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. voradtralundir

    When did the term Conservative start to become analogous with the term Ignorant?

    May 9, 2012 at 7:02 am |
    • manperson123

      Roughly 1994.

      May 9, 2012 at 7:11 am |
  2. jayman419

    They could have pressed for him to be fired, but they'd have looked like even greater fools when it continued to not happen. They can't even squeeze an apology out of him.

    I will be sure to consider Delta's position on this issue the next time I am choosing my air carrier.

    May 9, 2012 at 7:00 am |
  3. Td

    The church hates women.

    May 9, 2012 at 6:54 am |
  4. Glen

    HAHA! Delta are they still around?! Catholics are a JOKE and will never have a leg to stand on from now until eternity because of the abuse scandal the perpetuated on thousands of innocent children! So, fix your own house before ; pointing fingers at anyone else!

    May 9, 2012 at 6:52 am |
  5. sick of republican phonies

    The catholic church has no right to exhibit any moral outrage, considering its 2000 year history and especially the pedophilia rampant in its ranks of "spiritual leaders". I was born a catholic, went to catholic schools all my life, and know its history all too well- which is why I despise that organization now.

    May 9, 2012 at 6:46 am |
    • manperson123

      I was Catholic, too, "until I reached the Age of Reason".
      (Thanks to George Carlin for that gem.)

      May 9, 2012 at 7:14 am |
  6. DrJStrangepork

    This seems like they are grasping at straws to go after Stewart. If Delta pulled the adds saying they thought his show was juvenile or because he had a wheel with an adult toy nailed to the top of it for the pointer... I could understand that. This seems to be a failed attempt to find a real substantial cause of public offense. This is Jon Stewart, not Limbaugh and not Maher.

    May 9, 2012 at 6:42 am |
  7. Robert

    "hate speech"? LOL
    Christians need to get a sense of humor. There's a wide gulf between poking fun at and hate speech. The religious far right has been taking away people's rights for the last decade and in return we're making jokes at their expense, I don't see what they have to whine about.

    May 9, 2012 at 6:41 am |
  8. joesmith

    now that mr lugar is no longer getting $$ from the American people..he can go work for some lobbyist, and take up this issue

    May 9, 2012 at 6:39 am |
  9. Epinoia

    Good for Jon Stewart and his team, and to hell with Delta. Maybe Jon will do a sketch in which Donahue burns someone alive, too - since that's the kind of backward totalitarian stuff Catholicism has in its past.

    May 9, 2012 at 6:37 am |
    • Angela Channing

      Never pick a fight with someone who buys ink by the barrel. I hope Jon Stewart eviscerates Donohue and Delta.

      May 9, 2012 at 7:12 am |
  10. Mickey

    Catholics object? What a joke they are – right to the Vatican on down.

    They didn't object when finding out their priests were molesting children – they just moved those sad excuses for priests to other churches so they could molest other children – until caught.

    Time to look under the skirts of the Catholics.

    May 9, 2012 at 6:36 am |
  11. Sara

    So Delta is citing its "non-discrimination" policy... because of... a skit discussing discrimination against women?

    May 9, 2012 at 6:36 am |
  12. mjbrin

    ....Mr Donahue is divorced ....... I hope he isn't dating anyone......that would be adultry

    May 9, 2012 at 6:34 am |
  13. Zaphod2010

    delta used to be THE airline in the 70s and 80s. How long can you go?
    cathlics are soooooooooooooo behind the times. They still think that people with the billions on Earth should continue to procreate and never mind thinking about contraceptives except that 98% of catholics used them.
    Maybe delta should spend their time going after the rethugs who want to control women and their reproductive rights!!

    May 9, 2012 at 6:33 am |
  14. rjp3

    Bye DELTA - will not be flying you again

    May 9, 2012 at 6:33 am |
    • EmilioSanchez


      May 9, 2012 at 7:01 am |
  15. Glenn

    Good move Delta! Advertise your stupidity!

    May 9, 2012 at 6:28 am |
  16. Jeremy

    So some Christians' feelings were hurt? Tough. My feelings are hurt by the bigotry of religious zealots all the time. I'm sick of whiny Christians complaining because some of us don't want to live in the past like they do.

    May 9, 2012 at 6:26 am |
  17. Jerry

    Good for the airline. About time something or someone stood up to this morons. If you are counting on our present administration, DON"T WASTE YOUR BREATH! These are the same moronic comedians are contributing millions $$ to the Mr. Obama's campaign.

    Of course there are "some" equally moronic individuals that will embrace this no-bounds comedy. Our current clueless president being one of them.

    What an embarrassment...

    May 9, 2012 at 6:25 am |
    • Robert

      If it has 'boundaries' then how can it be comedy? Seriously!?

      Please enlighten us all with your wholesome yet equally funny list of comedians – I'm sure we won't be disapointed at all, right?

      I feel some laughs coming, but I think it's gonna be what the rest of us call irony. Welcome to reality! Are you new here?

      May 9, 2012 at 6:44 am |
    • Robert

      Yes Jerry, satire should have no limits. It's called freedom of speech. If you want to see real hate speech turn on Rush any day of the week. I'll never understand why so many on the right feel the need to turn the US into a totalitarian state. Go worship your silly god in peace, we reserve the right to laugh at you while you do it.

      May 9, 2012 at 6:45 am |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      So Jerry, equal rights for all means absolutely nothing to you? I'd love to see how you'd handle it if your wife or daughter were being told what they could and couldn't do with their own body. Obama is only pressing for equal rights, something that scares the religious bigots of the country.

      May 9, 2012 at 6:49 am |
    • manperson123

      You obviously haven't seen much stand-up if you think this is "no-bounds"!

      May 9, 2012 at 7:25 am |
  18. Thatguy371

    Lighten up people. It was a joke. Enough with the ultra-stiff political correctness bull malarkey.

    May 9, 2012 at 6:24 am |
  19. Robert

    As a pilot employed by Delta Airlines, let me say how embarrassed many of us are over the lack of freedom and lack of humor allowed here or anywhere by Delta. It's been painful and sad to watch Delta unwittingly transform itself into such a doomed Dinosaur.

    May 9, 2012 at 6:18 am |
    • New Republican Party

      This is what the new Republican is becoming. The no freedom allowed and conservative party of the 1800's.
      Get used to it or vote Democratic. :-0

      May 9, 2012 at 6:28 am |
  20. Delta Who?

    Delta ought to be grateful they get to advertise on Stewart's show. They should be more concerned about on-time performance, their super high fares and how they don't fly direct to enough places. He is a comedian – worry about more important things.

    May 9, 2012 at 6:18 am |
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