dog issued an apology, ran to Al Sharpton, ran to The Glen Beck Show and apologized. As if Sharpton can accept an apology for an entire race.

    After some time Dog got his TV show back (and probably making millions)…And this man called that woman a N…. repeatedly!

    Roland DID NOT CALL ANYONE A DEROGATORY NAME!

    Furthermore, CNN is NOT responsible for what Roland does during his free time and ON HIS OWN TWITTER ACCOUNT…NOT CNN TWITTER PAGE!

    If Roland ate a piece of pork on his own time should Jewish people call for CNN to fire him ! NO.

    Roland is overweight (no offense), should Jenny Craig call for CNN to fire him ! NO.

    GET REAL PEOPLE….

    • Jay

       Roland called for gay people to be beaten. “whip ass” etc. He is both ignorant and thuggish. Your defending him doesn’t help. I would like to accept this apology, but when stupid people like you keep defending him, you make things worse. If you want to help him keep his job, you oughta shut your trap.

      • guest

        He has apologized Jay. If you don’t want to accept it, no one’s forcing you. Many people  have accepted his sincere apology including CNN.

      • HONEYLOVE

        Oh really, you want me to shut up so it would appear that he has no-one on his side while you come out and comment….YEAH OKAY !

      • Guest

        He didn’t ‘call for gay people to be beaten’.  You are the ignorant one.  I am heterosexual, but I have more gay/lesbian friends than I can count that I hang out with literally.  However, if anyone of them were to show up at my SuperBowl party wearing a pink jersey, as much as I love them, I’d have to smack the ‘ish’ out them myself.

    • Jacques

      Dog the bounty hunter had the balls to apologize and admit he made a mistake. Not to run and cover with the cheapest lie that only his most fervent followers will accept. 

      From now on, until Roland admits he made an off color joke, (to which we all have done before) I will refer to him as Wide Stance Larry Craig because the coverup is about as weak as Sen. Craig’s

  • HONEYLOVE

    Roland could have been referring to Soccer especially since David B. is a soccer player and the commercial came on during a football game.

    • Wayne Johnson

      But he wasn’t. Martin has been posting hateful explicitly anti-gay material for years. Catch up on your reading Honey.

      • HONEYLOVE

        My reading is current HONEY and Gladd is NOT referring to PAST COMMENTS.  So who really needs to update their reading materia ?????l….Do you know what was in Roland’s mind? NO

        Did Roland directly make a gay joke? NO

        I know you want to read more into his tweet but, as you can see if you are watching CNN at this very moment, Roland is sitting up there LARGE AND IN CHARGE….ON CNN.

        LMAO!

        • Wayne Johnson

          Why are you calling me Honey? That’s your name, not mine. Hugs Honey!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Maikeru-Ronin/100000646737597 Maikeru Ronin

    Roland, I’ve tangled with you on Twitter before and am aware of your history of anti-gay remarks. We all know that this won’t be the last time you say something homophobic. Your non-apology is non-accepted.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Maikeru-Ronin/100000646737597 Maikeru Ronin

    By the way, you’re more than welcome to speak out forcefully against the anti-gay bigotry that HONEYLOVE has expressed in this thread. I won’t be holding my breath though…

    • Wayne Johnson

      I wonder if HONEYLOVE is his wife, who is a Baptist preacher. She sounds hateful enough.

  • HONEYLOVE

    If Glaad and others are so offended by Roland’s Super Bowl comment why aren’t they calling for him to be removed ALL OF HIS MEDIA JOBS, i.e.: radio.

    Why aren’t they calling for this web page to be removed ?

    Why aren’t they calling for twitter to remove his twitter page ? 

    Why only CNN ?

    hmmmmm !

  • Unknown

    I’m sorry, but I thought Roland Martin was Gay! 

  • Victor_medeiros16

    You are a douchebag. You acted like a bully and denigrated soccer.

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

    Hi Roland

    I think you could calm things down a bit if you would clarify a few things.

    Your tweet read “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.

  • Anonymous

    Not a bad apology.  I don’t buy it, but it was worded well.

    How is smacking the ish out of only dudes who like Beckman undie ads not anti-gay?

    How is a tweet about pink jerseys, when no team has pink jerseys, not anti-gay?

    Just admit it, tell us you’ll work on your (apparently) unconscious bias and try to find out what anti-gay bias really does in this country.  Start by reading police reports.

  • http://www.facebook.com/djpaulv Paul V. Spins

    Does his “wife” dress him in those atrocious, polyester ascots?

    SRSLY!

  • http://twitter.com/rianalynn Riana Lynn

    Roland, what do you think of gay marriage? This lacked depth on lgbt issues.

  • Guest

    So let me get this straight: Mr. Martin, you claim to be “unequivocal” in your opposition to violence, yet you find it appropriate to joke about inflicting pain on soccer fans and men who dress in pink. It’s time that you walk your own walk. Face it, you made not one, but two homophobic remarks and now need to man up and take full responsibility. It’s as simple as: “I’m sorry for my ill-chosen words and will be more your mindful in the future.” Instead, your lame back-peddling is embarrassingly shameful.

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

    Uh Oh!

