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. Jen L

    Wait, so let me get this straight. Jon Stewart stood up for the rights of women to have control of their own bodies and their own lives. The Catholics took offense to this. Delta pulled ads from the show to prove that they don't discriminate against people based on religion or GENDER?

    So the way to prove that you don't discriminate based on gender is to show disapproval of someone for rejecting gender-based discrimination?

    Yeah, so Delta, let's talk about your public policy of lying through your teeth.

    May 15, 2012 at 7:58 pm |
  2. Greg H

    It's interesting that the Catholic Church wants an apology from Jon Stewart, but will not issue an apology on behalf of Peoria's Catholic Bishop Jenky who compared President Obama to Hitler and Stalin a few weeks ago during a Catholic church service. Furthermore, during the same service Jenky instructed his flock on how to vote in the upcoming presidential election. Talk about crossing the lines of separation of church and state. But all of the conservative catholics have defended their beloved bishop because of their belief that the Federal Gov has a war "war on Religion". Give me a break.

    May 15, 2012 at 7:20 pm |
    • HWB

      Come on, man even you can see that Stewart was a dick.

      May 15, 2012 at 7:41 pm |
    • Dandy

      They probably don't want to pick on that guy as he might be coming out as a Catholic Pedophile...

      May 15, 2012 at 7:54 pm |
  3. Bill

    Fellow Christians, it is not our job to judge anyone. Also, it's not our job to not have a sense of humor. If you were offended, pray for John Stewart and for those who were also offended. Let go and let God. It is not our job to condemn this. Get over yourselves. You aren't that important. All the glory goes to God.

    May 15, 2012 at 7:07 pm |
    • JP

      Well spoken Bill. I could not agree more. God Bless You!

      May 15, 2012 at 7:56 pm |
  4. AaronT3

    The Catholic League for Civil and Religious Rights? Yet they say nothing about Rush Limbaugh hate filled lies! Matter of fact what do they say about all the priest and nun rapists? you got it, NOTHING!!! They are a league alright a Tea Bag League...

    May 15, 2012 at 6:58 pm |
    • HWB

      And you sir are a member of Obama's church, maybe even Rev Wright's right dick, I mean hand man.

      May 15, 2012 at 7:44 pm |
  5. delilah

    Free speech means you get to be offensive. I doubt "The Catholic League" is The Daily Show"s target audience. I think it has more appeal for people of reason.

    May 15, 2012 at 6:54 pm |
    • Dandy

      >>I think it has more appeal for people of reason.

      I agree. Let the Cathoholics listen to Rush and Sean for their daily dose of ignorance.

      May 15, 2012 at 7:56 pm |
    • HWB

      Looks like Danny is another member of the Rev Wright congregation. Boy after 31/2 years they are all coming out of the woodwork. God Almighty Damm America.

      May 15, 2012 at 10:31 pm |
  6. Monica

    I'm sorry, but the picture accompanying this story, it looks like he's still enjoying something between some legs- his own. Almost there Jon? LOL Oh..question- why pick on the Catholics? Becasue they will only seek a boycott? Show us some backbone- pull a Salman Rushdi and try your stuff on a religious group willing to escort you to the after life. Yuh...pick on the wimps...the guys who forgive- turn the other cheek...maybe boycott. But the big boys??? Jon...your just a bulley Jon. . 🙂

    May 14, 2012 at 10:04 pm |
    • chefdugan

      Why pick on Catholics. Because they are the most close-minded people on the face of the earth. How could anyone pay ANY attention to that group of enablers to child molestation?

      May 15, 2012 at 10:10 am |
    • Mike

      Have you ever actually -watched- the Daily Show? Stewart wasn't picking on Catholics with that skit. But one specific faction of them (not ALL of them) was offended. A specific group that seems to really, really, enjoy getting offended and trying to bully people into doing what THEY think is the biblical right. As for Stewbeef picking on religions, watch the show. He's an equal opportunity offender. Sad thing is the catholic league's behavior is just the sort of thing his target audience finds so appalling – and amusing when he calls them on it.

      May 15, 2012 at 7:18 pm |
    • HWB

      May Allah protect you and your virgins Stewart.

      May 15, 2012 at 7:45 pm |
    • Peter Paul

      wow. what amazing rose colored glasses you have. "Why pick on Catholics?" "the wimps?" - First of all, Jon Stewart has 'picked on' virtually every religion on the planet. He is a COMEDIAN, it's what he does. Secondly: Read your history. the Catholics are responsible for so many wars, and so much death and destruction and tyranny and intolerance that they can hardly be classified as wimps. add to that that they are the single largest religion in the world, and you've got your panties in a bunch once again without even thinking - also a forte of the Catholics. Thank you for publicly displaying your unbridled ignorance.

