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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

soundoff (2,495 Responses)
  1. Mattski

    Jeez this is tame compared to how South Park handled Jesus, which I thought was shocking and simultaneously hilarious.

    May 9, 2012 at 8:09 am |
  2. Thor Hammer

    The church of the Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints has been in league with the Vatican for three decades and has been responsible for the AIDs epidemic that has plagued the world recently. Before the Vatican became involved, Michael Jackson was targeted by the Mormon church and is known to be responsible for his skin color change. People close to Mr. Jackson who were known members of the church were poisoning his food with skin bleaching products that were later responsible for his demise. The Vatican and the Mormon church murdered Freddie Mercury with AIDs. They have been targeting gays and blacks in order to cleanse the human gene pool of all liberalism. They are in bed with the world government illuminati and this is the reason why Bohemian Grove exists. http://www.infowars.com/bg1.html Information has recently been unearthed that proves that the Masonic faith was founded by the Catholics and later incorporated the Mormon church.

    There is a wealth of information on the subject here:

    http://mormonconspiracy.com/

    May 9, 2012 at 8:09 am |
    • Drew

      You are a total idiot.

      May 9, 2012 at 8:10 am |
    • Mattski

      Huh? Jackson was diagnosed with vitiligo universalis long ago.

      May 9, 2012 at 8:11 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      But the most powerful enti/ty is all the world is the YKK Group.
      They have quietly infiltrated every corner of power on the globe, directing policy and opinion for 100 years.
      Don't believe me?
      Look at the zipper on your crotch. I bet it says "YKK".
      They own your @$$

      May 9, 2012 at 8:19 am |
    • forfacts

      OK OK, let's not get off track w/another silly conspiracy theory. There's a million of 'em out there (another shooter of JFK, the Twin Towers was a US Govt job, etc). This article is about free speech.

      May 9, 2012 at 8:21 am |
    • Thor Hammer

      I use MY free speech to tell people the truth but their too fukkin stupid to hear it.

      May 9, 2012 at 8:26 am |
    • forfacts

      Speak you may Thor. We simply also exercise our free speech right to rebuke you – severely as your mormon conspiracy theory comes across to the vast majority of us as simply nutso.

      May 9, 2012 at 8:29 am |
  3. Josef Bleaux

    I am really sick and tired of Christians and their stupidity. They need to S_T_F_U.

    May 9, 2012 at 8:08 am |
    • Emilio

      I'm with you 100 percent.

      May 9, 2012 at 8:15 am |
  4. Mopery

    As Americans we still have the freedom of speech, which gives us the right to say what we want about who we want whenever we want and not fear violent reprisal. It does not, however, give anyone the right to not be offended by the speech of others. I'd suggest a dose of reality or two for the Catholic Church, and perhaps a pacifier.

    May 9, 2012 at 8:07 am |
  5. Dan

    This is a sad world we live in. The worst part is that comedy central will essentially have to pressure the daily show to tone it down because without corporate sponsorship their ship is sunk. I hope some other sponsor steps up and takes over where delta left off. Furthermore I won't be flying delta again any time soon.

    May 9, 2012 at 8:04 am |
  6. Zaphod2010

    Hey donohue, catch any pedophiles lately? That's right the catholic church moves them from one church to another to hide them. Silly me!
    What a hypocrite you are!!!!

    May 9, 2012 at 8:04 am |
    • Kamila

      For sometime I have had crnneocs over the subject of international law and child abduction within both the Hague Countries and out of them. Is there every going to be a way to make this a much happier situation as the problem increases with relationships becoming more international? Kind regards, Helen Dudden.

      September 7, 2012 at 11:14 am |
  7. erock

    While it was a joke in poor taste, Stewart has freedom of speech. And, Delta has the right to drop any ads they choose. That being said...

    Many in this posting under estimate the church. Don't. Religion is a powerful force. History proves that.

    If they really made it an issue they could indeed get Stewart fired or at minimum cause him to publicly apologize. Remember this same organization made the president to change policy.