    Now you’re suspended by CNN.

    You might have a chance at redemption if you would just explain what “ish” is and detail how, exactly, someone goes about smacking the ish out of someone.

    Once you define “ish” and explain what you meant when you wrote “smack the ish out of him”, CNN and anyone who found any “offense” in your words should quickly forgive you.

    Right bruh?

  • Oneofyourbiggestfans

    Roland, please pay careful attention to your words, so they are not misinterpreted. You are one of my favorite political analyst, and I would sincerely miss seeing on CNN.

  • GAYwhiteMALE

    Look, I’m a white male that so happens to be gay and I found absolutely NO OFFENSE to the words he said in his tweets. He had been making remarks about soccer all day and frequently references the sport ALL the time. So for you other gay idiots, it’s impossible to take what he said out of context. People of the LGBT community always think the world is out to get them. Yes we have feelings and yes we are also human, but you chose to be gay..so deal with it! Not everyone is out to get you. Maybe if you idiots weren’t so sensitive all the time..then maybe the LGBT could band together..become aggressive..and get laws passed in all states for gay marriage and adoption rights. Roland meant no harm. He’s a great journalist. He said what he said in leisure time. Give the man a grip. For the ones who got offended..you look stupid and should walk around with a vagina on your face so the world can give you a big F you!

    • Jacques

      How about him saying the guy wearing pink on the patriots should be visited by
       #teamwhipdatass?

      Am I saying he inciting violence against gays, no. Is it a firable offense, probably not.

      But the thing that gets me is that he just doesn’t admit that he made an off color joke. Say sorry and move on. Instead he tries a weak cover up that sounds more lame than Larry Craig’s wide stance claim.

      By the way, being gay I am not offended by what he said. As a person with an intellect I am offended by the weak coverup he presented, insulting my intelligence hurts more than insulting (which i don’t even think it was) my sexuality.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=508455758 Andrew Thomas Clifton

    i think it is a tragedy that you are being taken off the air on CNN because of his comments during the superbowl. While i do not agree with what he said personally, I do agree that freedom of speech should NOT be limited to positive talk or uplifting statements about everyone… in that case there is no room for personal opinion. This sets a VERY dangerous precedent that one cannot voice an opinion about a group without losing their speech but that same group can speak openly about how they feel without no repercussions. This action is not helping the first amendment, but rather killing it softly.

  • Jaden

    There is a great deal of hate being thrown around and everyone trying to one-up each other.  All I can say is this: Everyone is obsessed with social media, wanting to post everything they do every day.  This is fine, but people will say their opinions about things, and you all have to find a way to deal with it.  What he talks about during a night football game is his freedom to speak.  We all choose whether we want to listen.  The LGBT community is way to sensitive.  The “Bible-quoting” people are way too aggressive.  Just chill out.  If we all want any chance at accomplishing things in life, and having the world that we desire, we will forgive and forget, love our friends and enemies, and serve others.  We won’t embarrass ourselves this way (like most people have in all of these comments).  

  • Penny Joubert

     Think before you tweet!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=512082691 Kelli Smith

    totally ridiculous that he was suspended. People, “LIGHTEN UP”! Wait, was that politically incorrect? NO! It’s a (Super Bowl) party; it’s a joke. GEESH. Grab a drink and laugh a little. What happened to freedom of speech?

    • Jacques

      Freedom of speech, does not mean freedom from repercussions. Also freedom of speech has to do with the government, CNN is a private employer, not the government, so freedom of speech in terms of his work in an invalid point. By your logic one could call their boss a slew of offensive names and claim freedom of speech when they get fired, I’m sure even Roland would agree with me on how incorrect you use the term “freedom of speech”

    • Toyomansi

       Okay, i’ll lighten up. Let me laugh at how fat you are. Honestly, blue makes you look like a planet. Neptune, anyone?

      How’s that for freedom of speech? If everyone talked like he did, I don’t know what kind of world we are going to live in.

      Fyi, a party is no excuse to be a stupid, offensive idiot. That’s the same reason why people get shot.

  • http://twitter.com/r0nnieharper Ronald Robert Harper

    You’re a liar – you’re a bigot and homophobe as evidenced by your articles on CNN over the past few years.  You perpetuate the anti-gay stereotypes that permeate the black community, so instead of being a beacon for that community you merely contribute to its ongoing ignorance.  You once said that comparing civil rights and gay rights was a non-starter for a discussion, even though the two are identical (they’re called human rights).  You have a short history of this behavior on the CNN website, and I’m sure that made the decision to fire your ass pretty easy for most.

    Now you post here in your own blog a lie to mask your religiously motivated disdain for gay people, which is more of the same – masking your intolerance and bigotry with jokes about guys and sports.  I’m glad you were fired, not only because you’re a religious hypocrite, but also because reading your articles on CNN made me embarrassed for the minorities and gay people on the staff there.  Good riddance, now you know the power of the HRC and LGBT community – we will end your career for spewing hate speech and then the public will think on you no more. 

    A pox on you and yours.  You’re a liar and a bigot, and the gay community simply won’t tolerate that any longer.

    And Beckham looked hot in those skivvies – what a fox!

