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. MrApplesauce

    I hear Delta has never had a plane crash because Jesus rides shotgun on every flight.

    May 9, 2012 at 9:58 am |
    • Ting

      I guess Jesus over slept the day their L1011 crashed south of Dallas.

      May 9, 2012 at 10:03 am |
    • MrApplesauce

      He was probably a bit busy smiting some non-believers or sending non-christian conformists to the great big heater below.

      May 9, 2012 at 10:08 am |
    • Ting

      Yes that seems to be what he does best.

      May 9, 2012 at 10:12 am |
  2. RS, CA

    I'm not a Christian, and I'm offended. It IS typical liberal Stewart vomit.

    May 9, 2012 at 9:57 am |
    • cw

      Then you are very easily offended. Get some tougher skin.

      May 9, 2012 at 10:01 am |
    • Priest

      Need a hug?

      May 9, 2012 at 10:01 am |
    • mistamista

      Christian or not, you're not a very intelligent person. If this is all it takes to offend you, you're in for a very, very rude awakening once you get out of preschool.

      May 9, 2012 at 10:05 am |
    • closet atheist

      @ Priest

      Giggity giggity giggity

      May 9, 2012 at 10:06 am |
    • Noocrat

      "It IS typical liberal Stewart vomit." – This statement alone indicates that you've never once viewed the program.

      May 9, 2012 at 10:08 am |
  3. scoto

    Like Mr Stewart says. "Just because you are no longer having things all your own way, it doesn't mean there is a "war" on your particular belief system"

    May 9, 2012 at 9:56 am |
  4. Leonid Brezhnev

    You so called christians should get a life. That was a funny bit.

    May 9, 2012 at 9:56 am |
  5. jtgod5

    Hate speech – really – OMG you want women to have no rights to their bodies and he is calling you out on it and showing it for what it represents – an intrusion on every woman's right to decide what they want to do with there own bodies – if you are a christian woman and you CHOOSE to have someone tell you what to do then fine – but i am not a christian woman and neither is my daughter and i will not have you or anyone else tell us what we can and cannot do with our own bodies!

    May 9, 2012 at 9:53 am |
  6. SR

    This is absurd! I'm getting tired of the Catholic Church (aka Catholic men) telling those of us who are not Catholic what we can and can not do with our bodies....that's not a fight for civil rights....and neither is a boycott of comedy show! Again...absurd! Rock on Jon, I'm still watching.

    May 9, 2012 at 9:49 am |
    • Rich C

      I'm tired of you telling us it's ok to kill babies in the womb. Tyrant.

      May 9, 2012 at 9:51 am |
    • Rational Libertarian

      Rich C

      Why should you get to control a woman's bodily integrity?

      May 9, 2012 at 9:52 am |
    • Brandon

      Mind your own business......how many people did the catholic church kill in the name of God?

      May 9, 2012 at 9:53 am |
    • just sayin

      Were not telling you to do sh!t. We just women to have the option. You dumbsh!t.

      May 9, 2012 at 9:54 am |
    • Rich C

      When are women going to take some accountability for preventing unwanted pregnancies? And, why are they shaking down taxpayers to pay for their birth control when you can walk into many places and get it for free?

      May 9, 2012 at 9:56 am |
    • Kristina

      Libertarian–as a female, abortion is not about a woman's body "integrity." Nor is it about choice. You made the choice when you decided to have $ex, and need to be responsible enough to deal with the consequences without killing a baby.

      May 9, 2012 at 9:58 am |
    • Ting

      Rich C

      I'm tired of you telling us it's ok for priests to boink little boys.

      May 9, 2012 at 9:58 am |
    • Dennis

      "This is absurd!" Im tired of peopole like you finding things "absurd" that arent even true. Im tired of people like you who obviously scored a ZERO in reading comprehension spouting off nonsense.
      Tell me where in the article the Catholic Church was calling for a boycott, especially when they outright said they werent and were only asking for an apology.
      And before you say, "dur, well delta is boycotting".... You didnt say a word about delta, so wouldnt it be DELTA whos politics you have issue with and not the Chruch?
      go back to elementary school, take some more reading and writing classes and figure out how to interpret what people mean when they make sentences.

      May 9, 2012 at 10:00 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      Yeah women folk!
      Take responsibility for unwanted pregnancy!
      But don't use birth control. God doesn't like it.
      Don't let your husband touch you unless you're prepared to have a baby!
      And yet the Bible says to submit to your husband, so you can't say no if he wants some.
      Oh – and you can't commit the sin of Onanism – so only va.ginal intercourse allowed, and no pulling out.

      Oh dear – that doesn't really leave Catholic women with a lot of options, does it?

      May 9, 2012 at 10:00 am |
    • Notoious BJC

      Rich C. – And since when is it the sole responsibility of the woman to take care of birth control. Last I checked, it took a man and a woman to make a baby...

      May 9, 2012 at 10:01 am |
    • Rich C

      Nice dodge, Ting. Anyway, would you rather be fondled by a priest or dismembered into a biohazard bag and thrown into a dumpster?

