CNN Reporter Suspended over “Homophobic” Text

The title says what was reported to me, but I do not see it as being homophobic.

Roland Martin has been suspended by CNN over the following text:

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

This is part of CNN’s response:

“Roland Martin’s tweets were regrettable and offensive,” reads the statement. “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.”

In my opinion, I think people overreacted to the comment.

sure, people are sensitive do to prior discrimination, but is not there a point when someone has to say, we are sorry you feel that way, but no that is not offensive.  I guess offensive is relative, like in the case of pornography.  It depends on the person, but is it right to restrict someone’s right to express themselves out of fear of offending?

Last week at work, one group had a sign-up sheet for a “Mexican pile on” meal.  we all know what it is and that it has to deal with a Mexican-ish food theme, but the group had to change the sign as the name was offensive to someone.



Filed under Misc, Politics, Relationships

3 responses to “CNN Reporter Suspended over “Homophobic” Text

  1. You’re kidding, right? You don’t think advocating violence in response to same sex arousal is a problem?

    • According to Martin, it wasn’t in regards to a sexual response but rather seeing a soccer star during an American football game.

      As to the advocating violence, I see that as an overreaction to a saying. He was not advocating violence towards another person, as in that someone needs to be beaten for having an incorrect thought. Rather, he was referencing a saying about smacking something to cause it to work correctly. Maybe it is simply a cultural difference to not know the saying or in how it was intended.

  2. What is “ish”? Martin was always hyper-partisan, so I’m surprised he would say anything offensive to homosexuals.

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