CNN has reinstated Washington Watch show host and contributor Roland Martin, who was suspended last month after making a series of controversial remarks on Twitter during the SuperBowl that were construed by many to be homophobic.
CNN staff was alerted yesterday that Martin would be returning to the air, Fishbowl DC reports.
Martin’s remarks and subsequent suspension ignited a firestorm of debate last month, particularly about how personal views and commentary should be handled in the public sphere. While the resounding sentiment seemed to be that public figures should be more responsible with what they say, the final fallout from all this is still unclear.
Though Martin issued an apology and reportedly met with members of GLAAD back in February, there’s not yet word on whether there will be any pushback from other members of the LGBT community on Martin returning to air.
Another immediate question is, how will all this be handled going forward? Regardless of how we feel about Martin or his views, most can agree that his suspension is significant due to its larger potential impact on how seriously social media will be taken by employers, news outlets, and even the criminal justice system.
In an age where social media networks are more influential than ever, yet our most popular and powerful networks are all less than a decade old – I’m very curious to see what kind of protocol develops for handling these situations in the future.