      May 9, 2012 at 10:02 am |
    • Rational Libertarian

      It is about bodily integrity. Women do have to take more responsibility, and I agree with Rich C that no way the taxpayer should be forced to pay for birth control, but accidents happen. Nobody should be able to deny somebody else's bodily integrity.

      And it's not "killing babies". You could maybe call late term abortions "killing babies", but early and early-mid term foetuses are in no way babies.

      May 9, 2012 at 10:02 am |
    • Ting

      Anyway, would you rather be fondled by a priest or dismembered into a biohazard bag and thrown into a dumpster?

      Well when you put it like that I guess that I'm really deprived considering I was never molested by a priest. If only I could have been so lucky. All those boys are lucky. At least they aren't dead. They are just a bunch of whiners. Jeez.

      May 9, 2012 at 10:09 am |
    • Jacques Strappe, World Famous French Ball Juggler

      Rich, you are hysterical. Once again proving that Catholics only care about people before they are born. Afterwards, f@#k them!

      You know the law Christians use to condemn abortion is only in the OT right? So, I hope you aren't wearing a polyester/cotton blend right now because if so, you are violating one of God's laws that was worthy of death! Hope you haven't eaten pork or lobster lately either. God wouldn't like that.

      May 9, 2012 at 10:11 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      How exactly does one dismember a gamete with no limbs?
      Blastocysticide is not the same thing as infanticide.

      May 9, 2012 at 10:19 am |
  7. JMC

    I remember feeling a little shocked by the imagery– but not offended. This is a good example of powerful free speech– and what men have been trying to do to limit accessibility to contraception and health care is incredibly offensive– they co-opt religion to keep women subjugated. So, yeah, shocking but also brilliant. We don't live under Shariah law thank goodness. I will keep watching the Daily Show. I don't fly Delta anyhow, I prefer Southwest.

    May 9, 2012 at 9:48 am |
    • Dennis

      Please define how EXACTLY what the attempts to limit ACCESS to contraception are? The only debate I know about is forcing organizations that dont believe in it to fund it via the MANDATED COMMERCIAL transactions in the health care law.
      When you can walk into any public health clinic and get free contraceptives, how is "access" being limited?

      May 9, 2012 at 9:53 am |
    • JMC


      Dennis- There are too many efforts to list in this forum, so I will refer to the sampling provided at the link above, for anyone who is truly interested in learning about what specific efforts are being made across this country to restrict a woman's access to contraception and healthcare.

      May 9, 2012 at 10:46 am |
  8. Ben

    "insert own mother" + "feel how 80% of Christians feel" = 80% of Christians have the same mother? I don't understand that statement.

    May 9, 2012 at 9:47 am |
    • Chris

      He's implying that Mary is the "mother" to all Catholics. So all Catholics are offended. I think his numbers may be off on what % of Christianity is Catholic, though maybe in America I view Protestantism as larger than it actually is worldwide. As a Protestant we respect Mary for who she was, we don't revere her above any other historical or Biblical figures. Only supposed to hold One to that.

      May 9, 2012 at 9:59 am |
  9. guest

    "Perhaps you now understand how the 80% of the nation that is Christian feel.” Ummmm don't speak for me, and don't pretend to care about discrimination against women, we all know how you really feel.

    May 9, 2012 at 9:46 am |
  10. steve

    Bill Donhue and the Catholic league have just helped Jon Stewart with his ratings and public image. Most resonable people who are catholic have already left the church, the numbers are fading fast, and all they have left are a few extremeists. It's funny that Catholics find this offensive, when everything about the Catholic church and it's beliefs are far more offensive than Stewart, or Maher. I don't see either one of them trying to tell people how to live their lives, trying to take away peoples freedoms. I don't think these people go far enough to expose the filth that is the Catholic Church. If you don't like it don't watch, I don't watch the pope or Joel Olsteen, not because I'm offended by them , but because they are a joke. See it's that easy don't like don't watch, but I think the millions that tune in the the daily show weekly speak for themselves. Delta just hurt their already tarnished image. If the church would worry about their own problems (pedophiles) and stay away from peoples freedom , they would not have these kind of criticisims. Instead they attack gays , Women, anyone who is not Catholic and try to erode the seperation of church and state. The day the church makes the law is the day I become a criminal. WE ARE A FREE COUNTRY. You are free to pratice your religion and we are free to keep it under close scrutiny.

    May 9, 2012 at 9:46 am |
    • HadEnuf

      Hear, hear! Well said.

      May 9, 2012 at 10:26 am |
  11. Dave

    It always makes me laugh when religious people/groups cry foul when people pick on their immaginary friends. I look forward today when the majority of people in this country wake up..

    May 9, 2012 at 9:45 am |
  12. .- ...- . .-. .- --. . .--- --- .

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

    Oh god, my sides!

