CNN commentator Roland S. Martin is in a heap of trouble after tweeting what some are claiming is an anti-gay tweet during the Super Bowl. After David Beckham's horribly tame H&M underwear ad was aired, Martin showed his fear of the bulge:
GLAAD jumped on him immediately, demanding that CNN fire Martin for his tweet and Facebook post that made a crack about a New England Patriot wearing pink.
I'd be curious what went through Martin's head in the seconds after he posted that Tweet, because he quickly covered his tracks moments later:
He knew he had to cover his tracks, but we don't know whether it was because he initially meant it as homophobic, or because he realized he inadvertently could be seen as homophobic.
This morning he explained his tweet (though did not apologize); Condensed and re-ordered for ease of reading:
Fam, let me address the issue that some in the LGBT community have raised regarding some of my Super Bowl tweets yesterday. I made several cracks about soccer as I do all the time. I was not referring to sexuality directly or indirectly regarding the David Beckham ad, and I'm sorry folks took it otherwise. It was meant to be a deliberately over the top and sarcastic crack about soccer; I do not advocate violence of any kind against anyone gay, or not. As anyone who follows me on Twitter knows, anytime soccer comes up during football season it's another chance for me to take a playful shot at soccer, nothing more
Was Martin's tweet homophobic? Was he truly dissing on soccer fans? Only one man knows.