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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

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  5. ctvince

    Being Catholic I am not offended as Mr. Donahue is. Fact is that women should protect themselves from amoral liberalists like Jon who have been using and abusing them, with their consent , – of course.

    June 7, 2012 at 1:48 pm |
    • Sovereignty

      You should probably refer to the dictionary before posting unless your goal is to appear stupid and evil.
      Sorry if that was your intention.

      June 7, 2012 at 5:37 pm |
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    Also... much the world arranges "surrounding dark matter into something to be debated" in such a way that protects/inflates the ego.

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    June 7, 2012 at 9:31 am |
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      June 7, 2012 at 1:01 pm |
  7. Chris Sanchez

    "'m not going to censor myself to comfort your ignorance," Stewart said, decrying what he called the cable news-fueled “outrage machine."

    THANK YOU JOHN

    June 7, 2012 at 9:27 am |
  8. Chris Sanchez

    This is insane. The Daily Show is a comedy show. If comedy shows now have to be politically correct, then there would be no point. I love the Daily Show and John Steward. I do not believe others have to. But if you do not like John or the show, or if the content offends you, change the dam channel.

    June 7, 2012 at 9:23 am |
  9. firecoachk

    I'm now boycotting Delta due to their cowardly choice to bow to the shrill demands of these habitual child molesters.

    June 6, 2012 at 12:43 pm |
    • gsperson

      Excellent. One less anti religious zealot on my flight.

      June 6, 2012 at 1:06 pm |
    • Mark From Middle River

      hmm ...a coach that was fired? Is this you fired and on trial Penn State Coach Sandusky?

      June 6, 2012 at 1:11 pm |
    • bernie sanderson

      i agree with you fircoachk!

      June 6, 2012 at 6:45 pm |
  10. TonyB

    more catholic moralists- clean up your own mess first catholics.

    June 6, 2012 at 11:27 am |
    • bernie sanderson

      i agree with you!

      June 6, 2012 at 6:44 pm |
  11. onestarman

    I am a Little Tired of listening to the MORALITY of Old Men in Robes who think women are 'Icky'

    June 5, 2012 at 10:11 pm |
    • Father Bob

      and young boys are yummy.

      June 6, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
  12. New Gawker

    Again if only these religious fanatics would focus on stopping the priests from raping young boys the world would be a better place.

    June 5, 2012 at 3:05 pm |
    • jorge

      They took a vow of celibacy & every republican knows that intercourse, like marriage, is only between a Man and a Woman, so they have no other option but young boys.

      June 6, 2012 at 2:08 am |
    • Mark From Middle River

      Even victims groups have declared that they are only dealing with 4% to 7% of Priest. If we go by your view there are higher percentages of Whites that are racist. Does that mean that folks like Louis Farakhan was right that we should label all Whites as klan members?

      June 6, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
  13. Jane

    LOLOL little do the Catholics know very few people give a rat's behind about what they have to say. Dear Catholics, stop raping kids before you worry about TV shows.

    June 5, 2012 at 2:40 pm |
  14. Bert0529

    Hey Donahue! Do you really think you can spare the time to be publicly offended by Jon Stewart?? That electric fence to pen in all the gays isn't going to build itself, you know. Get your post hole digger and get out there.....

    June 5, 2012 at 1:29 pm |
  15. JP

    I am a believer in God and also free speech. You don't like it, don't watch. Don't buy their products.Everyone needs to stop trying to force their beliefs on others. If God doesn't like it he'll take it up with John Stewart in his own fashion. As for me I love comedy central. I am 53 years old and love South Park and Tosh.0

    June 5, 2012 at 1:17 pm |
    • Dona

      Perfectly articulated, and so nice to meet you, JP – I was beginning to think I was the only one!

      June 5, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
    • Junie

      Agree with you 100%!

      June 5, 2012 at 2:40 pm |
    • gsperson

      Who's forcing their beliefs on others here? As you say, if you don't like it, don't watch. Certainly Delta is also afforded that freedom. They don't like their name associated with Stewart – they're not advertising.

      June 6, 2012 at 1:14 pm |
    • bernie sanderson

      same here!!

      June 6, 2012 at 6:47 pm |
    • Chris Sanchez

      Yep, I am with you too.

      gsperson, the issue is not with Delta pulling their ad – certainly their choice. The issue is with the Catholic League pressuring companies to pull their ad because they do not agree with the content of the show. In fact if it were not for the Catholic League, this really would not even be news. Those guys make me ashamed to be Catholic.

      June 7, 2012 at 9:26 am |
  16. Skippy

    Have you ever seen this Donahue speak on TV? My God, what a one-note MORON! He gives anyone with any religous beliefs anywhere A BAD NAME! His only reason for existence, evidently, is to spout off to the media that his peeps are being victimized AGAIN!

    Please, shut your ignorant, ranting pie-hole and go to your church and PRAY for revenge and ultimate superiority! That is all you want anyway.

    June 5, 2012 at 11:46 am |
  17. yahmez

    One of the great things about America is freedom of speech. Jon Stewart was well within that right as he satirized the conservative war against women. Delta has the right to pull their ads from his show. Kellogg's has the right to not pull their ads, no matter what a bunch of butthurt catholics have to say on the matter.
    I will not let an organization that helps pedophiles get away with their crimes tell me what I can have for breakfast.

    June 4, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
    • Skippy

      Nice point! Well done.

      June 5, 2012 at 11:46 am |
    • Dona

      Thank you, yahmez. I wish I had written that!

      June 5, 2012 at 2:10 pm |
    • bernie sanderson

      well said..are you listening delta?

      June 6, 2012 at 6:48 pm |
  18. DOCFEE

    IN RESPONSE TO: john

    I'm surprised that the catholic cult is objecting unless it's because they'd rather see the manger situated between the legs of a 10 year-old boy, an alternative that they historically seem to embrace.
    Spot on. John Stewart is a comedy show host. Don't agree....don't watch !!!!

    June 4, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
  19. john

    I'm surprised that the catholic cult is objecting unless it's because they'd rather see the manger situated between the legs of a 10 year-old boy, an alternative that they historically seem to embrace.

    June 4, 2012 at 2:40 pm |
  20. Scott

    Wow...Donohue is still alive?

    June 4, 2012 at 2:36 pm |
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