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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. Tysic

    His point was to show how easily people can be worked up into an outrage about things that don't matter(like, say, fictional beings), while standing idly by as real people have rights taken from them. Thank you for proving the point.

    Top shelf satire as always, Jon.

    May 13, 2012 at 11:28 am |
  2. madvaca

    All 80% of American Christians were offended? Funny, I'm Catholic and I wasn't offended, neither was anyone I know personally.

    May 13, 2012 at 11:08 am |
  3. Elvis

    So Donohue, how speaks for the Catholic Church and all Christians who he believes represent 80% of America. Is he including Mormons in this group? Are all Christians Catholics in his mind? Does Pat Robinson know about this?

    May 13, 2012 at 10:33 am |
  4. Delta is a triangle

    A Delta is a triangle which does resemble a woman's pubic areas shape...They have no room to talk...

    May 13, 2012 at 5:38 am |
  5. Varun Bajaj

    Jon Stewart gets in trouble for this, but Glenn Beck sees no repercussions for comparing the holy Ganges River in India to an intestinal disease? I see a double standard.

    May 12, 2012 at 7:53 pm |
    • Concerned citizen

      You subscribe to Glenn Beck. He is also broadcast over the internet, not cable TV. Don't like Glenn? Don't psy to watch him. Before you say you pay for cable, you pay for the service, not the content.

      May 12, 2012 at 8:22 pm |
    • kathy

      To Concerned Citizen.....I say the same to you. If you don't want to watch Jon Stewart....change the channel. It's all about choice in this world.

      May 13, 2012 at 9:23 am |
  6. alkarrk

    Good for Delta! I clicked on that skit as a friend had posted it on facebook, but immediately closed it after seeing the offensive image. I for one, will not be watching Jon Stewart again.

    May 12, 2012 at 6:56 pm |
    • mms55

      i saw it to and i saw nothing wrong with it.if your worried about peoples morals how about you start with rushbo.as far as the chatolic group,they can kiss where the sun don't shine.i'm about sick of these fools.besides delta sucks.

      May 12, 2012 at 9:09 pm |
    • Cheeses

      Great. That means more bandwidth for the rest of us.

      May 13, 2012 at 10:46 am |
  7. JFritz

    All Stewart is guilty of is vulgarity. Given the tone of many of the comments on these pages, he should be a hero. As far as his intended message goes, honestly, conservatives, why not spend your energy perfecting your own souls and leave the sinning (as you see it) to the rest of us? Why does anyone else's _____(fill in the blank) matter so much to you?

    May 12, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
    • my 2 cents

      What are you talking about? Why is it just conservatives you have a problem with? Nobody said anything about conservatives, just you. People of otner faiths are conservative too, are they to blame as well? Or is it because you are athiest that it's OK to make fun of religion, Just as long as nobody infringes something you care about, If you take that stance with one religion, you take that stance with all of them, because they all beleive in God.

      May 12, 2012 at 8:37 pm |
  8. Klaark

    Guess I won't fly Delta anymore. Hey, where are the conservative pundit tantrums over advertisers pulling from shows? Is it because it's not a conservative losing money? Yes.

    May 12, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
    • Antony Scalia

      YEAH RIGHT.

      You sound like a TYPICAL REPUBLICAN: A DEMOCRAT WHO JUST GOT ARRESTED.

      GOT THAT, YOU p*Rick?

      May 12, 2012 at 1:50 pm |
  9. JL Taylor

    I feel sorry for all the so called god fearing people who spend so much time looking for reasons
    to proclaim that someone ealse is in violation of their rules to make themselves feel more godly.
    Can we say hypocrite.

    May 12, 2012 at 12:56 pm |
    • justin opinion

      It's far easier and more self satisfying to point out other people who don't obey your religious rules, than to actually obey them yourself. And I've never seen a Christian who actually wants to obey their own rules. That's just crazy talk.

      May 12, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
  10. D in Indy

    Time for those who believe in Santa, Easter Bunny, Jesus, Mohammed and the rest to get to be now.

    May 11, 2012 at 11:43 pm |
    • Mohammad

      They also believe in God and Moses you know. Somehow these two didn't make the list of yours. Now back to the topic I think Delta airlines is overreacting to a comody show. Jon Stewart is a very talented man and he is one of the few that gets his message in a very nice way even when he knows that the vast majority don't agree with him.

