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. Independent Voter

    Now Delta Airlines is a joke!

    May 8, 2012 at 7:05 pm |
    • Holy Guacamole

      If you have flown on Delta for the last decade or so, you will already be boycotting them, and not for any political reason. Hell, they' get more business by having nude gay flights and painting their planes in rainbows . . . and even then, they would still provide rotten service.

      May 8, 2012 at 7:09 pm |
  2. Zicke

    Yet another reason to hate Delta. Worst airline ever.

    May 8, 2012 at 7:05 pm |
  3. Rusty

    Guess I'll boycott Delta, for their support of an organization that protects child rapists. Because that's offensive to *my* beliefs.

    May 8, 2012 at 7:05 pm |
    • namethename

      And what your believes are?
      Atheists are the most horrible killers. – North Korea, Soviet Union all hated religion.

      May 8, 2012 at 7:35 pm |
  4. AZ Wildcat

    The Catholic church (aka Pedophiles Unlimited) squeaking about morality is rich.

    May 8, 2012 at 7:04 pm |
  5. *frank*

    “I'm not going to censor myself to comfort your ignorance," Stewart said

    May 8, 2012 at 7:04 pm |
    • namethename

      You wouldn't say same thing about Rush or Glenn, would you?
      No. Because you most likely disagree with them= hate speech.
      It goes both ways.

      May 8, 2012 at 7:40 pm |
  6. Dudelove

    Bill Donohue, what a joke he is !

    May 8, 2012 at 7:03 pm |
  7. Jerseygirl

    Come on, (Catholic Bishops) lighten up! I saw that skit (I DVR all of Stewart's and Colbert's shows), and I thought it was funny and I am a Catholic! And Jon Stewart is a comedian, for Pete's sake! There is not one hateful bone in his body.

    May 8, 2012 at 7:03 pm |
    • Gecul

      Very well said!

      May 9, 2012 at 10:44 am |
  8. FAN

    Love the Daily Show and Delta. The skit was funny and outrageous but that is the nature of the show at times. I suggest Mr. Donohue (the Archie Bunker like mouthpiece of Catholics) not watch just like I will not be watching his shtick.

    May 8, 2012 at 7:02 pm |
  9. Sir Craig

    I just watched the video in question, and it was pretty darn funny as well as illuminating. And while, yes, it may have been offensive, it was offensive for another reason and not what that idiot Donohue was campaigning against: What states are pushing in terms of women's healthcare (especially with what is going on in Kansas right now) is about as offensive as it can possibly be. That much of what is happening is the result of Donohue's beloved dogma makes it even more offensive.

    Goodbye, Delta. Never liked you, and will never need you again.

    May 8, 2012 at 7:02 pm |
    • ThinkAgain

      Hear, hear! I saw it when it was originally broadcast and while in poor taste, I think what is really offensive is the Catholic and other churches' desire to turn back the clock on women by about 1000 years.

      You go, Jon Stewart! You go!

      May 8, 2012 at 7:31 pm |
  10. Dudelove

    Time for everyone to boycott Delta.

    May 8, 2012 at 7:00 pm |
  11. DavidMM

    "Perhaps you now understand how the 80% of the nation that is Christian feel.” How does that person know what that 80% feels? This is America – diversity is part of our definition. Freedom. Don't like Daily Show – don't watch. Watch a Catholic religious programming show instead. But forcing your beliefs, your hypersensitivity on others is Not American, Not a democratic republic, not supporting free-will, and thus, in the end, not spiritual.

    May 8, 2012 at 7:00 pm |
    • nathaniel

      80% of the US is Moronic!

      May 8, 2012 at 7:03 pm |
  12. Delta

    'We love to proselytize and it shows'

    May 8, 2012 at 7:00 pm |
  13. Michael

    "What Stewart did wasn’t a joke,” Donohue’s letter continued. “It was hate speech."

    And if ANYONE would know what hate speech is, it would be christian groups!

    May 8, 2012 at 7:00 pm |
  14. Tim

    Let me see.... Jon Stewart v. Delta. I think Jon Stewart is going to win this one.

    May 8, 2012 at 7:00 pm |
    • namethename

      I don't think so

      May 8, 2012 at 7:30 pm |
  15. Aud

    “What Stewart did wasn’t a joke...It was hate speech. We could have pressed for him to be fired, but we did not.” – Catholic League President Bill Donohue


    May 8, 2012 at 6:59 pm |
  16. Keegan Bushey

    Delta is awful.

    Don't Expect Luggage To Arrive

    May 8, 2012 at 6:59 pm |
    • RG

      or "Doesn't Ever Leave The Airport"

      May 8, 2012 at 7:07 pm |
  17. beau

    If you're a mormon:
    You believe in a man named Joseph Smith that declared himself a general against the American Government and then said he would create a Theocratic Monarchy with himself at its head.
    You also believe in a man named Joseph Smith that married a 14 year old girl – even though he already had plural wives – because he told the child's family they would receive instant eternal salvation if they gave her to him (Smith).
    You also believe in becoming a god after this life if you have committed to and followed all of your temple rituals sincerely and without deviance.
    You also believe that anyone that is not a mormon will NOT be allow to be with Jesus Christ or God, no matter how good they are, if they do not accept your gospel (religion) to be the only true church. For example. Mother Teresa will not be in heaven if she does not accept a posthumous baptism in the after life.
    You also believe that you must take on secret temple names, wear garments (underwear) that has secret symbols that are used in secret rituals in the temple as well as a blood oath that began in 1843, but ended in 1990 when there was a general uproar amongst non-mormons that found out about this particular ritual.
    You also believe Blacks and Native Americans were marked with dark skin for being evil in the pre-life or because they just displeased god.
    You believe that once you are a god of your own world, you with your heavenly wife will create spirit children that will then fill the earthly bodies of human on your own particular planet that you rule over...meaning that you are already (in certain terms) better than the God that created this planet.
    You do believe that Lucifer and Jesus were and are brothers. Sign A TRUE Conservative Republican."

    May 8, 2012 at 6:58 pm |
    • I'mAMormon

      I'm a Mormon, and I KNOW what I believe. And I believe you're a moron. Move on, get informed, and get a life.

      May 8, 2012 at 7:10 pm |
    • Cinchy

      Beau: I can promise you that, at most, one person will read your post. Whew. You need to shorten it up some son.

      May 8, 2012 at 10:10 pm |
  18. humanone

    I'm a great fan of Jon... that joke was in bad taste. I'll still watch him but I won't fly Delta because they are not a major carrier in my country.

    May 8, 2012 at 6:58 pm |
  19. whatever

    Hate Speech.....HAHAHAHAHA! I'll just eat my kellogs cereal while NOT flying delta.

    May 8, 2012 at 6:58 pm |
  20. Surthurfurd

    Catholic Bishops definition of someone who is at war with them: any person who does not just let the bishops tell them what to do.

    May 8, 2012 at 6:57 pm |
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