February 9, 2012, - 4:44 pm
Score another one for the gay speech police. Attack pink clothing or annoying David Beckham Super Bowl underwear ads for H&M, and you’ve apparently attacked gays.
I thought gay people didn’t want everyone to buy into the stereotype that they are all alike, that they like pink and lavender, and that they like exhibitionist soccer stars prancing around in their underwear. But I was wrong.
At least, that’s the case with CNN commentator Roland Martin, who’s been suspended indefinitely and will probably be fired for tweets he made attacking Beckham’s Super Bowl underwear ad and people wearing pink clothing. The only thing that might save Martin is the fact that he’s Black (and liberal). If he were White (and/or conservative), he’d probably be looking for work now, thanks to the gay speech gestapo.
But If you read the tweets, they are benign. If anyone really thinks he was advocating violence against anyone, let alone gays, they are morons. The tweets are clearly made in jest. And he never attacked gays. This is ridiculous:
CNN has suspended commentator Roland Martin after a series of tweets deemed anti-gay during Sunday’s Super Bowl.
“Roland Martin’s tweets were regrettable and offensive,” the network said in a statement Wednesday. “Language that demeans is inconsistent with the values and culture of our organization, and is not tolerated. We have been giving careful consideration to this matter, and Roland will not be appearing on our air for the time being.”
The “criminal tweets” in question:
“If a dude at your Super Bowl party is hyped about David Beckham’s H&M underwear ad, smack the ish [sic] out of him!” he wrote.
He later tweeted, “Who the hell was that New England Patriot they just showed in a head to toe pink suit? Oh, he needs a visit from #teamwhipdatass.”
If you look at New England Patriot Brandon Spikes’ pink suit, above, I think you’ll agree that the “#teamwhipdatass” comment is spot on. Though if you look at some of Martin’s scarf ascots, a “#teamfruitypebbles” is in order for him. Oops, I think I just got suspended by CNN for that. Question: if I go to a nouveau riche friend’s garish house and on the way out tell another friend, whoever did the interior decorating ought to be shot, does that mean I’m anti-gay? What if I say that about a woman’s really bad haircut (styled by a man with a mustache) or the floral arrangement I just saw? Or if I say that Liberace and the Brady Bunch dad were not my favorite performers? (I did like the Brady Bunch dad, but what if I said that?) Or that Shepard Smith is my least favorite of the hacks at FOX News?
Please Gay Speech Gestapo, tell me which colors and celebrities are off limits. I know I can talk about vermillion and Channing Tatum. But I’m not exactly sure about mint green or Matt Damon. And, by the way, David Beckham is straight. But men who like men apparently think of something different than the rest of us when they hear the movie title, “Bend It Like Beckham.” So, now, I gotta figure out, not only which celebrities are gay and off limits, but which married, straight celebrities with several children are gay icons and therefore off limits. Does Jake Gyllenhaal and the remaining living cast of “Brokeback Mountain” qualify? How ’bout all past, present, and future Marlboro Men and guys in Stetson ads, like Jan Brady, er . . . Tom Brady? Anyone with a mustache? David Axelrod and Michelle Hussein Obama? All off limits in the tweet market.
Well, the gay thought police are gloating at their latest victory in censorship:
Shortly after, GLAAD responded, “Advocates of gay bashing have no place at @CNN #SuperBowl #LGBT.”
On Monday, in a blog post titled “Final Thoughts On Super Bowl-Twitter Controversy,” Martin denied that his tweets were intended to incite violence against the LGBT community. “That is furthest from the truth, and I sincerely regret any offense my words have caused.”
In response to the news of his suspension, GLAAD posted a statement on its website praising CNN for taking action. “CNN today took a strong stand against anti-LGBT violence and language that demeans any community,” said Rich Ferraro, GLAAD spokesman. “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 anti-LGBT violence as well as the language that contributes to it.”
Ah, it’s the Pink Jesse Jackson shakedown! You knew this was gonna happen. Roland Martin has to bend over, while CNN allows GLAAD to do a whole rectal exam of sensitivity training.
It’s amazing to me that gays–who are subject to execution, beheading-style throughout the Muslim world–are concerned with Roland Martin’s tweets about pink clothing, yet not a peep outta them about the Islamic jihad against homosexuality (just as–and I’ve noted this before on this site–they attack the Mormon Church, but not mosques all over California, for supporting California’s Prop 8 on gay marriage). Maybe it’s because their pink and purple jihad sounds just like something outta Riyadh, Cairo, or Tehran.
But, then again, they have the same tolerance–and sense of humor–as their haters in the Muslim world.
See, everyone has something in common.
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