Mark Bingham’s mom has message for Carson Daly: ‘The world has its share of strong, heroic gay men’
Anyone who knows the story of Mark Bingham couldn’t help thinking of him yesterday when Carson Daly made jokes about gay people not being able to take down the crazed pilot on this week’s JetBlue flight.
Bingham is a gay man who among the heroes on United Flight 93 who are thought to have fought their hijackers on Sept. 11, 2001.
United Flight 93 went down in Pennsylvania instead of a government building in Washington D.C. as was planned. Bingham’s story was the subject of the documentary With You which was seen around the US film festival circuit last year.
Bingham’s mother, Alice Hoagland, shared with TMZ.com today some thoughts about Daly’s comments.
“Yes, my gay son was known in our family for bringing me flowers on my birthday and Mother’s Day,” she said. “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,’ Hoagland added. ‘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.”
Here is part of the documentary With You: