CNN suspends Roland Martin over homophobic tweets
CNN says it gave "careful consideration" to tweets by contributor Roland Martin and concluded he "will not be appearing on our air for the time being," reports Erik Wemple. GLAAD has been calling for Martin's firing for days, after Martin failed to acknowledge that the tweets he sent during the Super Bowl were homophobic. A second apology by Martin did little to quiet the controversy.
"CNN today took a strong stand against anti-LGBT violence and language that demeans any community,” said GLAAD spokesperson Rich Ferraro in an email to Poynter Wednesday afternoon. “Yesterday, Martin also spoke out against anti-LGBT violence. We look forward to hearing from CNN and Roland Martin to discuss how we can work together as allies and achieve our common goal of reducing such violence as well as the language that contributes to it.”
CNN has a history of parting ways with commentators who make bigoted remarks. The network fired Rick Sanchez in 2010 after he made anti-semitic comments on satellite radio. The network has also fired someone previously for comments made on Twitter. In 2010, Octavia Nasr was fired for a tweet about Hezbollah leader Sayyed Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah. || Previously: NLGJA weighs in on Roland Martin’s comments about David Beckham Super Bowl ad (Poynter)