    May 9, 2012 at 9:45 am |
  13. Walkthetalk

    Again, in contrast to some outrageous comments calling for boycott, but then excuse themselves for not cancelling due to the penalty fees, I did not only talk the talk, but got to walk the walk; so I just cancelled my booking with this morons and made sure they knew the reason why (anyway their service stinks)...hope more join and make a point that we're not in the middle ages...bunch of Delta retrogrades...

    May 9, 2012 at 9:44 am |
    • Rich C

      So they still made money off of you and now get to sell your seat to someone else – sucker.

      May 9, 2012 at 9:46 am |
  14. Rich C

    Good job by Delta. I will now fly your airline whenever possible. Jon Leibowitz is a punk.

    May 9, 2012 at 9:44 am |
    • reason

      yeah and i won't fly delta now-–that accomplished alot

      May 9, 2012 at 9:55 am |
    • MARSHA

      Um. Who?


      May 9, 2012 at 9:56 am |
    • mistamista

      Excellent! Just in time for you to get back home for the "Dueling Banjo Days". Please do not act as if you actually "fly" anywhere Boomhauer!

      May 9, 2012 at 10:03 am |
  15. KMB

    I'm Christian and I thought the bit was hilarious. Bill Donohue does not speak for all (or even most) Christians, and he certinally doesn't speak for women's rights. Delta can pull their ads if they want, but from now on I'll out of my way to buy Kellogs.

    May 9, 2012 at 9:42 am |
    • Julia

      Good. The subsidized corn farmers and the pharmaceutical companies that get rich from your sugar- and grain-filled diet will thank you.

      May 9, 2012 at 9:45 am |
    • OneFineBlonde

      Good. Why don't you do that, KMB? I'm sure that the high fructose corn syrup and other nutritional garbage in those cereals will be real good for you. While you're sitting at home eating cereal, I'll be jetting around the country on DELTA enjoying myself.

      Please don't presume to speak for anyone but yourself about the Jon Stewart skit. It was highly offensive to millions of people - including me. I think Delta knows its customers and I doubt that there will be a big loss from the tiny Stewart market. (Now if somebody stopped advertising on a highly rated show like "Pawn Stars" or "River Monsters" - both of which pull many more viewers than Stewart - there MIGHT be some fallout. ; )

      May 9, 2012 at 9:47 am |
    • Dennis

      He doesnt speak for "most Christians" but you do apparently? How would you know he doesnt? And how do you know YOU do by saying he doesnt?

      May 9, 2012 at 9:55 am |
    • americanflag

      We have the right to free speech...not the right to not be offended. If something someone says hurts your feelings...too bad.

      May 9, 2012 at 10:09 am |
  16. John _Atlanta GA

    The self rightous Catholic Church is far more offensive than anything you can watch on a television. DISCLAIMER: No children were molested in the making of this program.

    May 9, 2012 at 9:38 am |
  17. Ned Grant

    This isn't the first time, and it won't be the last time, that Rome has crucified a Jew –

    May 9, 2012 at 9:38 am |
    • Jacques Strappe, World Famous French Ball Juggler


      May 9, 2012 at 10:17 am |
  18. Julia

    Boycotts and protests are the rights of ALL Americans, not just the left. If the left can cheer that advertisers left Limbaugh, then the right can cheer that advertisers left Stewart. Not really sure why people are up in arms. Oh right....because they can dish it but they can't take it.

    May 9, 2012 at 9:38 am |
    • A. Goodwin

      The difference is that Limbaugh is not a COMEDIAN!!!!!!!!

      May 9, 2012 at 9:40 am |
    • Jakey

      True, anyone can organize a boycott for any reason. Do you see anyone caring? It's WHY this boycott was announced that people are up in arms about.

      May 9, 2012 at 9:46 am |
    • msg44

      @A Goodwin...

      No wonder the Left is allowed to say what ever they want. They are all a bunch of "comedian" clowns:)

      May 9, 2012 at 9:47 am |
    • Rich C

      Exactly. The professional protesting left loves to target Beck's or Limbaugh's sponsors, but it's an outrageous outrage when it is done to their guys.

      May 9, 2012 at 9:48 am |
    • Jacques Strappe, World Famous French Ball Juggler

      I must have missed the part where Jon Stewart slandered someone for speaking out for their rights.
      I must have missed the part where Jon Stewart was a se-xist pig.
      I must have missed the part where Jon Stewart didn't want women to have any rights.

      Do you see a difference?

      May 9, 2012 at 10:20 am |
  19. 30to30

    It is always amazing to see intolerant people complain because they aren't tolerated. Abortion is legal. You want to rob a woman of that right in the name of your imaginary man in the sky? It's fine to speak out, but don't expect the rest of us to not point out the utter ridiculousness of the belief system that guides your action.

    Anybody who genuinely believes that babies pop out of virgins is not qualified to make decisions regarding reproductive rights.

    May 9, 2012 at 9:33 am |
  20. STR

    I'm christian. I'm not offended. It's funny.

    May 9, 2012 at 9:32 am |
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