Black Women's Empowerment

Roland Martin Gets WHOMPED By GLAAD, CNN. Just Goes to Show…

…you don’t phuck with a protected group.

Or David Beckham.

Full disclosure: I have been on the receiving end of Mr. Martin’s big ‘ol Twitter mouth, so I know how much ish he talks. So when I heard that he got his tush spanked by CNN for this tweet:

“Ain’t no real bruhs going to H&M to buy some damn David Beckham underwear!” and “If a dude at your Super Bowl party is hyped about David Beckham’s H&M underwear ad, smack the ish out of him!”

Personally, I don’t see the homophobia in that statement. However, and this is compelling, it speaks to the POWER of a protected group when they can decide what and how something is homophobic. Martin could have meant the ads are for the “metrosexual” man, or that he just doesn’t think real men play soccer. But because the LGBT said it was homophobic, is WAS homophobic, and now Mr. Martin is out of one of his jobs. And believe me, he had a good thing going with CNN. They were flying him all over the country to fancy political parties during the primary, and he’s ALWAYS on. But that’s what one obnoxious tweet will get you, when your tweets go too far.

Here’s how the Gay Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation (GLAAD) responded:

“Advocates of gay bashing have no place @CNN #SuperBowl #LGBT,”

Here’ was Martin’s kiss-of-death tweet:

“Well you’re clearly out of touch and clueless with what I tweeted. Way to assume, but you’re way off base.”

Tsk, tsk, tsk. GLAAD does not play. As the Facebook group, For Black Women-What not to buy,said, “We should learn their tactics…these guys are showing us how activism is done.”

What have they done? They have pooled their creativity, economic and political power to garner a position–and you WILL respect that position or pay the consequences. And I’m just gonna come out and say it. I wished with all my heart that BWE could have been such a group of advocacy for black women. Look at the LGBT–do they walk in lockstep? Do they have to agree on everything to effect change? Heck to the nawl. But one thing they can do EFFECTIVELY is look passed small differences and focus on the prize, and they’re winning. While we quibble over territory, “authenticity,” cattiness, and fiefdoms, we are LOSING.

And that’s all I’m going to say about that.

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