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04/19/2007


Mark Bingham's Mom Responds To Carson Daly

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Carson Daly forgot a very important person when he claimed gay people couldn't tackle a crazed pilot: Mark Bingham, the gay man who helped tackle terrorists on doomed 9/11 Flight 93.

But Alice Hoagland, Mark's mother, reminded the radio host in an interview with TMZ:

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

Take that, Mr. D.


Carson Daly Now Even More Sorry For Mocking Gay People

6a00d8341c730253ef0168e95becf7970c-200wiCarson Daly is offering some more contrition for his homophobic rant yesterday.

The radio and television host found himself under fire after saying that gay people would have been incapable of subduing the Jet Blue pilot who lost it mid-flight this week, because of course we're all weakling weenies.

Soon after, Daly tweeted a quick apology, writing, "I attempted to make fun of myself & offended others by mistake. I sincerely apologize."

Now, after having an old-fashioned sitdown with GLAAD, Daly has more to say:

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, lesbian, and transgender 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.

So, do you forgive and forget, reader? Or were you just not that offended, because, you know, it's Carson Daly? Does the size of the star or their platform amplify an offensive comment, or is all discrimination equal?


Carson Daly Mocks Gay People in Jetblue Radio Rant: VIDEO

Carson Daly mocked gays this morning in a discussion about the JetBlue pilot that had a meltdown on the flight from JFK to Vegas, TMZ reports:

DalyIt all went down on Daly's L.A. radio show this morning ... when he was talking about the flight and said, "Most of the people were on their way to some sort of security conference in Las Vegas ... it was like a bunch of dudes and well trained dudes ... thank god."

He laughingly continued, "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."

Then, changing his voice to sound like a gay stereotype, Carson said, "Uh, we're headed down to Vegas for the floral convention."

Listen, AFTER THE JUMP...

Aside from the offensive nature of the remarks, I guess he's never heard of Mark Bingham.

UPDATE: Daly tweets:

This morning on my radio show I attempted to make fun of myself & offended others by mistake. I sincerely apologize.

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Music News: Saying Bye Bye Bye To TRL

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GuestbloggerRobbie Daw presents a weekly pop music update here on Towleroad! Robbie runs his own site called Chart Rigger.

Hey there, Carson Daly, mind if I bend your ear for a minute?

You see, I was wondering what you thought when you heard the news that MTV is retiring Total Request Live in November—you know, the Top 10 video countdown staple that made you a figurehead amongst a generation of adolescents?

Millennium_coverNow, I know what they'll all say, Carson. They'll say that MTV hasn't really played music videos on a regular basis in a good decade or so, and that axing TRL is just a natural progression. After all, might the network not be better off simply airing marathons of The Hills and Next all day long?

And, yeah, you were probably right to get out in 2003, when the teen pop wave of the late '90s had crested and crashed into an endless, dull quagmire of J. Lo jams and songs that too often featured "featuring" in the billing—Eminem featuring this one, Ja Rule featuring that one...

Admittedly, I haven't watched TRL since you were on it, Carson. In fact, I haven't watched it since Hoku was clawing her way to the top with "Another Dumb Blonde." But let's stop for a second and take stock of a few things.

When TRL first launched in September 1998, Chad Hurley was just a 21-year-old college geek playing computer games at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He was still seven years away from launching YouTube. (I went to IUP around then, too, Carson...and, dammit, why wasn't I hanging out with him?)

UsherYouTube. Do you think that's what did in TRL in the end? After all, why rush home to watch a half-hour video countdown when you can make your own playlist of clips online?

And then there's Britney Spears. Geez, she's had an interesting ride this past decade, huh? And just think—there was no Britney back then! "...Baby One More Time" (the song) was still two months away from being released in September 1998. Sure, there were *NSYNC and Backstreet Boys, but if you think about it, Carson, Britney and TRL were almost star-crossed. They were meant to happen together. It was like tossing a carefully-lit match into a powder keg that had been strategically set out in the right spot.

I bought "...Baby One More Time" that fall, on CD single. (Remember those?) There was no iTunes in 1998, either, and wouldn't be for another five years. Again, iTunes—another possible contributor to the demise of Total Request Live? Who's to say?

Then along came Christina Aguilera. Hey, you dated her, didn't you, Carson? I can't recall—was that before or after you dated Tara Reid? And Jennifer Love Hewitt? Boy, girls sure weren't singing about kissing girls back then, were they? Well, okay, they were. But America wasn't really singing along and sending them to #1 in the process.

BritneycarsonThe world was just a different place in 1998. September 11 was still another mundane day on the calendar, and Columbine was just a high school no one outside of Jefferson County in Colorado paid much attention to.

And so, Carson, I think what's got me playing the Backstreet Boys on repeat these past few days isn't so much that I'm lamenting the passing of TRL. In some ways, I just feel like MTV is pulling the plug on my youth. It's the same thing I felt when Lance Bass appeared on the cover of People, declaring he was gay—Now there's the end of an era!

Speaking of which, why couldn't Lance Bass just march onto your show back in the day and tell the world he was gay? Why'd he have to wait till after he was so sure *NSYNC were a done deal—that there was no way he could harm the financial viability of a globally-profitible boy band—that it wouldn't really matter anymore if he was gay, straight, an atheist or a martian?

98degreesHow would America react in 2008 if, say, one of the Jonas Brothers came out of the closet? Would Disney put out the inevitable live album, the "best of" and then send the the trio off to go quietly into the night? Or would they be accepted and carry on having hits? How much have things really changed over the course of the TRL era?

Ah, well. In the end, this all brings to mind a line from the Smiths' "Rubber Ring":

Don't forget the songs that made you cry,
And the songs that saved your life.

Granted, the songs that saved my life were more "Rubber Ring" than "I Want It That Way" or "Oops!...I Did It Again." But the latter ones sure did make me smile.


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