On his radio show on Wednesday, Carson Daly made a joking remark about how gay passengers would not have subdued the ranting pilot aboard a JetBlue flight the day before.
He first noted, the passengers who stopped the captain, which was running through the aisle telling passengers that the plane was going down, and they should say their prayers, were headed to a security convention in Las Vegas, and they were “a bunch of well trained dudes.”
Then he commented that had the plane been headed to San Francisco for a gay pride parade, they would have done nothing.
He said, “If that were me…with my luck, it would be like, (in a voice, as if to imitate a gay man) ‘This is the flight going to the [gay] pride parade in San Francisco.'” He then added, “Uh, we’re headed down to Vegas for the floral convention.”
As expected Daly soon started to get a backlash from outraged gay and lesbian community members. The mother of one, told TMZ that her son Mark Bingham, who was aboard United Flight 93 on 9/11, was gay, and that he was also a rugby player.
“No one among his pickup team of fellow passengers was asking, ‘Are you straight? Are you gay?’ ” Alice Hoagland told TMZ. “No one doubted that a guy who weighed 220 and stood 6-foot-4 inches tall, who could run over a charging opponent on the field, would be an asset to a desperate group trying to overcome a threat onboard an airliner.”
Daly later issued a statement of apology on his Twitter account for his remarks: “This morning on my radio show, I attempted to make fun of myself and offended others by mistake. I sincerely apologize.”
Carson also issued an apology directly to GLAAD, a gay rights group, “I’ve long been a supporter of gay and lesbian 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.”