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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. CM

    So let me get this straight...you all supported boycotts against Rush Limbaugh because he said evil, hateful things, but Jon Stewart is in the clear, is that right?

    Don't you Progressives so your own hypocrisy?

    May 8, 2012 at 9:23 pm |
    • momoya

      I don't care what people say and what people do about it; it's a free system.. People can decide not to purchase products from a company because of somebody's comments or not.. Who cares?. It's my principles that side me against Rush's comments and with Stewart's.. Why should I be afraid to own that?. Fvck Rush; Yay Stewart.

      May 8, 2012 at 9:28 pm |
    • Menlow

      I'll let you get this straight: I did not support any boycott against limburger; I support free speech. 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. Free speech for everyone, not just the rabid minority.

      May 9, 2012 at 10:44 pm |
  2. Sortakinda

    PageWraith, this is the topic of discussion HERE, TODAY. Are you making your plans for the month?

    May 8, 2012 at 9:22 pm |
  3. QuestionEverything

    Hey Donohue, as an ex-Catholic, please shut it. Please continue the current pace of relocating child molesters as clergymen, in your mind, are above the law.

    May 8, 2012 at 9:22 pm |
  4. Pupster25

    Catholics? Priests? Young boys? Cover up? Need anything more be said? Two faced lying deviates.....

    May 8, 2012 at 9:22 pm |
  5. Wicked Gravity

    Boycott Delta.

    May 8, 2012 at 9:20 pm |
    • Reality Checker

      +1 Boycott Delta.

      May 8, 2012 at 9:25 pm |
    • Thinks2010

      +2 boycott Delta.

      May 8, 2012 at 9:46 pm |
  6. James Oliver

    OK, I'll cross Delta off my list of choices. Sounds fair.

    May 8, 2012 at 9:19 pm |
  7. Copenhagun

    I wouldn't fly Delta regardless of their support or non support of The Daily Show.

    May 8, 2012 at 9:19 pm |
  8. Chip

    Jon Stewart is not going anywhere.. nor can you expect an apology from him on this matter. He pulls no punches and tells it like it is.. in a funny way of course. The religious "right" has pressured the Republican Party and now media giants to kneel before them. They want to control what Americans do in our bedrooms.. plain & simple. Let them preach where they belong.. and stay out of the lives of those of us who want our rights & freedoms.

    May 8, 2012 at 9:16 pm |
  9. Harv

    Bill Donohue is always complaining that the Catholic Church and / or catholics are being persecuted or maligned.

    He needs to learn the difference between being persecuted/maligned and just not getting his way.

    May 8, 2012 at 9:16 pm |
    • Sortakinda

      As the JDL says: NEVER AGAIN. A forest fire starts with a spark left unattended.

      May 8, 2012 at 9:25 pm |
    • Menlow

      Selfish and immature people equate getting their way with doing what is right. It's the immaturity that prevents them from being self-aware. 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. Free speach for everyone, not just the fringe minority.

      May 9, 2012 at 10:52 pm |
  10. Sevastian Winters

    F**** Delta and F**** the Catholic church!

    May 8, 2012 at 9:13 pm |
    • Rick Sutter

      Tolerance at its finest.

      May 8, 2012 at 9:16 pm |
    • David in Cincinnati

      Really, Rick, why should we tolerate excessive power wielded by either corporation or wealthy church?

      May 8, 2012 at 10:44 pm |
  11. he is in the closet

    I am sure Bill Donahue will lead a campaign against those catholics who support the abuse of children by its priest... including boycotting the Pope.

    May 8, 2012 at 9:13 pm |
    • Rick Sutter

      Do you really believe that Catholics support child abuse or are you just not very bright?

      May 8, 2012 at 9:19 pm |
    • Menlow

      You have to admit Rick, that the catholic parishioner's apathy and lack of indignation can support that view. I am not saying it is true, but if every catholic parishion stood up and protested child abuse of every kind (including within the church) they could move mountains, but they do not. Apathy is a first cousin to consent; Silence is consent through ommission.

      May 9, 2012 at 10:56 pm |
  12. Polyglotliberal

    Mr. "S", a great American hero!!!

    May 8, 2012 at 9:12 pm |
  13. maria

    The Catholic League should be busy putting the pedophiles priests in jail ,not spending the money they get from the Church people and paying the defense lawyers ..... they are a bunch of hypocrits is all! if this is not acceptable from them, they should pay attention to the TV. shows some are really rotten .....

    May 8, 2012 at 9:12 pm |
  14. LOLLOLLOLLOLLOL

    "The Catholic League for Civil and Religious Rights" or NAMBLA

    Love you Jon!

    May 8, 2012 at 9:11 pm |
  15. sgurdog

    Delta sucks anyway. Catholic power mongrels can boycott all they want to, as it appears enough of their flock have indeed flocked away from their pedophile web.

    May 8, 2012 at 9:10 pm |
  16. Trev Rock

    It's sad because The Catholic League for Civil and Religious Rights has no clue that he actually proved Stewart's point!

    May 8, 2012 at 9:10 pm |
  17. Bob Hope's Ghost

    who's got more pull, the Jewish Defamation League that is behind Stewart or the Catholic group?

    May 8, 2012 at 9:10 pm |
    • Chip

      Crawl back in your casket Bob.. It's the 21st century..

      May 8, 2012 at 9:20 pm |
    • Menlow

      Dear bhg, 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, very, very bad things.

      May 9, 2012 at 10:59 pm |
  18. nicoleandmaggie

    This article is useless without a link to the video!

    May 8, 2012 at 9:09 pm |
  19. Incontinentia Buttocks

    Tonight on Jon Stewart – Jesus nailed to a penis!

    See Jon, you just aren't going far enough. Monty Python was not afraid of a Biggus Dickus!

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

      NO ONE SUSPECTS THE SPANISH INQUISITION!

      May 8, 2012 at 9:11 pm |
    • plucky

      ahhhh Life of Brian!!!

      Spectator I: I think it was "Blessed are the cheesemakers".
      Mrs. Gregory: Aha, what's so special about the cheesemakers?
      Gregory: Well, obviously it's not meant to be taken literally; it refers to any manufacturers of dairy products.

      May 8, 2012 at 9:12 pm |
  20. Peter Gozinya

    Don't worry, I'm sure Delta will get Bill Maher to replace him.

    May 8, 2012 at 9:08 pm |
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