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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soundoff (2,495 Responses)
  1. Neil

    Forum Moderators: canofsand seems pretty belligerant and isn't contributing to the discussion beyond ad hominem attacks. Ban please!

    June 4, 2012 at 1:37 pm |
    • ProudToBeUSBP


      June 4, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
  2. Neil

    Dear Catholic League for Civil and Religious Rights,
    First off, isn't this show past your bedtime? Second, if you don't like it, change the channel. Third, it's comedy/satire, grow up and move on. I think Jeff Foxworthy is a dumb hick, but you don't see me screaming about how his jokes make meatloaf smart by comparison. You guys are literally embarassing yourself fighting this fight and others lately (targeting nuns? really? they have those rulers they hit you with!) instead of focusing on poverty and good works.

    June 4, 2012 at 1:32 pm |
  3. Daniel

    Keep it up Jon Stewart! We love your comedy.

    No loss from Delta . . . I did fly their airline anyway. 😉

    Humor . . . The best medicine!

    June 4, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
    • Peter

      Agreed! Damn religious fools!

      June 4, 2012 at 1:22 pm |
  4. joe

    Where is all this pumped up outrage when it comes to priests preying on children? Anyone boycotting the church until they clean up their act?

    June 3, 2012 at 10:36 pm |
  5. ticktockman0

    Another "comedy" of priorities all out of whack. William Donohue gets all worked up over a satire, but has no real problem with pedophile priests in the church he claims to champion. Then Delta airlines reacts to Donohue's tantrum by pulling ads, rather than spending more time on trying to improve their core business. Cue laugh track.

    June 3, 2012 at 2:22 pm |
    • en-d

      But, those Delta cookies are so good....

      June 3, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
    • The Old Paratrooper

      You spew the democrat kool-aid. Anyone who doesn't agree with you is SOMETHING horrible. Mr. Donohue DOES indeed mind the pedophiles who have caused no end of pain and heartbreak for those millions of us who are Catholics and has said so many times. What Mr. Donohue is speaking of here are the shredded remains of human dignity that people like Jon Stewart and Bill Mahr seek to eradicate. You leftist totalitarians wish to make the state GOD so that citizens are dependent on the largesse of a degenerate group of socialist politicians, and the sheep who mindlessly follow them, for sustenance, moral guidance, and social mores. You need to educate yourself. Question: Today 51% of Americans pay federal income taxes. 49% do not. How will you degenerates support those wastrels when the ratio in 30% vs. 70%/

      June 3, 2012 at 6:24 pm |
    • Ticktockman0

      C'mon, Paratrooper... Donohue has said that the group Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) is a "menace to the Catholic Church," and worries more about the cost of fighting abuse cases than trying to help heal the abuse survivors. That is out of Donohue's own mouth, not a Kool-Aid packet. And you might be better off if you tried to look at facts as they are rather than try to decide where they fall in the political spectrum.

      June 3, 2012 at 11:06 pm |
  6. scooby

    Its funny that the ones claiming to be so christian and yet they are being hate mongers. I guess that is what it takes to be considered christian. Sad really because no where in the bible does it show Jesus being hateful to his followers. I thought you were suppose to be molding yourself to his likeness. LOL Opps you guys have failed miserably

    June 3, 2012 at 12:51 pm |
  7. FlyingSpaghettiMonster

    Christians are the biggest wimps. They constantly whine about how they're being persecuted, when in reality they are usually the aggressors. The Daily Show is a comedy program. It makes fun of everything, including Islam and Judaism. Christians hate the "P.C. Mentality" of America, but the second anyone does a little harmless ribbing about their insane belief system, suddenly they want political correctness. Phony hypocrites. Go build your Rapture Shelters (or whatever it is Pat Robertson tells you to do) and let the grown-ups watch cable television.

    June 3, 2012 at 12:49 pm |
  8. King David 13

    this clown should just apologize and move on....

    June 3, 2012 at 12:24 pm |
  9. ian

    Delta, get a grip. I'll be flying US AIR from now on. Jon is clever and amusing and has my family's support.

    June 2, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
    • canofsand

      Stewart is a piece of filth, and if your sense of morality wasn't horrifically numbed by years of filth from people like him, you'd agree.

      June 2, 2012 at 9:06 pm |
    • Kevin

      Another option, canofsand, is that you could just get a life. It's not very Christian of you tell call someone a "piece of filth."

      June 3, 2012 at 12:23 am |
    • George

      Kevin, time for new insults against Christians... it's 2012 afterall... I am not a Christian but sympathize with anyone bullied. If someone WAS of a Christian belief system moral outrage or righteous indignation would qualify them for these types of attacks. Your sh-t is weak as f-ck. To make it clear, Christians annoy the he-ll out of me too but this is not the 1950's or 80's where Christianity ruled the population, it's pretty much the opposite now, so bring your sh-t talk better.

