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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. El Lobo

    Religion is a man-made creation used to terrorize and enslave mankind, while monopolizing power and profit. You followers better do what you're told or you face eternal damnation, nevermind all the details that have been proven false and the centuries of blatent abuse of power, unjustified violence and witch hunts. They just keep controling the flock and most keep buying it hook, line, and sinker!

    Humanity is so lame.

    May 8, 2012 at 9:07 pm |
  2. fritz

    I hope Stewart doesn't cave in to these self-righteous christian bullies. They would love to sneer in mocking and derisive satisfaction at having a Jewish comedian bow to their 'righteous' indignation. Oh yeah, listen up christian people, some day we'll buy beer on Sundays! Some day! Count on it!

    May 8, 2012 at 9:07 pm |
    • house broken

      I already do 🙂

      May 8, 2012 at 9:10 pm |
  3. cosmicsnoop

    This guy does not watch Comedy Central, the home of South Park, which has not and will not get cancelled. Neither will this show. It anchored the network for awhile. And to Mr. Donahue: if I saw a picture of MY mother imposed on Stewart's prop, I'd probably die laughing.

    May 8, 2012 at 9:06 pm |
    • Jesus Christ/Buddah/Moses/Mohammed

      Exactly, South Park even did an episode where Bill D. tried to kill jesus and the pope because they weren't catholic enough, it was a great skit. Bill D. is just another right wing nut job

      May 8, 2012 at 9:44 pm |
  4. Trent

    Ehhhh, Donohue needs to find something better to do than be a troll.

    May 8, 2012 at 9:06 pm |
    • Menlow

      And delta needs to hire someone who could have told they this guy was a minority nut-job and saved them all this trouble.

      May 9, 2012 at 11:03 pm |
  5. K

    Oh my gosh it's COMEDY! Get off your high horses and just leave well enough alone. Besides, don't they realize that making a big stink about it is actually bringing attention to that particular segment? Only those who watched the show would have even known about it, but now it's all over the news! If you don't like it, don't watch it (and don't blast it all over the media)

    May 8, 2012 at 9:04 pm |
  6. zeyn2010

    What? This doesn't even compare to what Rush said on public radio! I hope they had the same reaction when Rush insulted Ms. Fluke – on a personal level!

    May 8, 2012 at 9:03 pm |
    • Menlow

      What he did was wrong and showed his ignorance and he later apologised. That was serious political discussion in a serious political forum and the bounds of civility and dignity must be maintained. Here, we are talking about the context of a COMEDY SHOW. So what if it was in poor taste and offensive? Think Borat. The point is the league called it hate speech and tried to get him fired and Delta caved in to this shameless economic black.mail. You are not required to find every joke funny or every idea valid, but you should not suppress free speech to allow the easily offended to feel more comfortable. Think founding fathers–think consti.tution. Please, think for your self. Stop donating to the league, they support bad things. Support all free speech.

      May 9, 2012 at 11:08 pm |
  7. Baycap

    Once again, Delta 'screwed the pooch' on this one. One person (or department) within Delta makes another dumb mistake that will drive the company even faster into the hole. (oops)

    May 8, 2012 at 9:02 pm |
  8. PROGRESSIVEJUSTLIKEJESUS

    Some of his best work.

    May 8, 2012 at 9:02 pm |
  9. WeirdoWoman

    I don't understand why the Catholic Church thinks he should apologize to them? They don't protect or stand up for women. If there's anyone who deserves an apology it would be women, but I think we appreciate Stewart's work on our behalf more than that of the Catholic Church.

    May 8, 2012 at 9:00 pm |
    • Menlow

      The Catholic Church does not think that an apology is necessary–the league thinks an apology is necessary. The league is a radical sliver group of catholic extremists, not the church. In the same way the taliban does not speak for Islam.

      May 9, 2012 at 11:11 pm |
  10. Steve

    Delta Air Lines is three words, not two.

    May 8, 2012 at 9:00 pm |
  11. Rick

    I'm boycotting the Catholic church in protest of the Catholic League

    May 8, 2012 at 8:59 pm |
  12. Joe

    Delta doesn't support discrimination. That's why they're pulling their advertising from a show due to a skit that was battling discrimination. Makes sense.... wait, what?

    May 8, 2012 at 8:58 pm |
    • OOO

      Great point!

      May 8, 2012 at 9:00 pm |
    • zeyn2010

      Agreed! Good point!

      May 8, 2012 at 9:04 pm |
    • K

      True!!

      May 8, 2012 at 9:05 pm |
  13. Willis Ryder

    Have not used Delta in years since they lost all my bags on a weekend trip to NY. Don't you know Delta is actually an acronym? D-E-L-T-A...Don't Expect Luggage To Arrive!!!!

