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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  1. comm0nsense

    Akakakak, lol, i am really, really laughing out loud this time, the first time ... this is beyond funny. Johnny, I will happily give you whatever money you need to not apologize. In fact, I will give you 10% of my wealth if you would rebroadcast that episode just for the heck of it.

    Well done.

    May 8, 2012 at 11:28 pm |
    • Julie

      LOL. I saw that episode. He was making an excellent point... of course... several people missed it.

      May 8, 2012 at 11:34 pm |
    • OneFineBlonde

      Let's see. Ten percent of a hundred bucks is ten bucks, right? I think Stewart can be persuaded without your parting with your precious fortune to repeat the unfunny episode, and I'm certain in fact that he will.

      Then, all 250 of his viewers can laugh all over themselves again. Heh, heh, heh.

      Ratings below "Pawn Stars" and "River Monsters." Now THAT'S funny. Stewart and Maher. SUCH losers. They'll go the way of Keith Olbermann soon - down the path to oblivion.

      May 8, 2012 at 11:42 pm |
  2. brownstain

    The Popo is a dopo!!

    May 8, 2012 at 11:27 pm |
  3. Matt

    lol @ the pastor who thinks 80% of the country would be upset. he sure lives in a bubble.... i would wager 90% of the country would careless about the skit.

    May 8, 2012 at 11:25 pm |
  4. Julie

    SO not flying Delta again! Not only are they being ridiculous, their customer service stinks! Looks like I'll have to buy more Kellogg products too!

    May 8, 2012 at 11:25 pm |
    • OneFineBlonde

      Good, Julie. You'll be staying home getting fat while eating high fructose corn syrup cereals while I'll be jetting around the country on Delta. I'd say that's a good thing. For me. I won't have to be subjected to the presence of anybody who thinks Jon Stewart is clever.

      Way to go, Delta!

      May 8, 2012 at 11:36 pm |
  5. rosa

    I will fly Delta now!!!

    May 8, 2012 at 11:25 pm |
  6. brownstain

    If I have a choice between Delta and I flying sh_thouse, which should I choose??

    May 8, 2012 at 11:24 pm |
  7. meaz23

    Again, here are religeous groups trying to force their views on everybody else. This is why religion has no place in today's world.

    May 8, 2012 at 11:22 pm |
    • Julie

      IF people where following a loving, kind, compassionate religion that lead by example, it wouldn't bother me so much. Several sects of what they call "Christian's" however have been taken over by evil and instead preach the words of Satan to the masses. Those are the ones who are pushing so much legislation. WE are seeing the rise of Satan's army and its taking over. Evangilist, the Taliban, etc. Perhaps its time we all headed for the hills!

      May 8, 2012 at 11:30 pm |
    • OneFineBlonde


      I don't suppose it would ever occur to you that subjecting a captive audience to the unfunny and tasteless Jon Stewart would be forcing HIS views on the flying public who clearly don't want to hear them.

      (How do we know they don't want to hear Stewart's views? Because neither he nor his equally unfunny pal, Bill Maher, was able to crack the top 25 among cable shows during the last ratings period. Heh, heh, heh. Maher and Stewart ranked well below "Pawn Stars," "River Monsters" and those guys that chase Sasquatch around. Now THAT'S funny.)

      May 8, 2012 at 11:39 pm |
  8. brownstain


    May 8, 2012 at 11:20 pm |
  9. Reality

    Onto the nitty gritty of s-ex, contraception and STD protection in the 21st century;


    – from a guy who enjoys intelligent se-x-

    Note: Some words hyphenated to defeat an obvious word filter. ...

    The Brutal Effects of Stupidity:

    : The failures of the widely used birth "control" methods i.e. the Pill ( 8.7% failure rate) and male con-dom (17.4% failure rate) have led to the large rate of abortions and S-TDs in the USA. Men and women must either recognize their responsibilities by using the Pill or co-ndoms properly and/or use safer methods in order to reduce the epidemics of abortion and S-TDs.- Failure rate statistics provided by the Gut-tmacher Inst-itute. Unfortunately they do not give the statistics for doubling up i.e. using a combination of the Pill and a condom.

    Added information before making your next move:

    from the CDC-2006

    "Se-xually transmitted diseases (STDs) remain a major public health challenge in the United States. While substantial progress has been made in preventing, diagnosing, and treating certain S-TDs in recent years, CDC estimates that approximately 19 million new infections occur each year, almost half of them among young people ages 15 to 24.1 In addition to the physical and psy-ch-ological consequences of S-TDs, these diseases also exact a tremendous economic toll. Direct medical costs as-sociated with STDs in the United States are estimated at up to $14.7 billion annually in 2006 dollars."

