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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 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.”

Well said!

Here is part of the documentary With You:


Carson Daly issues detailed apology

Outfest 2011: Don’t Miss the Outstanding Without You

Sunday Morning Man: 9/11 Hero Mark Bingham

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5 Remarks

  1. March 29th, 2012 at 12:41 pm
    Joan Fernandez says:

    Will it ever stop? And what exactly is your heroic contribution to humanity, Mr. Daly?

  2. It always appeared to me that Daly was a homophobe. Here’s more proof. Wonder what he would do if he was in that situation?

  3. Hello to Joan. I don’t think it will ever stop, sorry to say.

  4. thank you Alice for reminding us again of Mark’s heroics on that dreadful day and the utter ignorance of Carson and so many others like him….

  5. Carson Daly proves once again that his innate capacity to be tasteless hasn’t diminished any. Mark’s Bingham’s mother should make him quite ashamed of himself provided he’s not stupid enough to realize it…

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