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. kashbmaryd

    What would be truly hillarious would be if Jon Stewart staged a boycott of this Catholic group in response. That would drive the point home. And if you didn't get what the skit was getting at, buy a clue. Women's reproductive rights was a big topic a few weeks ago and he should have made a skit. And screw Delta. I flew on their airline a couple years ago and they are the worst airliner I've had the displeasure of flying on.

    May 16, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
    • Bible Clown©

      Sell my Delta stock; they're going down.

      May 17, 2012 at 8:34 am |
  2. Joshua Kricker

    Where does this guy get the delusion that 80% of this nation is "Christian?" Maybe instead of getting all uptight at the image they should be objecting to state government intrusions into a woman's procreative privacy.

    May 16, 2012 at 2:10 pm |
    • Bible Clown©

      Where do they get the notion that they themselves are Christian? They don't act like Christians.

      May 17, 2012 at 8:23 am |
  3. KBatch

    Why don't these guys get as worked up about cuts to the safety net for those living in poverty? There are more than 2000 verses in the Bible on that but you'd think it was irrelevant when it comes to matters below the waist.

    May 16, 2012 at 12:32 pm |
  4. Rodeo_Joe

    RWA – it just won't go away, will it?

    May 16, 2012 at 11:36 am |
  5. Moscowjoe

    The right thing to do; air carriers don't pander to low life when kids are onboard

    May 16, 2012 at 11:35 am |
  6. Dana

    Why didn't Donohue condemn Limbaugh? I don't see no discrimination here, I like Jon Stewart, he is good in what he does, I'm Christian and despise the laws that humiliate women like what Romney wants to introduce with his band of rethugs.

    May 16, 2012 at 11:29 am |
  7. dharma_bum

    Conservatives are still stupid, stupid. Can't we capitalize on that yet?

    May 16, 2012 at 10:11 am |
    • Impartial Observer

      Fox News already does.

      May 16, 2012 at 11:31 am |
  8. monkfish

    “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"

    Heh heh, heh heh. He said "inserted."

    May 16, 2012 at 8:52 am |
    • Bible Clown©

      Why would it be his mother? That's psychotic.

      May 17, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
  9. DrBob

    Stewart is the bomb. He is so funny and so on target, especially when he doesn't hold back about the conservative and religious hypocrisy in our country today.

    May 16, 2012 at 3:24 am |
  10. toadears

    Why is this in the Belief section?

    May 16, 2012 at 2:16 am |
  11. robert

    If they had their way we could only watch family & childrens shows on tv !!! extreamist of any kind are bad !!!

    May 15, 2012 at 10:22 pm |
  12. robert

    lets let everyone whos pro life pledge to sponser the unwanted babies, then we can end abortion.but dont ask me for help to support your cause!!! drop them all off on the church steps !!!!

    May 15, 2012 at 10:12 pm |
    • dharma_bum

      word, i'll bet they start giving away condoms then!

      May 16, 2012 at 10:07 am |
  13. Pt8685

    Dont blame Stewart. He's just applying the new standard for political dialog in America these days. It doesn't a matter if your position is factual, intelligent, or illuminating as long as its entertaining. By 'entertaining' we me mean it must offend somewhere between 30% and 70% of the audience.

    May 15, 2012 at 10:12 pm |
    • Drobatin

      By 'entertaining' we me mean it must offend somewhere between 30% and 70% of the audience.

      So since this right wing nut job group was calling for companies to pull advertising, and considered asking for his (Stewart's) resignation (which would have been AWESOME to see play out on his show), you believe that at least 30% of the American population was OFFENDED because he used the word/image of a "manger" in the skit/graphic. You sound like the people who get all in a twist when Mohammad is depicted at all.

      May 16, 2012 at 12:46 pm |
  14. Mary

    Thank you Delta – you represent Atlanta well. Jon Stewart needs to crawl back under the rock he came from. Disgusting to even read about. Is nothing sacred?

    May 15, 2012 at 9:55 pm |
    • Julie

      Actually, I'm disgusted with Delta and ASHAMED that they're from Atlanta (for more reasons than just this, mind you). I was born and raised in Georgia and I find this ridiculous. Jon Stewart is one of the few people in this country who is willing to stand up and speak up against the ignorance and religious control that this country is letting happen to it; so what, he happens to be Jewish. I was raised Christian and I found his skit to be hilarious. People need to stop getting so butthurt over EVERYTHING. All this "hate speech" and "discrimination" crap is ridiculous. We're just going to prove the movie Idiocracy right if we keep up at the pace we're going as a society.

      May 16, 2012 at 4:13 am |
    • Drobatin

      Lighten up Mary

      May 16, 2012 at 12:48 pm |
    • Bible Clown©

      Atlanta is not a bunch of rednecks, and I'm hurt to see you claiming those holes from Delta represent us. Sell my Delta stock.

