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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

soundoff (2,495 Responses)
  1. Joe B-b-b-b-bob

    Freedom of speech - defend it even when it offends you or lose it entirely.

    May 8, 2012 at 7:50 pm |
  2. GreenMeansGo

    I don't ever recall seeing a Delta ad while watching The Daily Show.

    May 8, 2012 at 7:49 pm |
  3. Gerry Evans

    John !! SHAME ON YOU... Now I won't fly Delta Airlines any more because I didn't see them say a word about what the Rush Limpbaw was saying about us ladies and I didn't hear a peep about what the repukeliecOns are trying to do to our vigina's ... ONLY YOU JOHN... ONLY YOU ARE GOING TO CAUSE DELTA TO LOOSE THE LADY CUSTOMERS.....HAHAHAHA...

    May 8, 2012 at 7:49 pm |
  4. dc

    What Stewart did wasn’t a joke. It was hate speech. He is a true bottom feeder.

    May 8, 2012 at 7:48 pm |
    • Gerry Evans

      BOTTOM FEEDER..... Oh that's rich... LOL... Bottom feeder... I bet John likes that one... You guys, I sware...

      May 8, 2012 at 7:51 pm |
    • Andrew

      I dunno, I thought it was pretty damn funny. Just because you were offended doesn't mean it's hate speech. Did you even watch the video?

      May 8, 2012 at 7:52 pm |
    • CMH

      It was funny. I'm guessing you did not see it. He was poking fun at how Fox 'News' always sees a 'War on Christmas', but call any 'War on Women' a fantasy. The logical conclusion was to make womens private areas part of Christmas so it could get defended by stupid people. It seems stupid people don't get the joke.

      May 8, 2012 at 7:56 pm |
  5. sharoom

    I found the skit hilarious...

    May 8, 2012 at 7:48 pm |
  6. Andy

    Hey Delta.... eff you!

    May 8, 2012 at 7:48 pm |
  7. Jack

    I thought Delta went out of business a long time ago.

    May 8, 2012 at 7:47 pm |
  8. asm_ith

    It's absurd for Donohue to call this "hate speech." Regardless of whether one thinks the skit was tasteful, disgusting, funny, tasteless, or anything else, it certainly wasn't hate speech.

    May 8, 2012 at 7:47 pm |
    • Gerry Evans

      Every thing to Donohue is hate speech unless your a catholic priest and then even that, if it isn't Donohue thoughts is in doubt. I think, he thinks, the Pope is beneath him in the Catholic Church pecking order. So, since we know better, he doesn't matter.

      May 8, 2012 at 8:00 pm |
  9. Scamtannehill

    Delta grow up !

    May 8, 2012 at 7:46 pm |
  10. unspokenwordmaster

    As a Christian, I was actually more offended by his assertions the following week that the Virgin Mary was just a lying teen who got knocked up than the manger "scandal". After 2 weeks of bashing symbols of my faith, I have stopped watching the Daily Show. Its too bad they had to move from their quality political satire to typical liberal cheap shots.

    May 8, 2012 at 7:46 pm |
    • Andrew

      Uh huh, because a story of an 'immaculate conception' should be off limits? I really dislike how religious individuals feel their beliefs should be kept away from scrutiny just because they are sincerely held.

      May 8, 2012 at 7:48 pm |
    • joe

      You won't be missed. Christians are so hypocrital.

      May 8, 2012 at 7:51 pm |
    • jokster

      Haha yeah that was hilarious.

      May 8, 2012 at 7:52 pm |
    • HawaiiGuest

      @unspokenwordmaster

      It's interesting how you equate "liberal" to cracks at christian beliefs. You're partisan bullsh.it is showing.

      May 8, 2012 at 7:55 pm |
    • Say it ain't so

      Symbols of your faith...exactly! I will never understand how men believe that anything they say or do can actually affect or offend gods love, wisdom, knowledge! God needs know man, woman or child as a witness. You as a religious person or atheist have know way of harming god with your tongue or thoughts...weakness is a human trait..., fear is a human trait, hatred is a human trait..ignorance is a human trat. the god most worship and percieve in this world is more in the image of man....not in the image of the one true..

