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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. Sue brooks

    Shame on the comments here. Repent NOW. God will not allow Himself to be mocked, John Stewart.

    May 8, 2012 at 9:41 pm |
    • Trev Rock

      Which god? yours? or mine? Mine thinks that man has been using him to gain power and treasure for far too long.

      May 8, 2012 at 9:45 pm |
    • Thom

      There's only one God, if you don't know which is the real one, you've got more problems then you know. Jesus is the one and only.

      May 8, 2012 at 9:49 pm |
    • Bill Donohue, Grand Inquisitor of The Catholic League for Civil and Religious Rights

      Jon Stewart made millions mocking gods. I gues they were powerless to stop him.

      Almost like they don't exist.

      May 8, 2012 at 9:50 pm |
    • Kelly

      There is only one God, numb nuts.

      May 8, 2012 at 9:54 pm |
    • El Lobo

      And you know this how? Because you were told so? Have you ever researched your book? It's creation and translation? Open your mind and search where they dont want you to look. It is OK to do it now, they are not burning people at the stakes in public squares to force your obediance anymore.

      May 8, 2012 at 9:59 pm |
    • TR6

      “God will not allow Himself to be mocked”

      Did you have to study to get this stupid? Your god is mocked hundreds of thousands of times each day, year in and year out, and he doesn’t do anything about it!!! If he did, there would be a lot less mocking going on.

      This is another piece of evidence that your god does not exist

      May 8, 2012 at 10:02 pm |
    • Reality Checker

      Ever notice how the more conservative a religious group is the more sensitive they are about any type of criticism and GOD forbid... humor?

      May 8, 2012 at 10:05 pm |
    • Menlow

      Shame on you for not being able to distinguish between mere entertainment and religion (which is important) to equate the two devalues God.

      May 9, 2012 at 10:20 pm |
  2. Old Movin Man

    I don't know where this guy gets off stating what 80% of the country think or feel about the subject. 80 % represents a serious number of people who may or may not watch COMEDY, Jon Stewart is payed to be funny and provocative, I wonder if this clown wants everyone to move their advertising over to Rush Limbaugh?

    May 8, 2012 at 9:41 pm |
  3. Spijder

    Only those with a deep seated hate of women would think that the graphic of one being hidden by the graphic of Any other thing no matter it's signifigance to religion is hate speech.

    May 8, 2012 at 9:41 pm |
  4. Herby Sagues

    80% of americans believe in fairy tales?

    May 8, 2012 at 9:41 pm |
    • guitarharry

      Hardly. This whole conceit that Christians have where they think their kind of magic is more important than others is really the problem. John Lennon said it concisely; "Imagine no religion. I wonder if you can?"

      May 8, 2012 at 9:44 pm |
    • HenryO

      No, 20% are God haters on their way to hell.

      May 8, 2012 at 9:44 pm |
    • KathyO

      Imagine where John Lennon right now. Imagine that.

      May 8, 2012 at 9:45 pm |
    • Jensen

      Yep, and John Lennon got shot in the head at an early age and could be in hell right now, so what's your point?

      May 8, 2012 at 9:46 pm |
    • El Lobo

      If you threaten them with eternal fire and damnation people tend to do what they are told.

      May 8, 2012 at 9:49 pm |
    • TR6

      @KathyO:”Imagine where John Lennon right now. Imagine that.”

      When I die, I will gladly go to where ever John Lennon is right now instead of where ever you and the people like you go.

      When “good” Christians die they go to heaven. It is an unending church service on a hot day with not air conditioning, where some old guy in a dress endlessly tells you how great god is and you have to agree. Sometimes they force you to sing songs about how great god is. Once in a while they serve refreshments. A plate of little bits of jesus’s real body and a cup of his real blood, because in heaven they would never serve some fake symbol and make you transubstantiate it

      May 8, 2012 at 10:16 pm |
  5. Rudedog

    IF The Catholic League for Civil and Religious Rights would go after pedo priests like they do Jon Stewart, I might start going back to Mass on sundays again.

    May 8, 2012 at 9:38 pm |
    • El Lobo

      That is too noble a cause for them.

      May 8, 2012 at 10:03 pm |
    • Menlow

      Your right. Let's not donate to the league until they do something worth while and live up to their name. Let's financially starve them the way they sought to take away economic support from The Daily show. NO MORE DONATIONS.

      May 9, 2012 at 10:28 pm |
  6. JF

    Definitely boycotting delta now. Tired of pressure from religious groups affecting everything. #freesociety

    May 8, 2012 at 9:38 pm |
    • PushingBack

      Agreed!

      May 8, 2012 at 9:42 pm |
    • Thom

      I sure Delta won't miss your coach ticket once very 7 years.

      May 8, 2012 at 9:50 pm |
    • Menlow

      or your business travel every week either.

      May 9, 2012 at 10:29 pm |
  7. MightyMoo

    Delta can go, I'll still watch the Daily Show. Someone else can have my eyeballs for their ads.

