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. byo

    Honestly I was sort of shocked by that bit on The Daily Show. That being said, the show is one of my favorites and 90% of the time gets the point out there correctly. This one bit was a little off the mark but there is no need for him to apologize for it. Delta needs to concentrate on their business (which could use some polishing to say the least) and leave television satire to the professionals.

    May 9, 2012 at 6:15 am |
    • Ladylaureli

      Well said, thank you.

      May 9, 2012 at 6:17 am |
  2. Jerry

    I have been flying Delta for over 20 years. NEVER AGAIN.
    When will the Catholic Cult get banned for all of the children abuse over the years?

    May 9, 2012 at 6:14 am |
  3. Sky MAN

    Never fly Delta

    May 9, 2012 at 6:13 am |
  4. W.G.

    When is DELTA and the rst of the U.S., going to start realizing that catholics Heirarchy are criminals
    themselves and stuck in the DARK AGES !

    May 9, 2012 at 6:03 am |
  5. Dude

    Stewarts a comedian morons, If you don't like the content of the program change the channel. Delta should be the one being boycotted for their sheer ignorance and poor judgement.

    May 9, 2012 at 5:58 am |
  6. RobPA

    Obviously Delta Marketing doesn't have the sharpest tools in the woodshed. This can only be a losing proposition for them. It inevitably will anger a sizable audience and it will inevitably create a backlash.The only question is what is the impact. Why would a competent marketing department drag its company in to controversy?

    May 9, 2012 at 5:52 am |
    • Mayberry

      Why, indeed....

      May 9, 2012 at 5:59 am |
  7. Bart

    Bill is a dimwitted COMEDIAN. Bill like Barack think they are smart. They are only smarter than the zombies that make up the Democratic party because they can think.

    May 9, 2012 at 5:41 am |
    • chicken, its the new pork

      This doesn't make sense–here's your card.

      May 9, 2012 at 5:50 am |
  8. Hal Nichols

    Certainly, if this fringe group speaks for Catholicism, then all those who support morality and fairness now have (yet another) reason to boycott Catholicism. Why isn't Donohue speaking out against child abuse and pedophiles?

    May 9, 2012 at 5:40 am |
    • chicken, its the new pork

      you were right the first time–fringe group.

      May 9, 2012 at 5:42 am |
  9. Prayer really works.

    Delta pulls 'Daily Show' ads over 'vágina manger' skit

    May 9, 2012 at 5:36 am |
    • Ladylaureli

      Don't like it, don't watch. Still a relatively free country, with rights for all, despite the Christian right.

      May 9, 2012 at 6:04 am |
  10. RobPA

    This is why we need Public Television and Public Radio ( Public as in of the people). Why should big advertisers be able to have influence over what we can and cannot watch. Whatever happened to Freedom? Delta would have pulled its ads from Monty Python. It could never have existed in the lowest common denominator world of advertisers. It only existed because of public funding.
    Go ahead and stretch Jon. We will pull our support from Delta

    May 9, 2012 at 5:32 am |
    • jim

      Public tv is not, its just a tool of the socialist government .

      May 9, 2012 at 5:44 am |
    • cherlinda

      I agree that there needs to be a forum that allows for uncensored personal expression–like the internet.

      May 9, 2012 at 5:52 am |
    • Eric

      Delta is simply choosing not to put their advertising dollars into a show with which they don't want their name associated. Nobody is trying to tell you what you can or cannot watch. If Stewart wants their dollars that badly, he'll change his content. If he doesn't care, and I doubt he does, he'll continue the way he is. Commercial television is just that: commercial. The advertisers pay for it, so yes, they do get to decide where to put their money.

      May 9, 2012 at 6:04 am |
    • Mayberry

      You miss the point Eric, this was not a spontaneous decision, they were bullied into it.

      May 9, 2012 at 6:17 am |
    • RobPA

      The point I was making is that in this supposedly "Free" western country, do we really want advertisers dictating content? Do we really want religious organizations dictating content? If we do, then we will get content that is agreeable to the lowest common denominator.

      May 9, 2012 at 6:29 am |
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    May 9, 2012 at 5:30 am |
  12. j

    If it doesn't involve raping children, the Catholic Church will not stand for it.

    May 9, 2012 at 5:28 am |
    • Ladylaureli

      Given all of the information available to the public, a very logical conclusion.

      May 9, 2012 at 6:21 am |
  13. Gay Marriage is banned

    Prayer really works

    May 9, 2012 at 5:28 am |
  14. Gay Marriage is banned

    Prayer really works.

    May 9, 2012 at 5:27 am |
    • Prayer really works.

      Gay marriage is banned.

