Carson Daly apologizes for anti-gay jokes over JetBlue pilot meltdown


Carson Daly praised the courage of LGBT people as he apologized for anti-gay jokes he made after the meltdown of a JetBlue pilot earlier this week.

Daly, in a statement released by the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, said, “We live in a time where gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals find courage everyday to overcome adversity, stand up to bullying and find equality. I’m truly saddened that my words today suggested otherwise. I’ve long been a supporter of gay, lesbian and transgender rights, and I’m saddened that my comments, however unintentional, offended anyone, specifically members of the LGBT community. The fact that I have hurt anyone is devastating. I’m not that guy. I’m proud to be an ally of the LGBT community and will continue to fight with them.”

On his morning radio show, the entertainment personality joked about passengers restraining a Jet Blue pilot on a flight on March 27. He said of that flight, “Most of the people were on their way to some sort of security conference in Las Vegas … it was like a bunch of dudes and well trained dudes … thank god.”

Daly then joked that with his luck he’d be on a flight where gay passengers would not be able to subdue an out-of-control pilot – a flight full of Pride attendees bound for San Francisco or “Uh, we’re headed down to Vegas for the floral convention.”

Daly soon after heard from Alice Hoagland, whose gay son Mark Bingham helped take down the terrorists who hijacked Flight 93 on Sept. 11, 2001.

Hoagland wrote, “Yes, (Mark) was known in our family for bringing me flowers on my birthday and Mother’s Day. He also was known for careening down the rugby pitch, and, on the morning of September 11, 2001, for charging unarmed down the aisle of a doomed Boeing 757”

“No one among his … team of fellow passengers was asking, ‘Are you straight? Are you gay?’. …The world has its share of strong, heroic gay men. Gay men in sports uniforms and military uniforms have been winning America’s games and fighting America’s battles for a long time: quietly, humbly, and in the face of vicious bigotry.”

Daly tweeted an apology before releasing his full statement.

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