    May 8, 2012 at 9:37 pm |
  8. Dustin

    This is ridiculous. I'm a Chritian and thought it was hilarious. Could it be because this group is actually republican and just doesn't want anyone having any negative feelings about their attacks on women? Really really ridiculous. We live in the most pansy society ever now.

    May 8, 2012 at 9:36 pm |
    • Menlow

      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.

      May 9, 2012 at 10:30 pm |
  9. jj

    Now that Southwest is in Atlanta, Delta can stick it in their manger. 80% of our flights will NOT be with Delta. What spineless crooks!

    May 8, 2012 at 9:34 pm |
  10. God's Oldest Dreamer

    Delta, the dawning of one taking a stand against offensie religious comedies may well resort to their Messiah coming forth in their shadowy contrails upon the heavenly realm of airspaces' proper!

    May 8, 2012 at 9:32 pm |
    • Menlow

      O...kay. Here is you medicine. 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.

      May 9, 2012 at 10:37 pm |
  11. Dennis

    Ok, I won't fly delta

    May 8, 2012 at 9:30 pm |
    • PushingBack

      I fly every week for work. No more Delta flights for me!

      May 8, 2012 at 9:43 pm |
  12. Grasshoppus

    Delta and the Catholic League can both suck it.

    May 8, 2012 at 9:30 pm |
    • TTNYC

      You can take Delta to hell.

      May 8, 2012 at 9:36 pm |
    • Outraged

      Careful Grass, they may take you up on it...

      May 8, 2012 at 9:47 pm |
    • Reality Checker

      @ Grasshoppus.
      Amen to that.

      @TTNYC "You can take Delta to hell."
      Good to know Delta has flights to hell, probably not round-trip though.

      May 8, 2012 at 9:51 pm |
  13. Brent

    I am Christian and I thought it was hilarious. The 20%!

    May 8, 2012 at 9:29 pm |
  14. Bill Donohue, Grand Inquisitor of The Catholic League for Civil and Religious Rights

    NOBODY expects the Catholic League! Our chief weapon is surprise . . . surprise and advertising . . . advertising and surprise . . . Our two weapons are advertising and surprise . . . and ruthless stupidity . . . Our three weapons are advertising, surprise, and ruthless stupidity . . . and an almost fanatical devotion to the Pope . . . Our four . . . no . . . Amongst our weapons . . . Amongst our weaponry . . . are such elements as advertising, surprise.... I'll come in again.

    Hmm! Stewart is made of harder stuff! Cardinal Biggles! Fetch . . . THE COMFY CHAIR!

    May 8, 2012 at 9:29 pm |
    • El Lobo

      "Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition!"

      May 8, 2012 at 10:28 pm |
    • Menlow

      Brilliant and unexpected. HAHAHAHAHA!

      May 9, 2012 at 10:38 pm |
  15. Dave

    I guess I won't be flying with them anytime soon.

    May 8, 2012 at 9:28 pm |
  16. FRANK - LAS VEGAS

    So Delta gave in, to an extreme right wing religious group hiding behind the Catholic name. Hopefully Kellogg’s will show more spine that Delta did. This is just like all of the republican politicians who are afraid to stand up against the Tea Baggers. How sad for these peolpe, companies like Delta and America in general.

    May 8, 2012 at 9:28 pm |
    • God's Oldest Dreamer

      Sometimes one has got to and sometimes not! Sometimes those who rule do push the buttons and sometimes do not push! The tricks of pandering to the money trails is to play along with the Kah-Chinging rythmns while putting one's hand into the hat! Comedy Central might not have liked the skit as well and yet it was aired! I in thought would be holding back on such skits in C.C.;s future shows regarding religious paradies that might be deemed too offensive for its' love handlers! Eat like a gluttonous fool and drink of the liquors like an alcoholic does and get layed as many times possible is the newest mantra for the villages' idiots!

      May 8, 2012 at 9:48 pm |
    • Menlow

      I confess, I fail to understand Dreamer. 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 all, not just the rabid minority.

      May 9, 2012 at 10:41 pm |
  17. Kablarg Prime

    Boycott Delta. F!@# 'em.

    May 8, 2012 at 9:26 pm |
  18. Betty

    80% Of the United states are christian? Really?

    May 8, 2012 at 9:26 pm |
    • ThomasK

      Yes, 80%. Don't believe TV ran by the gay mafia in Hollywood, would are now trying to push being gay as "cool" to your children. As if we don't know what they are allowing to put into their mouths and anuses and calling it "normal." What heathenous sodomites. Jon Stewart is pathetic, and very ugly.

      May 8, 2012 at 9:53 pm |
  19. Jason

    I used to fly Delta but will never again! Let them bankrupt! Boycott Delta!

    May 8, 2012 at 9:25 pm |
  20. Mort Sahl

    the shape of a delta is the same shape as a v......

    May 8, 2012 at 9:24 pm |
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