Speaking about travelers on a JetBlue flight on their way to a security convention who subdued the pilot when he began behaving erratically, Daly joked, "With my luck, it would be like . . . 'This is the flight going to [the gay pride parade] in San Francisco.' . . . I mean, that would be my colleagues."
Daly added, in a higher voice, "Uh, we're headed down to Vegas for the floral convention."
The fallout was immediate. Daly took to Twitter to apologize: "This morning on my radio show I attempted to make fun of myself & offended others by mistake. I sincerely apologize."
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But the outrage didn't end there. In a statement to TMZ, Alice Hoagland, the mother of Mark Bingham, one of the heroes of United Flight 93 who stormed the cockpit on Sept. 11, took the radio host to task.
Her gay son, a public relations man and rugby player, helped prevent terrorists from crashing that airplane into the nation's capitol. She wrote, "No one among his pick-up team of fellow passengers was asking 'Are you straight? Are you gay?'"
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She added, "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."
Daly's song of sorrow continued. He apologized a second time through the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation. The statement on the GLAAD website reads in part, "We live in a time where gay, lesbian, bixsexual, and transgender individuals find courage every day to overcome adversity, stand up to bullying, and find equality."
The entertainment personality added, "I'm truly saddened that my words today suggested otherwise. . . . 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."
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