Carson Daly, the large-headed talk show host who was last relevant, well, a long time ago, made a splash this week when he insinuated that gay people were not up to the task of saving an airplane from a madman. Yes, really.
On his radio show Wednesday morning, Daly was discussing the recent Jet Blue flight that saw its pilot suffer from a nervous breakdown only to be restrained by passengers.
"Most of the people were on their way to some sort of security conference in Las Vegas," Daly said. "It was like a bunch of dudes and well trained dudes... thank God."
Daly joked, "With my luck, it would be like 'this is the flight going to Pride in San Francisco... I mean, that would be my colleagues. Uh, we're headed down to Vegas for the floral convention."
Imitating what he thinks a gay passenger would sound like, Daly went on to say, "Oh, no, no thanks you. Handle it!"
After his inevitable spanking from GLAAD, Daly released a statement clearing up what it is he meant to say.
"We live in a time where gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender individuals find courage every day to overcome adversity, stand up to bullying and find equality. I'm truly saddened that my words today suggested otherwise," the statement said in a completely, absolutely, totally convincing manner. "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."
Daly got a little more ferocious a response from Alice Hoagland, whose son Mark Bingham fought back against hijackers a decade ago.
"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," she said to TMZ.
"No one among his pick-up team of fellow passengers was asking 'Are you straight? Are you gay?' No one doubted that a guy who weighed 220 and stood 6'4" tall--who could run over a charging opponent on the field, and ran with the bulls in Pamplona earlier that summer--would be an asset to a desperate group trying to overcome a threat onboard an airliner," she added.