    May 8, 2012 at 8:57 pm |
  14. Bill E. Bob

    I admire Jon Stewart for getting a lot of people pissed off about vaginas.

    Vaginas just don't get this much news coverage usually.

    May 8, 2012 at 8:55 pm |
  15. Oodoodanoo

    Bill Donohue is a professional victim.

    May 8, 2012 at 8:54 pm |
  16. George

    I am going to watch Jon Stewart more now.

    May 8, 2012 at 8:54 pm |
    • cosmicsnoop

      I watch it every night. It literally is the best news show. There is no bull. He takes on Dems too and just made a pretty harsh jab at the Prez the other night. Of course Repubs get it a little more because he shows their clips of their hypocrisy daily. One clip will show them a year ago defending some position and another shows them today attacking the guy whose defending said position. Sad actually.

      May 8, 2012 at 9:00 pm |
  17. immobee

    i didn't see anything in this article that mentioned christianity. why is everyone so upset? because a manger was mentionedin the bible? Well, the man's name is John. Does that offend you too? I'm a true christian, and I don't see what the big deal is.

    May 8, 2012 at 8:53 pm |
    • mandarax

      He mentioned v.a.g.i.n.a.s., and Christians don't like to acknowledge those things. They belong to second class citizens, are dirty, and are used to participate in s.e.x., which is bayad, mmmkay?

      May 8, 2012 at 8:57 pm |
    • OOO

      "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."

      Is that christian enough?

      May 8, 2012 at 8:59 pm |
    • Menlow

      No, not really; the league thinks an apology is necessary. The league is a radical sliver group of catholic extremists, not the church. In the same way the taliban does not speak for Islam.

      May 9, 2012 at 11:13 pm |
  18. Really?

    Stewart used to be pretty entertaining and rarely offensive. Lately it seems he's trying to be more like Tosh.0 who has a strong LGBT agenda instead of going classy and following Colbert. Must be a niche for him but we've given up watching him and just wait for Colbert to come on.

    May 8, 2012 at 8:53 pm |
    • Island Jack

      You think Colbert is "classy"? I watch his show, but I won't put him anywhere near classy. In fact, I think Colbert needs to hire some of the Daily Show writers.

      May 8, 2012 at 9:02 pm |
    • plucky

      I usually can't find anything to compete with either of these shows during that hour. They own it.

      May 8, 2012 at 9:08 pm |
    • mandarax

      Really? doesn't understand that Colbert is a parody – he believes Colbert really means it when he acts like Bill O'Reilly. That's why Really? thinks it's "classy"

      May 8, 2012 at 10:14 pm |
  19. PIJoe

    A guy like Stewart is in the business of denegrating people of faith and anyone else on the right. Hopefully this is just the beginning. He'll stick his foot in his mouth again. Every show's a new opportunity.

    May 8, 2012 at 8:52 pm |
    • mandarax

      You are exactly right. He writes comedy and satire from a clever, educated perspective. Therefore he denigrates the faithful and anyone else on the right.

      May 8, 2012 at 8:54 pm |
    • Rick

      I'm boycotting Catholic the church in protest of the Catholic League.

      May 8, 2012 at 8:58 pm |
    • Bill E. Bob

      Why aren't you angry about Limbaugh and all the people on the right who have been doing the exact same thing for years? If what is being done bothers you, don't forget to condemn the people who share your opinion as well.

      May 8, 2012 at 8:58 pm |
    • PIJoe

      @mandarax If Stewart were as educated and clever as you seem to think he is he would have found a way to use satire without losing his sponsor. Right? 🙂

      May 9, 2012 at 11:11 am |
    • Menlow

      No, not really. This incident is a high point of Stewarts' career and does him no harm. However it does expose the need to protect free speech and the weakness of both delta and the league.

      May 9, 2012 at 11:23 pm |
    • Menlow

      In a serious political discussion in a serious political forum the bounds of civility and dignity must be maintained. Here, we are talking about the context of a COMEDY SHOW. So what if it was in poor taste and offensive? Think Borat. The point is the league called it hate speech and tried to get him fired and Delta caved in to this shameless economic black.mail. You are not required to find every joke funny or every idea valid, but you should not suppress free speech to allow the easily offended to feel more comfortable. Think founding fathers–think consti.tution. Please, think for your self. Stop donating to the league, they support bad things. Support all free speech for all persuasions. Stix and stones.

      May 9, 2012 at 11:25 pm |
  20. educatorga

    pulleeze

    May 8, 2012 at 8:51 pm |
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