GLAAD Calls for CNN Commentator to Step Down Following Controversial Tweet

The organization claims CNN's Roland Martin was encouraging gay-bashing with his response to an H&M ad

By Eric Alt
|  Monday, Feb 6, 2012  |  Updated 7:00 AM PDT
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CNN commentator Roland Martin got into some hot water following a controversial Tweet.

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The Gay Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation is calling for the removal of CNN commentator Roland Martin following an ill-advised Twitter response to a David Beckham H&M commercial.

The commercial, which aired during the Super Bowl last night, shows the soccer star nearly-nude, and it prompted Martin to write: 

"If a dude at your Super Bowl party is hyped about David Beckham's H&M underwear ad, smack the ish out of him!"

GLAAD quickly responded, reprimanding Martin: "@rolandsmartin Advocates of gay bashing have no place at @CNN #SuperBowl #LGBT"

Rather than let it be, Martin fired back at GLAAD, calling them "clueless." 

@glaad @CNN well you're clearly out of touch and clueless with what I tweeted," wrote Martin. "Way to assume, but you're way off base."

The comments sparked a huge online outcry, which Martin claiming he was making fun of soccer fans and not gay people.

Selected Reading: MSNBC, The Wall Street Journal, Miami Herald

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