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Delta pulls 'Daily Show' ads over 'vagina manger' skit
A Jon Stewart skit that referenced "vagina mangers" has angered a conservative Catholic group.
May 8th, 2012
05:12 PM ET

Delta pulls 'Daily Show' ads over 'vagina manger' skit

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.”

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Filed under: Catholic Church • TV

soundoff (2,495 Responses)
  1. ZenBonobo

    Perhaps advertisers and religious PACs should review some of the sleaze that their chosen legislators have proposed to be put into law with regard to specifics of probes, wait-periods and intrusive counseling targeting women of child bearing capabilities.

    May 8, 2012 at 8:18 pm |
  2. Adam

    The skit was funny. The catholics don't like it because it was based on truth. End of story.

    Not like I'd ever fly Delta (They charge 3x more than they should), but there is a line of advertisers just waiting to get spots on the Daily Show. They won't be missed.

    May 8, 2012 at 8:17 pm |
  3. Thelma

    The Daily Show is comedy & satire folks. If you don't like it, change the channel as I've done with Rush and Howard Stern over the years. As a Catholic, Bill Donohoe does NOT represent me or speak for me. His bigotry and insecurity are his issues, not ours. I suggest he seek therapy for them.

    May 8, 2012 at 8:17 pm |
  4. ScottPatrick

    You can complain to DELTA at: https://www.delta.com/emailus/servlet/EmailUs?cmd=go if you want to give them pressure from the other side.

    May 8, 2012 at 8:17 pm |
    • Dead Man Blogging

      If I were to complain to Delta, it would be about bag fees and delayed flights, not their advertising policy.

      On the other hand, I've done exactly the same thing to Delta as Delta has done to the Daily Show. I've withdrawn my support.

      May 8, 2012 at 8:21 pm |
  5. Sortakinda

    On the drawing board is a skit where Stewart appears as the Prophet with his beloved camel. The entire studio audience will receive an autographed picture of Stewart in costume signed, "Mohammed." Naw. He's too big of a lily-livered coward to do that. That's the bigger joke.

    May 8, 2012 at 8:17 pm |
    • michae1hawk

      You got it.

      May 8, 2012 at 8:26 pm |
    • valdon

      You know, sortakinda, this is the internet. If you think that is funny (I don't and am offended) then you can get a page (it only takes a little intelligence) and can post your (sick, twisted) humor. The only one who is a coward is the one who has the idea and is too lilly-livered to go through with it–ball in your court/page. Are you brave enough or not?

      May 10, 2012 at 12:04 am |
  6. TR

    “I'm not going to censor myself to comfort your ignorance," Stewart said, decrying what he called the cable news-fueled “outrage machine.”

    Right on. There's a man that understands the freedom of speech. As for the Catholic League: Shame on you for being so anti-capitalism.

    May 8, 2012 at 8:15 pm |
  7. apostate

    The d-baggery of ("The Catholic League" = Bill Donohue and a PC) will insure more Christian kids will be the atheists of tomorrow.

    May 8, 2012 at 8:14 pm |
    • YBP

      Amen to that, brother!

      May 8, 2012 at 8:17 pm |
  8. qwert

    I like how it's spun that Delta "choose" to drop the ads.

    If you're being pressured by a right wing christian extremist group I don't think there is much choice involved.

    May 8, 2012 at 8:14 pm |
  9. Donnie

    HAHAHA, an airline that gouges fliers over everything is making a political stance!! HAHAHA!

    May 8, 2012 at 8:14 pm |
  10. KT

    Boycott the Catholic Church.

    May 8, 2012 at 8:13 pm |
  11. just the facts

    STEWARD IS A RACIST LIBERAL

    May 8, 2012 at 8:12 pm |
    • Damie

      Who is "Steward"?

      May 8, 2012 at 8:13 pm |
    • Donnie

      A racist who believes in a philosophy of tolerance, equality, and common sense? HAHAHAHA!

      May 8, 2012 at 8:16 pm |
    • sts_121@hotmail.com

      For someone named "just the facts" you don't seem to have any to back you up.

      May 8, 2012 at 8:17 pm |
    • valdon

      HAHA! Justthe facts forgot the facts! What a maroon.

      May 10, 2012 at 12:07 am |
  12. blabla

    I'm a Catholic and thought it was funny, this is just some old extreme religious folks that don't have a sense of humor. It was controversial but that's what he does, very religious people shouldn't be watching this show anyways.

    May 8, 2012 at 8:12 pm |
  13. Daniel

    Yet again, the Catholic church has the gall to point fingers at someone... especially someone like John Stewart who's one of the few people who exposes the lies and hypocrisy of so many people in our society and actually speaks for the 99%. Oh that's right, he also exposes the hypocrisy, stupidity, immorality, lies and hatred that come from organizations like the Catholic Church. Yeah. Pretty clear why they trying to boycott him. I love John Stewart...especially when he makes fun of ALL Religions.

    May 8, 2012 at 8:12 pm |
    • valdon

      Keep in mind that the league is a sliver of Catholic extremism, in the same way the taliban is an extremist group from Islam, they are not the church and they do not speak for all Catholics..

      May 10, 2012 at 12:10 am |
  14. tom

    hypocritical morons.where they were when thousands of kids got molested by priests.why don't you protest those actions too.

    May 8, 2012 at 8:11 pm |
  15. sybaris

    Don't Catholic TV's have more than one channel?

    May 8, 2012 at 8:11 pm |
  16. Cheyla

    Religion's war on women continued – probably the GOP Teabaggers will jump on next. . .

    May 8, 2012 at 8:09 pm |
  17. Richard

    Has Stewart(!) ever made fun of anything in the Jewish faith? "Thank God I was born a man."

    May 8, 2012 at 8:09 pm |
    • John Frum

      Type in "Jon Stewart makes fun of jews" on Google and see how stupid and uninformed your comment is.

      May 8, 2012 at 8:14 pm |
    • YBP

      All the time, Richard. Don't you watch his show?

      May 8, 2012 at 8:15 pm |
    • Chad

      Actually yes he has. He does it all the time on his show and a lot of his great stand up is based on that. You're not allowed to make fun of others if you can't poke fun at yourself.

      May 8, 2012 at 8:16 pm |
    • eric

      He makes fun of his own Judaism on an almost nightly basis and never hesitates to make a dig at Israel when he feels it is warranted. . . so yes. . .

      May 8, 2012 at 8:18 pm |
    • physnchips

      All the time.

      May 8, 2012 at 8:19 pm |
  18. Beverly

    Wondering if they pulled their advertising from Rush Limbaugh's show as well..

    May 8, 2012 at 8:08 pm |
  19. nathaniel

    Die Delta

    May 8, 2012 at 8:08 pm |
  20. Kathy

    Stewart was right in refusing to apologize. He's a comedian, not a network anchor. His viewers are comedy fans, hence not people who are easily offended. I doubt that any of his viewers were bothered by the joke, but quite certain that most are now boycotting Delta.

    May 8, 2012 at 8:07 pm |
    • Richard

      Big presumption on your part. Do you think Delta has anyone as wise as you advising them on how to not offend a large part of their customer base?

      May 8, 2012 at 8:15 pm |
    • Donnie

      Hmmm, Comedy/Satire skit = offensive but baggage fees/ booking fee/ check in fee/ meal fee/ entertainment fee = not offensive to consumers

      May 8, 2012 at 8:21 pm |
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