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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. Rallph Smith

    Over 50 % of all fertized eggs are aborted anyway..........without abortion.......Go Jesus.....You are an asssssssssssssssss

    May 9, 2012 at 11:24 am |
  2. john gotti

    You have to be a moron to watch this show.

    May 9, 2012 at 11:23 am |
    • Chuck

      I guess I'm a moron john. What do you watch? Beck and Rush? I wonder what the average IQ is for those who tune in to those shows.

      May 9, 2012 at 11:26 am |
    • Huebert

      It's actually a really funny show. In a few years you should be old enough to get most of the jokes.

      May 9, 2012 at 11:28 am |
    • anonymous

      The Daily Show presents news in a humurous more interesting way.
      John, you probably watch Beck. Go eat a bag of dirt till you suffocate and die.

      May 9, 2012 at 11:31 am |
  3. BK

    Catholics have no leg to stand on when it comes to morality. When they don't have a reputation of rampant child-abuse maybe I'll listen to their ideas about morality.

    May 9, 2012 at 11:23 am |
  4. palintwit

    I predict that someday soon the Sarah Palin family trailer will become as big a vacation destination as Graceland. It will be called Sarahland. Baggers and birthers from the four corners of the bible belt will make the pilgrimage, gladly paying $25, $35, or more for the chance to tour Sarah Palin's trailer and to go out back and see the actual outhouse where she took her morning dump.

    May 9, 2012 at 11:23 am |
  5. Chuck

    When we try to silence those whom we disagree with, then we become no different that the dictatorial regimes of the past. I think Rush Limbaugh is wrong 99% of the time, but I don't think he should be taken off the air. We need to have all opinions represented in this country from the far left to the far right. It's what makes this country great.

    Corporations have the right to advertise wherever they want, however, when we use such tactics to silence opinions different than ours, then we become no different than the Taliban, Stalin or Nazi Germany. Think about that before you give in to your intolerance.

    May 9, 2012 at 11:22 am |
    • Joey

      You are absolutely correct. I think it's about time we who thing religion is a joke quit worrying about offending those who want to believe and condemn us for rejecting their stupidity. You are right that all should be able to express their beliefs. And they can just get ready to hear those of us who are sick of their condemnation of us.

      May 9, 2012 at 11:26 am |
    • DRJ

      100% agree

      May 9, 2012 at 11:38 am |
    • closet atheist

      Chuck, you're making entirely TOO MUCH sense... will definitely be lost on those whom it was aimed at....

      May 9, 2012 at 11:43 am |
  6. Rallph Smith

    As a 63 year old ex-catholic(small letter intended) I believe Bill Donahue is a perfect representative for the catholic league. A fat, ignorant blowhard. He should wear the same ignorant clothing that priests, bishops, cardinals and pope wear to emphasize his mentality. The catholic church sucks. Women are chattel. Only goofy old men in clothes a circus clown wouldn't wear make all the decisions............

    May 9, 2012 at 11:21 am |
  7. David

    DELTA – "We are proud to say: HEY, don't worry about your luggage, we don't"

    May 9, 2012 at 11:20 am |
  8. n8263

    How is this completely lost on Donohue? If it was not for assholes like him trying to shove their religion up innocent women's vaginas, decent people like Stewert would not be put in a position to have to defend basic human rights like access to safe legal abortion. How does he miss that?

    May 9, 2012 at 11:20 am |
  9. cecil

    dont watch comedy central b/c of stewarts show, and that was well before this.

    turned off HBO b/c of bill maher.

    i dont dislike their views, just that they are tasteless individuals who choose to degrade the beliefs of others vs. finding a way to support their beliefs. more like childish bullies.........

    May 9, 2012 at 11:20 am |
    • Jacques Strappe, World Famous French Ball Juggler

      You never made a joke about Scientology and Mormonism?

      May 9, 2012 at 11:22 am |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      Poor cecil...if reality and truth offend you, there are caves that are empty and waiting for inhabitants.

      May 9, 2012 at 11:24 am |
    • cecil

      no not really and certainly not on national tv.

      going in front of the camera and degrading others shoudl have more consequenses. it crosses the line of free speech.

      like i said, they are tasteless, and a good joke can stay withiin the lines of being respectful.

      May 9, 2012 at 11:25 am |
    • Huebert

      Cecil, nothing is sacred. People, especially comedians, will make fun of what ever they like. We advance by pushing boundaries If everyone was "respectful" our culture would stagnate, not to mention be very dull.

