Anti-gay reporter Roland Martin was at it again during Sunday night's Madonna concert (cleverly sandwiched between a football game) when the CNN political analyst took to Twitter to tell his followers to beat any guys interested David Beckham's H&M underwear ad. Behold:
If a dude at your Super Bowl party is hyped about David Beckham's H&M underwear ad, smack the ish out of him! #superbowl— rolandsmartin (@rolandsmartin) February 6, 2012
Among the men too interested in Beckham's white-hot H&M underwear ad? CNN reporter Roland Martin. (The lady doth Tweet too much.) This isn't the first time the conservative journo showed off a self-conscious homophobic sentiment, one that raised our gaydar's freshly-plucked eyebrown. According to GLAAD, some of Martin's psat bile include the following not-so-shining moments:
He argued that Tracy Morgan shouldn't have apologized for saying that if his son were gay, he would "take out a knife and stab him." Wrote Martin: "Say I'm wrong. Fine. Say I'm insensitive to gays and lesbians. Fine."
Despite overwhelming consensus from nearly every major medical body in the country, all of whom agree on the ineffectiveness and harms of so-called "ex-gay" therapies, Roland Martin praises his wife, who he claims "has counseled many men and women to walk away from the gay lifestyle."
In an article appearing on his website, Martin compared gay people to alcoholics and people who are "hellbent on stealing."
Hellbent on stealing? In which low-rent hustler bar has she been frequenting to make such an odd yet specific sweeping generalization? Bizarre.
GLAAD goes on to point out, "At a time when the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs found that violence against LGBT people was up 23%, we need people in the public eye to speak out against the dangers of anti-LGBT violence, not encourage it." The gay media organization wants CNN to do something about it. Noted LGBT blogger Joe. My. God. simply wants Martin fired.
In response to the mild controversy, Martin posted the following statement on his blog:
Fam, let me address the issue that some in the LGBT community have raised regarding some of my Super Bowl tweets yesterday.
I made several cracks about soccer as I do all the time. I was not referring to sexuality directly or indirectly regarding the David Beckham ad, and I’m sorry folks took it otherwise.
It was meant to be a deliberately over the top and sarcastic crack about soccer; I do not advocate violence of any kind against anyone gay, or not. As anyone who follows me on Twitter knows, anytime soccer comes up during football season it’s another chance for me to take a playful shot at soccer, nothing more.