Carson Daly must not have known what a Bear is in the gay community, otherwise I doubt he would have joked gay people couldn’t take down the crazed JetBlue pilot.
However Alice Hoagland, mother of the openly gay 9/11 hero
, gave a wonderful response in an interview with TMZ.
“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 adds, “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.”
“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.”
“I hope you and I may have an opportunity to talk sometime. I prefer to believe you didn’t mean to offend. Good luck to you.”
Gays, just like girls, are not all ‘pretty little princesses’. I’d argue that I would want to mess with someone less who had been forced to stand up for themselves against bullying and bigotry, because they’re more likely to be able to kick your ass.
And for what it’s worth, Carson tweeted and issued a statement apologizing a few hours after the show. “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”.