Carson Daly Apologizes for JetBlue Joke: Was It Homophobic?

The host of The Voice apologized after cracking a joke that many deemed offensive to the gay community. Do you think his comments crossed the line?

Carson Daly has inserted his foot firmly in his mouth. The Voice host is under fire for the comments he made on his morning radio show Wednesday in regards to the recent JetBlue Flight 191 incident. In fact, many angry listeners are calling Daly's joke homophobic.

On Tuesday, passengers on the JetBlue flight physically restrained the plane's pilot after he had a panic attack and became unruly. The next day, Daly, 38, poked fun at the incident: "Most of [the passengers] were on their way to some sort of security conference in Las Vegas...It was like a bunch of...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.'"

After his broadcast, the former TRL host met an immediate backlash for his joke. And, unsurprisingly, he was quick to issue an apology.

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

Daly also released a statement saying, "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 and Lesbian 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."

But are his apologies enough? Since he made his remarks, many activists and bloggers have pointed out that openly gay Mark Bingham was one of the men responsible for storming the cockpit of United Airlines Flight 93 when it was hijacked on September 11. Needless to say, Bingham's mother Alice Hoagland was none too pleased by Daly's statements.

"Yes, [Mark] was known in our family for bringing me flowers on my birthday and Mother's Day," Hoagland wrote in a statement according to Us Weekly. "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."

She continued, "No one among his...team of fellow passengers was asking, 'Are you straight? Are you gay?'...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."

While Daly has been criticized on many fronts, it's unclear whether his comments were said with the intent to mock the gay community -- or if they were just taken out of context. It's obvious that they did offend many people, though, so it seems like an apology was the correct route to take.

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