    • 8q2349

       Beckham! Woot woot!

    • Mysecure

      Ronald is a dangerous and unutterable homosexual terrorist  who’s use of hate speech to degrade anyone that cannot accept his homosexual lifestyle. You are a bully and should be arrested for Hate Speech against a heterosexual . I pray that God would visit you and destroy you before you hurt someone 

      • lambda98

         And Mysecure, you are such a good Christian, praying that God will destroy people. Oh yeah. Praise Jesus!

  • Mature


    i think we as adults need to mature it is sad that we can’t joke and not have to define the words. in no way did i take that as being violent or homophobic and for those that did let’s mature. we all made comments about the commericals and half-time show but really people if you are that sensitive go inside your home and lock the door close the curtains throw out the tv and radio but because things and not that serious and people really aren’t thinking of you most of the time roland i love you

  • Jacques

    Here is the bottom line, you made a comment in gest that had the gay community as the butt of the joke. Is this inciting violence, no. Is it a horrific homophobic slur? No. 

    But it is crossing a newly drawn line, making comments about effeminate men, for example men wearing pink, or comments as the such are going out of vogue, just as offhand racial did.

    To me the biggest disgrace in this, is that YOU, a political reporter, who could be considered an expert in weaving through spin and convoluted statements, instead of owning the fact that you made an off color joke in a public forum, not the end of the world. Attempt to cover it up with the weakest of excuses.

    I have almost as hard of a time believing your comments as the reply that Sen. Larry Craig has a wide-stance when he sits on the toilet or that Anthony Weiner’s phone was hacked. Just live and learn, admit a mistake was made, the cover-up was weak. When your kids make a mistake how will you tell them to respond? Own up to a mistake and move on, or use whatever weak cover-up to get enough cover to move up until the uproar dies down.

    Also, how does berating a player for wearing pink have to do with Soccer?

  • The Truth Hurts

    The suspension seems inconsistent.  You just have to look at the pants worn by football players to know it is all about gay pride to begin with.

  • Serendipitee

    I look forward to your tweets everyday.  I can always count on you to be open, honest and comical all at the same time.  Although I might be able to see how some overly sensitive people may have found your comments ‘offensive’, I have no idea what your personal tweets about any subject has to do with your role on CNN (which you perform extremely well). 

    Will CNN also stop covering Mitt Romney because of his stupid/insensitive comments ‘the poor’? 

    So as I posted on another forum, if CNN wants to suspend you, I’ll just have to suspend watching CNN until they come to their senses. 

  • mom in MD

    This is another example of how we must be mindful of our thoughts and actions. Clearly your message was misconstrued by your word choice and once we hit send, there is no turning back. I am saddened and empathetic for those offended.  We were never promised days without challenge. Looks like today is your day..

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sheila-Elhilaly/100000450639549 Sheila Elhilaly

    SOMEONE PEOPLE NEED TO WASH THEIR EARS OUT…..I DID NOT HEAR WHAT THEY SAID WAS SAID.

  • Katie Windle

    Being a straight woman when I read the comment I thought it had a little green with envy over tone.  The man was so—–fine to me.  Men tend to be jealous of a fine brother, especially one so endowed!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Sheila-Elhilaly/100000450639549 Sheila Elhilaly

    SOME PEOPLE NEED TO WASH THE WAX OUT THEIR EARS……I DID NOT HEAR WHAT WAS SAID TO BE SAID.

    • Leothomson15

      fix your brain before posting comments. “what was said to be said?” retard.

    • Jacques

      He tweeted it, so ears have nothing to do with it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/workhomeunion Barry Shaw

    Just watched the ad, and knowing how easily offended the LGBT community is, Matin should have totally left that alone. Not backing up from what I stated above, but he should have given the tweet a little more thought. I’m certain he did not mean to offend anyone, but you can’t say anything these days about Gay people. You can only say good things! Everyone else, every other group is fair game, but say one thing that could be construed as offensive to the Gay community and their panties are in a serious wad! That’s right, I said it! What? You’re going to ban me from the Internet now?

    • Jacques

      Barry, you said you can’t say anything about the gay community? Would the black community be upset if someone made a joke stating that all the bling bling is just the chains from slavery with gold plating?

      Everyone knows Newt Gingrich is race bating when he calls Obama the welfare president. Its the same thing, subtle jabs that leave room for plausible deniability. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/workhomeunion Barry Shaw

     It’s very unfortunate that you cannot make any type of jokes, comments, statements, whatever, that could be construed as offensive in any way, shape, or form by the LGBT community. Roland was reprimanded much faster that Don Imus for his,”nappy-headed hos” comment a few years back.

    I certainly understand the gravity of “Gay Bashing,” but honestly, I’m getting a little tired of the LGBT. Those in the media, whose job it is to be objective, has to walk on egg shells with anything they write or say. Well, I’m an independent freelance writer, and I’ll say it here and now. I’m not homophobic, but the LGBT goes way too far sometimes.

