This is an absolute nothing story. It seems the pillar of the gay community (GLAAD) is up in arms over analyst for CNN, TV One and “The Tom Joyner Morning Show,” Roland Martin tweet’s regarding soccer player David Beckham’s scantily clad H&M commercial.
Martin jokingly tweeted the following, ““If a dude at your Super Bowl party is hyped about David Beckham’s H&M underwear ad, smack the ish out of him!” Well it didn’t take GLAAD but two seconds to claim foul. Here’s the skinny:
..The tweet caused GLAAD to respond by writing, “@rolandsmartin Advocates of gay bashing have no place at @CNN #SuperBowl #LGBT” His response? “Well you’re clearly out of touch and clueless with what I tweeted. Way to assume, but you’re way off base,” he wrote. The CNN personality wrote to his more than 94,000 followers that his comment was about soccer, not sexuality. “It’s hilarious when idiots…see my Beckham tweet as homophobic and I rip on soccer all of the time,” he wrote. The exchange hasn’t satisfied GLAAD, which sent a statement to the Hollywood Reporter stating, “Martin has a history of anti-LGBT views. GLAAD is calling on him to be fired, joining many other LGBT activists and bloggers.”
Look you all know that I’m not down for racism, homophobia, sexism — u name it. But our countries 1st Amendment right can’t be overlooked — nor trampled on to curve peoples feelings. From all the R/T’s, etc I think all the gays, who were offended, need to get a life.
Martin’s support of Gays and Lesbians has been well documented, so for a Super Bowl tweet to be met with such vitriol is very off putting. While the importance of GLAAD is also well documented, I think everybody needs to take a chill pill and not take everything so literal. I mean geesh!
*Update** OK maybe my sentence on “Martin’s support of Gays and Lesbians has been well documented” was a stretch. It seems he hasn’t been all that supportive at all. But I still remain firm that it’s Roland’s god given right to speak freely.
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