Tom Joyner calls for Roland Martin
to apologize for offensive Tweet
11, 2012) Syndicated radio host, Tom Joyner added his voice to the
controversy surrounding Roland Martin, asking the news commentator to
issue "a sincere apology" for the offensive Tweet he sent out during the
Super Bowl telecast.
Members of the gay and lesbian community called the message "anti-gay in
nature and have called for Martin to apologize. Martin, who was
suspended by CNN from his on-air duties as analyst, also offers news
commentary on the Tom Joyner Morning Show.
Last Friday, Joyner wrote in his blog at BlackAmericWeb.com that "I've
sat back as long as I could, hoping I wouldn't have to say anything. But
now the time has come. "So, Roland, we love you and need you full force
to be able to do what you do -- represent us and our views on CNN and
other arenas. In order to continue your role on that show, on the
speaking circuit, etc., it's time for you to make a sincere apology to
GLAAD (The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation). When people are
offended by something we say or do, it doesn’t matter what our
intentions are. The job of the offender is simply to apologize and learn
a lesson about what to say or do going forward."
CNN said last Wednesday it has suspended
Martin as political analyst for "regrettable and offensive" Tweets written during the Super
Bowl that critics said appeared to call for violence against gays.
"Roland Martin's Tweets were regrettable and offensive," the network
said in a 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." The statement did not specify
how long Roland would be suspended.
Following retailer H&M's Super Bowl commercial featuring soccer player
David Beckham, CNN's Roland Martin tweeted to almost 95,000 followers:
"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"
Martin initially said he was referring to soccer fans. "I know what I
said, why I said it, and it's consistent with me cracking on soccer.
Deal with it," he said in another Tweet shortly after the first ones.
But in a posting on his Website, Martin later apologized for the
remarks. "To those who construed my comment as being anti-gay or
homophobic or advancing violence, I'm truly sorry. I can certainly
understand how someone could come to a different conclusion than the one
I meant. I'm disheartened that my words would embolden prejudice. While
public debate over social issues is healthy, no matter which side
someone takes, there is no room for debate as to whether we need to be
respectful of others."
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