    That’s OK, because the more your group condones what essentially amounts to getting Roland Martin fired (because he won’t get his job back, the suspension is actually a termination); facilitating the public reprimand of members of the media, banning, censoring anyone else who dares to joke about a guy in his underwear, or in your eyes, somehow, “offending” the ultra sensitive LGBT, collectively, your group is creating deleterious karma. Shame on you all.

    • Jacques

      So by your standard, because Imus was not reprimanded quickly enough for the nappy headed ho’s comment, it is the now the standard for offensive remarks?

      Do you not see how many gay boys are killing themselves due to being bullied on a daily basis, many of it very subtle yet just as dangerous. 

      Society is learning slowly that jokes making effeminate men the butt of jokes (haha) will not be tolerated by people as an off the cuff remark. Had he made the joke on the set of a Bravo show surrounded by his gay friends, I’m sure it would be laughed off, but he chose a weak cover story and the vaccum of twitter to make his remarks.

      • http://www.facebook.com/workhomeunion Barry Shaw

        Martin’s comment was not Bullying, it is the type of comment that many guys have made in a joking fashion. My point is, all other groups can be joked about, but not Gays. And his tweet will not lead any “alternative lifestyle” individual to take his or her own life, if it does then they had other issues .. Should he have tweeted it? No, but it should not cost him his job either. As I stated before, the LGBT is way to sensitive about some comments. Gay Bashing is a totally separate issue because this was not GAY BASHING .. it was an off-color joke.

        Uh oh,  I used the phrase, “alternative lifestyle” who’s pissed now? GFR! .. You guys are a JOKE!

        What about all the “black” jokes told over the last century, the “Jew” jokes, and all other racial slurs. Not only have there been blacks who have taken their lives because of horrendous verbal abuse, but there were myriad who had their lives taken from them. It took court orders, the Civil Rights movement, and millions to lose their lives to draw attention to the plights of Afr Americans, and the bashing continues.

        Case in point:

        A few months ago, Wayne Simmonds of the Philadelphia Flyers, one of only a few black Hockey players, was in the middle of a shootout attempt during an exhibition game, when a fan threw a banana on the ice. That’s way more offensive than the Martin tweet. Did thousands on the Internet come to his defense? NO. The fan was fined $200 and not banned from future games. PLEASE, give me a BREAK.

        The LGBT needs to be more vigilant in the schools, in the street, and not worry so much about a harmless TWEET !!

        • Jay

           Yeah, telling people they need to have their asses whipped isn’t gay bashing.

    • Jay

       It is so hard to have to be sensitive to others who might not like to have their asses whipped. I mean, some people might even get upset if you use the n-word or the f-word. What is the world coming to?

  • ETJ

    I am dismayed by Mr. Martin being strong-armed into a mea
    culpa for what was obviously not a homophobic statement.  The most
    disgusting aspect of this whole situation is not Mr. Martin’s actions, but his knee-jerk
    censure by CNN in what is obviously an attempt on the network’s part to pander
    to the ever-hypersensitive LGBT community.
    Ironically, this same GLBT community—which prides itself on being
    sordid, irreverent, and in-your-face when it comes to the sensitive and private
    issue of sexuality—is quick to claim intolerance when even a scintilla of non-GLBT-acceptance
    is suspected.

  • J Ray

    First and foremost, America’s marketing strategies is always to separate people distinctly by their differences.  That is how all the bigotry stays in our sublime so I do not understand why gays & lesbian try to convince everyone that they are not judgmental, because that’s b—s–t, we all are some things hurtful some things are not.  I mean really why don’t we all proclaim being gay and just stop procreating.  What difference does it make if someone is homophobic or not does it change who you are Absolute not.  It all starts with you being comfortable with what you proclaim, I think the LGBT took things to far & I must say that is a very manipulative organization & I’m getting sick of it.     

    • Jacques

      I’m sure there was some white guy saying the same thing about the NAACP back in the 70’s and 80’s.

      • Sean

        This is not the 70 or 80s

  • Estrinj

    People need to chill about this comment. Everyday we hear politicians running
    for President. We live in a time when a person cant burp without an outrage from
    utube. The things Ive heard in the socalled political debates, thats offensive! 

  • Valjep

    Sincerely, I think CNN was looking for an excuse to get rid of you for whatever reason. There is nothing offensive in the tweet. 1- if a guy is your friend and gay, and at your party, how come you don’t know? These day nobody hides this sort of thing anymore so that if you are the kind that’s likely to commit violence against LGBT, you probably would not have any at your party. This kind of sectarianism is even more encouraged by a society that is so quick to decide that they know what you meant. Lighten up people!
    J. Valme 

    • Jacques

      If he made that comment to his gay friend at the party, and they all had a laugh no worries. But to take it to the public vaccum of twitter where he does not have his gay friend there to provide cover, then its a mistake. 

      I don’t think its a career losing mistake if he had just owned up to making an off colored joke and moved on, but the cover up is what will keep him from working on CNN again.

  • Toyomansi

    “Also, how does berating a player for wearing pink have to do with Soccer?”- posted in a comment by Jacques. Well said.

    It’s funny that a public figure who is an ACTIVE supporter of anti-bullying can easily type the words “smack the ish” or “teamwhipdatass,” and post it for all the world to see. A little delicadeza would be nice, and apologizing for something that is not the real issue is meaningless and senseless.

