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GLAAD Mad at CNN’s Roland Martin for Tweet on Beckhman Super Bowl Ad-Watch

GLAAD Mad at CNN’s Roland Martin for Tweet on Beckhman Super Bowl Ad-Watch

by Karen Ocamb on February 6, 2012

What a Super Bowl game! Literally down to the last few seconds last night to see if the New York Giants would hold onto their 2-point lead over the New England Patriots. But on Twitter the contest was between LGBT folks and CNN commentator Roland Martin who had tweeted this entry after the sexy David Beckham Super Bowl ad:

GLAAD jumped on it right away, saying “Enough is enough: Tell CNN to fire Roland Martin. Advocates of anti-gay violence have no place at CNN or Time Warner.” GLAAD’s already put together a petition,  which has been picked up by Act.ly and Change.org. In a follow up tweet, Martin said he was talking about soccer. But the LGBT tweeters didn’t seem to buy that. Blogger Rod McCullom, among others, noted that Martin has a long history of making homophobic statements – including a defense of  anti-gay Chicago mega-church preacher Rev. James Meeks and former Miss California Carrie Prejean. McCullom notes that Martin was taken to task for homophobic remarks on Twitter by actor Boris Kodjoe.

Here’s the ad that sparked the controversy.

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Thomas J. Coleman February 6, 2012 at 8:22 AM

How about a Hail Mary pass to take advantage of this news “actuality?” For me, the story was the gayest halftime in professional football history, yet openly gay players are for all practical purposes banned from the NFL, as they are in all professional sports. Yet the subject is almost never raised, certainly not yesterday, despite the ready made irony, and instead we settle for an incomplete pass to side issues like this, symptoms rather than the cause and the cure. Do we think that gays don’t play professionally? Or do we believe that gays will always be kept in the professional closet, and there’s nothing to be done about it? After the initial maudlin, mawkish, media required “passion play” period, openly gay players would likely reduce the number and intensity of these homophobic outbursts, but maybe we’re just used to them, addicted to them, can’t do without them.

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Karen Ocamb February 6, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Good point about gay football players not coming out. Forgive me if this is stepping over some line – but I always thought the “hike” was one of the gayest things in any sport….though so-called “professional” wrestling still has that beat….

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