      May 17, 2012 at 5:01 pm |
  15. Welled

    I don't watch the guy myself. With the farce that politics is a black guy a minority in charge of a majority which has never happened on the earth. That guy could never say anything that could put a dent in reality for me. They could even run a black in a white district now or for senator or govenor. The damage is already done. Its so obvious to me that they puppet Afganistan and Iraq. Why not in a nation that is up to its eyeballs in debt. The borrower is the slave to the lender in religous terms. That being the case would it make any sense at all that your vote counted for anything. Playing tip the bucket having 80 million people go and tip the bucket one way or another is cute game. Whichever side wins the struggle wins the day. Its kind of a silly game of course. If these guys even had any impact and were nothing more that fast talking sociopaths. I might be impressed with democracy. Which we continually invade so people can be "free" they fight back and shoot things up but after all they know whats best for them and if they don't well we got guns to make sure they do. So this John or Jon or jern or whatever his name is. Hes just one more hustler for the guys that own everything or think they do. I'm not impressed.

    May 15, 2012 at 9:17 pm |
    • not that funny

      he's not that funny. you aren't missing anything.

      May 16, 2012 at 12:19 am |
    • dharma_bum

      could you learn ho to write cohesive sentences before you think you have the right to n opinion? thank you

      May 16, 2012 at 10:09 am |
    • Eric

      "a minority in charge of a majority which has never happened on earth"? Have you ever even *seen* a history book? You know, even to burn it?

      May 16, 2012 at 11:58 am |
    • Bible Clown©

      "With the farce that politics is a black guy a minority in charge of a majority which has never happened on the earth. " Wow, you think the president is "in charge" of us? Are you posting this from Elbonia? You need to visit the USA and get a series of clues. Oh, and the rest of your post is dumb, too.

      May 17, 2012 at 5:03 pm |
  16. Paul

    I'm offended by your being offended. How about that.

    May 15, 2012 at 9:04 pm |
  17. mabel floyd

    where is my comment

    May 15, 2012 at 8:53 pm |
    • Bible Clown©

      You said "______" or "____" or maybe even "______ ______ ___" and the auto-flagger didn't like it. Try agan.

      May 17, 2012 at 5:07 pm |
    • Bible Clown©

      You said "______" or "____" or maybe even "______ ______ ___" and the auto-flagger didn't like it. Try again.

      May 17, 2012 at 5:08 pm |
  18. mabel floyd

    where is my comment?

    May 15, 2012 at 8:53 pm |
  19. Sharp

    It's a little twisted & hard to follow but this seems to be a counter attack by the Catholic Faction which wants compulsory fetal ultrasound examinations for all women. This part of the American Christian Taliban feels that by humiliating pregnant women they can force them to bear unwanted babies. Does anyone with a brain think this will work? It has made a few wussy advertisers run scared. Jon Stewart should get a medal or at least a kiss from any woman who values her rights as a person.

    May 15, 2012 at 8:36 pm |
    • Crystal

      As a woman, I found the skit offensive. And if I choose not to do business with his sponsors, then that's my choice. It's not as if the Catholic League demanded every offensive Jewish 'political entertainer' to be off the air. Because then Bill Maher would have to go too. According to their letter, it wasn't their purpose to censor Stewart, but to let his sponsors know that they don't approve of paying for products and services that pay for something they don't agree with.

      May 15, 2012 at 8:52 pm |
    • Paul

      Anyone who was offended by his skit is stupid. Thank you.

      May 15, 2012 at 9:03 pm |
    • Mary

      I am Catholic and never feel my rights are being violated. What about the death of that unborn baby?

      May 15, 2012 at 9:57 pm |
    • not that funny

      his skits aren't that funny. spouse turns them off and goes to bed.

      May 16, 2012 at 12:20 am |
    • Julie

      I'm a woman and I found his skit freaking hysterical. 99% of what he says I pretty much agree with.

      May 16, 2012 at 4:16 am |
    • Bible Clown©

      "let his sponsors know that they don't approve of paying for products and services that pay for something they don't agree with." That's how I feel about Delta now, and I'll drive to avoid having to use them as a connector. There are other airlines, but only one First Amendment.

      May 17, 2012 at 5:11 pm |
  20. Big Man

    Good. Stewart, actually Jonathan Leibovitz, is another rancid jewish entertainer. Ha, ha, ha. His brother is also a 1%er – executive of the NYSE. One day I hope to see jew-free program – now that would be both educational and entertaining. Nothing peddled, nothing offensive....just pure unadulterated fun.

    May 15, 2012 at 8:27 pm |
    • Drobatin

      Frightening stupidity is a formidable adversary

      May 16, 2012 at 12:48 pm |
    • Kriswitn

      Wow that was deeply shallow. Oh I get it you are one of those wierdos that still think that race, religion or creed make a man/woman. Ok you keep that Big Man. I'll just be clueless and like people for who they are as a person.

      May 16, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
    • Bible Clown©

      Hey, there's a Jew under your bed, laughing at you. Better run away crying. Geez, who's afraid of the big bad Jews, Hitler, Hitler, oh who's afraid of the big bad Jews, Hitler all day. Get a life, man.

      May 17, 2012 at 5:10 pm |
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