CNN Suspends Roland Martin…

The Washington Post’s Erik Wemple writes about CNN suspending Roland Martin…

On Super Bowl Sunday, Roland Martin of CNN issued some homophobic tweets that got him in trouble with gay organizations and this blog. CNN stayed silent on the matter, until just moments ago, when it issued this statement:

“Roland Martin’s tweets were regrettable and offensive. Language that demeans is inconsistent with the values and culture of our organization, and is not tolerated. We have been giving careful consideration to this matter, and Roland will not be appearing on our air for the time being.”

Regardless of what he said or whether what he said was homophobic or not, Martin should consider himself fortunate that it’s just a suspension. His network has gained a reputation over the past few years for firing people who say anything that’s perceived controversial.

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48 Responses to “CNN Suspends Roland Martin…”

  1. Black meets Gay, who is CNN afraid of most? Answer, it’s a draw — split decision. That had been Wolf Blitzer, and he would be working on his resume and getting clean shaven.

  2. Translation: Saying clearly anti-gay things get ya suspended; Saying anything AIPAC doesn’t like and ya end up fired.

    Guess we know who lays the butter on CNN’s bread.

  3. My comment is awaiting moderation so now I’m going home to cry and not returning to this thread! Seriously, I can’t be hanging around for a comment that might or might not get approved. Lame.

  4. “My comment is awaiting moderation”

    ^^ If i remember correctly g*y (or other words that are synonymous with g*y) are words that will get you moderated on this site.

  5. ^ or your browser could be on the fritz

  6. I’m not a big fan of RM (too loud and bullying on air) but the tweets are pretty lame to say the least.

    CNN should have let it go. Now that they’ve drawn attention to the remarks the horse is out of the barn and it will become a topic of debate on shows like Howie’s and blogs like ICN 2.0.

  7. You really think Howie will touch it because it involves CNN? His total time on Octavia Nasr’s firing was a couple of sentences.

  8. Octavia Nasr was a non-entity compared to Roland Martin. Kurtz will bring it up a bit longer than her, but will still move on more quickly than if an FNC or MSNBC analyst.

  9. Prejudice outrage is pretty selective: there are plenty of people one can express disdain for and feel free to get away with it.

    An old guy, a fat guy, and a evangelical walk into a bar, and the bartender says…

  10. Roland has a problem with g@y people, and has announced it several times. I was surprised he was on election coverage last night. That bigot does not belong on CNN.

  11. Martin contends his tweet was a playful swipe at soccer fans, not gays. I’m not aware of a pattern of antigay behavior from him. If that’s the case, he does deserve the benefit of the doubt. He does worship at the foot of Obama, but no crime in that.

  12. lonestar77 Says:

    I haven no use for Martin but even less use for people, networks, whoever that runs around crying about stupid little jokes.

    Instead of the Eagle, the symbol of this country should be a big ol vijayjay.

  13. He’s done it several times. It’s not ok to joke about g@ys as if they’re somehow less human than you because of how they were born. His ‘soccer’ explanation is ludicrous. He’s a bigot.

  14. His tweet appeared to be something quite similar to a famous Arnold Schwartzenegger line. I don’t see a problem – no one would be offended unless they’re looking to be.

  15. Maybe this will get CNN to stop using lame pundits (aka CNN contributors) as content filler. Seriously, ever thought of covering the news? Who CNN decides to fire/suspend/condone seems utterly arbitrary to me.

  16. “You really think Howie will touch it because it involves CNN?”

    I don’t see it as a topic for panel discussion but I wouldn’t be surprised to see him mention it in his short snappers at the end of his show.

    I do wonder if FNC will discuss it?. My guess is it might come up on ‘The Five’ or ‘F&F’ but not in primetime; but who knows Billo can be petty at times.

    I’d be surprised if MSNBC mentioned it but they have a few gay hosts so maybe it comes up.

  17. “You really think Howie will touch it because it involves CNN?”

    I don’t see it as a topic for panel discussion but I wouldn’t be surprised to see him mention it in his short snappers at the end of his show.

    I do wonder if FNC will discuss it?. My guess is it might come up on ‘The Five’ or ‘F&F’ but not in primetime; but who knows Billo can be petty at times.

    I’d be surprised if MSNBC mentioned it but they have a few g*y hosts so maybe it comes up.

    ^^This comment got stuck in moderation. I made the same mistake as terance. :-)

  18. People not part of a certain group don’t get to decide what is and is not offensive to that group. G@ys were justifiably upset. That’s it. Ask yourself what kind of idiot tweets ‘just kidding’ g@y references. Have YOU done it? Me, neither.

  19. Interesting that the words used in the US constitution are said to be subject to wide interpretation while those used in casual conversation – which unquestionably have multiple interpretations – are verboten if claimed as offensive by only a few.

    “You can be a rock or you can be a pansy. Which is it going to be?” If you’re a guy who grew up in some parts of the country, it’s likely your dad asked you this when you were whining about doing a tough chore.

  20. Interesting that you find an obviously h0m0ph0bic comment “open to interpretation”. Sometimes things are exactly as they seem. Roland Martin has repeatedly expressed disdain for h0m0sexuals. The problem is with him.

