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. Sane Person

    Guess Ill eat more Kellogs and avoid delta more than I already do. Keep up the good work Jon, 86% of the world loves you. I know, I asked them all.

    May 8, 2012 at 7:14 pm |
    • Insane Person

      Nuh Uh!! 86% of the world is Christian! We all hate Jon Stewart because I hate when jokes fly over my head as well as being the but.t of a joke I don't understand while everyone else is laughing at me. It's not fair that I don't get 86% of the jokes I hear becuase I have a stunted sense of humor and am unable to laugh at myself for fear of imploding.

      May 8, 2012 at 7:20 pm |
  2. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things .

    May 8, 2012 at 7:13 pm |
    • Duh


      May 8, 2012 at 7:16 pm |
    • Sane Person

      No, it really doesnt. If you and I sat down with a deck of cards, and each flipped the cards over one by one. You praying your little heart out, and I reading the latest Harris essay, who do you think will draw the higher cards? Do you think god shall smite my card in response to your prayers? Or do you think the laws of statistics will govern the resulting card flips? Do you think people that lose loved ones in accidents forgot to pray? Maybe they prayed wrong? Or maybe you can simply fall back on the whole "Mysterious ways" credo.

      May 8, 2012 at 7:19 pm |
  3. /sigh

    Since his ad does not discriminate and is political i would bet comedy central is going to get a pretty fat check not to sue delta openly.

    May 8, 2012 at 7:12 pm |
  4. MomofPlenty

    Jon Stewart is talented and usually funny. Too bad this wasn't. He needs to develop material that is more fitting of his talents. This was tasteless, low, and off-the-mark. He can do much better.

    May 8, 2012 at 7:12 pm |
    • /sigh

      too bad your religious views overshadow your common sense, this was a politcal skit to illustrate how ludicrious these anti-womens rights laws are.

      May 8, 2012 at 7:16 pm |
  5. Mother Va.Gina

    "Remember Honey, on your way to school, don't talk to mangers..."

    May 8, 2012 at 7:12 pm |
  6. swebster

    Yawn – who CARES if Delta pulls their ads. I stopped flying that airline YEARS ago and I've never looked back. Maybe if Delta focused on SERVICE instead of making political statements with their marketing department perhaps most people commenting here would have a more positive view of their company. Stewart is probably one of the more INTELLIGENT people on TV these days so I have no issue whatsoever with his skit. He'd have no material for that skit had it not been for a bunch of Republican legislators meddling with the personal welfare of women. The legislators in Virginia and elsewhere started this stupidity so they deserve every ounce of backlash the media and the electorate has in store for them. Once again the GOP is focused on the WRONG stuff. Having one of their religious wings out there harassing Stewart is only adding gasoline to their already burning fire. Is there NO ONE with a brain in the GOP calling their strategy? Seems every turn they make is only making them look more ridiculous.

    May 8, 2012 at 7:11 pm |
  7. g-money

    I "LOOOVE" Jon Stewart and think he's one of the brightest and most honest people on television these days. But, I do think he went over the line on this one. I did watch that episode the night it aired and he had made his point all too well (as he often does) BEFORE, he brought in the manger part. I just thought it was unnecessar and distasteful. The point could have equally been made and driven home without the manger part.

    May 8, 2012 at 7:11 pm |
    • GodPot

      Is anything really going to far when you have the religious right talking about women using asprin as a contraceptive? Really? Keep your knees shut you w h o r e s is a better line to take on this?

      May 8, 2012 at 7:14 pm |
    • fred

      Wake up this is our media that has been chipping away at the church for 40 years now. I think it is a perfect demonstration of the contrast between the innocence of Christ who man crucified and the perversion of a godless mindset.

      May 8, 2012 at 7:19 pm |
    • GodPot

      @fred – I really do hope that Christianity, not Christians or any people, but the ideology and doctrine, is swept away like the supposed preflood Nephilim who were influencing the world and filling it with evil. Any ideology that says "You are good and deserve freedoms because you are a member of our group or worship our invisible deity" whilst also saying "You others are bad becuase you do not and should not have any rights or freedoms because you don't worship our invisible deity" is a plague upon mankind and should be exposed for it's hate and destroyed, again, not the people, the ideology. And of course, thats the problem. How do you peel away the rotten and disgusting festering sore of religious indoctrination without the indivual becoming enlightened and walking away from it on their own?

      May 8, 2012 at 7:31 pm |
    • Chad

      @GodPot ". Any ideology that says "You are good and deserve freedoms because you are a member of our group or worship our invisible deity" whilst also saying "You others are bad becuase you do not and should not have any rights or freedoms because you don't worship our invisible deity" is a plague upon mankind..."

      @Chad "sincere question for you: based on your summary in the other thread of the biblical narrative and Christian theology (I assume you came up with it on your own and didn't just cut and paste it from somewhere else ), I would certainly think that you are aware that salvation has nothing to do with Christians being good or bad, or letting others in the club, but like the Passover in Egypt, it merely depends on if you are "covered by the blood" or not. Being saved or not is a judgement that God makes, not we as Christians.

      To illustrate: In Egypt, any family that had blood on their door was passed over by the angel of death on the "first passover".. didn't matter at all if you were even aware that the blood was there. A Jewish family with out the blood would have been killed, while a non-believing Egyptian family (lets say that they had a Jewish servant that put blood over the door) would be spared.

