But that's what happened when CNN's political pundit Roland Martin tweeted Sunday during the Super Bowl game what some considered to be not only anti-gay remarks, but seemingly also threatened anti-gay hate violence.
In one tweet Martin, referring to an H & M commercial with David Beckham, said that "if a dude at your Super Bowl party is hyped about David Beckham's H & M underwear ad, smack the ish out of him."
In anothet tweet he attacked a football player for wearing pink: "Who the hell was that New England Patriot they just showed in head to toe in pink? He needs a visit from #teamwhipdatass."
Not surprisingly CNN suspended Martin today for an indefinite length of time, and both the network and Martin have issued public apologies.
Martin claimed he did not mean anything offensive or anti-gay, but that he was making fun of soceer, which he claims he does all the time; and furthermore, he was "not refferring to anyone sexuality directly or indirectly...and I'm sorry if folks took it otherwise."
Of course many people disagree...