      May 9, 2012 at 5:31 am |
    • chicken, its the new pork

      Is this a Monty Python skit?

      May 9, 2012 at 5:45 am |
    • Mr Marmite

      You seem to be confusing prayer with ignorant hatred.

      May 9, 2012 at 6:16 am |
  15. Amber

    So let me get this straight....Delta pulls an obviously offensive ad from a left wing nutcase who doesn't have the sense to know what is appropriate entertainment for all audiences these days. And the minnions and the really IGNORANT who follow this left wing nutcase are all upset because the nation doesn't have the SICK sense of humor they have. Why should we BOW down to offense??? No reason. Hit Jon Stewart in the pocketbook. He is the moron corrupting the moronic.

    May 9, 2012 at 5:25 am |
    • Chaos

      Reading your post leads to an inescapable conclusion:You're a miserable wretch.

      May 9, 2012 at 5:58 am |
    • Gwoman

      So Amber don't watch his show! And furthermore don't name call people who think he's funny. And as far as 80% of Americans being Christians.....I seriously doubt it.

      May 9, 2012 at 6:02 am |
    • Ladylaureli

      Don't be rude, Amber. Also, this country's Christian percentage has been dwindling and 80% is on the high side of an estimate. A quick internet search yielded a 2009 study, the American Religious Identification Survey from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, that indicated 76% of Americans id'd themselves as Chrisitans; that was down from 86% in 1990. I suppose you support the killing of soldiers over the burning of the Koran? After all, those folks were pretty offended.

      May 9, 2012 at 6:16 am |
    • cranium

      I don't think Amber got any fact in her comment right–her first statement is: "So let me get this straight....Delta pulls an obviously offensive ad from..." No Amber, in your rude, blustery way, Delta did not pull an obviously offensive ad... they pulled their pristine advertising dollars. Try reading and comprehending the article before you plunge in...

      May 9, 2012 at 6:24 am |
    • Evarin

      The important thing here is that we all abide by your morality.

      May 9, 2012 at 7:10 am |
  16. nokoolaidcowboy

    Note to Delta: Tune into the Daily Show to see what happens now. This is gonna be good!

    May 9, 2012 at 5:19 am |
  17. Steven Brooks


    Delta is still around?

    May 9, 2012 at 5:01 am |
    • Gwoman

      LOL! Good one. I quit flying them years ago. Now I even have a better reason to avoid them.

      May 9, 2012 at 6:04 am |
  18. Kris

    So Delta take's it direction from right wing religious zealots? Well, in that case I am glad I fly United.

    As for 80% of the country being Christian, that sir, is a falsehood and you know it. Lying is a SIN!

    May 9, 2012 at 5:01 am |
    • Kris


      May 9, 2012 at 5:01 am |
    • Amber

      If lying is a sin, then tell that to Obama. He does it to YOU and the American people every day of his life.

      May 9, 2012 at 5:20 am |
    • cranium

      I call an inserted non sequiter on Amber (not that she will know to what I am referring)!

      May 9, 2012 at 6:27 am |
    • Ladylaureli

      Amber, "If lying is a sin, then tell that to Obama. He does it to YOU and the American people every day of his life."

      It is difficult to understand someone that attacks based on party; it certainly has an immediate negative effect on their credibility Especially when they are just spouting the latest party line. Almost all politicians lie, either outright or by twisting and bending the truth. Wake up and spare the rest of us this type of prattle.

      May 9, 2012 at 6:32 am |
  19. really

    and we care because? Delta decides to remove their ads doesn't affect his ratings. First Amendment gives him the right. i am a christian and don't really agree with some of his skits but he makes more sense than others and as an American it is his right to say what he wants.

    May 9, 2012 at 4:54 am |
  20. Grownup.

    Comedy has no boundaries, I hope this airline grows up before it goes the way of dodo. Maybe if they pray really hard nothing will happen like always.

    May 9, 2012 at 4:50 am |
    • Amber

      Comedy should know and have boundaries. Otherwise, we end up with a nation who listens to this kind of BS and approves it. No complaint = consent. Right on, Delta!!! For those who think, oh wait, Delta is still around? You've already been abandoned by your brains and had better go find them before you hurt yourselves.

      May 9, 2012 at 5:31 am |
    • Laura

      @ Amber,

      Let me guess...a Limbaugh fan? I bet you've never thought he's crossed any boundaries.

      May 9, 2012 at 5:33 am |
    • tad pole

      @Amber: I'm curious. Just who exactly sets these boundries you propose?

      May 9, 2012 at 6:03 am |
    • cranium

      The purpose of comedy is entertainment–politics should have boundries and decorum, not comedy.

      May 9, 2012 at 6:30 am |
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