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. mike

    I can't wait for tonight's show. Should be epic...

    May 8, 2012 at 7:29 pm |
  2. Dywlf

    stewart is not near the problem as the people who believe in him.

    May 8, 2012 at 7:29 pm |
  3. prsplyr

    No problem Delta...pull the ads...I'll never use your airline.

    May 8, 2012 at 7:28 pm |
  4. DailyShower

    D E L T A – Doesn't Even Leave The Airport

    May 8, 2012 at 7:28 pm |
  5. Sagar

    Conservatives Suck!

    May 8, 2012 at 7:28 pm |
  6. MK

    I don't understand the connection between the manger and the catholic church.... do they have an exclusive right to the manger? Are they they only church that represents the christian belief? Maybe they should keep their attention on what is their own issues – – like the civil and religious rights of all those who have been abused by priests and knowingly covered up by the church at the highest levels... pluck the splinter out of your own eye before concerning yourself with those of others. You have much more issues at home than you do outside.

    May 8, 2012 at 7:28 pm |
  7. T

    "We could have pressed for him to be fired, but we did not. "

    You didn't press because Comedy Central wouldn't have fired him and all you would have done is give Stewart more fodder. I take the Daily Show over Delta any day of the week...

    May 8, 2012 at 7:28 pm |
    • Mister Jones

      @T – LMAO!!! Excellent point. I watch The Daily Show often. I think I flew Delta once back in '06, and I wasn't planning on flying them again anytime soon.

      May 8, 2012 at 7:31 pm |
  8. Kris

    Well, I am not a Christian.. I am not that religious either.. but I do believe the picture is a offensive and derogatory of Christian faith. You will never see an Islamic or Jewish imagery used to cover the v a g ina in such an manner. . I think Jon Steward definitely crossed a line there.

    May 8, 2012 at 7:26 pm |
    • Mister Jones

      Is the va jay jay a dirty, evil place that you are that scared of? OK, granted ... it can be. But we are not talking about blue waffles here. (Bing that, if you don't know what one is) ... We are talking about a skit on a comedy show. For you to be offended, you have to choose to be offended.

      May 8, 2012 at 7:29 pm |
    • Andrew

      His name is Jon Stewart, and have you never watched the show? Stewart mocks Jews and Muslims quite frequently. Hell, frankly, it's not too hard to imagine him placing a picture of a mosque with a miniature wailing wall in front of a v-gina just to prove the point.

      He really is a fairly equal opportunity offender, but considering you don't even know his name, you're probably not very well equipped to say what he would and wouldn't do on his show.

      Selective outrage from the catholic league again. Honestly, just what doesn't Bill Donohue complain about these days? I swear every time he turns on a television he trolls looking for things to be offended about.

      May 8, 2012 at 7:33 pm |
  9. mike

    "We could have pressed for him to be fired, but we did not."

    You could have pressed to have him fired, but you know you would have failed miserably.

    May 8, 2012 at 7:26 pm |
  10. Janine from TX

    Done with Delta too. Did they make note that The Daily Show is on Comedy Central. That's right, comedy! Actually Jon Stewart is a very smart guy and I love his humor. When we quit laughing, we are doomed as a society. As a woman, he's at least defending us...give me a break!

    May 8, 2012 at 7:26 pm |
  11. DC

    Don't worry, Delta will re-advertise once the smoke has cleared, same thing with Rush Limbaugh.

    May 8, 2012 at 7:26 pm |
  12. Not Likely

    "Delta Airlines 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."

    This is a lie. The article goes on to selectively quote the Delta spokesperso while leaving out the fact that she says the move had nothing to do with the Catholic League:

    Parker said that "We are constantly evaluating our advertising strategy and at this time no longer advertise during The Daily Show," and denied that the decision had anything to do with "any opinions expressed" by the show.


    Why does CNN choose to lie and obfuscate?

    May 8, 2012 at 7:25 pm |
    • sam

      So what was it about, then? I love it when folks have inside info.

      May 8, 2012 at 7:28 pm |
    • Not Likely

      The most obvious answer is that they did not find the ad spots to be lucrative.

      May 8, 2012 at 7:31 pm |
    • Rilly?

      Then Delta has to come out with a statement categorically denouncing a man who supports child molesting priests and who has claimed rabbis molest more children than priests do. Catholic children are the victims here – Catholics don't support hiding the priests. Donahue does. If they humilate Donahue with a very public statement, then fine, I don't care if they pay for spots on TDS. Who controls Delta's image? Delta, or Donahue?

      May 8, 2012 at 8:36 pm |
  13. Harland Sanders

    I used to fly Delta quite a lot. No more.

    May 8, 2012 at 7:24 pm |
    • funked

      Same here, I spend aprox 7k/year flying...


      BOYCOTT DELTA FOR FOLLOWING PEDOPHILES OVERREACH AKA: Catholic Church....they judge as well.

      May 8, 2012 at 7:31 pm |
  14. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things .

    May 8, 2012 at 7:24 pm |
    • Harland Sanders

      Don't do business with dead men.
      Bad god, go Atheism!

      May 8, 2012 at 7:28 pm |
    • longshot

      it stops a thinking mind

      May 8, 2012 at 7:29 pm |
    • Chaco

      Examples please.....

      May 8, 2012 at 7:31 pm |
    • Ryder

      Yes, prayer changes everything. And everything that happens is part of God's plan. Oh wait, those two concepts don't seem to play well with each other.

      May 8, 2012 at 7:35 pm |
  15. SilentBoy741

    I've flown Delta before - I'm surprised The Daily Show didn't refuse their advertising, as having your program shoved in between ads for such shoddy service would surely cheapen your show's image.

    "Delta; We Love To Fly, But You're Hosed."

    May 8, 2012 at 7:24 pm |
  16. midnitejax

    This PAC is nothing more than a covert organization attempting to use the same boycott techniques that were successful against Rush Limbaugh.

    May 8, 2012 at 7:23 pm |
  17. obviousisobvious

    He wasn't mocking Christians or women, he was mocking Fox New's propensity to make a war on everything EXCEPT women's rights. But, seeing as how the Catholic Church doesn't like women having rights I guess I can see how they're upset.

    May 8, 2012 at 7:23 pm |
    • midnitejax

      They are not a church affiliated organization. They are a PAC funded by the GOP bent on silencing Stewart for his blatant attacks on FOX and the right wing extremists.

      May 8, 2012 at 7:25 pm |
  18. shutthehellup


    May 8, 2012 at 7:23 pm |
    • Janine from TX

      Exactly! Does "free speech" only apply to the conservative wingnuts among us? Jon Stewart is a comedian, and a very intelligent one at that. He's also defending women against idiots who want to create laws that intrude on our personal lives. Of course Delta has the right to drop whatever advertising money they want; just as we have the right not to fly them anymore. I'll opt for not flying them.

      May 8, 2012 at 7:32 pm |
  19. marjee123

    What a crock. Does any body fly Delta any more. A bigot and a racist ...donahue calls for a boycott. Why doesn't he ask the priest to protect the children from the abusers and not protect the priest that abuse them. Something out of line here.

    May 8, 2012 at 7:23 pm |
  20. The 666 Club

    Of course he doesn't get upset that catholic priests are molesting children, but this skit offends him.
    Typical religious hypocrisy. These people sicken me.

    May 8, 2012 at 7:23 pm |
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