      June 3, 2012 at 8:44 am |
  10. Sandy

    I think Jon is losing ratings and has to pull a dumb stunt like this to get new viewership. What I think he is doing is ruining his reputation.
    I find it vulgar and offensive. I think he should swallow his pride and apologise and seek forgiveness by the ONE he has offended, God himself!

    June 2, 2012 at 12:00 am |
    • Billy

      Since there is no "one", no one should be offended.

      June 2, 2012 at 5:36 am |
    • scooby

      I believe we all have a right to believe in who or whatever we choose. Whether it be a god or a higher power. But I don't thnk anyone has a right to shove their beliefs down anyone Else's throat period.. And what he did was a joke. So if your offended by it don't watch it simple as that. This is not a complicated concept. But for some reason people make it harder than it has to be.

      June 3, 2012 at 12:41 pm |
  11. Jsreilly

    The moral authority of the Catholic Church was forever destroyed by their efforts to bribe, cover up, and bully victims of child abuse at the hands of their own priests.

    June 1, 2012 at 6:10 pm |
    • jonp

      agreed. i say, send the religious nuts to the moon. also, while we're at it, send fat people too.

      June 2, 2012 at 9:55 am |
  12. peter strange yumi

    i'm more offended by the catholic churches cover up of child molestations, and their resistance to birth control, poor showing on women's rights and other social ills they are responsible for.

    June 1, 2012 at 3:31 pm |
    • Peter

      Soooooooooooooooooooo right!

      June 4, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
  13. wren

    80% of the nation huh? They don't represent me.

    June 1, 2012 at 12:20 pm |
    • canofsand

      No sensible, moral person would.

      June 2, 2012 at 9:08 pm |
  14. CdnJim

    1) To the Catholic Church – before you try to remove the speck in someone else's eye, take the beam out of your own,
    2) Anyone who would be offended by a skit on the Daily Show, doesn't watch the Daily Show, unless they're looking for something that will offend them,
    3) THe people who do watch the Daily Show will not stop watching the Daily Show. Sponsors seeking that traget audience know this.
    4) How the heck did I miss that episode? Thanks for bringing it up Delta, so now I can go look for it and see waht I missed, and then laugh and laugh.

    June 1, 2012 at 12:46 am |
    • canofsand

      1) A fallacious argument, but it's irrelevant anyway as most of the 80% of the country who are Christian aren't Catholic, so I won't bother getting into it.
      2) Stewart is filth. We have the right to criticize filth, whether we watch it or not.
      3) Yes, we know that the Daily Show drones, who (per scientific polling) think Stewart is a better source for news than, say, news – even though Stewart himself has said otherwise – will continue to watch the show. I don't care; you're free to watch what you want, and you're already brainwashed anyway, so you might as well keep up your brainwashing up through Stewart instead of certain other mediums who are sometimes worse. He shouldn't have ANY mainstream sponsors.
      4) Yes, yes, we get it, you're a Stewart drone. Go laugh yourself silly alongside your the other dimwits.

      June 2, 2012 at 9:13 pm |
    • SmokeScreen

      @canofsand: Wow, sounds like someone is suffering from a serious lack of a sense of humor.

      June 5, 2012 at 8:06 pm |
  15. steeb

    Good business, Christians spend a lot of money. I would expect them to pull advertising for something that would offend any large money spending group be that g4ys, atheists, demowits, rethuglicans, etc etc. With the exceptioin of PETA, I love a good steakhouse ad. Just makes the mouth water. Of course, then the airplane food suffers by comparison and the steward persons have a hard time.

    May 30, 2012 at 6:32 pm |
  16. Paul

    Oh grow up, it's comedy. If you don't like it don't watch it and complain endlessly because it doesn't conform to your personal moral values.

    May 30, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
    • canofsand

      Oh, you grow up. You're the one you thinks because something calls itself "comedy" that it's allowed to get away with doing whatever it wants, no matter how disgusting. What a simplistic notion – and, of course, nothing but a double standard if you're like the majority of Stewart-loving leftist hacks, as it won't apply in many cases where a conservative is the one doing the comedy (even if there's nothing TRULY vile about anything said/done, which is no problem for your ilk since you've got so much practice pulling the race card and other tricks, regardless of how far out of context you have to pull things or how many blatant lies you have to tell in order to do so).

      June 2, 2012 at 9:19 pm |
    • SmokeScreen

      @canofsand: Your argument would have merit if not for the fact that conservatives are incapable of comedy, unless they are the subject of it.

      June 5, 2012 at 8:11 pm |
  17. RootenTooten

    There's an entire industry built around manufactured outrage, and this is nothing more than grist for that mill. If groups like the Catholic League don't keep pounding the drum, their donations dry up and their executives have to settle for lining their fourteen Olympic size pools with 18 karat gold instead of 24.... the HORROR !

    May 30, 2012 at 1:49 pm |
    • canofsand

      You immoral leftist hacks have severe psychological projection issues. Can you possibly be that divorced from morality and what was once common decency to believe that there's no cause for any sort of outrage here except for something fake or "manufactured"? Something THAT vulgar that (as usual) completely INTENTIONALLY DISTORTS the ACTUAL arguments and facts and positions of the Right? Sadly, for some of you, the answer is yes, but I'm still quite certain that deep down, buried somewhere, you still realize there's something very real to be offended about here.

      All I ever see are you hacks defending vulgarity and attacking straw men. I've never, not once, seen any of you pose any sort of remotely logical argument that even attempts to counter conservatives' arguments on this faux "women's rights" issue (or many other issues, incidentally). Why, there are even scientific studies PROVING now that conservatives tend to understand liberals' arguments, while liberals generally can't even restate the conservative argument at all, instead parroting a straw man to attack, every single time.

      But back to the psychological projection. For crying out loud, YOU are the hacks who went all ballistic over Sarah Palin using ... GASP... "targets" on a map to indicate... TARGETS. Y'know, political targets. (Never mind that official DNC groups and individual Democrats did just that... and some of their targets were more reminiscent of the kind really used in a shooting range.) And let's not forget the RIDICULOUS reaction to the use of the political term "blood libel".


      You're hacks. All of you. Stewart included, though he's certainly a more effective at it than most of you drones could ever hope to be.

      June 2, 2012 at 9:33 pm |
    • Kevin

      Lots of hate in you, canofsand.

      June 3, 2012 at 12:25 am |
    • tim

      gosh canofsand, maybe you should save some of that sand to bury your head in, the real world is obviously too much for you to deal with 🙂

      June 4, 2012 at 6:05 am |
    • SmokeScreen

      @canofsand: "completely INTENTIONALLY DISTORTS the ACTUAL arguments and facts and positions of the Right"

      What? You mean like stating religious conservatives are TRYING TO PASS LEGISLATION that would prevent women from obtaining an abortion if they so desire? Or that religious conservatives have implemented a clear form of mental torture and intimidation, BY LAW, forcing women who want an abortion to submit to an invasive, undesired ultrasound procedure? You mean "distortions" like that?

      June 5, 2012 at 8:21 pm |
  18. SueFo64

    Delta can do whatever they think is best. As will I. And I don't think I'll fly Delta any more. It's a comedy show... it's suppose to push boundaries to make people think. And if Delta can bend to some silly "group" like the Catholic League (that does NOT represent the Catholic Church), then I have to question Delta's management style. And when I'm flying at 30,000 feet, I don't want to be questioning said company.

    May 28, 2012 at 10:51 am |
    • steeb

      Based on your comment, I think I'll fly Delta. Your hate has inspired me.

      May 30, 2012 at 6:34 pm |
    • ernestly

      Steeb – based on your comments I'm going to cancel my Delta flight
      not fly Delta – 2
      fly Delta – 1

      Who is next

      May 31, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
    • bullit69

      ME!ME!ME!, I change my flight to Southwest.
      Delta 1
      Delta $uck$ -3

      May 31, 2012 at 8:43 pm |
  19. blackbeard79

    Glad the Catholic Church thinks it represents 80% of Americans. I thought it was damn funny.

    May 17, 2012 at 10:36 am |
    • Jeff

      Just what I thought when I read it.

      May 20, 2012 at 1:03 pm |
    • phred

      Not to defend them or anything, but it is not the Catholic Church. It's the Catholic League, which is totally different.

      June 1, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
  20. Mackensi

    I don't understand why some religious people are so offended by this; it's his opinion. Are we all supposed to think and act like fundamentalist Christians?

    May 16, 2012 at 8:01 pm |
    • Drew

      Yes you are. Anything else would be an attack on the money hungry, pedophile priest hiding Christians. Like Islam, their religion has been hijacked by extremist. And just like those extremist, it's everyone else's fault.

      May 16, 2012 at 8:36 pm |
    • Bible Clown©

      The Spanish Inquisition would have cut off your fingers for asking that question, and sent you home with them in a bag.

      May 17, 2012 at 5:12 pm |
    • AL

      I for one am Christian and I thought the Daily Show manger bit was funny.

      May 23, 2012 at 3:37 pm |
    • canofsand

      @AL – You might call yourself that, but it's pretty clear you aren't.

      June 2, 2012 at 10:09 pm |
    • tim

      stupid, insecure, and judgmental too? wow canofsand you just have it all dont you

      June 4, 2012 at 6:07 am |
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