Carson Daly went under fire for making a homophobic joke on his radio show this week. I know what you’re thinking. ‘Carson Daly has a radio show?’ He does, and here’s what he said on it:
“My luck, it would be like, this is the flight going to pride in San Francisco.”
He was referring to the recent JetBlue pilot meltdown—where their pilot flipped out and some of the passengers were able to restrain him, because, ironically, they were on their way to some sort of security conference.
Carson was implying that gays wouldn’t have been able to do the job. Because everyone knows gays aren’t as good as restraining crazed pilots as straights.
Of course, the world was like, ‘WTF.’ So Carson issued an apology the next day on air. But just in case you don’t tune in to his show, he also took to Twitter to write: “This morning on my radio show I attempted to make fun of myself & offended others by mistake.”
To make Carson feel even worse for his joke, a mother of a 9/11 hero told Carson the story of her son, Mark Bingham, who was on Flight 93 and also happened to be gay.
“Yes, my gay son 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 to face knife-wielding Islamist thugs in a hijacked cockpit.”
Carson issued a statement to GLAAD, saying:
“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."