Update, 2:13 p.m.: Martin has released a statement defending his comments. “I was not referring to sexuality directly or indirectly regarding the David Beckham ad, and I'm sorry folks took it otherwise... I do not advocate violence of any kind against anyone gay, or not,” he said. Read the full statement here.
Roland Martin may have gone a step too far this time.
The CNN commentator is known for his cheeky tweets, but a series of comments he made on Twitter during the Super Bowl are being questioned for seeming to advocate violence against gay men.
Here’s a look at the offensive tweets:
“Never said someone watching was gay. Folks are making ridiculous assumptions,” Martin tweeted afterward. “It's hilarious when idiots ... see my Beckham tweet as homophobic when I rip on soccer all of the time.”
Social news site BuzzFeed, however, pointed out that Martin has made questionable comments on Twitter before. In one tweet in late January, Martin told women they should send their man “back to the factory” if he doesn’t like sports, because he’s “defective.” In another tweet, he wrote, “I’m sorry. I’m not down with seeing men walk around with bags on their shoulder that resemble women’s handbags.”
On his Web site, Martin has called the actions of gays and lesbians “sinful behavior” and wrote that as a Baptist minister his wife “has counseled many men and women to walk away from the gay lifestyle.”
When comedian Tracy Morgan last year said he would “stab” his son if he was gay, Martin defended him on his site. Morgan later apologized for his comments.
Whether Martin’s jokes Sunday night were homophobic or not, one writer told the commentator they were “over the top” and “rude.” Martin was ever-defiant, however, writing back: “That was the point! To be over the top!”
As for the commercial that started Martin’s Twitter rant? Watch it here: