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. paul

    I like the show's humor...for the most part. As time has gone on, they seem to have become less caring about the verbage and graphics that they use. The guy is funny, but I started having second thought months ago about whether or not to watch this guy anymore.

    May 9, 2012 at 7:45 am |
    • Rational Libertarian

      Sorry to be a pedant but it's spelled verbiage.

      May 9, 2012 at 7:47 am |
    • Paul Thomas

      Like you, I hope more people wake up. Comedy is fun, but Jon has an agenda that is against mine.

      May 9, 2012 at 8:01 am |
  2. Steve Lopez

    Delta has lousy service and no one likes them anyway. Make the comedy central station ban Delta ads in the near future.

    May 9, 2012 at 7:44 am |
  3. Cohen

    The Jews use the holocaust, antisemitism etc. about anything negative that is said about them. All religions have a violent past not only Christians.

    May 9, 2012 at 7:41 am |
    • Rational Libertarian

      How does that relate to this?

      (I do agree with you though).

      May 9, 2012 at 7:45 am |
    • Paul Thomas

      Stalin, Mao, Hiter...killed more than any wars involving religion.

      May 9, 2012 at 7:49 am |
    • Rational Libertarian

      Yes they did (unless you count all the Islamic conquests). What is your point?

      May 9, 2012 at 7:51 am |
    • Paul Thomas

      Point – Religion is not the main cause of war. Power is.

      May 9, 2012 at 7:54 am |
    • Rational Libertarian

      Fair point.

      May 9, 2012 at 7:54 am |
    • Paul Thomas

      Thank you. What do you think of the next pres. election?..being libertarian?

      May 9, 2012 at 7:58 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      Communist leaders like Pol Pot and Stalin would not have been charismatic enough to gain converts had they not learned the discourse of dogmatic persuasion from religious inst/itutions.
      Pol Pot spent 8 years at a Catholic school in Phnom Penh and Stalin 5 years at a Russian orthodox seminary. Historians have noted their speaking and writing styles ape those of the Church in being 'declamatory and repet.itive, with liturgical overtones”.
      While they both sought to eliminate traditional religions from their kingdoms, they did so in order to divert the common man’s fervour to their own cults of personality.
      Hitler’s Third Reich, on the other hand, was no friend to atheists and encouraged religion in Germany. Having been exposed to religious methods of persuasion in school at a Benedictine cloister, Hitler recognized religion’s power to keep the people compliant.
      Instead of purging faith like the Communist regimes, he purged atheism:
      "We were convinced that the people need and require this faith. We have therefore undertaken the fight against the atheistic movement, and that not merely with a few theoretical declarations: we have stamped it out".
      The Speeches of Adolf Hitler, April 1922-August 1939, Vol. 1 of 2, Oxford University Press, 1942
      While Mao, Stalin and Pol Pot put themselves into the Godhead position, Hitler publically professed his Christianity until his dying day and used Christian arguments to whip his people into a frenzy. This is why Nazi uniform belt buckles were emblazoned with the slogan “Gott mit uns” (God is with us).
      Each of these leaders wielded their people’s predilection for faith like a weapon. Atheism is not the prime cause for these tragic regimes – the misdirection of faith is.
      Like religion, they demanded blind obedience and obsequious submission from their followers. They tolerated no free-thinkers and enforced dogmatism – a trick they learned from their religious educations.

      May 9, 2012 at 8:02 am |
    • Rational Libertarian

      Romney's business savvy, but he's a social conservative. Obama's socially progressive (although his failure to support gay marriage is annoying), but I don't like his left leaning fiscal policies.

      Obviously, in an ideal world, Gary Johnson would be our next president, but that's not going to happen. I probably will vote for Johnson, or else Obama. I don't think I could bring myselt to vote for Romney.

      May 9, 2012 at 8:05 am |
    • Paul Thomas

      Yes, faith was abused by these men and faith is abused by evil men posing as righteous men. (Jesus was no friend of the Pharasee). But do not forget, faith is required by atheism as well.

      May 9, 2012 at 8:07 am |
    • Paul Thomas

      I am a social conservative, and trust me, Romney is not. Socially progressive is a nice way of saying socialist. I thought libertarians were for keeping government out of our lives? Although, I do not like Romney, he is closer to libertarian than Obama will ever be.

      May 9, 2012 at 8:12 am |
    • Rational Libertarian

      By socially progressive I mean socially libertarian, live and let live. Don't forget, socialism is an economic ideology. Social progressivism, while not libertarian, is a social ideology that generally supports personal liberty.I'd vote for someone who is socially progressive before a social conservative although I'd vote for a social libertarian first and foremost.

      May 9, 2012 at 8:26 am |
    • Paul Thomas

      Live and let live? Good, so you are against abortion, right?

      May 9, 2012 at 8:33 am |
  4. Jerry

    I don't fly Delta anyway. After they took over Northwest, they reduced flights from Minnesota and started sucking jobs out of the state.

    May 9, 2012 at 7:37 am |
    • Paul Thomas

      Due to goverment taxes? Corporate taxes are repelling companies from operating within our borders.

      May 9, 2012 at 8:03 am |
  5. Alyssa

    Good luck getting Stewart fire, Catholic League. His viewership is much higher than the Pope's.

    May 9, 2012 at 7:36 am |
    • Tengu

      Uh, yeah not so much. Im not catholic but know there are more catholics in the vicinity of the vatican that watch Stewarts show. I like him and his comedy most of the time but he and a few other comediians like Kathy Griffin and others try to stir up crap by criticizing large groups like religions as an easy target and to get their names back in the news. Bill Maher is another. That kind of hate activity for self promotion just plays on the stupidity of the general populace by labeling it comedy and they believe it. He is a goo if not great comedian with a heavy lean towards politics like Dennis Miller which I also love watching so God know he has enough material without going after religion, battered womens groups, minorities, etc for easy prey.

      May 9, 2012 at 7:47 am |
    • Rational Libertarian

      Or maybe they criticize religions because they deserve criticism.

      May 9, 2012 at 7:48 am |
  6. clancy


    May 9, 2012 at 7:32 am |
  7. Rational Libertarian

    Classic Donahue; "picture of your own mother".

    May 9, 2012 at 7:31 am |
  8. DLinDC


    May 9, 2012 at 7:29 am |
    • Oluparun

      with Bill Maher as VP

      May 9, 2012 at 7:34 am |
    • Alyssa

      I'd accept Stephen Colbert as VP.

      May 9, 2012 at 7:37 am |
    • Paul Thomas

      Of Iran.

      May 9, 2012 at 7:37 am |
  9. Stand

    Delta caved to pressure from religion (check their record throughout history on atrocities against humanity). Boycotting Delta let them know not everyone agrees. There are other airline options, think I'll retire my Skymiles number.

    May 9, 2012 at 7:28 am |
    • Michelle

      I agree. I am boycotting DELTA!

      May 9, 2012 at 7:42 am |
  10. Thor Hammer

    I have more important news! John Travolta! That's right. He's getting sued for gay activities!


    May 9, 2012 at 7:19 am |
    • naomaforeman

      Dear Thor: Ah, yes, John Travolta. It might interest you to know that a similar event occurred with "John" at a Phoenix very high end hotel a few years ago. It was "covered up" but later there was a blurb in the paper with the story without a named
      person. The entire gay community (I am not part of it, but my hairdresser is) knew the entire story. John, masseur, and fill in the blanks. Remember the photo of John kissing the man on the steps of his big jet? Come clean, John;
      we'll still go to your films if you make any more (?)

      May 9, 2012 at 7:31 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      Even though like muslims, there are no gay Thetans, the Great Prophet L. Ron Hubbard has no problems with gays, only evil Galactic Overlords.

      May 9, 2012 at 8:07 am |
  11. manperson123

    It's always so special, and perfectly ironic, when Christians play the victim act.

    May 9, 2012 at 7:19 am |
    • Paul Thomas

      Do you say the same when African-Americans play the race card?

      May 9, 2012 at 7:24 am |
    • naomaforeman

      And I do believe "THE CHURCH" has a lot of power!!!!! No with me though.

      May 9, 2012 at 7:25 am |
    • I'm The Best!

      I'd say the same if a white person played the race card. Which is equivalent to a Christian playing the victim card.

      May 9, 2012 at 7:26 am |
    • Paul Thomas

      You would of been that person on the front row in Nero's day as Christian's were being fed to lions...probably saying "yeah, they deserve it"

      May 9, 2012 at 7:43 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      @Paul Thomas
      White, Christian, land owning males have historically got the short end of the stick in America.
      They weren't even allowed to vote until 1776! Holding the overwhelming majority Illustrious, high paying jobs simply can't make up for the difficulty in getting a job as an ininsured, underpaid day labourer.
      White, Christian men have also been woefully under-represented in politics, with only 95+% of politicians in the last 200 years fitting into that demographic.

      May 9, 2012 at 8:13 am |
    • Paul Thomas

      Pres Lincoln was a white christian. He and many a white christian man fought for the injustice of slavery.

      May 9, 2012 at 8:25 am |
  12. Charles Gannon

    Delta Airlines? I thought they went belly up years ago. Delta Facuets probably makes more money a year than the airline

    May 9, 2012 at 7:19 am |
  13. Potrzebie

    Let them boycott. I boycotted Beck's sponsors and still boycott Limbaugh's. On the other hand, the Catholic League can go to hell, along with the Pope.

    May 9, 2012 at 7:17 am |
  14. Paul Thomas

    Thank you, Delta.

    May 9, 2012 at 7:17 am |
    • Robert

      Paul Thomas, you know Santa keeps a list, right? Are you scared yet?

      No? Then cool, you can now begin to grasp why we are not afraid of your mythological friend either.

      Here's a hint… If you want to scare or intimitade people, you may try begining with something we don't already laugh at as being a delusional fairy tale. Because I'm sorry to say, we ARE laughing at you when you say such silly things about God's judment or punishment.

