Signorile: “Roland Martin’s history on gays says it all”

Mike Signorile:

CNN political analyst Roland Martin laughably claims he was talking about soccer fans — not gay men — when he tweeted messages during the Super Bowl which now have the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and the National Black Justice Coalition calling for him to be fired.

But a look at Martin’s history shows what group he clearly was referring to when he tweeted, “Ain’t no real bruhs going to H&M; to buy some damn David Beckham underwear!” and “If a dude at your Super Bowl party is hyped about David Beckham’s H&M; underwear ad, smack the ish out of him!”

There seems to be a pattern here: smack the ish out, whip dat ass, bowl down your alley, sit in your pew. GLAAD and NBJC say it exposes something ugly and, pointing to Martin’s history, that it’s time for CNN to show him the door. For too long Martin’s gotten away with excuses, while CNN looked the other way. Refraining from suggesting violence against any group — including soccer players — isn’t much for a news network to ask of its political analysts.

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