      May 9, 2012 at 11:33 am |
    • Herb

      I bet you are a big fan of Rush Limbaugh...................

      May 9, 2012 at 11:37 am |
    • Jacques Strappe, World Famous French Ball Juggler

      If we stopped making jokes about everything that would had the possiblity to offend people, there would be no more jokes left.

      If you are so sure of your beliefs, they should be able to stand up under scrutiny.

      May 9, 2012 at 11:39 am |
    • SkepticOne

      Whereas christian spokespeople never degrade other's beliefs? Are you that blind?

      May 9, 2012 at 12:43 pm |
    • just sayin

      Cecil, when you are on your knees praying..Jesus is smiling....and teabagging you at the same time.

      May 9, 2012 at 12:46 pm |
  10. BigRed

    I saw the segment that used the graphic. Fact is John Stewart even said that he was unaware the graphic was going to be used and was obviously taken aback. Nevertheless I would say inserting probes in women's bodies has far more shock value.

    May 9, 2012 at 11:18 am |
    • n8263

      This must be a distraction technique to detract from the fact that what assholes like Donohue advocate is so much worse than "offending" people.

      May 9, 2012 at 11:23 am |
    • cecil

      sounds like all those ceo's that did not know what the company was doing.

      john stewart should know what is going on at the john stewart show.....

      May 9, 2012 at 11:27 am |
    • Hemming

      Unfortunately Cecil, it is The Daily show with Jon Stewart. You are exposing your ignorance to the nation.

      May 10, 2012 at 12:54 am |
  11. juan

    Delta is maning up?

    May 9, 2012 at 11:17 am |
    • SkepticOne

      If you think caving to a vocal loud advocacy group "manning up"...

      May 9, 2012 at 12:48 pm |
    • PePlar

      The answer to that is: no.

      May 10, 2012 at 12:56 am |
  12. Joey

    I'm not sure Stalin could have ever hated religion as much as I do. I think religion has been responsible for senseless murder for thousands of year. And yes, I hate religion as much as I do murder for which it is responsible. I hate it when I hear our people try to claim God who they think is also Christ is on our side when we kill so many in the name of God. If we go to war why don't we just be honest and say we don't feel secure and we are going to make it that way.

    May 9, 2012 at 11:17 am |
  13. Chuck

    Well, it looks like I'm never flying Delta again. First Lowes, now Delta. Giving in to the morality police. Very sad.

    May 9, 2012 at 11:16 am |
    • john gough

      I gave up on Lowe's & when I told some friends why, it was like, "what's the big deal?" Now Delta? Where did the backbone of America go?

      May 9, 2012 at 11:31 am |
  14. batteryinme

    I will fly Alpha, Beta, and Gamma before ever stepping on a Delta plane.

    May 9, 2012 at 11:14 am |
    • rn0901

      Delta has the right to pull their advertisement if they so desire, and you have the right to not utilize Delta in planning your transportation. What is the problem?

      May 9, 2012 at 11:29 am |
    • PePlar

      Delta gave in to economic black.mail by a small extremist catholic group–there are consequences for actions. Didn't your parents ever teach you that?

      May 10, 2012 at 12:58 am |
  15. KMW

    I am so glad I renewed my Delta Skymiles card after reading this story. Mr. Stewart is so ignorant and ugly and he isn't even funny. I hear the ratings for his show are way down. Maybe he will be off the air soon.

    May 9, 2012 at 11:14 am |
    • Chuck

      Yes. We want to silence those with whom we disagree. The Taliban would approve.

      May 9, 2012 at 11:18 am |
    • KMW

      It would be even funnier if it was about the Torah.

      May 9, 2012 at 11:19 am |
    • BigRed

      Did you send in your contribution to Pat Robertson's 700 club yet? Please hurry up with that check. And do be careful with your new hoveround!

      May 9, 2012 at 11:22 am |
    • Daily Show Fan

      You "hear" is ratings are way down. Have you actually done any research? His numbers are in reality way up. With good reason. Too bad we aren't actually offended by the people who are determined to undermine women's rights.

      May 9, 2012 at 11:26 am |
    • Herb

      KMW, and you are probably a big Rush Limbaugh fan.........righttttttttttttttttttt

      May 9, 2012 at 11:41 am |
    • KMW

      If this had been a Jewish joke, the anti-defamation league would be screaming their heads off. Of course, only a Jewish person can tell a joke about Jews. As a practicing Catholic, I am fed up with this intolerance with my religion.