    I’m looking forward to the termination CNN would “whip your ass” with. And no, my words are not “in jest.”

    • Mindonmoney

      Well, ignorance prevails.

      This country was alledgedly build on freedoms…speech is one.  Seriously, the tweet Roland made was obviously jestering.  It was not gender based or sexual orientated.  Will every word spoken or tweeted be scruntized by those who have a difference of opinion??? 

      • Jay

         Freedom of speech means that the government cannot punish you for your speech. It does NOT mean that your employer cannot fire you for saying things that are inappropriate. Remember Don Imus. Did you come to his offense and complain when he was fired?

  • mjov

    CNN is rediculis; there was nothing wrong with your tweet; we still have freedom of speech, or so I thought, in the US.  You are a favorite of mine and I am ashamed of CNN for suspending you over such a non issue.

  • Scorpio Seven

    I’m a heterosexual Caucasian male, Roland, and I believe, as do many others, that your jestful remarks were incorrectly interpreted by some who just didn’t fully comprehend exactly what you were trying to say.

    I feel that you are the victim of an improper knee-jerk reaction by a news-gathering organization that is more concerned with “group paranoia,” than in carefully analyzing your comments and the reason(s) for them.

    CNN really should re-consider their initial response to your comments and un-do a very serious error against you, that they committed. 

  • http://twitter.com/HotDiggityBlog hotDiggityBlog

    Freedom of speech anyone ? Jokes are not slurs. They are simply jokes. 

  • Shellrockwell

    we as people need to watch what we said out of mouth.  you mouth is a weapon and it can hurt people of all color we need think before we say thing that might hurt other and can’t heal the pain  i’m just saying

  • http://www.dunnphotos.net/ Cowboys Fan

    To frequent listeners of TJMS, Washington Watch, and your tweets. We understood you.

  • RipEm

    Sue their butts off. You’ll win because the person or persons who are the know all see all gods of the universe are really weak minded juvenile thinking nerds.

  • Michael3888

    On a day when a young black man is front and center in the news with a video of his vicious beating in Atlanta these tweets matter.  Roland, you of all people know that words matter.  They have the power to heal or the power to incite violence.  We should be past the point in life where comments about a man in pink are even made.  Who cares, so why mention it?  Because of the message it sends – that something is wrong with that person.  The same with comments about whipping someones ass if they find the body of someone of the same sex attractive.  Women make admiring comments about other women ALL the time.  But for men, curiously, it is taboo.  Why? Homophobia.  Maybe you should consider assisting the young man mentioned above in his fight to get justice against his attackers.  I am a BIG fan of yours and believe you to be a great advocate of many of the things I support, personally and politically.  It was disappointing to see you in the news over something like this.  I hope CNN does not fire you over this – redemption is there for all of us.  But you need to remember as a public figure that your words most definitely have power and DO matter, so weigh carefully what you say. 

  • Gail73

    why do we always have to submit to the gays (the batty boy them).Fuck them the bible tells you man to man is wrong what says you.If there parents was fogot how would they be born thru the ass.

    • Sean

      It takes two heterosexuals to make one gay person, Please do not forget that!

    • Jay

       Gail73, you are such a skanky ho mophobe. No wonder you like Roland.

    • Rythymaxe

      Ummmm….what???? 

    • Ksc

      Boy, that is some good writing there Gail!  I’m glad I wasn’t a classmate with you when you were taught that writing style.

  • Maf7

    roland, i don’t agree with your politics and i am not a fan of yours. however, no one has championed minority and gay issues more than you and you owe no apoligies to anyone. take a lesson from your progressive intolerant friends.

  • Corilynn

    Roland sorry to say, but this is when the old saying comes into play; you know were you are today; but do you don’t know where you’re going!”  Like hip hoppers UGK state, One day you’re here baby, then you’re gone!  Sorry, I too was a victim of termination for being me!  However, in the end with my undying faith, it was overturned and my character (RESTORED).   Good Luck!

  • http://twitter.com/CRA_Monitor CRA Midwest

    I understand you meant no harm.  Where one door closes, another one will open.  Move on! 

    Best of luck!

  • Dmmnola

    Roland, I am an openly gay man, and I think this obsession with political correctness has gone too far. I think that this censure is a threat to our freedom of speech, and we should be able to make a joke, as long as it doesn’t perpetrate violence or discrimination. Your comment was made in jest and in the spirit of simply being a sports fan, not a biggot. Those of our community who are so obsessed with every word that it tweeted, spoken, or published should focus more on the real issues of equality and choose their battles more wisely.

    • Jay

       Sure, it is perfectly fine to say anything you want. Don Imus is a fine role model.

  • TheWallStreetJournal

    So, he is OK with “making fun” of someone becasue he/she likes soccer?

  • pittisit

    CNN is still in da closet when it comes to political correctness, just like those fools at FOX, CBS, ABC, and NBC.