      May 12, 2012 at 7:49 am |
    • mms55

      what cracks me up is how they keep claiming the bible is the word of god.how can any person honestly believe that too be true?the bible, torah and koran were all written by men,why do you think they contadict their self over and over?everything man touches is corupt.i could never understand how anyone could join a cult but the more people i meet who spout religion the more i'm sure there are a lot of gullable people out there.these people are not mentally stable.

      May 12, 2012 at 9:23 pm |
  11. Cheryl Martin

    How can Olsteen think or any other pastor believe that Romney is a Christian when they have another revelation that comes after the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. This new revelation was deemed important enough to develop a Book of Mormons. The final chapters of the Christian faith in found n the book of Revelation as given to the Aposttle john on Patomos. We as Christians can not seroiusly believe that God forgot to reveal everything to John and had to come back and give the rest to Joseph Smith. I am apalled at the pastors in America who would stand by and not speak to the truth of this cult. John Ankerberg is the only oerson I know that clearly defdines and explains what Mormonisn really is. Pastor Jeffery of 1st Baptist in Dallas made a clear staement as to why it was not Christainity but a cult but then he made the sad mistake of saying if he had to choose when voting he would choose Romney over Obama. Is that blatant racism or just that he would turn his back on the only true and living God due to personal political thoughts or fears He sound a lot like the kings of Judah and Israel who sought the aid od foriegn governments rather than trust God. Olsteen can call it like he wants to but he is passive. He reminds me of the scripture in Revelation to the church at Laodiceans where because the church was niether hot cold but luke warm God would spue them out of His mouth.. Where are the other leaders of the mega Christian churches of America? You were all out when President Bush was running for office staing we needed to stand behind consrevative Christian values. Now no one is willing to take a stand and on the Mormon church as a cult. You will have to stand before the judgement seat one day to speak. How will you explain your silence?

    May 11, 2012 at 7:36 pm |
    • atomD21

      Ask a really devout Catholic, and they will tell you Protestant churches are cults also. The Fundamentalist Protestants will tell you Catholics aren't Christians. This is all nonsense. First off, if you are a Christian, you should believe that only God gets to decide if someone is a Christian, or saved, or born again, or whatever you want to call it. Nowhere in the entire Bible were we given the authority to judge others. In fact, unless I misread the verse, we are specifically told not to, or we will be judged the same way. So stop lambasting Mormons for supposedly being a cult and realize that God is bigger than your little church box you try to stuff him into.

      May 11, 2012 at 8:57 pm |
    • Anne

      Cheryl, THIS article is about Jon Stewart. Now, if you're p*****d about Romney probably getting the Republican nomination and/or the "flaws" of his religion, you need to go to a different post. Spell check wouldn't be a bad idea either.

      May 11, 2012 at 11:29 pm |
    • cfjermestad

      I totally support the Jon Stewart skit, but what is this rant about Mormons about? Mormons are just another Christian belief, that deserve my respect, though I am an atheist. I don't like Romney, but his religious beliefs don't deserve my disgust, just my disagreement. Politically I will oppose his (and your) beliefs not on a religious ground but a political one.

      May 12, 2012 at 2:26 am |
    • chaz8181

      One definition of a "cult." :A system of religious veneration and devotion directed toward a particular figure or object
      So there are many cults and so what.?? In fact, what about the cult of "wall street" or banks.. don't they have a devotion to a particular object : MONEY ..and what about atheists.. don't they have a devotion to a "non" god. or science.
      So let s leave the Mormons along but let them leave the rest of us along as well.

      May 12, 2012 at 7:08 am |
    • Jeff Williams

      """How can Olsteen think or any other pastor believe that Romney is a Christian when they have another revelation that comes after the death, burial and resurrection of Christ."""

      Realistically, as a Christian you should enthusiastically embrace the Mormon religion. After all, this is god's latest book. After the bible came the qur'an (that'd be god 2.0).

      The Book of Mormon would be god 3.0

      Time to upgrade you heathen.

      May 12, 2012 at 12:07 pm |
  12. GaPeach

    Funny, I didn't connect it with religion until I read all the posts. I just thought it was in bad taste!

    May 11, 2012 at 3:38 pm |
  13. It figures...

