Martin, who is a CNN contributor, has a history of stepping in it when it comes to gay civil rights issue. There was the time he defended his wife’s effort to cure gay people, and the time he compared being gay with being a drunk or a thief. Martin also, for example, defended comedian Tracy Morgan who “joked” about stabbing his own son to death if he found out the boy were gay. Considering the Tracy Morgan brouhaha happened less than a year ago, it’s all the more strange that Martin published two tweets yesterday that seemed to advocate violence against gays.
One tweet was about a rather homoerotic David Beckham ad that ran at the beginning of the Super Bowl. I was at a friend’s house and stopped dead in my tracks when I caught the ad out of the corner of my eye. It did seem an odd ad for the Super Bowl, not that some gay men and women don’t watch the Super Bowl too (and after all, Madonna was the half-time show, and you don’t get any gayer than that). Still, when Martin tweeted about smacking the sh*t out of any guy who liked the ad, you had to wonder about his later explanation that he meant it as a criticism of any guy who liked soccer, rather than any guy who enjoyed the homoerotic underwear ad.
Then you get to a second Tweet that Martin wrote about the Super Bowl yesterday: