By Dan Gilgoff and Dave Alsup, CNN
(CNN) – Delta Air Lines has pulled its advertising from “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” over a skit in which Stewart featured a picture of a manger in between a naked woman’s legs, the company said Tuesday.
In the April skit, Stewart jokingly encouraged women to use “vagina mangers” to “protect their reproductive organs from unwanted medical intrusions.”
In a statement Tuesday, Delta Air Lines spokesperson Leslie Parker said that “We're always re-evaluating our advertising opportunities and updating our strategy in an effort to reach our desired audience.”
“Delta doesn't discriminate nor do we condone discrimination in regard to age, race, nationality, sexual orientation, religion or gender,” Parker’s statement continued. She said that Delta made the decision to pull its ads on Thursday.
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The Catholic League for Civil and Religious Rights, a conservative group that has waged a weeks-long campaign pressuring Stewart to apologize for the skit, had pressured Delta and other Comedy Central advertisers to pull their Daily Show ads.
Catholic League President Bill Donohue has encouraged a boycott of Kellogg’s because it has declined to pull its spots.
On Tuesday, Donohue announced that he’d sent a letter to the leadership at Viacom, the corporate parent of Comedy Central, which airs “The Daily Show.”
“You should be as offended as we are,” the letter said. “But if you are not, consider a picture of your own mother inserted there instead. Perhaps you now understand how the 80% of the nation that is Christian feel.”
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“What Stewart did wasn’t a joke,” Donohue’s letter continued. “It was hate speech. We could have pressed for him to be fired, but we did not. All we want is an apology.”
Media representatives at Comedy Central did not immediately respond to a request for comment. At a stand-up appearance in Florida last month, Stewart acknowledged the Catholic League’s campaign against him, according to the Tampa Bay Times.
“I'm not going to censor myself to comfort your ignorance," Stewart said, decrying what he called the cable news-fueled “outrage machine.”
Stewart is a pig and should be taken off the air. I congradulate Delta to make such a bold call by pulling their ad's. I fly United all the time and now I know why. Thank you.
Tony T,,,,,,,,,,,, ,
Eer watch Bill Maher? Now there's an adult comedian fer ya!
Don't like Jon because he speaks the truth...boo hoo!
But i'm sure you love the thin, objective and always sincere Rush Limbaugh...
You are a pious little moron with a small brain. Go live in North Carolina will ya?
Sorry Tony, he's not going anywhere. Go back to watching Lifetime television for women.
@ Tony T
Spoken lke a true, tolerant catlicker...
Why do you exist. Stop attacking, it's so mean. You big bully.
if u think Stewart is a pig then u surely are one of those lost in the 1500's maybe u should go declare some natives to be heretics and massacre them
One would think that Christians would be especially sensitive to the whole issue of censorship. Their savior was murdered in order to shut him up.
@Tony T – Stewart is a pig, but he has the right to his opinion. And we have the right to destroy him via capitalism combined with the war on ideas, which we'll win to enough of a degree one day that his sort of filth will not be tolerated by the masses.
@Noh8ing – How, exactly, is faux outrage about "women's rights", which aren't at all being violated (but I bet you think they are, don't you? just like a good little drone), a complete distortion of the Catholic Church's position, and base vulgarity tied to a mockery of religious beliefs, "the truth"?
@Raptured Logic – C'mon, just say it: You want to attack Limbaugh for his Sandra Fluke comment. Apples and oranges, and he actually had a valid point, if you listen to it in context, unlike the bigoted filth that is this Stewart bit.
@Jean Sartre – "Tolerant"? Irony. You don't get it.
@boom – You have no sense of history whatsoever, let alone morality. Like all leftists, all you've got are straw men.
"Perhaps you now understand how the 80% of the nation that is Christian feel.”
Hear that? 80% of us are Christian. Apparently, we just haven't realized it yet. Wow. Sounds like the Catholic Church is making up "facts" like the Earth is flat and the Sun orbits the Earth again.
I'm Christian, and I thought it was funny. What offends me are the nutjobs who use my faith to impose unjust social constraints on free people. You are to Christianity what the Taliban are to Islam.
Mike, you are a scholar and a gentleman; You can be both Christian and have a sense of humor and not be offended by every little thing. Glad to meet you.
CW, you misread the quote. He said "80% of the nation that is Christian", so only 80% of the 60-76% that call themselves Christian are offended (I assume these are the fundamentalists). The other 20% of those that call themselves Christian and the rest of the world think it's hilarious.
Kudos to Mike!
The world needs more Christians like you my friend!
"Apparently, we just haven't realized it yet... the Catholic Church is making up 'facts'"
Wikipedia: "The majority of Americans (76% to 80%) identify themselves as Protestants or Catholics, accounting for 51% and 25% of the population respectively"
Just because your little closed circle of closed-minded friends are all religion-hating bigots doesn't mean the rest of us are.
Ok people who don't watch john stewert, lets boycott john stewert by not watching anymore john stewert. Yay!
What ever happened to free speech? I suggest they first go after all those pedophiles that are dime a dozen, then worry about john stewert
HA – If it's MY company, I will spend MY money where ever I want – That too is MY freedom to choose. Personally, Stewart is real close to the bottom of the barrel when it comes to who I would sponsor.
David, who cares. There are tons of religious channels you can watch.
This will not lose Jon Stewart any audience since if you are already a fan of the show, you will not be offended by this. This will only lose Delta a advertising market share of smart, reasonable people with senses of humor. So who loses here? It's not Jon Stewart. Plus he gets some free press from Bill "Diarrheamouth" Donahue, so his viewership may actually go up.
Exactly! Donahue foams at the mouth when it comes to conservative right-wing issues. But when it comes to something like pedophiles...umm....not so much. Even if one was to find Stewart's joke offensive, which I certainly do not, it would then be necessary to rank it in terms of how much one wants to focus on it, as compared to the myriad of other things in the world one could focus on. The mere fact that Donahue's Tribe of right-wingers focused on this spot, says quite a bit.
As I remember history, it was right-wing Catholics like Donahue who supported two well-known fascist dictators of the 20th century... Imagine that...
You do realize how silly it is to demand someone's free speech be protected....from those practicing free speech by condemning him?
Freedom of Speech does not mean Freedom of Consequences.
Let's get one thing straight up front. Donahue is an idiot of an overgrown catholic school boy. He thinks that catholics are persecuted – got that one backward. He wasn't around to comment when little boys were reporte3d abused.
He's also delusional in thinking 4 out of every 5 Americans are Christian.
I have never liked Delta all that much to begin with, what with them losing my luggage almost every time I ever flew with them. However, their spinelessness in the face of Donohue's campaign has further convinced me never to travel with them again.
80% of Christians share the same mother?!?!
Hmm, clearly there should be 80% less traffic on the streets than usual on Sundays. I must be missing something...
Thanks Kellogg's for saying NO to censorship. I'm going to go buy a case of Cheerios.
Cheerios is made by General Mills, not Kelloggs.
@Adam – You didn't seriously expect a Stewart viewer to actually do any RESEARCH to support anything they say, did you?
The company's name is Delta Air Lines, not Delta Airlines.
Way to cave Delta.
Eat like a glutton and drink like an alcoholic drinks and get layed as do mostly all publically orientated children now do! Where is that sacred cow going? To the dung heap?
I'm sorry I was late, here is your medicine.
"What Stewart did wasn’t a joke,” Donohue’s letter continued. “It was hate speech. We could have pressed for him to be fired, but we did not. All we want is an apology.”
Liar. If it was really hate speech, not only could you have him fired, but morally you would be obligated to do so. You're lying. You know it was not hate speech. You just don't like his brand of humor.
Apparently, when the church says things, they don't consider it hate speech, but everyone else is. Sounds like they're just grandstanding.
"when the church says things, they don't consider it hate speech, but everyone else is"
Riiiiight. And we're supposed to take your judgment of what is "hate speech" seriously, someone who has no understanding whatsoever of basic and common decency or morality, because... ?
A prison cell changes things.
I'm sure if it was a Star of David instead of a manger, then Stewart would cry foul and oh the anti-semitism and the horror of Jews being persecuted.
Clearly, Dirk, your not a fan of the show or you would know that Stewart lambasts everyone, not just the whiners.
SKIP THE GROUP BELOW–they are arguing off topic about prayer–no sense of place or purpose, they might as well be in 7/11 at 3 a.m. talking to themselves..
no skip them because at least 3 are the same person who gets his laughs trolling himself. He does it on any board when someone posts something about religion. If you dont believe me go check the belief blogs. copy paste copy paste. same names same arguments, heck same order of posting. He even messed up a couple of times and posted the shtick for one ident under the wrong one :P
Prayer changes things
Prayer doesn’t not; you are such a LIAR. You have NO proof it changes anything! A great example of prayer proven not to work is the Christians in jail because prayer didn't work and their children died. For example: Susan Grady, who relied on prayer to heal her son. Nine-year-old Aaron Grady died and Susan Grady was arrested.
