Mother of 9/11 Hero Addresses Carson Daly, Defends "Strong, Heroic Gay Men"

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Carson Daly is still feeling the heat for comments he made yesterday morning on his radio show, and this time the source is the mother of a 9/11 hero.

Following Daly's on-air joke that implied gay people were too weak to subdue an airline pilot - in this case, the JetBlue captain, Clayton Osbon, who simply lost control of his senses aboard a flight earlier in the week - Alice Hoagland has penned a letter to the host of The Voice.

Hoagland is the parent of Mark Bingham, one of the passengers on 9/11's United Airlines Flight 93, who helped wrestle control from terrorists and crashed the plane in a Shanksville, Pennsylvania field, saving countless lives in the process.

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"Yes, my gay son was known in our family for bringing me flowers on my birthday and Mother’s Day," Hoagland writes. "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.

"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."

Daly has since spoken to GLAAD and followed his Tweeted apology with the following statement:

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. 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. I'm not that guy. I'm proud to be an ally of the LGBT community and will continue to fight with them.


I directed a sweet lady to you. Ginnie will explain the situation and hopefully you can help her. Free Britney was the blogger on Spike Lee settlement. I will check back here. Freedom of speech vs cyber bullying. I would love to see you address this somehow within THG guidelines.


@ Joanna, @HiltonHater is completely right. People arguing First Amendment in situations like this are completely and totally misguided. Of course Carson Daly has the right to speak his opinions- just as @HiltonHater has the right to write an article about how she was offended by it. Just as Alice has a right to write a response to him. Nobody said he shouldn't have been ABLE to say what he said, instead people are saying he was OFFENSIVE and MISGUIDED. While you absolutely have the right to say that people are overly sensitive, it has absolutely nothing to do with the First Amendment.


carson daly is an ass. why he has a show is a mystery; total idiot. some gay guys should beat the crap out of him, and show him what a "sissy" he is.


I met Alice at the Flight 93 Memorial dedication. She is a very gracious lady and she proves that again with how she handed this.


@Hilton Hater no one intends to discuss freedom of speech, most people know the press has already perverted this ideal to meet their own goals. I was simply pointing out that no one can make any comment without offending someone and having to apologize for what they said.


@Joanna, and everyone else who will inevitably make this reference: Freedom of Speech does NOT mean one can say anything one wants without consequences. It ONLY means one cannot be imprisoned for simply stating an opinion.
That's it. Feel free to take whatever side you want in this debate, but please do not cite a wholly misguided notion of "Freedom of Speech" in order to do it. The Constitution is irrelevant here.


I don't see a comment from that person..... everyone seems to be PC now. It's called freedom of speech and was intended to be a joke. She is a proud mother and I understand she feels greatly for her son.


Hey GodTrang; please jump ship as soon as possible. You are dead weight; retarding the progress of our country, and indeed, all mankind.


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