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