An article in the Journal of Pediatrics examined the deaths of 172 children from families who relied upon faith healing from 1975 to 1995. They concluded that four out of five ill children, who died under the care of faith healers or being left to prayer only, would most likely have survived if they had received medical care.
The statistical studies from the nineteenth century and the three CCU studies on prayer are quite consistent with the fact that humanity is wasting a huge amount of time on a procedure that simply doesn’t work. Nonetheless, faith in prayer is so pervasive and deeply rooted, you can be sure believers will continue to devise future studies in a desperate effort to confirm their beliefs!.~.`
Q. What kind of meat does the pope eat?
...because of these surpassing great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan (fake Jesus) to torment me...
"...because of these surpassing great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan (fake Jesus) to torment me..."
Thanks for proving your prayers don't work.
Prayer changes things, one proof = you are here.
If prayer did not work there would be no need to oppose prayer so.
If prayer did not work there would be no need to oppose prayer so."
Do you really think that is a profound statement? Frankly it is nonsense.
Bottom line, you are here out of fear of what prayer represents. As prayer changes things you are confronted with the lie you follow.
those with closed minds always open their mouths and pollute the air with their ignorance
I wonder, have the christians ever apologized for the evil things they have done?
Spanish Inquisition for example? You know that whole think about killing people for Jesus?
I also wonder, how can people who send their children off to war to kill people call themselves christians?
I'm pretty sure you should call yourselves Hypocrites.
A former christian who has "seen the light"
It is extremely clear that Stewart is Anti-Catholic. He never goes after the Jewish faith or Muslim faith like he does Christians and Catholics.
"Bottom line, you are here out of fear of what prayer represents"
I have no fear of prayer or of you. I'm here in an attempt to create conversation and debate on religious issues that have proven to be detrimental to humanity. We are the ones that will inherit the earth for we are the meek.
Prayer helps me sustain my way of life and put up with non-believers. I do not understand why people are threatened by someone else's faith in God. It makes them seem weak if that is the only point in their lives.
@Dave – You obviously missed the Passover skit.
Yes it does! Your IQ. Downwards.
"...It makes them seem weak if that is the only point in their lives."
Actually we are not weak, we have strong minds and hearts and we are reasonable and logical humans. We are here for the fight of our life, for human dignity against outdated and evil philosophies such as yours.
If it worked, the entire country would be in church praying away sicknesses and diseases. Breaking News: It doesn't work.
Prayer changes things for those (and only for those) who believe that prayer changes things. For those who question why one might be intimidated by people of faith, look at what people of faith have done...from the Dark Ages to 9/11.
By the way, if you honestly think that Stewart does not make fun of his own religion, you are not watching the show.
Atheism is good for all living things. Nature is an Atheist. Ants do not believe in a god they are ants. Lions Tigers and Bears do not care who they kill they are just hungry or defending. Humans are the ones with the problems there and can't figure it out cause wee want to be special in the eyes of something we have never seen or has given us an Ataboy.
So, if God's power and dicisions are perfect why do we both asking his/her/its to change said decisions? Just taking aloud trying to wrap my head around my Christain teachings and logic.
Build me an ark, then inbreed humanity...again.
One pair of hands at work Does more than 1,000 clasped in prayer. – Lucifer
Keep up or keep quiet–we are here because Delta Air Lines withdrew its advertizing from The Daily Show With Jon Stewart–not prayer or anything like prayer. SHEESH! Some people need diagrams and both hands to find their .....
Praying to imaginary daddy figures in the sky is delusional. Teaching kids to pray to such an imaginary daddy figure is arguably child abuse, since you're spreading your delusional thinking to them. But it must be ok, because of all those other imaginary figures the kids are also taught to believe in - including the Easter Bunny, Santa Claus, Tooth Fairy, etc. Only, the problem is that the kids eventually grow out of those other ones... Unfortunately, too few grow out of their religious brainwashing.
Note to self: Don't fly Delta, buy lots of cereal.
They should rename the airline "Bible Belta"...
GodPot: But "Delta" is a perfectly good name: "Doesn't Ever Leave The Airport".
ha ha.. my thoughts exactly!
fire the comedian for being funny.... sounds like sound logic to me.
That bit was only "funny" to vulgar-minded hacks. No surprise that his audience likes it. They're self-selected.
I've asked it before, I'll ask it again: why are religious people so humorless? They are so humorless that they deserve handicap stickers for their car.
I hereby challenge any and all religious people here to come up with something funny, and it has to be original. No cut and paste or posting youtube videos (you already know tha atheist ones are much funnier anyway). YOU do it.