      May 15, 2012 at 7:47 pm |
  7. Monica

    Hahaha...Hey, the man clearly never got over his oedipus complex. You all take him so literal. The church is his father, Mary his mom and what is going on between her/his legs is ...well...read Freud! LOL. This stuff doesn't just come from an imagination...it comes from life...his life. People love tio think we can 'just create' but the bottom line is we deal with our lives in everythng we do and how we see it, others and ourselves. He's got skeletons! LOL

    May 14, 2012 at 9:34 pm |
  8. Tony

    John Stewart LOL...whenever I see is post self-grtifying accomplishment smile I have to think of him as a Farrelly Brothers character. There is nothing about the guy that calls for the use of a brain cell so it is almost impossible to get abgry with him or to laugh with him becaseu I am too busy laughing at what and who he is. It's sad. He has the Michael Jackson complex. Others adore you and you slowly lose touch with reality. It would be sad if it wasn;t so humorous as to what these people do and how they see themselves in that situation. At least Michael was exceptionally talented and he was a child when he was a dored. You would think an adult could handle it but...apparently not! Hahahaha.

    May 14, 2012 at 9:25 pm |
  9. dean

    Every company should boycott Jon Stewart's show. This guy one time pretends to be a centrist in 2010 that got people sicked and vote for the conservatives. What a fake!

    May 14, 2012 at 7:10 pm |
  10. pbernasc

    Can anyone start a Boycott Deltas Bigots website?

    May 14, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
    • Monica

      I noticed your other posts. BIGOT must bea new word for you? Just wondering. Haha.

      May 14, 2012 at 9:39 pm |
      • pbernasc

        ?? what's your problem ... ?? not enough getting laid?

        May 17, 2012 at 1:13 am |
  11. markiejoe

    "Delta doesn't discriminate," except when it comes to unions.

    May 14, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
    • chefdugan

      Delta should be shut down until they recognize the meaning of free speech. While we're at it let's shut down the Catholic Church, especially their dress-wearing leader, the pope.

      May 15, 2012 at 10:12 am |
  12. breezy

    Please. Free speech ain't free. It costs us a ton of patience. But, in the end, it will be worthwhile.

    May 14, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  13. Joe

    Well considering he's a Jew it's not really surprising...

    May 14, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
    • pbernasc

      nor is that you are a bigot ...

      May 14, 2012 at 5:16 pm |
    • Monica

      To pbernasc: well at least your down as seeing Stweart as a bigot. Joe got you on that one! LOL

      May 14, 2012 at 9:38 pm |
  14. n8263

    Thank you Jon Stewart for standing up to jerks like Donohue who want to impose their personal Sharia Law on everyone else.

    May 14, 2012 at 3:25 pm |
  15. Sra. Julia

    Okay Delta you dropped your ads because of complaints by the the catholic league ? Well I 'm not going to use your Airline because you folded to a bunch of bigots ! What's good for you to do is good for me to do and I'll try and convince as many others to not use your Airline as well.

    May 14, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
    • dljr60

      I suggest that you fly SPIRIT airlines.

      May 14, 2012 at 2:14 pm |
    • Monica

      OK...let me get this straight. You are a person who takes action against those who would offend or mistreat others. I can see that. Thus the removing you fanny from a Delta seat you may or may not have ever filled. So, I am not sure why you decided not to stand up for those Stewart purposely meant to offend in order for him to make enough money to remain in the top 1%. I wonder, would you stand up for the bully or the bullied if given the chance or would it depend on ther religious views? And i wonder, do you view yourself as a tolerant person or have do you see that others simply deprive you of being tolerabnt by being as they are? Now, I'm a bigot so I recognize one when I see one- welcome to the club.

      May 14, 2012 at 9:52 pm |
    • HWB

      I hear Afghan National is the best airline for people like you. Instead of a cushion under the seat, their backup is the magic carpet surrounded by seven virgin "steward"esses.

      May 15, 2012 at 10:15 pm |
  16. jk in MN

    I wonder if Delta has thought about how many people will boycott Delta becasue they cowered to a religious hypocrite. Delta – I'm one who will not fly your airline anymore.

    May 14, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
    • HWB

      Don't believe you ever fly!

      May 15, 2012 at 10:17 pm |
  17. backtopassion

    Don't like whats on T.V. then dont watch it... What a country full of sissy idiots that actually don't have anything better to do than to sit around and for reasons to complain, I don't need you to be my moral police. Go get laid more, and laugh a little more you uptaight tools.

    May 14, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
  18. Dan

    Off switch.

    May 14, 2012 at 1:10 pm |
  19. Ric

    When is America going to just turn off this kind of crap? There must be a market for it, or it wouldn't be on the air. That doesn't say much for our country.

    May 14, 2012 at 12:30 pm |
    • KWBaraka

      The Daily Show is RICH will well thought out satire. Which is, apparently, a concept that's a bit over your head.....

      May 14, 2012 at 1:55 pm |
    • vivdrummer

      When are you going to realize that he was tyring to show that women don't want government controlling their bodies?

      May 14, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
    • HWB

      Vividrummer, or the other side that really do not believe in killing babies. Works both ways.

      May 15, 2012 at 10:19 pm |
  20. Jerry Pelletier

    This guy is a 100% Rush wanna be.....with about 16 million less listeners!

    May 14, 2012 at 12:04 pm |
    • Michelle

      Um... it's viewers, Jer.

      May 14, 2012 at 1:20 pm |
    • KWBaraka

      Michelle......that's what make Jerry such a tool. And a broken tool, at that!

      May 14, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
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