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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

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  1. BillyJack

    Thank you Catholic church! Now Jon Stewart and The Daily Show will get even MORE viewers. Keep doing what you're doing Jon, because you have a legion of viewers around the world who have your back!

    May 8, 2012 at 11:53 pm |
  2. ?.

    is it because he's jewish that they don't want his job, just an apology? is this just a publicity stunt?

    May 8, 2012 at 11:51 pm |
    • ?.

      seems like if he was anything but jewish, he would be gone.

      May 8, 2012 at 11:52 pm |
  3. solowd

    Christians love their religion as much as their mother?

    That's messed up. It's your mother!

    May 8, 2012 at 11:50 pm |
  4. god is a dog

    god is my personal b_E_a_t_c_h!
    i smack him around when the conservatives get out of hand!
    so, god gets smacked around alot!

    May 8, 2012 at 11:50 pm |
  5. English Only

    Is he wearing lipstick ?

    May 8, 2012 at 11:50 pm |
  6. Antifreke Productions

    Are you seriously asking for an apology from a comedian? He isnt discriminating against Catholics, as it targets our entire religion. I dont see every other branch lining up to prosecute him. He's a comedian. Take it with a grain of salt and move on. After all, the last thing you want is him taking this, and using it for his next skit.

    May 8, 2012 at 11:49 pm |
    • OneFineBlonde

      No Antifreke. I don't want a freaking thing from Jon Stewart. He is a total nothing to me. I never watch him AND NEITHER DOES ANYBODY ELSE. Just a half dozen or so of you and your half-baked buddies here.

      All I want is for Stewart (and his unfunny buddy, Bill Maher) to continue to fade away until they completely disappear. Just like Keith Olbermann.

      May 8, 2012 at 11:55 pm |
  7. Thomas

    @Dave
    Now if they can pull Daily off the air that would be a good thing. The man is an ASS.

    Dave , just because you don't like Johns Ass doesn't mean his show should be pulled off the air .

    Do you feel the same way about New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's Ass ?

    As for Delta Airlines , KLM found my luggage !

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

    sounds like a smart idea to me...this is largely a conservative nation...i'm surprised anyone wants their ads on that show or the colbert show.

    May 8, 2012 at 11:46 pm |
    • BillyJack

      Wow. You know it's 2012, right? What rock have you been living under?

      May 8, 2012 at 11:55 pm |
  9. No one

    So its OK to forcibly intrude on a woman with a "medical instrument" but its an insult to morality to tell people they should be angry about it?

    May 8, 2012 at 11:46 pm |
  10. kimn8r

    Republicans, conservatives, and Catholics, all give Jon Stewart more material than he could possibly ever use. If they wouldn't say and do such stupid things, then maybe it might get better for them. That's just not in their DNA, so I see comedians from here till the end of time using comedy to point out the ridiculous, and sometimes outright dangerous paranoia that exists in the world of ultra-conservatives.

    May 8, 2012 at 11:45 pm |
    • Montanajau

      I don't like conspiracy theories, and I won't make up one of my own, but I will point out that Jon Stewart routinely points out Fox News' lies, biases and hypocrisies. If these people get what they want and The Daily Show is dropped, there will be no one else to run clips of Foxers flip-flopping whichever way suits their right-wing agenda. Somebody needs to educate Americans about Rupert Murdoch's horribly slanted "news coverage." Besides, if that drug-addicted, ethics-challenged radio guy with the bad ears can stay on the air, then Stewart certainly ought to stick around. As for Delta, fly, fly away, guys. I have choices.

      May 8, 2012 at 11:55 pm |
  11. TING

    Note to self: Never fly Delta ever again.

    May 8, 2012 at 11:44 pm |
    • kravitz

      Delta is saying it approves of intrusive and unwanted gynecological procedures. But it's easy to avoid that airline.

      May 8, 2012 at 11:56 pm |
  12. Alex

    oh Delta Airlines, they are so special, (Retarded),
    I'm glad that I've never use them for over 25 years.

    May 8, 2012 at 11:43 pm |
    • Cinchy

      Please keep this to yourself. The folks at Delta will be really upset at your remarks. You are, after all, really important.

      May 8, 2012 at 11:45 pm |
  13. Increase Powers

    Why on earth does anyone pay attention to that idolatrous windbag Bill Donohue?

    May 8, 2012 at 11:39 pm |
  14. Cinchy

    Um... newsflash Thinker... the Daily Show simply isn't that widely watched. They're not exactly on the GOP radar. Try some other black helicopter theory.

    May 8, 2012 at 11:32 pm |
    • Trekkie

      Back up your claims. Prove to me that their ratings are in the toilet. While you are at it, prove to me that 80% of the USA is Christian.

      May 9, 2012 at 12:01 am |
  15. jb_in_atl

    I watch Stewart almost every day, and I can't recall any Delta commercials. Is this just a bunch of hoowaaa on their part?

    May 8, 2012 at 11:31 pm |
  16. Dave

    Now if they can pull Daily off the air that would be a good thing. The man is an ASS.

    May 8, 2012 at 11:31 pm |
    • muri

      YEAH! RAWR!! This is America...where we pull people off the air 'cause we don't agree with 'em......errrr wait.

      See what I did there?

      May 8, 2012 at 11:39 pm |
  17. buffalo

    Who cares? Delta will go out of business soon anyway. "Gimme that ole-time religion!"

    May 8, 2012 at 11:30 pm |
  18. SQRL

    Yeah for the not so intelligent guy who claims John Stewarts "The Daily" shows ratings are shrinking should probably read this.
    http://www.politicususa.com/jon-stewart-fox-2011-ratings.html
    The Daily Show which isnt even in prime time is crushing all but one show on Fox News. Keep destroying them with truth John.

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

      THanks. I've been looking all over for that page.

      May 9, 2012 at 12:03 am |
  19. LouAz

    Well, at least the Catholic League (is that like the NHL ?) admitted that not EVERYONE in the USA is a christian ! Perhaps they believe the "other" 20% is jewish. Get ready for christian sharia law . . . there getting it a little by little ! Hallejulia !

    May 8, 2012 at 11:28 pm |
  20. TheThinker1958

    let me analyze: Jon Stewart says things that Republicans don't like, Catholics use Republicans for their own benefit, Jon does something Catholics don't like.... 1) why are Catholics watching Jon Stewart? 2) of course Catholics are going to attack Jon and try to destroy his excellent show so the "attack" against Republicans stop.

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

      Yeah! That's why they were...advertising on his show? Whatever they just hate Jon cuz he's so smart!

      Legalization 2012!

      May 8, 2012 at 11:56 pm |
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