What women need is a va.gina manager, not manger...
Little Bobby sat in the bathroom talking to his mother as she was taking a bath. She got up to dry herself when Bobby noticed something. With a puzzled look on his face he asked his mother, " Mommy what is that?"
She replied "That is where Daddy hit me with an ax."
Then Bobby replied "No sh*it, right in the pus*sy."
"consider a picture of your own mother inserted there instead. Perhaps you now understand how the 80% of the nation that is Christian feel.” I've seen my birth video and I would really rather see a manger covering my mothers va.gina than me squeezing out of it again...
Two va.gina peanuts went to New York... One was a salted...
One Va.gina said to the other "Hey, this coffee taste like mud!!"
The other replied "Really? It was fresh ground just this morning..."
Q. What was the First Commandment?
A. "Adam, eat my pu*ssy."
Sorry Voice and Christiannumbers, you are disqualified for cut-and-paste.
Here's a typical christian joke for you:
First god created earth, then he rested...
Then he created man, then he rested...
Then he created women and no one has rested since!
Pretty funny huh?
“I'm not going to censor myself to comfort your ignorance"
Well I would, I'll censor that fine looking young Jewish boy all night long...
Hey, two I made up and two were from memory, no cut & paste here...
A horse's va.gina walks into a bar. The bartender says, "why the long face?"
I have a Christian Joke: Ted Haggard!
Okay, cut and paste rule is lifted. I would rather read that than the usual blabber.
Why are you so threatened by the belief in God that other people have? – It really shouldn't affect you at all. It makes you seem week and without a point to your life if this is the point to your life.
Dan the preacher had just passed on. He arrived at the pearly gates and got in line. Ahead of him was Mac the cab driver. As Mac got to the front of the line St Peter said to him "Welcome to Heaven. What is your name, and what did you do in life"? Mac said "My name is Mac, and I drove a cab in New York". St Peter gave him a beautiful silk robe and a golden staff and said "Go right in. Welcome to Heaven and enjoy eternity in the presence of our Lord"! So then Dan excitedly stepped up and told St Peter "My name is Dan, and I was a preacher". St Peter gave him a plain cotton robe and wooden staff and said "Welcome to Heaven, Dan. Go right in and praise God". Dan made a confused face and asked "I dont mean to be ungrateful and all, but Im wondering why Mac got such a beautiful robe and staff and mine are so plain"? St Peter told him "While its true that you arrive in Heaven by the grace of God, we do also account for your deeds on earth. While you were preaching, people slept. But while Mac was driving – people PRAYED".
"It makes you seem week "
I know right, I have been feeling like seven days for quite some time now...
Jesus walks into a bar.
He tells the bartender: "I'll just have a glass of water"
My cat is so smart. I asked him "Who was the leader of the chinese revolution that brought the communist party to power in 1949"? He just looked at me and said "Mao"?
Two priest's were taking a pis*s in the urinals one day and the one priest looks down and see's a nicotine patch on the other guy's dick. He says "Im not really a rocket scientist or anything, but, isnt that supposed to be on your arm?" And the other priest goes "Nah, it's working fine. Im down to two butts a day"!
1. it's weak, not week;
2. it doesn't make it pointless if that is not the point.
Gotta love Stewart: “I'm not going to censor myself to comfort your ignorance,"
I think ditching Biden and going for an Obama/Stewart 2012 ticket would be a sure thing...
Then four years later we can vote in Stewart/Colbert 2016...
I dug that quote, too.
We should make the Catholic Church censor themselves first.
Stewart is the ignorant one, but more damningly, he's a liar and a bigot, and a vulgar one at that. Further, he's a PURVEYOR of ignorance: He deliberately distorts others' views, including that of the Catholic Church, on a regular basis. He should feel lucky that more companies don't drop him like the steaming sack of crap he is. The notion that you can do whatever you want with no consequences because being told otherwise would be "censorship" is asinine; by that reasoning, you should be able to broadcast h-core p-ography (speaking of censorship, thanks CNN for butchering this sentence) on billboards outside the elementary school. But I bet you "censorship is always bad" people would like that, wouldn't you?
I thought it was funny. I command that you do as well.
Well, now it's me against Stewart AND you.
Fvck You Bill!!
Oh look. A Leftist playing both God and tyrant at the same time. Yet again.
I applaud Tony the Tiger!
Donahue threatening to get Stewart fired? People, people, people! It's a joke you morons! Get over yourselves! Just imagine if that was my mother? What a putz!
I watching! I've got to see that magic!
Not usually a Jon Stewart fan, but that is too funny
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