    And from:

    Consumer Reports, January, 2012

    "Yes, or-al se-x is se-x, and it can boost cancer risk-

    Here's a crucial message for teens (and all se-xually active "post-teeners": Or-al se-x carries many of the same risks as va-ginal se-x, including human papilloma virus, or HPV. And HPV may now be overtaking tobacco as the leading cause of or-al cancers in America in people under age 50.

    "Adolescents don’t think or-al se-x is something to worry about," said Bonnie Halpern-Felsher professor of pediatrics at the University of California, San Francisco. "They view it as a way to have intimacy without having 's-ex.'" (It should be called the Bill Clinton Syndrome !!)

    Obviously, political leaders in both parties, Planned Parenthood, parents, the "stupid part of the USA" and the educational system have failed miserably on many fronts.

    The most effective forms of contraception, ranked by "Perfect use":

    1a. (Abstinence, 0% failure rate)
    1b. (Masturbation, mono or mutual, 0% failure rate)

    Followed by:
    One-month injectable and Implant (both at 0.05 percent)
    Vasectomy and IUD (Mirena) (both at 0.1 percent)
    The Pill, Three-month injectable, and the Patch (all at 0.3 percent)
    Tubal sterilization (at 0.5 percent)
    IUD (Copper-T) (0.6 percent)
    Periodic abstinence (Post-ovulation) (1.0 percent)
    Periodic abstinence (Symptothermal) and Male condom (both at 2.0 percent)
    Periodic abstinence (Ovulation method) (3.0 percent)

    Every other method ranks below these, including Withdrawal (4.0), Female condom (5.0), Diaphragm (6.0), Periodic abstinence (calendar) (9.0), the Sponge (9.0-20.0, depending on whether the woman using it has had a child in the past), Cervical cap (9.0-26.0, with the same caveat as the Sponge), and Spermicides (18.0).

    May 8, 2012 at 11:20 pm |
    • meaz23

      Are you advertising for a medical clinic or something?

      May 8, 2012 at 11:24 pm |
    • Reality

      Ad for a medical clinic? Hardly, although said information should be added to the back of all cereal boxes.

      May 9, 2012 at 8:20 am |
  10. GaryB

    It's Delta's right to advertise where they want, but I think someone just made a bad business decision. The Catholic League, while noisy, really doesn't represent most Catholics or most sane people. The Daily Show, on the other hand, attracts a lot of young, affluent consumers... you know, the type of people likely to need Delta's services.

    As for the "Hate Speech" comment, give me a break.

    May 8, 2012 at 11:18 pm |
    • Cinchy

      The Daily Show's rating numbers are shrinking. No one really cares about the Catholic League; you're missing the point. Stewart did something that a lot of Christians believe crossed the line. Just like how Jews would protest Holocaust denial or Muslims protest disrespectful images of Muhammad, or African-Americans wold protest black-face comedians.

      May 8, 2012 at 11:21 pm |
    • rafael

      @cinchy: false equivalencies don't make a case. I'm sure some Catholics were offended, just like some segment of every group is offended by something. But that doesn't undercut the argument that it was a bad business decision. Even a slight subconscious bias against Delta could result in the loss of billions of dollars. It is better not to stand out negatively when you offer basically what every other company you are competing with offers.

      May 8, 2012 at 11:30 pm |
    • Cinchy

      False equivalences? Seriously? These equivalences are about as direct as can be found. I know... let's try to think rationally and logically.

      May 8, 2012 at 11:34 pm |
    • OneFineBlonde

      Stewart attracts "a lot" of viewers?

      And what is your evidence of this? During the last ratings period, neither Stewart nor the equally unfunny Bill Maher was able to even crack the top 25 among cable shows.

      That means they ranked behind such gems as "Pawn Stars" and "River Monsters." Now THAT'S funny.

      By the way, I'm pretty sure that Delta knows the tastes of its customers at least marginally better than you do.

      May 8, 2012 at 11:46 pm |
  11. Brad

    I want someone to explain to me how it was "hate speech"

    May 8, 2012 at 11:15 pm |
  12. Frank

    Delta pulls their ads from the Jon Stewart Show, it's real simple I stop using Delta Airlines.Such stupidty on Delta's part.

    May 8, 2012 at 11:13 pm |
    • meaz23

      Great idea.

      May 8, 2012 at 11:26 pm |
    • OneFineBlonde

      Great idea, Frank! I can't wait to fly Delta and NOT have you sitting by me.

