CNN suspended pundit Roland Martin yesterday after a pair of tweets he sent over the weekend that LGBT rights activists said advocated violence against gay people. Martin has since announced that he would meet with GLAAD to repair the damage to his career.
As the Advocate reports, Martin had apologized for the comments Monday, but the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, which had first called on him to be fired for the tweets, said his words were only "a start" and should be followed by action.
GLAAD praised CNN today for opting to suspend Martin.
"CNN today took a strong stand against anti-LGBT violence and language that demeans any community," said GLAAD spokesperson Rich Ferraro in a statement. "Yesterday, Martin also spoke out against anti-LGBT violence. We look forward to hearing from CNN and Roland Martin to discuss how we can work together as allies and achieve our common goal of reducing such violence as well as the language that contributes to it."
Martin announced his plans to meet with GLAAD via Twitter, further cementing the fact that the social networking site has become a de facto publicity and marketing tool for people at all levels who wish to be scrutinized.