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CNN and TV One’s Roland Martin has come under serious scrutiny from the gay community after sending out controversial tweets that some argue amount to gay bashing. GLAAD (Gay Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) is demanding that Martin be fired from CNN for his remarks.
In one of the tweets, Martin responded to an H&M ad that featured David Beckham scantily-dressed.
“If a dude at your Super Bowl party is hyped about David Beckham’s H&M underwear ad, smack the ish out of him!” said Martin.
GLAAD then sent Martin the following tweet: “@rolandsmartin Advocates of gay bashing have no place at @CNN #SuperBowl #LGBT”
Not to back down from a fight, Martin responded: ”@glaad @CNN well you’re clearly out of touch and clueless with what I tweeted. Way to assume, but you’re way off base.”
Martin spent much of the night fighting with critics on twitter, who accused him of homophobia. He claimed that his comment about Beckham was not related to homosexuality, but as a joke about soccer fans. But GLAAD claims that Martin has made homophobic remarks in the past.
“Martin has a history of anti-LGBT views. GLAAD is calling on him to be fired, joining many other LGBT activists and bloggers,” they said in a statement.
GLAAD also accused Martin of making fun of someone who work pink during the Super Bowl.
“Who the hell was that New England Patriot they just showed in a head to toe pink suit? Oh, he needs a visit from #teamwhipdatass,” Martin wrote.
The group also referenced Martin’s defense of comedian Tracy Morgan when he said that he’d stab his son if he found out that he was gay.
“Say I’m wrong. Fine. Say I’m insensitive to gays and lesbians. Fine. I’ll wait for the usual bigots to say that I’m defending Tracy Morgan because he’s black. Fine,” Martin wrote.
“Sorry, if I’m being honest here and not focusing on political correctness,” he continued. “I just believe that many of you would be shocked and amazed that you laughed hysterically at some of the most sexist, homophobic, racist stuff imaginable by comedians of all shapes, sizes, ethnic backgrounds, genders and sexual orientations.”
GLAAD notes that there is evidence that Martin is a supporter of “conversion therapy” which allegedly convinces gay people to become heterosexual. They referenced 2006 remarks on his website stating that, “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.”