    May 9, 2012 at 8:00 am |
    • Mopery

      Yes and 500 years ago the same organization initiated the Spanish Inquisition, where they truly flexed their muscle at the cost of how many lives? There's a reason why the founding fathers chose to separate religion from government, and unfortunately "we the people" are standing idly by as that division is being rapidly dismantled by our own elected officials.

      May 9, 2012 at 8:12 am |
    • forfacts

      Yes, religion is a very powerful force as history shows us. just go back and look at all the wars fought and death wrought in the name of religion.

      May 9, 2012 at 8:18 am |
  8. Emilio

    What was so offensive about the skit, anyway? Jon was only parodying the Right Wing Religious Terrorists we have in this country. I don't fly a lot these days, but when I do Delta Airlines will NOT get my business.

    May 9, 2012 at 8:00 am |
    • Arlete

      You raise an important qusoiten as international child abduction can be extremely distressing for those involved. The FCO’s Child Abduction Section works hard to not only resolve individual cases, but also to encourage foreign governments to sign and implement the Hague Convention on Child Abduction. We believe the Convention is the most effective way of ensuring the return of abducted children. Any British national who is worried about an actual or potential child abduction can contact the Child Abduction Section on 0207 008 0878 or

      September 6, 2012 at 8:34 pm |
  9. Regina

    "Perhaps you now understand how the 80% of the nation that is Christian feel.”
    So Donohue speaks for 80% of the country? I'm catholic and he doesn't even speak for me!

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

      Right, I suspect Donahue is simply stretching some membership numbers. Like he ignored over 90% of Catholic women use birth control some time in their lives.

      May 9, 2012 at 8:32 am |
  10. jaygorzy

    Delta can stick their ignorance in the same place that they can shove their baggage fees.

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

      I'm not sure there's enough room, what with their head already shoved in that same tight place...

      May 9, 2012 at 8:14 am |
  11. Curt

    If the catholic church is opposed then it must be morally correct. The only things that that so-called christian church champions is pedophila and overpopulation. I firmly believe that organization has done more inhuman and unchristianlike things than any other organization in the world. Of course, it has had a long time to hone its anti-human message. Shame on Delta for being fooled.

    May 9, 2012 at 7:58 am |
  12. kiki

    The Catholic Church does not speak for all Christians.

    May 9, 2012 at 7:57 am |
  13. Bob B

    The Daily Show is a great show and I thought the skit was funny. It's a comedy show and Delta shouldn't pull their ads because the Catholic league didn't like it.

    May 9, 2012 at 7:54 am |
  14. Just Me

    get a life and worry about real problems..this is trivial! If you are that twisted religious, don't watch the show!

    May 9, 2012 at 7:54 am |
  15. IAmCorrect

    Shame on Delta for giving in to pressure from religious terrorists.

    May 9, 2012 at 7:52 am |
    • Terrorwho

      Religious terrorists? I'm not sure you understand what that word means.

      May 9, 2012 at 7:57 am |
  16. Badly-Bent

    Let me pull a number out of my hat! 80%?

    May 9, 2012 at 7:52 am |
    • Adam

      Hey thats a good number! Its enough that it seems like a huge part of the country. But its not enough that I am going to doubt it is true...the "catholic church" is ridiculous

      May 9, 2012 at 8:19 am |
  17. Core catholic Values

    There are plenty of other airlines for me to use. Southwest flies most of the Delta routes I travel. I hear the folks at Southwest actually have sense of humor. l'lll give them a try!

    May 9, 2012 at 7:51 am |
  18. Toby Dana

    Jon Stewart is the man. Religious people are awful. If only the rapture would come and take them all away.

    May 9, 2012 at 7:49 am |
  19. MarcSK

    I love it when companies pull a "I don't like it, so that means no one else should!"
    It shows how desperate they are to crave attention.

    May 9, 2012 at 7:48 am |
  20. upstateny

    It's getting to the point no one will be able to say anything because someone is going to be hurt or offended. This world has become full of crybabies. He is a comedian, he as all other americans have the right to freedom of speech. If you don't like him, don't watch him. What is the big f'ing deal.

    May 9, 2012 at 7:45 am |
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