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. Mary Meyers

    Jon my love, clearly Delta is NOT ready when you are. Nor are the pathetic haters who hide behind their notion of God to hate gay people, science, healthcare, minorities, immigrants( legal and illegal ), women, equal pay for equal work and apparently civil unions. So ,best news team on t.v. ,rock on . Keep showing us what these politicians are actually saying and doing in their own words. Can't be more honest than that. Love to you and the whole team! Let's have dinner next time you are in L.A. Or I am in New York. Mary Meyers

    May 14, 2012 at 11:55 am |
  2. M. BARLOW


    May 14, 2012 at 11:07 am |
    • dd44


      May 14, 2012 at 11:37 am |
  3. Michael Robinson Gainesville FL

    Screw the catholic church! Bunch of religious idiots. Their imaginary friend jesus and his sky-papa are fake, and that's what they claim to be their saving grace? Get over yourself, it is just comedy.

    May 14, 2012 at 8:38 am |
  4. Aashen

    Just booked a summer vacation flight and paid $20 more to avoid flying Delta. I think Delta has failed to realize that boycotts go both ways. Enjoy losing business with everyone else to save face with a niche far right!

    May 14, 2012 at 8:27 am |
    • Michael Robinson Gainesville FL

      Well said. Boycotts do go both ways. Who does Delta think they are anyway? Get over yourself, Delta, it's just comedy.

      May 14, 2012 at 8:34 am |
  5. jdun

    Catholic League, get over yourselves. That was really funny! The Governor of Virginia thinks nothing of humiliating and harassing women, bet he didn't think it was funny either. The Catholic Church needs a new inquisition to clean out the hierarchy that wants to keep women in the 17th century. John, don't apologize- Delta, you just lost a customer.!

    May 14, 2012 at 8:01 am |
  6. pinko

    Goody bye Delta. My money is not going to an airline that helps the Catholic Church suppress and abuse women.

    May 14, 2012 at 7:59 am |
  7. rikers

    Some comedians go too far.

    May 14, 2012 at 7:09 am |
  8. Mangelo

    Boycot Delta airlines for pulling 'Daily Show' ads over skit!
    Power to the people...not the corporations!
    Please share...repost! Lets see how far this can go!

    May 14, 2012 at 5:19 am |
  9. Brett

    Go to Delta.com and post a complaint. Maybe if they get enough complaints they will realize what a mistake they have made.

    May 14, 2012 at 1:25 am |
    • CNNguest001

      Wait...Delta is still around? Who the f flies Delta? I actually thought they'd already gone belly up year ago.

      May 14, 2012 at 2:49 am |
  10. Chris

    So long Delta! Have a safe one way flight away from my hard earned money. I welcome dissident voices & encourage boycotts as a better alternative to the less than holy ways old powers dealt with opposing schools of thought; E.g. the Church coercing Galileo to deny empirical truths or the unholy inquisition to name just a couple. Good thing we’ve evolved somewhat since those dark demonic ages. Now I can simply buy my airplane tickets with some other company and watch reruns of the Daily Show on my tablet during my otherwise tedious flights.

    May 14, 2012 at 12:47 am |
    • Alan

      Spot on!!

      May 14, 2012 at 10:38 am |
  11. Lynn

    Bub bye, Bye bye, Buy buy, BuB eye, Bye now, Good buy, Bye now, Buu bye, ................DELTA!

    P.S. ((Taken from old SNL skit where the flight attendants are standing in the front of the cabin saying 'goodbye' to the passengers in endless ways))

    May 14, 2012 at 12:27 am |
  12. midwestmatt

    Maybe Comedy Central should just move Stewart to another time slot where he can't hurt us with his humor until it blows over and then they can move him back. Much like the Catholic Church does with pedophile priests...

    May 13, 2012 at 11:54 pm |
    • jdun

      Good one Matt!

      May 14, 2012 at 8:03 am |
  13. Chido

    I am boycotting DELTA 2!

    May 13, 2012 at 11:45 pm |
  14. Annomymous

    Goodbye Delta, Hello United. Is Delta really this ignorant?

    May 13, 2012 at 9:50 pm |
    • Helmut Scheiss

      Isn't Delta the cornerstone of the Lost City of Atlanta?

      May 13, 2012 at 11:02 pm |
  15. t3chn0ph0b3

    Bill Donohue is a wart on the ass of society, but Delta is worse. They bow to a wart on the ass of society.

    May 13, 2012 at 9:39 pm |
    • dboygetmoney

      LOL! Now that's worth a skit on the daily show. Oh by the way, the church ought to be outraged over delta's high prices and force the FAA to withdraw its permit to fly commercial 🙂

      May 14, 2012 at 11:02 am |
  16. Joe

    I'm a lifelong Catholic. My definition of hate speech is anything that comes out of the mouth of Bill Donohue. He's an angry clown of a human being.

    May 13, 2012 at 8:44 pm |
    • Laura

      And divorced to boot. Not very catholic of him.

      May 13, 2012 at 8:55 pm |
  17. Really?

    I am a female and will continue to buy EVEN MORE Kellogg's products in support of them. If, howver, they pull their ads, I will boycott them. What? They didn't know he was controversial. I have the greatest censoring device in the world: the remote control to change the channel.

    May 13, 2012 at 8:40 pm |
  18. Dave

    Right win nut jobs! Don't give in to their bullying. If you don't like a joke, don't laugh at it. If it offends you, turn the channel. Otherwise, butt out.

    May 13, 2012 at 7:33 pm |
    • JOhn Holmes

      Unless it's a gay joke, or a black joke, or immigrant joke.

      May 13, 2012 at 8:00 pm |
  19. cleareye1

    “But if you are not, consider a picture of your own mother inserted there instead,: said Catholic League President Bill Donohue in the letter.
    What kind of perversion is this? Considering the history of the Catholic Church, they should be very careful when criticizing anyone!

    May 13, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
    • Edwin

      Good point, cleareye1.

      May 13, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
    • PapaKat

      Wanna see a true perversion? Just go to a modern art exhibit or listen to a leftist talk show.

      May 13, 2012 at 8:29 pm |
  20. LOL

    People need to grow thicker skin FFS.

    May 13, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
    • dmx01

      I have scleroderma, and I find that comment offensive.

      May 13, 2012 at 2:59 pm |
    • PapaKat

      Let's start by asking Muslims, gays and the defenders of illegal immigrants to grow thicker skin in the face of they who want to defend their own values

      May 13, 2012 at 8:26 pm |
    • Church of Suicidal


      Aren't there chubby men with purdy mouths you should be chasing through the backwoods right now?

      May 14, 2012 at 11:14 am |
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