    Stewart, Maher, and any other liberal 'comedian' can say and do anything they want and it's in the name of laughter. But once a conservative personality says or does something the Left doesn't like, they force the issue and demand apologies. Hypocrites. If you really want to abide by 'live and let live', then have the common decency to acknowledge when you've offended someone. And if there is no 'wrong', then don't cry when the Right throws it your way.

    May 11, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
    • JohnInCali

      The difference is, John Stewart readily throws himself, Obama and other Libs under the bus, where Rush & company Rarely do that.

      May 11, 2012 at 5:04 pm |
    • It figures...

      While that may be true, it doesn't excuse insensitivity and disregard for others beliefs. I hope we can agree on that or at the very least, everyone apologizes or no one apologizes. I can live with either as long as the rules are fair.

      May 11, 2012 at 5:45 pm |
    • Balls McGhee

      Jon Stewart never pretends that he can run the country. big difference.

      May 11, 2012 at 11:41 pm |
    • Klaark

      So is this an admission by conservatives that their political opinions are just jokes? And for every one liberal calling for an apology, there are three conservatives throwing fits over them doing it. Little babies...

      May 12, 2012 at 1:25 pm |
    • justin opinion

      Apparently you did't read the article. It's about conservatives outrage over a skit Jon Stewart did.

      It's EXACTLY THE SAME as the liberals outrage over a Rush Limbaugh skit. There is no difference, but you seem to think there is.

      What's really interesting is to see the comments from one side or the other acting as if they are always the innocent victims and the other side is always the aggressor. You all are both exactly the same, yet you hate each other for being exactly the same.

      ps. Do you know why liberal ideology tends to over run conservative ideology? Evolution. Societies, unless repressed, always evolve toward liberal ideals. (Oddly those ideals center around things like charity, helping the poor, world peace, empathy, kindness, equality, compassion, etc... Things conservatives "say" they're all about, and claim liberals are all against.)

      May 12, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
    • Jason Tanier

      I don't think one can realistically compare Rush Limbaugh to John Steward. Stewards a comedian proclaimed as such. nothing he says ought to be taken straight. Rush is a mouth piece of the Conversative movement. and as such may be alot of things. But Comedian isn't one of them.

      May 13, 2012 at 5:14 am |
  14. Bobby

    Who is John Stewart?

    May 11, 2012 at 2:36 pm |
  15. Tom

    PS Delta can blow me anyway. They're just another crap airline with crap service and a crap bloated, top-heavy business model.

    May 11, 2012 at 1:24 pm |
  16. Tom

    I am probably considered one of the 80% Christian, but I am not offended, please don't presume to speak for all of us! You certainly don't represent me!
    I think Jon Stewart is extremely intelligent and masterful at displaying the hypocracy of political and religious zealots whom are FAR more destructive than they are constructive. He's a breath of fresh air amongst all you liars and theives.

    May 11, 2012 at 1:22 pm |
  17. Zeno B

    Oh yeah, no problem, huh?
    Try that with a Muslim Koran and watch Stewart's Jewish Synagogues go up in smoke. Don't be naiive, when you make fun of religion, it's not the same as the size of someone's ears.

    May 11, 2012 at 1:17 pm |
  18. bdl1978

    religion deserves a cheap shot every once in a while for being the cancer of the world disguising itself as a positive thing. It does nothing positive except provide a false sense of hope and comfort for misguided people. Science is not a myth. wake up

    May 11, 2012 at 1:10 pm |
    • Mozart

      Provides a "false sense of hope and comfort"? And that offends you because people shouldn't have hope and comfort? Or it offfends you because you don't have a sense of hope and comfort? Just seems like a strange complaint to me.

      May 11, 2012 at 11:43 pm |
  19. Dave Townsend

    Jon Stewart is a comedian and yes, they make fun of things including all religions, I was raised a Christan and I have never found him offensive, He is very funny and far less offensive than the devisive polarizing hate speech we hear on a daily basis from Right Wing talk radio and Fox News

    May 11, 2012 at 1:01 pm |
  20. really?

    Cool....I NEVER fly with Delta and now this helps me to continue to avoid this airline! Rock on Daily Show!!!!

    May 11, 2012 at 12:27 pm |
    • Chuck

      I think Delta sucks too. Maybe this is a ploy on their part for free advertising

      May 12, 2012 at 11:16 am |
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