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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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46.

fastdriver    

WHY do these "Hollywood" types feel the need to ALWAYS start something! They ALWAYS seem to want the DRAMA/ATTENTION to keep themselves in the spotlight and fdon't give a damn who they might hurt! Carson Daly- YOU ARE A JERK to put it mildly!

878 days ago
47.

tgrfan42069    

lol silly americans thin skin cant handle humor what a bunch of *******

878 days ago
48.

Deborah O'Donnell    

OH AND THERE IS ALWAYS GOING TO BE SOMEONE WHO KNOWS SOMEONE OR IS RELATED TO SOMEONES COUSINS ,FRIENDS, FATHERS, FRIENDS BROTHER WHO WILL BE TOTALLY OUTRAGED BY THIS COMMENT AND WILL LOOK TO SOAK UP SYMPATHY BECAUSE NO ONE HAS BEEN GIVING THEM ENOUGH ATTENTION LATELY! REALLY THIS WAS PATHETIC I LOVE TMZ BUT REALLY BETWEEN HE KARDASHIAN TRAMPS AND THE EMPTY BIDS FOR SYMPATHY IAM THINKING I WILL GO GOOGLE ENTERTAINMENT NEWS , YOUR GIVING THESE MORONS AN OUTLET TO MAKE THE REST OF US SICK! IAM IN THE AIRLINE INDUSTRY IAM SURROUNDED BY THE GAY LIFESTYLE AND YOU KNOW NOT ONE OF THEM WAS OFFENDED THEY RATHER AGREED AND LAUGHED AT IT! GET A SENSE OF HUMOR PEOPLE ARE LAUGHING WITH YOU BUT KEEP THIS CRAP UP AND THEY WILL BE LAUGHING AT YOU!

878 days ago
49.

dd    

It was a JOKE, anyway everyone knows Rosie O'donnel would have broken him in half!

878 days ago
50.

Truth    

The Flight 93 was Bush 911 propaganda and nothing else. There is no evidence for it whatsoever on the tape. If there were it would have had it's on web site where it played 24/7. It was always one of those media it-makes-a -good-story-so-let's-just-make-it-the-truth things.

878 days ago
51.

Meg    

The truth of the matter is that Carson Daly is protected by the 1st amendment and can say whatever he want-- so can TMZ in saying that he was offensive. The point is that he was stereotyping a group of people and irregardless if it's funny or not, it shouldn't be done. It shows where we are as a society that these stereotypes exist. I know countless gay men that are more of a man than any straight man. He should just learn to keep his mouth shut, hasn't he learned from the others?

878 days ago
52.

Justin    

Who knew Carson Daly WASN'T GAY? I didn't.

878 days ago
53.

TooFunny    

Considering everyone died on that flight how the hell does anyone know that her "gay son" did anything? It has always been a crock of ****z that anyone knows what happened on that plane. But is her dream so she can make it as big as she wants I guess.

878 days ago
54.

Quinn    

It was a FUNKING JOKE! I suppose it's only ok to poke fun at white Catholics these days. Piss off. Stupid story. everybody get a GD grip! ugh.

878 days ago
55.

fast34me    

Welcome to the United States of The Offended! Glad you could make it. I'm sure, if you try hard enough, you'll be able to find something that easily offends your sensibilities. If you don't, you're not trying hard enough!

878 days ago
56.

Lekili    

Carson you just lost a lot of respect with your stupid comment. Heros come in all kinds of packaging and guess what, they are still stronger and braver than you. Keep you trap shut if you can't say anything nice.

878 days ago
57.

Phreaky    

Harvey is so personally offended, he is going to run this story in the ground. Cool it Harvey, he apologized and pointed out he was trying to make fun of himself when he said it. It's annoying how offended you get if someone is not political correct and doesn't walk on egg shells around any comment related to anything "gay", but you're too scared to even come out.

878 days ago
58.

tracker    

To Marks Mom..I think of your son and Todd Beamer every sept 11..can't imagine what would have been if they were not so courageous..there are many carsons in this world..however we will just be glad that there are more mark's and todd's to salute..peace

878 days ago
59.

MN Fan    

blech

878 days ago
60.

yadda yadda    

Good for you for sticking up for your son Mamma Bear! Don't let any of these idiots bring you down and leave a shadow on the light who was your hero of a son.

878 days ago
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