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GLAAD Calls for Roland Martin to Be Fired


The CNN commentator is in trouble for a seemingly homophobic comment about David Beckham's H&M commercial that he tweeted yesterday.

Let's play a game. If you've seen David Beckham's H&M underwear commercial, and you like it, then raise your hand. OK, cool. So, like, all of you. Alright, well the next part isn't as fun. Now that you've raised your hand, go ahead and lower it down next to your face, palm facing your cheek. Awesome. Now smack the shit out of yourself.

Sorry, but that's what you get for playing the Roland Martin game. The CNN commentator, who has been known for adopting anti-gay sentiments in the past, is currently under fire from GLAAD for tweeting yesterday that "if a dude at your Super Bowl party is hyped about David Beckham's H&M underwear ad, smack the ish out of him!"

When GLAAD responded to his tweet by saying that "Advocates of gay bashing have no place at @CNN," Martin back-pedaled and accused GLAAD of being "way off base." Apparently, his comment was meant as a jab at soccer fans, not gays.

Obviously, there are two things wrong with that. One: Martin used a baseball idiom, "way off base," during the Super Bowl. Two: Martin assumed that anyone watching the H&M ad -- which heavily features Beckham's lithe, naked torso -- was actually thinking about soccer.

In any case, GLAAD has written a message on its website declaring that "CNN should fire Roland Martin." The message also calls Martin out for his poor overall track record with GLAAD (he defended Tracy Morgan's homophobic stand-up rant last summer, and he bragged on his website that his wife has tried her hand at conversion therapy.)

No word yet on whether soccer fans have recovered from Martin's hateful comments, but we can be sure to hear more from Martin, CNN, and GLAAD.

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