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Roland Martin, GLAAD Meeting In Wake Of Martin's CNN Suspension

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CNN pundit Roland Martin announced on Wednesday night that he will meet with GLAAD, the gay rights group, in the wake of his suspension from the network over tweets many considered to be homophobic.

Martin was suspended indefinitely on Wednesday afternoon after the controversy surrounding his tweets from the Super Bowl --in which, among other things, he said that people should "smack the ish" out of any male fans of a David Beckham underwear commercial -- failed to dissipate.

CNN, which has brushed off less organized campaigns of criticism against some of its other contributors, such as Dana Loesch and Erick Erickson, took three days to respond to the calls by GLAAD and others to fire Martin or to address his tweets. When it did, it called the statements "offensive" and said that Martin would be off the air "for the time being."

Martin did not directly address his suspension on Wednesday. But he tweeted two messages to his followers:


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Fam, late last night I received word of GLAAD's invitation to meet with me, and as I have informed CNN...

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I look forward to meeting with GLAAD in the near future and having a productive dialogue.

In response, GLAAD tweeted, "We look forward to a productive dialogue and to working together as well." In a statement, the group said that the time and nature of the meeting would be determined later.

Below, see the offending tweets, as well as Martin's responses to some of his many critics.

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