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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soundoff (2,495 Responses)
  1. Bush's Brain

    The show was making fun of religious intrusion into women's reproductive rights and the Republican war on women.

    May 8, 2012 at 10:19 pm |
    • Stewart is a little man

      Duh.....do you think?

      May 8, 2012 at 10:20 pm |
    • Mad Libs

      One need not be religious or republican to believe that abortion is wrong. Ask yourself this, when does life begin? If your answer is prior to birth, then a woman's rights should not supercede the rights of the unborn... even if it is inconvenient. The answer to your view on abortion doesn't lie in religion, but in science.

      May 8, 2012 at 10:25 pm |
  2. Stewart is a little man

    Stewart is a dirt bag just like most of the comedy shows lineup. Small in stature, makes up for it with his mouth.

    May 8, 2012 at 10:19 pm |
    • Bush's Brain

      It takes real intelligence to have a sense of humor.

      You seem to lack both.

      May 8, 2012 at 10:20 pm |
  3. Tim

    Religion is evil. They should all be forced fight it out in the middle east. The rest of us can go on with life.

    May 8, 2012 at 10:19 pm |
  4. Morgan

    Hadn't noticed.

    To Delta: "Don't let the door hit ya where the Good Lord split ya."

    May 8, 2012 at 10:19 pm |
  5. Bush's Brain

    It's a comedy show people.

    May 8, 2012 at 10:18 pm |
  6. DDanny1

    I guess it's time to start pressuring Delta Airlines for bowing to a group that has systematically protected child molesters and has defended their clergy to the point of making victims relive the abuse in court proceedings when they knew the pedophiles were guilty all along. I'll go first. I fly (or should I say "flew") regularly and will be turning in my Gold Delta Skymiles card.
    They are a second rate airline anyway.

    May 8, 2012 at 10:17 pm |
  7. Mad Libs

    I'm not religious, but that "joke" was clearly a crude and classless slam on those who are Christian... the only religion that is apparently okay to offend. Perhaps Stewart can fill the advertising void with ads for late term abortions. Vile services should be more than willing to support a vile "comedian".

    May 8, 2012 at 10:17 pm |
    • mandarax

      " Christian... the only religion that is apparently okay to offend"

      Oh, the poooor persecuted Christians are hurt again. Not only do they have the power to keep people in NC from becoming families, but they need to be coddled as well.

      May 8, 2012 at 10:20 pm |
    • DDanny1

      Name a religion that Stewart hasn't hammered. He's an equal opportunity offender. But hey, congrats on hanging with a religion that not only tolerates but protects pedophiles. Do you consider yourself an enabler or accomplis to child molestation?

      May 8, 2012 at 10:50 pm |
  8. blake

    Scrap the program altogether. Nothing more than leftist propoganda. Not surprising that it contains this kind of filth as well.

    May 8, 2012 at 10:13 pm |
    • Whatever dedeo

      Perfect reason to shut down Limbaugh and Beck as well.

      Or is the same thing totally different based on political slant.

      May 8, 2012 at 10:20 pm |
  9. Cinchy

    Whoa... most of the posts in this forum are bashing Delta and the stand they took. This is shocking.

    May 8, 2012 at 10:12 pm |
  10. James

    Does Bill Donahue do anything useful? His job seems to be focused on being constantly offended, and protesting stuff. He's the Al Sharpton of Catholics.

    May 8, 2012 at 10:11 pm |
    • scoobypoo

      Bill Donahue needs an anal ultrasound

      May 8, 2012 at 10:13 pm |
  11. Mike

    Delta just shot itself in the foot. Nobody but nobody messes with the Daily Show.

    May 8, 2012 at 10:11 pm |
    • Hmmmmmmmmmm

      Why not? I usually like Stewart's more cerebral antics (i am a bit offended by this particular one as a woman). This won't stop me from watching his show on occasion, but I see know reason to consider him as the know all, be all.

      He has an agenda just like any other political "entertainer". They all should be questioned. Even if they are effin funny.

      May 8, 2012 at 10:21 pm |
  12. Reality Checker

    Why do I feel like even if the religious zealots won't "forgive" Jon Stewarts humor that a true God would indeed be forgiving?

