Miss Lori offers Roland Martin some tweet suggestions after homophobic Superbowl gaffe

On Superbowl Sunday there was a lot of commentary filling the airwaves and the social media sphere. Not talking about the game, talking about the ads. They had everyone a quiver. Some more than others, and that was cause for concern and correction according to a tweet posted by Roland S. Martin. After watching an H&M ad featuring a barely dressed David Beckham, Martin tweeted:

If a dude at your Super Bowl party is hyped about David Beckham’s H&M underwear ad, smack the ish out of him! #superbowl
And controversy was born. (Justfiably so, if you ask me.) Members of GLAAD very quickly called for CNN to fire Roland Martin for his violent rhetoric. They have not voiced an opinion yet, but Roland had more to say in a formal statement. Unfortunately he dug himself a deeper hole saying:
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.

“Oh Roland, Roland, Roland. Really?! Soccer?! Really?! Do you think we are stupid? Wait, don’t answer that. Your hole is deep enough.” Clearly Martin is in dire need of some guidance. So I have a few tweets that he could consider:

He could have offered some humor, (or truth, depending on which side of the closet door you think he hangs his hat):

I’m sorry about my violent tweet, I went a little crazy with jealousy after seeing David Beckhams’ perfect body in H&M #Superbowl ad

He could have suggested a punishment:

I’m sorry for my homophobic tweets. As penance I will wear a pink jumpsuit every day for the rest of the month. #Superbowl

Or he could have taken a tweet straight from Anthony Weiners’ playbook:

I’m sorry about that violent tweet, but it wasn’t me. My account was hacked. #Superbowl

But what I think he really should have done, (and could still do for that matter), is be honestly contrite, and far more in touch with the gravity of his actions:

I’m sorry. In today’s climate of violence against homosexuals it was beyond insensitive of me to suggest violence, even in jest #Superbowl

Then maybe, just maybe, it would get better.

(Check out Charles M. Blow‘s op-ed piece in the New York Times for some additional insight, here)



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  1. I’ve been a fan of Roland’s for quite sometime, unfortunately at times he comes off trying alittle to hard and sometimes his attempts at being funny are not at all. I will be honest and say that i think sometimes he says things to many of his followers with the thought that many are in the same thought process because a majority of his followers are black. This time I think it backfired on him.

  2. Any time Roland Martin’s name is mentioned, I pretty much cringe. There is nothing that he has posted in the last six months that makes me want to appreciate anything that he has shared. Hopefully, he’ll just get off of social media.