      May 8, 2012 at 8:03 pm |
    • JohnENY

      Blatant double standard that a jew trashed christianity

      Other way around there would be protests and mass boycotts- not just losing 1 advertiser.

      May 8, 2012 at 8:03 pm |
  11. Kimip

    “I'm not going to censor myself to comfort your ignorance," Stewart said

    Very well said, John!!

    May 8, 2012 at 7:46 pm |
  12. Smart Human

    Religious nutjobs are ruining the world. Period.

    May 8, 2012 at 7:44 pm |
    • Gerry Evans

      Amen to that Brother.

      May 8, 2012 at 8:03 pm |
  13. the voice of reason

    Oh, and prayer changes nothing, and atheism is good for you. Makes you thing more clearly.

    May 8, 2012 at 7:43 pm |
    • dc

      Doesn't seem to make you type any better........

      May 8, 2012 at 7:49 pm |
    • Hitchens

      How clearly do you thing?

      May 8, 2012 at 7:51 pm |
    • Gerry Evans

      My mother and the preacher in the holy roller church I was forced to attend would say "if you don't go to church, gods gonna get u for that" Since I wanted to see this "god" every one was talking about, I stopped going.. 75 and still waiting.

      May 8, 2012 at 8:06 pm |
  14. Pat

    Sorry – I was so irritated did not reread before sending – sentence sort of out of order, but you get the idea – WHY are there so many of these "people" – they need to leave the bedroom alone that includes gays – stop w/ the "christian crap" and get a job or clean up a river or stop eating – obesity is more of a problem than "god"!

    May 8, 2012 at 7:43 pm |
  15. JohnENY

    Delta got it backwards. It's fine for a jew to bash christians.

    It's NOT ok for anybody to bash jews. And everybody's too scared to bash muslims.

    May 8, 2012 at 7:42 pm |
    • Andrew

      Have you ever watched the Daily Show? Stewart, a jew, is rather happy to mock jews, christians, AND muslims. However since news in the US is filled with Christians promoting selective outrage far more often, and since the Daily Show focuses on US news, of COURSE he mocks Christians more often. Why would he give equal coverage to mock groups who have disproportionate news coverage in the first place? "Yeah, news stories involving muslims doing stupid sh0t takes up 3% of cable news airtime, but he has to cover them as much as he covers christians, despite their very unequal media presence"?

      May 8, 2012 at 7:45 pm |
  16. the voice of reason

    I don't hear Delta (I never fly them anyway) complaining about Bill Maher or Sasha Baron Cohen and they are far more offensive than Stewart.. When companies pull their ads, I always boycot them, anyway. And why is this on the faith page, anyway??

    May 8, 2012 at 7:41 pm |
  17. Patricia

    Mr. Donohue, 80? Define your terms. Finally, and at long last, Christians are thinking outside the political, right-wing box and coming home to the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth. We have reclaimed Christianity from those who use Christianity for their market share. As scripture says in Matthew 7:23, "I never knew you." I will pray for the redemption of your soul.

    May 8, 2012 at 7:40 pm |
  18. Atheism is not healthy for children and other living things

    Prayer changes things .

    May 8, 2012 at 7:40 pm |
    • Dude Looks Like A Laity

      People change things.

      May 8, 2012 at 7:42 pm |
    • Kimip

      Prayer changes nothing. Athiests do not need a book to tell them how to live right. We use the brains that "your god" gave us to use. We are rational. Organized religion is nothing more than a cult set out to put fear into people.

      May 8, 2012 at 7:48 pm |
    • Smart Human

      No it doesn't. Not at all.

      May 8, 2012 at 7:49 pm |
    • Hitchens

      The motivation of God is love. God has not given us a spirit of fear.

      May 8, 2012 at 7:49 pm |
  19. Pat

    I am SICK of these people = didn't Delta Airlines have a stewardess that went hunting w/a pack of dogs for a Polar Bear and she when the poor animal was exhausted and tried to fight off the dog pack she shot him w/ arrow after arrow? Was she fired?

    May 8, 2012 at 7:40 pm |
  20. LiqMat

    Best thing to do is ignore this pr1ck.

    May 8, 2012 at 7:39 pm |
    • blah

      Ok, consider yourself ignored.

      May 8, 2012 at 7:47 pm |
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