  • Mindworks99

    Roland, don’t you worry about those that don’t have enough to do but complain about life.  I knew what you meant and as a female football fan, i am soooo aware of #manviolationlaws be then gay or straight and seriously… we can understand a Haynes commercial during the Super Bowl but a sexy, man panties commercial just was made to joke about!!  It had nothing to do with sexuality it was just to good a joke commentary to pass up.  Hell, i went in on it.  NO worries, you be be exonerated!!  And knowing the type of stand up man that you are I know that you will still continue to fight and be an advocate for the LGBT community.

  • Blackhair49

    I get your point Roland. It was a subjective lauf with me deal that was taken out of context. Come on America before long no one will be able to say anything. Where is the innocent until proven guilty concept. Sorry u were suspended……kind of funny I thought the same thing and had no thought about gay,lesbian,straight,white,black,or any other group/class etc…..underwear is the topic GET REAL!!!!!!!!!

  • Sean

    You knew what you were saying, You need to be fired! Enough of bigoted , racist comments, and then saying what you really meant.

    • Sony

      I remeber him saying a comment on the news once saying that a white female model’s performance was terrible because she was painted black. So she was a white model with black body paint so what, who truly gives a care. If I recall correctly there was a movie years ago called “White Chicks” that portrayed two black men dressing up as busty blonde white women. His comment indicated that he was uncomfortable and reveals he had an inner problem, perhaps a counter racist idealogy.

  • bridgepro

    Maybe CNN was extra hard on you because you are black?  Unlimited suspensions seems a little severe for a superbowl tweet about a guy showing off his undies.

    • Jay

       Yes, he advocates violence against others but he’s the real victim. Boo hoo.

    • Sony

      Really? Your not serious are you? What he got was a formal slap on the wrist. For example look at what happened to Rick Sanchez.

  • nonviolenceiskey

    Thank you, Mr. Martin for what seems to be a sincere apology.  As a public figure, you have the benefit (and the risk) of having a wide audience.  Before I share, I often have to check–is what I have to say kind, true, and does it add value?  Even with these intentions, I often goof. The point is not to avoid making missteps.  The point is to learn from them.  You demonstrate humility and strength by acknowledging that, although intentions were different, your words offended.   Thank you for your nondefensive response and restatement of your resolve to fight bigotry. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Frank-Brandon/100001398501965 Frank Brandon

    I love this part:
    “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.”

    Wow. How many times have I heard white people say…I’m not prejudice, some of my best friends are African-American.

    Not really gonna fly Roland.

  • Anonymous

    there is no way you didn’t know better, roland. i don’t mean the actual joke but that there are those sitting around just waiting to get even with BLACK men in the public eye in this day and time since 2008. whenever a young BLACK boy does something for which he should know better i always wonder why he wasn’t thinking about the reality of america. because of the duly elected PRESIDENT OBAMA, you know there is nothing but disrespect on some folks minds. you are obligated NOT to give them fuel for their fires. the only part of this that i can’t believe is that this was done on your personal time unlike juan williams or don imus AND on television.  

  • Alan

    Anyone who cannot understand why Martin’s tweets were offensive simply doesn’t want to.  If instead, “funny” tweets suggesting violence against African American men had been “jokingly” sent out by a noted white commentator – which would equally offensive, these folks saying “chill out” would have some very different reactions. 

    Those who want to laugh it off are refusing to see how ignoring this kind of behavior fosters a tolerance for discrimination, and teaches another generation that it’s okay to put down someone for being gay.  Is that really what you’d want to hear a child saying among their friends? Is that really the kind of joke you’d be down with?

  • PK

    This is the exact talk that boys and girls hear all over america by friends and family that keeps them at bay in fear of showing any sign of homosexuality. I’ve went thru your resume…you know exactly how words affect people. So now your a victim too? Can you discuss your support for Proposition 8? How about your support for Tracy Morgan’s words that even he retracted. Tho I am with you on the probability that he really did mean what he said. What about your wifes pray the gay away ministies? And really Roland…being gay is just like being an alcoholic? Can you please address those stances?

    • Dearestdarlene

      Right on, PK. The point is, Mr. Martin IS la hypocrite, all the worse of one because he wants to wrap himself in the flag of anti-bullying and WILL NOT see his own behavior as despicable.

  • Darklullaby

    Mr Martin, you are far too intelligent and educated to try and pass off your above statement as a sincere apology.  “Final Thoughts”?  Really? Haven’t you advocated similar public blasphemies by others as being the starting point for discussion?

    You say, in part, “joking about smacking someone [gay men]… was stated in jest. It was not meant literally…”

    In trying to put this quickly behind you, You, of all people, are being grossly disingenuous. You’re in fact suggesting that your words do not resonate across society, promoting and provoking a comfort in others to act violently towards someone who’s different – who might be gay, or Jewish, or African American.

    And this wasn’t some snide remark overheard in a locker room.  Twice, without a thought, you blasted your ideas out to the universe using the fastest, most powerful amplifier the world has ever known. Think about it all a little more, please, before you rest your “Final Thoughts.”

