Carson Daly took to his radio show Wednesday morning to discuss the JetBlue pilot who unexpectedly delivered a batshit-crazy rant to passengers on a five-hour flight and had to be restrained before the plane made an emergency landing.
The former Total Request Live host joked that his flight would’ve been filled with gay men who wouldn’t have restrained Capt. Clayton Osbon, who reportedly “aggressively grabbed” the hands of a flight attendant, yelled at passengers and punched a lot of walls.
“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. With my luck, it would be like, this is the flight going to [the gay pride parade] in San Francisco.
“‘Uh, we’re headed down to Vegas for the floral convention,’” Carson added in a stereotypical gay voice.
Here’s a video of the melee:
Carson apologized on Twitter, saying, “This morning on my radio show I attempted to make fun of myself & offended others by mistake. I sincerely apologize.”
Those MTV VJs are just so edgy, aren’t they? But here’s the thing about washed-up TV and radio personalities: The jokes that were “funny” in the ’90s, when you were 18, are not at all funny now.
Apology rating: 3 out of 10. Trying to ameliorate how offensive the statement was with that Carson brand of understated self-deprecation just isn’t fooling anyone. “By mistake” is total BS: Obviously he knew it was offensive, or else he wouldn’t have said it. What he’s apologizing for is that he thought he could get away with it. It sounds a lot more like “I’m sorry my awesome sense of humor ruffled your gay feathers.” And no donation to GLAAD or PFLAG? Not classy.
Also: Mark Bingham, one of the Flight 93 heroes on 9/11, was gay. Dude played rugby. Dude was jacked. Dude took down hijackers with box cutters. He’d think Daly was a pussy. His mother, Alice Hoagland, gave TMZ a comment about Daly’s idiocy: “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.”
(image via jdlasica
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