CNN Wednesday suspended commentator Roland Martin over the tweets that the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation has denounced as anti-gay.
Roland MartinA CNN spokeswoman confirmed Wednesday afternoon that the network issued this statement:
“Roland Martin’s tweets were regrettable and offensive. 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.”
Spokesmen for TVOne and the syndicated “Tom Joyner Morning Show,” where Martin also appears, did not respond to requests for comment.
At 10 p.m. Eastern time, Martin tweeted that he would reverse course and meet with GLAAD, which tweeted back, “We look forward to a productive dialogue and to working together as well.”
“Fam, late last night I received word of GLAAD’s invitation to meet with me, and as I have informed CNN… I look forward to meeting with GLAAD in the near future and having a productive dialogue,” Martin said in words spread across two tweets.
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