Sideshow: Roland Martin suspended

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Posted: February 09, 2012

CNN has suspended Roland Martin for tweeting "offensive" remarks demeaning gays on Sunday. Shocking: The cable news network finally decided to do something after taking a demure three-day time-out.

"Roland Martin's tweets were regrettable and offensive," CNN says in a statement. "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."

Martin mocked David Beckham for posing in his undies for an H&M video ad and skewered a random male passerby for wearing pink. So, will Roland be paid? Will he have to go without his supper? How long will the suspension last? No answers. A rep for gay advocacy org GLAAD, which called Martin out minutes after his tweets, says, "CNN today took a strong stand against anti-LGBT violence and language that demeans any community."Ellen: Thanks, J.C. Penney, for having my back

Gab-show host Ellen DeGeneres on Wednesday thanked J.C. Penney for refusing to fire her as an advertising mouthpiece despite pressure from conservative groups who said Ellen's lesbian-ness conflicts with their values.

"I am proud and happy to say that J.C. Penney stuck by their decision to make me their spokesperson," Ellen said.

"For those of you who are just tuning in for the first time, it's true. I'm gay. I hope you were sitting down," Ellen joked.

An American Family Association-backed group, One Million Moms, threatened to call for a national boycott of the chain store if Ellen weren't fired. They accused the chain of callously trying to increase its consumer base by "jumping on the pro-gay bandwagon."

Ellen didn't like that comment. "Being gay or pro-gay isn't a bandwagon," she said. "You don't get a free ride anywhere."

Dusting off them Beach Boys

The Beach Boys, those honey-voiced heroes who made California what it is today, plan to kink out their wrinkles, dust off their hats, and reunite for a live performance at the Grammy Awards on Sunday. It'll be their first gig as a band in 20 years. Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston, and David Marks will join previously announced musical guests Maroon 5 and indie rock band Foster the People.

Giant to Gisele: Be cute and shut up

"She just needs to continue to be cute and shut up." New York Giants running back Brandon Jacobs spat that bit of post-feminist enlightenment at Gisele Bündchen in response to her outburst Sunday after her husband Tom Brady's New England Patriots lost the Super Bowl.

Gisele spewed a profanity-laced attack on Brady's teammates, charging that the receivers couldn't catch Brady's passes.

Feminist leader Trump: Gisele rocks!

Donald Trump has given a thumbs-up to Gisele's valiant attempts to speak up in a cruel man's world.

"She's standing up for her man and Gisele didn't do anything wrong," Trump tells celeb news show Access Hollywood.

"She's standing up for her man and she happened to be right. They were dropping balls all over the place."

Adele rules, Lana shocks, Cohen rocks

The devils behind Saturday Night Live who mocked her prodigious musical talent last month have been beat down by Lana Del Rey! Born to Die, the new album from the "self-styled gangsta Nancy Sinatra," as London's Guardian calls her, has debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard album charts, selling a whopping 76,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. First place still belongs to Adele's 21, which sold 122,000 units on her 19th week in the Top 10.

Genius Canadian bard Leonard Cohen, a celebrated poet and a legendary lover, is in third place with the debut of Old Ideas, which moved 41,000 copies. It's Cohen's highest-charting album ever since SoundScan began tracking sales. Not bad for a 77-year-old geezer.

Adele's silent suffering

Not being able to speak "was really hard. . . . I love talking," British chanteuse Adele tells Anderson Cooper in a sit-down set to air Sunday on CBS's 60 Minutes. Adele was ordered by doctors to stay off her vocal cords following her November surgery for throat polyps. Adele got around her problem by downloading an app on her phone which pronounces words you type.

"But the great thing is I love to swear. Most of [the apps] you can't swear on, but I found this one app where you can swear, so I'm still really getting my point across."

Adele, who is up for six Grammys, will sing at the awards show.

Cézanne canvas sets $$$ record

The government of Qatar laid out $250 million to purchase the last version of Cézanne's Card Players in private hands - by far the highest price ever fetched by a single work of art. According to Vanity Fair, the deal went down after Greek shipping magnate George Embiricos, owner of the painting, decided the time had come to sell. He died about a year ago, and the sale was carried out by his estate.

From about 1890 to 1895, Cézanne painted five versions of The Card Players. The largest, and possibly earliest, is owned by the Barnes Foundation, which will open its new home on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in May. Of the three other versions, one is held by the Metropolitan Museum of Art, one by the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, and one by the Musée d'Orsay in Paris.

Prior to Qatar's mind-numbing plunge into the art market, the most ever paid for a painting was the $140 million put down in 2006 by an anonymous buyer for Nov. 5, 1948, by Jackson Pollock. Previous record for Cézanne? In 1999, an anonymous buyer shelled out $60.5 million for Rideau, Cruchon et Compotier (1894).

  - Stephan Salisbury

Civil disobedience at the Grammys

Organizers say dozens of Latin jazz, gospel, and blues musicians will mass outside Sunday's Grammy Awards to protest the kudosfest's decision to cut 31 ethnic and minority musical categories from the awards. This is no faceless mob: Paul Simon, Carlos Santana, Bonnie Raitt and Bobby Sanabria also have voiced anger.

Nearly 23,000 people have signed a petition demanding that the Recording Academy reinstate Grammy awards for Native American and Hawaiian music, and reverse cuts in categories for Latin Jazz, Gospel, R&B, and Blues.


This article contains information from Inquirer wire services. Contact "SideShow" at sideshow@phillynews.com.

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