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. Outrage Isn't Enough!

    This filthy, corrupt world has become cesspool of sewage! America is the #`1 leader in producing it.

    This whole society is swimming in it, and people who have any decency left are surrounded by ever present stench.

    Someone can cut off the TV programing, but garbage is everywhere...... wherever the almighty $$$$$ is being made, garbage is abundant.

    America has become shameless.

    America has lost her soul!

    May 8, 2012 at 8:06 pm |
    • sybaris

      Got a passport?


      May 8, 2012 at 8:08 pm |
    • thewarpedpen

      Chill, dude.

      May 8, 2012 at 8:09 pm |
    • Outrage isn't Enough

      Witches have turned America into a newt!

      May 8, 2012 at 8:10 pm |
    • rationalfew

      Your heads going to explode...

      May 8, 2012 at 8:10 pm |
    • Outrage Isn't Enough!

      Wow, you must love the smell of it!

      May 8, 2012 at 8:11 pm |
    • Rilly?

      I guess you've never watched Eurovision

      May 8, 2012 at 8:13 pm |
    • Outrage Isn't Enough!

      This is what you did:

      "Outrage isn't Enough

      Witches have turned America into a newt!"

      May 8, 2012 at 8:10 pm | Report abuse |

      Stooping pretty low, hm?!

      May 8, 2012 at 8:15 pm |
    • Outrage Isn't Enough!

      Yeah, I watched it long time ago... But even to have garbage thrown at you once in a while, one is able to dodge it. But here its every day.... day in, day out, shove it in your face.
      American must PRIDE themselves in garbage! That's all there is on American TV, and they call it ART!......LOL!

      May 8, 2012 at 10:49 pm |
    • Emerald Laughter

      No, America hasn't lost it's soul, and the sky is not falling, you are just losing your weak, little mind.

      May 9, 2012 at 12:13 pm |
  2. Patrick

    I plan to support Kellogg's and buy their cereals as long as they keep telling Donohue to go pound sand.

    May 8, 2012 at 8:06 pm |
    • rationalfew

      Me too!

      May 8, 2012 at 8:10 pm |
    • Sortakinda

      Enjoy the sprayed on "vitamins" cardboard and sugar. That'll show 'em.

      May 8, 2012 at 8:11 pm |
  3. sybaris

    "The Catholic League for Civil and Religious Rights"

    That's so funny!

    That's like if I had a group called, The Alakazam League for Mothra and Godzilla Rights.

    May 8, 2012 at 8:06 pm |
    • RAMBLE3144

      The Catholic League are quite moral.

      May 8, 2012 at 8:08 pm |
    • Righteo

      The Catholic League is so moral they regularly called the victims of priest abuse conspirators out to destroy the church.

      May 8, 2012 at 8:12 pm |
    • rationalfew

      Is this one of Karl Rove's organizations?

      May 8, 2012 at 8:12 pm |
  4. Cheryl Jefferies

    Part of me is quite glad Delta did what it did. A small part of me thinks it leans toward censorship. But, since this jerk won't show any decent self-restraint himself, the bigger part of me feels like he got what was coming to him. He and Bill Maher...two of a kind. What kind of what...well, I won't say. I have better manners than they do!

    May 8, 2012 at 8:06 pm |
    • sybaris

      How's the view from the High Road?

      May 8, 2012 at 8:07 pm |
  5. Sortakinda

    And nothing would have happened if the skit was based on a sacred Jewish or Islamic theme. Show your courage Jon. Take them on. Or are they not "ignorant" enough? Or are you a fraud and a coward?

    May 8, 2012 at 8:06 pm |
  6. CMH

    Oh no...people who would not like The Daily Show are going to boycot it. /sadfacepanda.

    I like when things get negative endorsements from wingnuts. It gives me new shows to watch that I may have been missing.

    At least Jon gets some free advertising out of this. Thanks Delta and Catholic League (aka NAMBLA)!

    May 8, 2012 at 8:05 pm |
  7. RAMBLE3144

    Those companies that abandoned Rush should be ashamed of themselves. Rush is a great American, lobbying for the real American values.

    May 8, 2012 at 8:05 pm |
    • rationalfew

      Ha Ha Ha ! Your joking right?

      May 8, 2012 at 8:09 pm |
    • Jean Sartre


      Hate, homphobia, instilling fear, dissing women and loin cloth wearing are GREAT AMERICAN VALUES, promoted by Rush...

