News anchors have a great deal of responsibility, we expect them to deliver accurate news, make no mistakes, and be likeable. Whether it is local news stations or a national network, you feel a sense of attachment to that guy or girl that is delivering your news. Think about it, when ESPN’s Stuart Scott underwent chemotherapy, viewers were concerned as if Scott was a family member. When news correspondent, Don Lemon announced he was gay, tons of viewers applauded his personal charge.
The question still remains, how personal are these extended family members allowed to be? CNN correspondent, Roland Martin is known for his candid commentary on twitter, whether the topic be sports or politics. It seems as if his fan or followers enjoy that about him; his twitter account isn’t a recap of CNN’s latest published news. During the Super Bowl airing, Martin tweeted in regards to a commercial, “”If a dude at your Super Bowl party is hyped about David Beckham’s H&M underwear ad,” he wrote, “smack the ish out of him!”
Organizations such as GLADD (Gay Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) immediately fired back by calling the tweet, “homophobic” and encouragement of anti-gay violence. After several gay advocates demanded the removal of Martin from CNN, he released a statement saying, “ Let me address the issue that some in the LGBT community have raised regarding some of my Super Bowl tweets yesterday,” he wrote. “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.”
Evidently, the apology fell on death ears and CNN has suspended Roland Martin for an undetermined time period. Was CNN right in suspending Martin? Many feel, as a public figure he should have known better than to make a statement that could be misinterpreted. Then there are others who feel that his commentary was taken out of context and does not justify being suspended. What do you think? GET A SIP and SPILL THE BEANS BELOW…