  21. I read the tweet yesterday and it didn’t appear “obvious” to me. I take it you’re saying he’s being punished for having made a series of obviously insensitive remarks, and not just for that. Right?

  22. ^ Yes. The chatter on Twitter was that he has a habit of it, and I think that’s what CNN is responding to.

  23. ^ Maybe that helps to explain CNN’s standard’s policy of the other thread.

  24. Roland Martin has repeatedly expressed disdain for h0m0sexuals. The problem is with him.

    The chatter on Twitter was that he has a habit of it, and I think that’s what CNN is responding to.

    - – - – - – - – - – -

    Anybody got something specific? I mean, I wouldn’t convict my worst enemy based on the statements above the line.

  25. missy5537 Says:

    I can’t stand Roland Martin and whether he is suspended, fired or whatever justifyably or not matters little to me. He’s shown very little mercy to conservatives in such matters, so I’m glad he’s gone, for whatever period of time.

    Apparently gays outrank blacks as far as victimhood, it appears.

    But Larry made my day when fritz complained of his post not showing up.

    Larry’s response: “or your browser could be on the fritz”

  26. I’m not bothered by anyone making occasional insensitive remarks about anything…be it Catholics, single Dads, doctors, or whatever other little group I fall into, nor am I bothered with the occasional ones about race, g@ys, twitching neuro patients, whatever. By “occasional” I mean “almost rare” and by “insensitive” I mean things with humorous value and the like, but none that are all-out attacks. If Martin has been doing this regularly then he’s simply a mean SOB and deserves to have someone smack the ish out of him.

  27. LK, I saw the examples on Twitter, but I’m sick and don’t feel like digging into it right now. I offer you..Google..

  28. ^ oh great, now I got to prosecute your case. Okay, I’ll take a whack at it. Hope you feel better.

  29. Okay, ladies and germs, here’s a little something courtesy of the Washington Post:

    Social news site BuzzFeed, however, pointed out that Martin has made questionable comments on Twitter before. In one tweet in late January, Martin told women they should send their man “back to the factory” if he doesn’t like sports, because he’s “defective.” In another tweet, he wrote, “I’m sorry. I’m not down with seeing men walk around with bags on their shoulder that resemble women’s handbags.”

    On his Web site, Martin has called the actions of gays and lesbians “sinful behavior” and wrote that as a Baptist minister his wife “has counseled many men and women to walk away from the gay lifestyle.”

    When comedian Tracy Morgan last year said he would “stab” his son if he was gay, Martin defended him on his site. Morgan later apologized for his comments.

    Whether Martin’s jokes Sunday night were homophobic or not, one writer told the commentator they were “over the top” and “rude.” Martin was ever-defiant, however, writing back: “That was the point! To be over the top!”

    . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

    While not exactly the smoking gun, it does carry the Oder of cordite.

  30. The black community, particularly the religious black community, find sin in behaviors they feel stong obligations to oppose. It is no secret that the large Obama driven black turnout in the California election of November 2008 was a diving force in the Proposition 8 decision.

  31. driving — not diving

  32. It’s no secret that a portion of the black community has issues with h0m0sexuality. I. Don’t. Care. Tell it at the dinner table; tell each other at church. Keep your offensive barbs off Twitter.

  33. imnotblue Says:

    ^ Or in church, right?

    Isn’t that what was said for the whole Rev. Wright thing? “We, White folks, don’t get how a Black church works.”

    In fact, I remember you, Joe, saying that very thing to me.

  34. Are you even reading what I wrote? You can talk about h0m0sexuality as sin in church all you want. What you can’t do if you want to work in cable news is make derogatory comments about g@ys on Twitter. This isn’t complicated.

  35. ^ Sure you can. It’s an inalienable right. And anyone who cares to can verbally clobber him for it. As for his employer, they can do as they please unless it’s a violation of their contract with him, in which case he’ll get paid anyway.

  36. Duh, Al. Anybody can be a douchebag on Twitter. Too bad your boss might read it…

  37. Damn them bosses.

  38. Don’t piss off the job creators.

  39. ^ Doesn’t matter if you do or don’t since half of ‘em are pissed off most of he time, anyway.

  40. ^Upper or lower?

  41. If you work at a company, you had best not do anything to publicly embarrass that company and expect to continue working there. Certainly not if your job makes you their public face. Jimmy the Greek learned that the hared way twenty years ago after an interview. Twitter is just a self imposed interview.

  42. Back in the 60′s, I used to love Roland Martin’s Laugh-in.

  43. Say goodnight, Dick.

    Hope that wasn’t too offending.

  44. Of course I’m readying your stuff, Joe. I hang on every irrational and angry word.

    But, as you recall you said part of Martin’s problem was the “other stuff” surrounding his relationship with h0m0sexuality. That “other stuff” wasn’t stuff he necessarily said on Twitter, just stuff that was found out about him and his family.

    Doesn’t that contradict what you later said?

  45. No, Blue, he has said other things publicly. His bosses don’t like it. That’s all there is to the story.

  46. I’d be curious about Mr Martin’s reaction to ‘insensitive comments’ made by others, especially those of a racial nature. Seems as though it might not give him much room to complain.

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