Roland Martin makes an ass of himself, GLAAD joins in on the party
If you haven’t heard, GLAAD are vigorously demanding CNN fire Roland Martin’s over tweets he made during the Super Bowl. GLAAD’s biggest gripe is what Martin tweeted after viewing the new H&M commercial featuring sex icon David Beckham in nothing but underwear. “Ain’t no real bruhs going to H&M to buy some damn David Beckham underwear!” Then adding, “If a dude at your Super Bowl party is hyped about David Beckham’s H&M underwear ad, smack the ish out of him!”
Now at first glance, there is nothing obviously homophobic in the statement. He doesn’t say “I hate gay people for liking this commercial,” or “Gay people are stupid for liking Beckham.” Some people are more questioning his use of the words ‘bruh’ and ‘ish’.
And I’m sure Martin wasn’t the only one to utter this kind of opinion when Beckham’s fine sculpted body appeared on television. We’re talking about macho New York and Boston fans that are ok with football players slapping each other on the butt, but call it ‘gay’ when refs make a blown call.
But if you re-read the statements a couple times, the word ‘real’ starts to arrogantly shine above the rest. And then saying “[S]mack the ish out of him!” if a guy happens to like Beckham dressed in only underwear is starting to look questionable. What do you mean ‘real bruhs’ aren’t going to buy Beckham underwear?
So if a gay guy buys the briefs, or even a guy that just loves to shop at H&M, he is not a real man? And the best way to handle these types of men is to beat him senseless? And you’re on CNN?!? This is what people saw when they originally read these statements.
So there are some obvious problems with Martin’s tweets. Except when Twitter users begin calling him out on his slipups, Martin claims he’s just going after Beckham because he’s a soccer player. Really? Even if Martin has a disdain towards soccer (also known as Futbol), couldn’t he come up with something that attacks soccer and Beckham and not what makes men real or not? Plus Martin claims he’s been making cracks all day, even at a football player wearing a pink jumpsuit. That doesn’t help his argument.
GLAAD naturally had a problem with these statements, many people did. That’s not enough for GLAAD, they want CNN to fire Martin to make things right. While Martin went a little far with his tweets, GLAAD is going a little far in demanding Martin’s head.
Martin has apologized for his comments, which he should have done. But isn’t there a better way to promote awareness and being sensitive to other’s feeling? I’m not saying GLAAD should be appeased with a simple apology; they should make sure Martin understands what he did wrong. But constantly calling out people to be fired for making a stupid comment is not helping the situation.
It’s especially surprising GLAAD is demanding Martin to be let go a week after One Million Moms demanded Ellen DeGeneres to be dropped as spokesperson of JC Penney. Have we dropped civil discourse from our ways of dealing with situations?