      Vote with your feet, pal. Enjoy hiking to wherever your final destination may take you. Heh, heh, heh.

      May 8, 2012 at 11:48 pm |
  13. PandaSmith

    Just another reason NOT to fly Delta...as if we needed another...

    May 8, 2012 at 11:13 pm |
  14. ok

    Delta sucks. As someone who lives in atlanta they have hijacked our airport and have crappy customer service. Airtran is way better out of Atl

    May 8, 2012 at 11:12 pm |

    Can't imagine why anyone would pull an ad from the Daily show. It is such a great show and who knows, maybe Stewart will start a new trend for women. NOT!

    May 8, 2012 at 11:11 pm |
    • tyBH

      Isn't it incredible how Donohue knows how the entire body of Christians in the U.S. feels well enough to speak for them? I wasn't offended by Stewart's remarks at first, but clearly Donohue knows me so well, who am I to argue?

      Bravo, Mr. Donohue. Ba-RAH-vo!

      May 8, 2012 at 11:27 pm |
  16. Republican Class Warfare

    I hope he does a segment on how much Delta sucks. Another casualty in the war on christmas...

    May 8, 2012 at 11:09 pm |
  17. brownstain

    Jon Stewart-The Edward R. Murrow of truth in 2012!

    May 8, 2012 at 11:07 pm |
  18. Get a sense of humor

    For anyone who wants to send their sentiment to Mr. Donahue:

    Donahue, Bill drbilldonahue@gmail.com
    135 Park Avenue, Suite 202
    Barrington, IL 60010
    (224) 848-4557

    May 8, 2012 at 11:07 pm |
  19. Cinchy

    It's true, the Daily Show's shrinking ratings have officially made them jump the shark.

    May 8, 2012 at 11:04 pm |
    • mandarax

      "The Daily Show has risen to critical acclaim. It has received two Peabody Awards, for its coverage of the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections.[122] Between 2001 and 2011, it has been awarded sixteen Emmy Awards in the categories of Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series and Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Program, and a further seven nominations. The show has also been honored by GLAAD, the Television Critics Association and the Satellite Awards. America (The Book), the 2004 bestseller written by Stewart and the writing staff of The Daily Show, was recognized by Publishers Weekly as its "Book of the Year", and its abridged audiobook edition received the 2005 Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album.[123] In September 2010 Time magazine selected the series as one of "The 100 Best TV Shows of All-TIME".[124]"

      Yeah, they're really struggling.

      May 8, 2012 at 11:20 pm |
    • Tina

      What planet are you living on?

      Daily Show's ratings are still quite high and, with the election coming up, are sure to go even higher, as they always do during their election coverage.

      May 8, 2012 at 11:22 pm |
    • Cinchy

      Concocted awards mean zilch. Only ratings matter. Ask the producers of 30 Rock. The Daily Show is fading. Go ahead though, deny it. Feels good, doesn't it? I still say Thirtysomething should be on the air.

      May 8, 2012 at 11:23 pm |
    • Tim

      Cinchy – you keep talking about ratings. Gods ratings are down too. Especially the Christian ones. I guess that's why they are on the defensive.

      May 8, 2012 at 11:33 pm |
    • Cinchy

      I keep talking about ratings because Stewart is becoming Maher-esque... not so funny anymore, angry, more strident. I don't think it's a coincidence that this is happening at the same time his show is waning.

      May 8, 2012 at 11:36 pm |
    • OneFineBlonde

      Mandarax thinks it's about the awards. Heh, heh, heh. I love the naivete of you lefties.

      It's about the viewers, sunshine. And Jon Stewart has hardly any left. Neither does Bill Maher. That's what comes of being relentlessly partisan in the least funny of all possible ways.

      But hey! Why don't all 125 of you faithful Stewart viewers just boycott the heck out of Delta. I'm sure they'll really, really care. Heh, heh, heh.

      By the way, Mandarax, I guess you missed the news that neither Stewart nor his unfunny buddy, Maher, was able to even crack the top 25 among cable shows during the latest ratings period. That means they ranked WAY below "Pawn Stars" and "River Monsters."

      May 8, 2012 at 11:52 pm |
    • mandarax

      Wow, blondie, you're really emotionally invested in the Daily Show's ratings. Have a drink or something.

      May 8, 2012 at 11:59 pm |
  20. VegasRage

    Maybe he should have had a Delta airliner between her legs

    May 8, 2012 at 11:04 pm |
    • Cinchy

      Vegas... no offense but you are officially the 10,000th person who tried to be funny with that joke. Congrats on your original thinking.

      May 8, 2012 at 11:37 pm |
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