  • Rightousindignant

    Roland when I received the tweets I never even thought homophobic. You have a sharp wit and sense of humor. The tweets were in line with all your comments. Roland hang tough bruh. Don’t let them punk you. And pleeese, don’t be bullied into doing a spot of GLAAD. They are undeserving. I’ve deleted CNN from my fav channels on remote. Only watched when you or Donna Brazille tweeted you were on. Not interested in the other talking heads. BTW what’s Anderson Cooper’s take on all this? Love you Uncle Ro Ro

    • lambda98

       Bigot.

      • http://twitter.com/PJ_White PJ

        Troll

        • lambda98

           Stupid bigot.

  • SueStorm4565

    Everyone should read this page http://www.rolandsmartin.com/page/news.cfm?ArticleID=10
    “My wife, an ordained Baptist minister for 20 years, has counseled many men and women to walk away from the gay lifestyle, and to live a chaste life.”

    Definition of “chaste” – http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/chaste

    Translation, he’s proud of his wife for getting gays to stop having immoral, illegal sex.

    HOW exactly is he NOT a bigot??????  You suck Roland!

    • Wilson

      THANK YOU Sue – I do get it, now, that the reason Roland doesn’t see the hurt in his tweets is because he doesn’t see the homophobia living in his own heart, and the hurt and shame he advocates.

    • Hammerhead2020

      Thank you, SueStorm. Reposting.

  • cnodaddy

         Mr. Martin’s actions notwithstanding, as a life-long,
    card carrying member of the African American community (I came out some time
    ago) I am beyond weary of people in this and other forums equating the position
    or plight of the GLBT community with being Black or the Black experience.

     

         While there are some African-Americans who can, by way of
    hue of histrionics, feign being African-American, there is no contention with
    the fact that being Black (as multifaceted as that may be) is largely a product
    of heredity and ancestry. 

     

         Despite the vitriol of everyone from lay pundits to Lady
    Gaga, there is no substantive evidence which leads to conclusive proof that sexual
    attraction or gender identity is a product of gene placement or birth.  Physiological and behavioral variances aside,
    the expression of one’s sexuality is a choice based on individual or collective
    proclivities.

     

         Sexual expression only becomes subject to scrutiny when
    discretion or modesty is set aside.  While
    any criminal reproach to sexual expression is reprehensible, once sexual
    expression in any form becomes public it is subject to the full spectrum of
    public reaction, to include not being embraced or accepted.

     

         Simply put, I can choose to be outwardly sexual…but I can’t
    choose to be outwardly Black.  The
    converse cannot be said in good faith.

    • SueStorm4565

      Cnodaddy, you can prove all of us wrong right now. (I’m assuming you’re a man due to your name.) Go suck a man’s penis. You can choose to do it, right?  You will prove right then that you made a choice to change your sexuality. 

      Pictures, video, etc. will be needed, of you performing fellatio of a man, along with evidence that you have never been with another man, you have never looked at gay porn, you have only been with women sexually in your life. Yes, it’s delving into your personal life, but just think!  You alone can put this controversy to rest.  Just go ahead and smoke that pole.

      There is much, MUCH more evidence leading to one’s sexuality being innate at birth then being a choice.  Until you can give us evidence to the contrary, I will go with the majority of scientific theory.

      http://www.redding.com/news/2008/jun/17/are-we-born-gay-science-suggests-yes/

    • Darren

      You said –
      “Simply put, I can choose to be outwardly sexual…but I can’t choose to be outwardly Black.  The converse cannot be said in good faith.”

      And why not?

      Because you can’t “see” homosexuality like one can see skin color?  So you effectively call all those who claim to be born as homosexual liars, or confused, or some other dismissive nonsense just because you can’t see it?

    • lambda98

       Bigot.

      • http://twitter.com/PJ_White PJ

        Troll

        • lambda98

           ugly cowardly bigot.

    • Hammerhead2020

      The converse is certainly true and people of “good faith” don’t attempt to claim otherwise.

  • Anonymous

    IMO, gay white men are, as a group, the most hateful demographic in the country. They are extra scary for 2 reasons. 1) They shield themselves with this illogical (but effective nonetheless) proposal, “I’m from a victimized group so I can’t possibly be a victimizer myself. 2) Gay white men are white. They have the power and resources to really unleash their hate. What’s worse, white progressive women (another powerful group) don’t keep an eye on them like they do heterosexual white men.

    • lambda98

       Bigot.

      • http://twitter.com/PJ_White PJ

        Troll

        • lambda98

           Creepy bigot.

          • chitown

            Instead of calling the OP a bigot, how about making an actual argument against what they are saying. It is this type of response that started this so-called “controversy” in the first place. These witch hunts are getting old and there will be a backlash to them is freedom of speech continues to be suppressed. 

          • lambda98

             This argument got started because Roland Martin made tweets that he thought were funny but which called for violence against gay people. GLAAD and others rightly protested, just as the NAACP and other groups would have protested if someone had made tweets calling for violence against blacks. But even after Martin apologized, we see thuggish and homophobic remarks here. That makes me think that Martin isn’t sincere and that his supporters are indeed homophobic. PS: you don’t seem to understand what freedom of speech means. It doesn’t mean you (or Martin) can say anything he wants with no consequences. If he has freedom of speech, so do I. You seem to be trying to shut me up. You are the one who is trying to silence people.