      I must speak up and I really do not care what others on this board think of my opinion. Catholics will not be silenced and any Catholic who is not offended by this joke is not much of a Catholic in my estimation. AMEN. Thank you Delta for taking the high road...

      May 9, 2012 at 11:48 am |
    • TruthPrevails :-)

      So by this man putting the reality of a situation in layman's terms bothers you? He did it to try to permeate the bubble that most people like you tend to reside within. Sadly the only way he permeated that bubble was to upset you, not get his point across.

      May 9, 2012 at 11:58 am |
    • KMW

      To Truthpersists:

      Please tell me the point Mr. Stewart was making? He cannot even tell a funny joke so he has to tell a crass one. He is appealing to the lowest-common denominator for his audience.

      May 9, 2012 at 12:10 pm |
  16. William dodge

    Will never fly delta

    May 9, 2012 at 11:13 am |
  17. mike

    Bill Donohue intentionally looks for things to get mad about. He must be a very happy person.

    May 9, 2012 at 11:13 am |
  18. Jamie

    Didn't fly Delta before, never will now. My rights > Santa Clause.

    May 9, 2012 at 11:09 am |
  19. Justin

    I've never flown with Delta but now I have a reason to not fly with them in the future.

    May 9, 2012 at 11:08 am |
  20. NYKnows

    Why is it that anyone who stands up for the rights of women is hounded and hated so much by the "defenders" of the Catholic Church? Why don't the Catholic groups work on cleaning up the horrific pedophile mess and the hatred of women in the Vatican? And while they are at it, go after the bishops who are trying to shut down the nuns who help the poor, because the nuns publically supported the so very needed Healthcare Reform Act. If Jesus were alive now, he would hound the bishops for their hatred of other human beings. As for my family, we will NEVER fly Delta again for hating the Daily Show for no valid reason. How sad is it that we depend on the fake news on Comedy Central for the REAL truth these days?

    May 9, 2012 at 11:08 am |
    • John C from Long Island

      Well Said !!!

      May 9, 2012 at 11:12 am |
    • Saddened

      Because the right to murder a child isn't I don't know...just? If Jesus were alive now he'd be crying over the millions of unborn lives claimed in the name of a woman's rights.

      You're sickening to even imagine such a thing.

      May 9, 2012 at 11:17 am |
    • BK

      What about the billions of unborn that die of natural causes? Isn't that technically 'God's will' as Christians would say to comfort grieving mothers.
      God: The more prolific abortion doctor ever.

      May 9, 2012 at 11:24 am |
    • Doc Vestibule

      @Saddened
      Blastocysticide is not the same as infanticide.

      May 9, 2012 at 11:26 am |
    • SATCH

      I just wrte in support of Kellogs and told Delat they lost a cusrtomer.

      Here is the jey difference: Relion offends me a logical, ration human being wanting my rioghts uncensored in the so called "Land of the Free"

      The Catholic (Aka Pedophile) church/Christian & Baptist Church are nothing more than censoring organizations trying to people uneducated and misinformed, while taking their money for their shiny Sunday suits, promising the 'fearful' followers a road to Heaven, which cannot even be proved exists. These hypocrites ad one suicide belt away from being not so unlike al-Qaeda.

      May 9, 2012 at 11:28 am |
    • Woooooot

      @Saddened: Oh please tell me more about how YOU know what Jesus would think and feel. Yet you make no comment about the priestly pedophiles. I guess that means you and Jesus have no problem with child molestation as long as everyone stops terminating unwanted pregnancies? Seems legit.

      May 9, 2012 at 11:29 am |
    • BigRed

      That was well said. The question about what Jesus would say or do today is important, since he hasn't spoken in over 2000 years and it is very possible that in that time his mind has changed while he has watched his flock follow wretched and misguided so called spiritual leaders. The reality is that if Christ were to return from heaven, and he had views contrary to the Catholic and Protestant churches, he would be branded as the devil's emissary. They would probably hound him and refuse to acknowledge his words after which they would probably have him jailed and possibly murdered. This is because the Christian Christ as we think of him has been limited and misquoted by the Churches and his teachings perverted by human interference. The real Christ were he to descend from heaven, might be far different then Christians would ever want to return.

      May 9, 2012 at 11:30 am |
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