    The Buddha would probably laugh, at the joke, AND at all the reaction to the joke.

    May 8, 2012 at 10:09 pm |
  13. Techsupport

    They're offended by a manger in a crotch, but aren't offended by what it's supposed to be protecting from – having a huge want shoved up there to shame you for having an abortion. That's fine and dandy. To hell with the lot of them.

    May 8, 2012 at 10:07 pm |
  14. Techsupport

    A little more like the taliban all the time. Stick it to em, Jon.

    May 8, 2012 at 10:04 pm |
  15. Former catholic

    Im sorry the catholic league is offended. I'm offended by pedophile priests and church still trying to cover it up. I'm sure what John Stewart did was much more offensive. Maybe Donahue would change his mind if his son was molested but I doubt it

    May 8, 2012 at 10:04 pm |
    • DDanny1

      How do you know he wasn't. Ask Bill Donahue and he'll say the same thing the Catholic Church has said in response to every single molesting charge they ever faced. "Never happened".

      May 8, 2012 at 10:55 pm |
  16. Cinchy

    Stewart has, sadly, jumped the shark. I used to like him, before he became just as irritating as any right-wing shill.

    May 8, 2012 at 10:02 pm |
    • Hmmmmmmmmmm

      Question: what exactly is shark jumping?

      May 8, 2012 at 10:18 pm |
    • Cinchy

      It means a show has gotten tired and is resorting to weak gimmicks to try to re-energize themselves. It started with the show Happy Days when Fonzie actually water ski'd in an episode.

      May 8, 2012 at 10:22 pm |
  17. Bert in UT

    Wow, am I feeling out of it! I don't get why it's either funny or offensive!

    May 8, 2012 at 10:02 pm |
    • Cinchy

      You probably don't get why anything matters to anyone. Why would Jews get upset at Holocaust deniers? Why would Muslims get upset at published images of Muhammad? In short, you're probably not capable of this kind of thinking. Do be too hard on yourself.

      May 8, 2012 at 10:05 pm |
  18. Geena

    people need to get over it and learn how to take a joke. and if you don't like the daily show it's called an on/off button! use it at your discretion, plain and simple.

    May 8, 2012 at 10:02 pm |
    • Cinchy

      Um... I think this is what Delta is doing. They just hit the off button. It's their right to do so.

      May 8, 2012 at 10:05 pm |
    • David in Cincinnati

      The trouble is, Geena, that an enormous corporation, itself not easily boycotted, has taken control of the button basically on religious grounds-in parallel with the "right" of a corporation to make unannounced political donations.

      May 8, 2012 at 10:24 pm |
    • Cinchy

      That's right David. The government should prohibit Delta from pulling its spending with the Daily Show. That's enlightened.

      May 8, 2012 at 10:50 pm |
    • David in Cincinnati

      Cinchy thinks he's got the goods on who's enlightened. I said nothing about what "the government" should do. Actually, "the government" is in the corporations' pocket.

      May 9, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
  19. hotblazer

    So Delta Airlines supports the Catholic Leaguge? It's official statement is "we don't discriminate", but cowtowing to the Catholic leaguge? C'mon. There are plenty of airline choices, so Delta is officially scratched off my consideration list.

    May 8, 2012 at 10:01 pm |
    • Hmmmmmmmmmm

      Learn 2 reading comprehension. Delta isn't supporting the catholic church. They just happen to be of the same opinion. I don't support either of them, but I would have to agree with them on the point that Stewart's skit was in poor taste.

      I rarely side with the catholic church on matters of religious significance, but isn't the idea of placing a christian symbolic icon such as a manger between a woman's legs just as offensive to christian's as recommending Auschwitz as a health spa for weight reduction to a jew?

      May 8, 2012 at 10:17 pm |
    • Cinchy

      And yet you would probably applaud another airline that did the exact same thing with a comedy show that crossed the line with an attempt with Muslim or Black or Gay humor.

      May 8, 2012 at 10:19 pm |
  20. kyactivist

    Once again the Church of rapists and crusaders trying to press their morality on others, which is like bin Laden telling Pat Robertson he is too extreme. The Church can go crawl away into the abyss of torture and zealotry it has created throughout history, we no longer need their filth.

    May 8, 2012 at 10:00 pm |
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