          • Anonymous

            You’re such a meany heterophobic bigot……stop being such a silly goose…..gawd.

          • Hammerhead2020

            You don’t argue with the kinds of garbage the OP is stating, just like you don’t argue with someone who says “blacks are just like animals”. You condemn them. Not rocket science.

          • Anonymous

            First of all, my douchebag non friend, it is not anything at all like saying “blacks are just like animals”.  Ironically, I have heard several gay white men say something similar to that.  I prefaced my statement by making it clear that it was my opinion.  Again, what you tried to do  in your analogy is ridiculous.  What you did is this:  Person A:  “In my opinion, pit bulls as a group are more aggressive than other breeds”.  You:  “That’s just like saying labrador retrievers are rodents”.  Ummm…no, it’s not even close to that.  Finally, I’d like to call your attention to the definition of “condemn”:   “to declare to be reprehensible, wrong, or evil usually after weighing evidence …”.  Sorry pal, but I have ownest thou.  

          • Anonymous

            Oh yeahhhhh……well you’re a double quadruple meany bigot….lol    Anyway,hope things are going well in Chitown, I have roots there.

  • Apologetic

    Roland your are a great journalist that I have disagreed with frequently. You and others should be aware of this group of terrorist. Not all homosexual are violent yet there is a wing that will use terrorist tactics to make me accept anchovies on my pizza. Forget CNN and fight gay terrorism from the right wing violent homosexuals. They should be ask why is HIV/AIDS on the increase in African American Community but they are so bent on destroying lives. The day will come when we as a people will not legislate people who drive right-handed 

    • lambda98

       Bigot.

      • http://twitter.com/PJ_White PJ

        Troll

        • lambda98

           Stupid bigot.

  • Salimsuku

    Wasn’t Ronald just joking that if the “ish” is smacked (removed) out of “gayish” Beckham, you get gay?

  • lambda98

    Roland, you talk about how you fight against bullying and against bigotry. However, a great deal of your supporters here must not listen to you very well. They have posted a lot of really ugly bigoted homophobic comments. I think that tells us a lot about the kind of people who support you and perhaps a lot about you.

    • Bumpie

      That’s crap and you know it!  Why would you add fuel like that…you should be ashamed!

      • lambda98

         Can you read? Just look at the comments below. You think they aren’t bigoted comments?

    • http://twitter.com/PJ_White PJ

      Gay Troll

  • Chitown

    What a joke this whole “controversy” is, It seems that GLAAD has become heavy handed gangsters who will stop at nothing to control how people speak. When a  comment even seems like it was about gay people they will come down on you, regarless of whether there was ever an actual slur made. Roland Martin never said the word gay or homosexual or anything remotely resembling those words, or any other slur associated with homosexuality. i’m tired of the PC police in this country. Whatever happened to freedom of speech? People like myself are now caught in between a war between the morons of the Tea Party and they overly sensitive gangsters of GLAAD. When will people realize that this type of censorship will only move this country to it’s ultimate destruction and closer to the Communism  that we fought against for years. 

  • Ucla

    We are Anonymous.
    We are legion.We do not forgive.We do not forget.

  • Amber

    You have shown great contempt for people of all races and hide your true feelings in the hopes of minimizing the damage from your mindless stunt. It is by your actions and words that deem you unworthy to anchor the news or speak on anybody’s behalf genuinely. Only you and you alone could have remedied this situation, but you chose to aggrevate it and lie in the hopes of saving your own pathetic skin. You mentioned your little profanity, your supposedly credible actions with your wife, and experience with bullies, but you failed to mention anything truly worthwhile. Instead you submitted a completely generic, unsensitive apology, in doing so it shows you are not telling the truth. If you were really sorry and actually understood the severity of what you said then you would have admitted to the mistake, apoligized sincerely, and perhaps tried to help those in the mentioned community instead of hiding and mentioning false credentials and cowering in the shadows of your father and wife, you should feel ashamed of your self. You lack the basic ability to self evaluate your self and thus it has resulted in the loss of your job and pseudo-credibility. So go and hide, sociaty is a constructive place and deserves more than the likes of you.

  • Robbiereiss

    Your bigotry continues by claiming above that you have only been criticized by the “LGBT Community.”  Others, not just LGBT, have rightly criticized you for your advocating violence against gays.  Your attempt to limit the complaint to the LGBT Community alone betrays your contempt.

  • Hammerhead2020

    It’s worth reposting here from the comments below that Roland Martin is a confirmed, avowed bigoted jerk.

    http://www.rolandsmartin.com/page/news.cfm?ArticleID=10

    “My wife, an ordained Baptist minister for 20
    years, has counseled many men and women to walk away from the gay lifestyle, and
    to live a chaste life.”

    Roland, you’re a douche of a person, and good for CNN for canning your bigoted ass.

  • Wlazzzzz

    I believe he did make those comments in jest, that is because he is a joke. He should go back to being the activities director for NAMBLA.

  • lawofattractioncommunity

    Mr Martin, you are far too intelligent and educated to try and pass off your above statement as a sincere apology.  “Final Thoughts”?  Really? Haven’t you advocated similar public blasphemies by others as being the starting point for discussion?

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