      May 8, 2012 at 8:32 pm |
  8. Tracy W

    No one should boycott anything... if you don't want to watch it, turn the channel. Just like some should have done with Limbaugh. I do wonder how many posting on this board found THAT boycott acceptable...

    May 8, 2012 at 8:04 pm |
  9. Abberly

    It was freaken hillarious. Stewart is a comedic genious.

    May 8, 2012 at 8:02 pm |
  10. leonard

    Mr. Donohue’s the joke! Steward’s joke was funny and was not in poor taste unlike most of what Mr.Donohues organizations stand for. I think the "The Catholic League for Civil and Religious Rights" is only Mr. Donohue and a couple other people (most of these "organizations" are you know) who want to inflict there belief system on other people. I thank G-d ever day I'm not a Christian, it's belief in the narrowness of our freedoms is scary!

    May 8, 2012 at 8:02 pm |
    • Sortakinda

      Tomorrow Stewart will desecrate the Torah. You should find it hilarious.

      May 8, 2012 at 8:08 pm |
  11. Smarterest Human


    May 8, 2012 at 8:00 pm |
    • Andrew

      It's not, it's an overly touchy automatic filter that filters out rather absurd words, like 'v-gina' is censored, on an article about a picture over a v-gina. Same with 'doc-mented', because the engineering team didn't put whitespace checkers for their filters.

      May 8, 2012 at 8:05 pm |
  12. NFLD thought

    Get a life people.'Delta, no more will I fly; you are letting a few tools speak for me and I don't like it.

    May 8, 2012 at 7:59 pm |
  13. Richard

    "The Catholic League for Civil and Religious Rights" = Enemies of freedom and civil rights

    May 8, 2012 at 7:58 pm |
    • RAMBLE3144

      Catholic League is for good, moral values. Period.

      May 8, 2012 at 8:07 pm |
    • sybaris

      But you don't need to be catholic or any religion for that matter to be a moral person.

      May 8, 2012 at 8:09 pm |
  14. unspokenwordmaster


    May 8, 2012 at 7:58 pm |
  15. Matt

    Ummm, what if your mother's picture were placed there? Well, I think every one of our mother's was in that pose at one point in their lives, DELIVERING US. Too bad the Catholic Chruch finds women's bodies evil.

    May 8, 2012 at 7:55 pm |
  16. nunzio86

    Donahue and Delta, give it a rest. No one listens to you anyway. Donahue is so full of himself and so full of hate for anyone who disagrees with him. He's always angry and bitter sounding. He should be angry with the church that betrays its followers everyday.

    May 8, 2012 at 7:54 pm |
  17. Anon

    Stupid christians, keep your bs morality to yourself!

    May 8, 2012 at 7:54 pm |
    • Smarter Human


      May 8, 2012 at 7:58 pm |
    • Sortakinda

      Name calling atheists stay on your side of the line.

      May 8, 2012 at 8:21 pm |
  18. Stobie

    Hey, Delta! Not that this is any hardship, but I'm pretty sure I can find *any* airline for travel besides yours.

    May 8, 2012 at 7:54 pm |
    • reasonableone

      I think I've flown Delta once in my 50 years. I see no reason to do so again.

      May 8, 2012 at 8:07 pm |
    • rationalfew

      Never had a Delta flight that wasn't overbooked or late...

      May 8, 2012 at 8:17 pm |
  19. sam

    That WAS my mother in that image. I was not offended.

    May 8, 2012 at 7:53 pm |
  20. Grace

    Catholic League President Bill Donohue does not have the right to speak for me. How dare he suggest that his beliefs as other christians. This is discusting and I will now make sure to purchase more Kellogg products and fly Frontier.

    May 8, 2012 at 7:50 pm |
    • ToldUso

      Grace, you're absolutely right. I'm one of the 80%, was not offended. Donohue forgets that only 20% of the Christians are extremists like he is.

      May 8, 2012 at 7:55 pm |
    • John

      He doesn't speak for me either. Jon Stewart is usually crude, immature and childish. I don't need more time in 3rd grade with kids who giggle over bad words.

      May 8, 2012 at 7:56 pm |
    • Sortakinda

      He speaks for himself and the Catholic League...and for anyone who thinks that PCorrectness applies to treatment of the Catholic Church,too.

      May 8, 2012 at 8:24 pm |
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