Speaking on his radio show, Carson Daly suggested that it was a good thing that a bunch of touch guys were on board the recent JetBlue flight during which the pilot went crazy and had to be subdued by the passengers. If a bunch of gay men had been on the plane, Daly said that they probably would have been too scared to take action.
Specifically, Daly said the following:
“On this particular flight, most of the people were on their way to some sort of security conference in Las Vegas… So, there was a bunch of dudes–and well-trained dudes. What are the odds of that? Thank God.”
“If that were me… with my luck, it would be like, ‘This is the flight going to Pride in San Francisco,’” Daly added. He then went on to speak briefly in a stereotypical gay/effeminate accent. Hilarious.
All of this raises a very important question: who was actually listening to Carson Daly’s radio show to hear these homophobic comments?
In all seriousness, though, the comments are ridiculously ignorant. Members of the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgener community are outraged and they have every right to be. We finally got through the mess surrounding “don’t ask, don’t tell” and the last thing anyone needs is a celebrity, however minor, spouting off this nonsense.
There is absolutely no evidence to suggest that gays are any less heroic when faced with adversity than heterosexuals. In fact, one of the men who helped storm the cockpick of United Flight 93, saving countless lives, was an openly gay man named Mark Bingham.
Daly has already apologized for the remarks on his Twitter account.