      May 9, 2012 at 7:42 am |
    • Paul Thomas

      I will not laugh when you stand before our Creator.

      May 9, 2012 at 7:47 am |
    • Robert

      I will not laugh when you stand before Santa.

      *sheds tear*

      May 9, 2012 at 7:59 am |
    • Robert

      Are you trying to scare me with threats of Hell? Or, are you trying to avoid blindly walking directly into more set-ups that expose more and more of your HILLARIOUS (I mean respectable) thoughts and opinions. Because, I'm pretty sure you're failing on both fronts.

      May 9, 2012 at 8:08 am |
  15. IPukeOnYourShoes

    I'm done flying Delta. John Stewart rules because he supports Ron Paul!

    May 9, 2012 at 7:16 am |
    • Alyssa

      I'm sure Jon Stewart things Ron Paul is a nice guy, but it's pretty clear that his political biases are left-leaning. I don't think he'll vote for anyone but Obama.

      May 9, 2012 at 7:34 am |
    • Poin

      Sorry, Jeff. Those all red weather maps rieendmd me of, you know …hell.Lol, fair enough.But I am interested why Christians would buy into AGW. Sure, one day we may be allowed to regulate the climate but that would seem to be a low priority for now. Besides, I thought honesty was the best policy.Well, since they're prone to taking outrageous claims without proof, they're actually the perfect candidates for accepting AGW.

      September 9, 2012 at 3:22 am |
  16. WhatNow

    It is comedy. If you don't like the show, don't watch. Delta, you just lost several more customers because I will not support an organization that suppresses people based on someones religious beliefs.

    May 9, 2012 at 7:15 am |
    • Paul Thomas

      I suppose you think racial jokes are just comedy, so that's ok. When jokes are hate filled, then they should be scrapped. Stewart has nothing to fear from a catholic group, but I want to be there when he stands before a Holy God.

      May 9, 2012 at 7:21 am |
    • Alyssa

      @ Paul, I want to be there when you realize there is no holy god.

      May 9, 2012 at 7:35 am |
    • Guest

      Um...Paul, you do realize Jon Stewart is Jewish. They don't believe in the afterlife. Oh wait I forgot, you are a stereotypical Catholic/Christian that only acknoledges their own religion and no one else's and forget what other people's beliefs are as they are irrelevant.

      May 9, 2012 at 7:45 am |
    • John

      Alyssa – if your view is correct, then we will all simply cease to exist in any form. If our view is correct, we will all stand before a Holy God. Good luck to you. You had better hope that your beliefs are correct! Now, as for Delta – what's the big deal? Companies review their advertising choices all the time. A number no longer advertise on Rush's show – though I can't listen to it since I have to work to pay for everything that the 47 %'ers can't be bothered to pay for.

      May 9, 2012 at 7:49 am |
    • Paul Thomas

      Jon is a non-practicing Jew. My Jewish friends would never do or say the things Jon has done and said.

      May 9, 2012 at 8:31 am |
    • Guest

      @Paul and how would you know that? Do you follow him everywhere or are you strictly basing it on what he says? He's a comedian. He does not single out any single relgion. Does every "practicing" Jewish person act and say the same things? Does every "practicing" catholic/christian act or same the same things as well?

      May 9, 2012 at 9:41 am |
  17. Nature Boy

    Delta, the one that bought a refinery for $300 million, a refinery that was set to be mothballed soon. And that Catholic sect, is it not the most unnatural, libel, and filthy religion in world history?

    May 9, 2012 at 7:08 am |
    • naomaforeman

      Dear Paul Thomas: John has no fear of a "Holy or "Unholy" Ghost. He is Jewish. That is not part of their belief system.
      Nor mine.

      May 9, 2012 at 7:35 am |
  18. Dl

    American Taliban – 1, Rationalism – 0

    May 9, 2012 at 7:07 am |
  19. truthfulgiant

    I'm sure that Comedy Central would have fired him – the headliner for the most successful cable show. Right...

    May 9, 2012 at 7:07 am |
    • Shyam

      , Yes. Following the debate, the ancieude was again polled and they had switched their view 180 degrees; the majority did not believe in the AGW hypothesis after hearing the facts presented. Since that the AGW believers have absolutely hidden out from any moderated debate. They only talk through the media.Anyone who actually believes that they have truth on their side will not hesitate to debate their position. Doesn't their dodging any real debate tell us all we need to know about the AGW hypothesis?

      September 9, 2012 at 3:01 am |
  20. Robert

    Catholic League President Donohue pathetically thought he was 'hitting a home run' when he said 'picture your own Mother'…

    Wow!!! He really is that intellectually, politically, ethically, morally and humorously retarded that he fails to realize that's the ENTIRE F'ING POINT. You, nor any other man has the right to 'manage' what goes on between our Mothers, Daughters, Friends nor Neighbors legs.

    I'm a man and I get the humor, it has a brilliantly salient point that like everything other than adolecent boys has escaped the grasp of the catholic league.

    May 9, 2012 at 7:05 am |
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