      Being killed or spared was entirely a function of blood on the door, that was a rule put in place by God.
      You wouldn't accuse the Jews of that time of being "narrow minded" in their encouragement of everyone to put blood on the door, would you?

      What I just can't understand, is why (given your understanding of the biblical narrative) you think that these are just rules made up by Christians?

      May 8, 2012 at 7:44 pm |
    • fred

      Perhaps the Bible is right and God will end the world when not another soul will find salvation in Christ. If we all don’t sooner or later reject Christ to where not another soul could be saved then Christ is a liar. In short you are part of the anti-christ that ushers in the End of Days. This is a good thing as in Iran they wish to knock off Israel as that brings about the 13th Imam that brings Muslims to their heaven. Both faiths are waiting for anti-christ.
      My thought is how about we do what Christ suggested and just love each other and love God. Christians need to step it up a notch as they also need to be servants helping others (non believers in particular) not just some love ya man retort. Now we have a win win situation where your community is blessed, Christians are blessed and the anti-christ never arrives.

      May 8, 2012 at 7:48 pm |
  8. Anomic Office Drone

    I'm not flying Delta anymore.

    May 8, 2012 at 7:11 pm |
  9. GoddessReign

    I remember that joke- definitely was not one of my favorites by the Daily Show but that skit compared with the laws that are being passed against women's reproductive heallth and choice is nothing.

    May 8, 2012 at 7:10 pm |
  10. bergymand67

    Reblogged this on A Blog About Nothing and commented:

    May 8, 2012 at 7:10 pm |
  11. funtime

    when will this planet worry about things that are worth worrying about?

    May 8, 2012 at 7:09 pm |
  12. notogop

    The Catholic Church should clean their own house before casting stones anywhere else. They truly don't have the moral compass to be censoring/criticizing anyone. Sounds a lot like Islamic zealots getting pi$$ed over a slight slam on dear old Mohammad or the Koran. Plus, Delta sucks anyway.

    May 8, 2012 at 7:09 pm |
  13. grady

    Donohue gets off on self righteous indignation...

    May 8, 2012 at 7:08 pm |
    • GodPot

      You can tell he's having little bible orgasms everytime he starts getting red in the face as he talks...

      May 8, 2012 at 7:09 pm |
  14. Sir Craig

    Bill Donohue in a nutshell:

    Jon Stewart having a picture of a manger placed in front of a woman's naughty bits = "THIS IS AN OUTRAGE AGAINST EACH AND EVERY CHRISTIAN I KNOW BECAUSE I SPEAK FOR EACH AND EVERY ONE OF THEM AND I DEMAND AN APOLOGY!!!"

    Priests molesting children = "Meh, they'll get over it and besides it wasn't that big a deal and it was all a media plot..."

    May 8, 2012 at 7:08 pm |
    • momoya


      "No woman can take little pink or green pills that alter the chemistry of her reproductive system; we refuse to follow the U. S. Laws!!"
      "Priests who stick their pe ni ses in little children are just committing a small sin, it's not that big a deal! We just move them to another parish to do it all over again: we refuse to follow the U. S. Laws!!"

      May 8, 2012 at 7:20 pm |
    • fred

      That is a perfect example of how you mind had become dark after rejecting Christ. Somehow at some level you justify what you just said when in fact you were adding insult to injury and did not even know it. How far will you slide before a light goes off that says how did you get this far from truth and goodness.
      What the church did in no way justifies what Stewart did. What the Church did in no way justifies what just came out of your heart.
      The hearts of godless men are revealed by their actions. You are now again a minister only this time it is minister of the holy God

      May 8, 2012 at 7:29 pm |
  15. Anony

    “I'm not going to censor myself to comfort your ignorance." Amen, Stewart.
    All Donohue does is get more people to watch what he's telling you not to watch.
    The "Catholic League" consists of a computer in his basement.

    May 8, 2012 at 7:07 pm |
  16. cam519

    Viacom won't do a thing to Jon Stewart, nor would or should he apologize. Yet another point of false outrage from conservatives when the real focus, like the video clip from the daily show mentions, should be that conservative legislators are doing their best to rein back women's rights. A notion they deny to the fullest, unless it happens to be something affective conservative women. The GOP is not for equality. http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/mon-april-16-2012/the-battle-for-the-war-on-women

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

    Time to start buying Kellogg's cereals and fly US Air...

    May 8, 2012 at 7:06 pm |
  18. DFW Dann

    I take the same approach to Jon Stewart I take to Rush Limbaugh....if you don't like it, change the station and leave me out of it.

    May 8, 2012 at 7:06 pm |
  19. Tim

    The Catholic Church should devote less of its attention on Jon Stewart and more of its attention on pedophiles.

    May 8, 2012 at 7:06 pm |
    • Matthew

      For sure.

      May 8, 2012 at 7:08 pm |
    • jen

      say it loud tim – and Delta can go right with them!

      May 8, 2012 at 7:10 pm |
  20. Rationalintn

    Typical Catholic reaction – shut everyone up who says things you don't like. Thanks Donahue, for the extra attention for The Daily Show!

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

      Hypocrites, let a straight white male insult gays, blacks, lesbians, or whoever and you people go nuts instantly and want them fired. I agree that he has the right to freedom of speech, but we also have the right to react to what he says.

      May 8, 2012 at 7:09 pm |
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