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Mother of 9/11 Hero

My Son Was Gay

... And Tougher Than Carson Daly

3/29/2012 8:41 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0328-alice-hoagland-carson-daly-mark-bingham-getty-exThe mother of one of the Flight 93 heroes wants Carson Daly to know ... gay people ARE brave and tough ... and her son was living proof.

TMZ broke the story ... Daly joked on his L.A. radio show that gay people wouldn't have been able to take down a crazed pilot who freaked out on a recent JetBlue flight ... instead, they would have been more interested in going to a "floral convention."

Now, Alice Hoagland ... the mother of Mark Bingham ... has a message for the radio host ... saying, "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."

She adds, "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."

Alice Hoagland
Mother of Mark Bingham
California Golden Bears Rugby, University of California, Berkeley
San Francisco Fog Rugby Club
United Airlines Flight 93 Newark to San Francisco    9/11/2001

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31.

Itchy_Balls    

flight 93 was shot down by the USA...just look at the crash footage.. If it hit the ground in one peice they would not have found parts 8 miles away...it blew up in midair

849 days ago
32.

anony    

This is moronic. Daly's dumb joke is being way blown out of proportion. And getting this guy's mother involved only adds to the inanity. A group of gay rugby players would have no problem handling a crazy pilot. A bunch of Broadway dancers, probably not as well.....

849 days ago
33.

Anonymous    

Get over it. Not a fan at all, but he was just trying to be funny, and flopped. So what? It was not some personal attack on your kid.

849 days ago
34.

Chris    

There's an awesome short film on YouTube that crushes the stereotype that gay people can't be strong and athletic. Type in GAY BABY SHORT in the YouTube search.

849 days ago
35.

AyeJay    

Some of you are completely missing the point. I think most people are mad that he was stereotyping that gay men are fairy glitter queens. Not the fact that he said they're gay. Apparently Carson hasn't had much interaction with gay men, because at my gym the most buff dudes are gay and they look like they can break Carson's twiggy body with their pinkie. It's the stereotyping that pissed people off, not that it was a gay comment.

849 days ago
36.

BroRo    

But...isn't Carson gay??

849 days ago
37.

Clyde T.M. Nestra    

Her message brought tears to my eyes. There was a time when Carson Daly's comments would have been mainstream, unfortunately. That time has passed. He is at least a decade behind the times, and I feel no sympathy for him. He's taking a well-deserved beating in the media...maybe it will teach him to think before he talks.

849 days ago
38.

Karmagal    

Shame on you Carson. Cant wait until you have kids and one of em is gay. Then what will you say? Your a **** and you know it. Jagoff.

849 days ago
39.

Alice    

It was a JOKE!!!! It was a funny JOKE!!!!

It is sad that something said in such a whimsical fashion is taken so seriously by so many! For heaven's sake go find something worthy of being pissed about-there's plenty out there!

849 days ago
40.

Sackman    

In the end dosnt this just prove daily's point on plane crashed and everyone died and the other one no one died

849 days ago
41.

bagladey    

Why is this being dragged out? The guy made a joke; it didn't go down so well; he apologized. Why is TMZ trying to make a huge thing out of this? It's OVER!

849 days ago
42.

richard elioff    

oh no-if Carson offends one more person it will leave only one person watching his mercy hump tv program late in the night.

849 days ago
43.

renee    

Carson is a douchbag anyway, everyone knows that. besides, after 9/11 ANYONE would take down someone acting crazy on a plane.

849 days ago
44.

Deborah O'Donnell    

SERIOUSLY! WE CANNOT BE THAT ANAL OF A SOCIETY WHERE A SIMPLE JOKE CAN TURN INTO SUCH DRAMA! THE GUY MADE A JOKE GET OVER IT AND AS MY FATHER USE TO SAY F%#K EM IF THEY CAN'T TAKE A JOKE!

849 days ago
45.

firebaby    

why don't these people get pissed off at lisa lampanelli or kathy griffin with all their gay jokes? oh, lemme guess, it's not the same, right?
omfg you people are ridiculous.....

849 days ago
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