All those questioning whether or not Roland Martin should be fired over his controversial homophobic Super Bowl tweets received their answer today when CNN released a statement saying:
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.
While Martin did issue an apology, the overwhelming opinion has been that his statement equated to nothing more than a half hearted, "I'm sorry I offended you." Today CNN seemed to finally come to the same conclusion.
Hate speech in any form should not be tolerated, especially that which advocates violence. Expressing a controversial personal view about any segment of society is one thing and what keeps much of the cable news networks' airtime filled, but when any regular commentator encourages violence, it kills that network's credibility.
As to the question of whether or not it matters that his comments were made on his personal Twitter account as opposed to on air? He is a public figure and should expect whatever he says publicly in any format to affect his job. As one commenter pointed out, would he have the number of Twitter follows he has were it not for his gig at CNN? Doubtful.
I clearly agree with CNN's decision, and hope that this serves as a warning to anyone that serves as a voice to the public - they have there right to free speech but so do we. Our voices won out today.