Delta pulls ads from ‘The Daily Show with Jon Stewart’

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Delta Air Lines has pulled its advertising from cable TV’s “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart ,” following fallout from the host’s reference to a controversial Nativity scene as a “vagina manger.”

A spokeswoman for the Atlanta-based airline told Buzzfeed.com that the ad pullout had nothing to do with the Catholic League’s campaign to get Stewart to apologize for the April 16 segment on the Comedy Central show.

The “Daily Show” segment featured Stewart mocking the Fox News Channel for not covering a so-called Republican “war on women.” He said, “Maybe women could protect their reproductive organs from unwanted medical intrusions with vagina mangers.”

The Catholic League noted that  that during the segment a  “picture flashed on the screen of a naked woman with her legs spread with a Nativity scene ornament in between.”

In a statement, the Catholic civil rights group called the segment “the most vulgar expression of hate speech ever aired on television.” President Bill Donohue demanded Stewart apologize and threatened to pressure the show’s sponsors to pull their advertising if he didn’t.

Stewart didn’t apologize. During a recent comedy routine in Clearwater, Fla., Stewart referred to the Catholic League’s campaign with, “I’m not going to censor myself to comfort your ignorance,” according to the Tampa Bay Times.

The Catholic League launched  its campaign, sending the controversial Nativity  image to the show’s advertisers, encouraging other major religious groups to join the effort, buying protest ads in major publications and applying pressure on Comedy Central’s parent company, Viacom.

Delta spokeswoman Leslie Parker told Buzzfeed the ad pullout had nothing to do with “any opinions expressed” by the show. “We are constantly evaluating our advertising strategy and at this time no longer advertise during “The Daily Show”, she said.

At least one major sponsor, however, is not pulling its ad. Cereal maker Kellogg said in a statement: “Consumers speak most loudly when they vote with their remote control and change the channel or turn off the TV if a program does not fit their personal criteria.”

Donohue said that while the Catholic League is pleased by Delta’s decision, it was taken aback by Kellogg’s response.

“In other words, Kellogg’s is telling Christians to shove it,” Donohue said in a statement. “But they made a mistake… We are also calling for a national boycott of all Kellogg’s cereals.”  Donohue said “over 700 photos have been sent to leaders in Battle Creek, Michigan,” Kellogg’s headquarters.

In a message to Viacom, Donohue wrote: “What Stewart did wasn’t a joke. It was hate speech … All we want is an apology.”

159 comments Add your comment

Soooooooooo

May 8th, 2012
5:14 pm

Crumpy frisky

Rainbow Brite

May 8th, 2012
5:18 pm

When “Christians” apologize to LGBT, that is when Stewart should say his.

SeeingStraight

May 8th, 2012
5:22 pm

So the contradiction as always… We believe in “freedom of speech/religion/ yada yada” AS LONG AS IT LINES UP WITH OUR “IDEALS”. Otherwise, not so much.

Hey Catholic “church”! Your priesthood is FULL of pedophiles, rapists all other kinds of sexual deviancy. Don’t try to jump all self-righteous with us! The Creator truly IS an awesome power, but organized religion is a fraud and a waste of time. Always has been always will be! I’m glad my eyes have been opened.

LawDawg

May 8th, 2012
5:29 pm

First of all, the most vulgar hate speech ever? Bill Donohue uses hyperbole in a way that would make even a thirteen year old girl roll her eyes.

Second, I find it hard to believe that Delta is still in business as horrible a company as they are. Maybe they don;t actually lose 10-15 bags per flight, but actually steal them and sell them to make up their revenue shortfalls. I mean, at some point even incompetence is not a sufficient explanation for how much they suck.

LAM

May 8th, 2012
5:29 pm

what should christians apologize to lgbt for?

Progress

May 8th, 2012
5:31 pm

Let me apologize for Jon Stewart:

Dear Christians,

I am so sorry that I offended your fanatical sensibilities by using your silly myth to make a point about how conservatives attempt to oppress women at every opportunity. I should have considered the fact that oppression of women is one of the tenets of your religion before I approved that joke. I regret that I did not anticipate Christians would react like Muslims who just saw a caricature of Allah on South Park. You have my deepest apologies.

-Jon

itstrueitstrue

May 8th, 2012
5:47 pm

Well for one (if you believe the fairy tale) Jesus had to pop through a va jay jay on his way to being born. What’s offensive about it?

sldasdf

May 8th, 2012
5:48 pm

This is the kind of thing that makes Jesus roll over in his grave.

deltasux

May 8th, 2012
5:57 pm

Thank goodness I won’t have to see any more lies from Delta. If they are counting on their people to make flights better, they better start firing all of them. Especially that rude person at the counter in Atlanta that told me I had to pay $1700 per person becuase I missed a flight because it was their fault.

Antichrist

May 8th, 2012
5:58 pm

“Kellog is telling Christians to shove it”… Yeah right. As if Donohue speaks for all Christians. I will double up on my Kellogg’s cereal to make up for the Catholic boycott. Perhaps they should join with the Baptists and boycott Disney again too. Cause that worked out so well the first time…

Carlos

May 8th, 2012
6:05 pm

Frosted Flakes. They’re grrrrreat !!!

Timothy

May 8th, 2012
6:11 pm

Christians have very vivid imaginations.

Timothy

May 8th, 2012
6:17 pm

Why aren’t dinosausrs or cavemen mentioned in the bible?? Jon Stewart Rocks!

Devildog

May 8th, 2012
6:17 pm

I guess this same group of “fair minded” people would tell Stewart it’s ok to call Muslims rag heads, hajis, brain deads, camel jockeys. Right? Just as long as he’s an equal opportunity insulter, it’s ok.

RT

May 8th, 2012
6:22 pm

Does he know that the Daily show is broadcast on a network called COMEDY central. Shouldn’t he forgive him and move on isn’t that what a good christian does?…..that’s funny a GOOD Christian

Walter

May 8th, 2012
6:27 pm

I think it ironic that Donohue, complaining about a sexual image that is an affront to him and Catholics would use the term “shove it.”

Devildog

May 8th, 2012
6:40 pm

@RT A muslim would simply behead him

Progress

May 8th, 2012
6:45 pm

I think it ironic that Donohue would complain about anyone using a sexual image for satire, when in fact the Catholic Church has become a sexual image for satire. Pedophilic organizations shouldn’t cause a stir about how anyone else portrays sex.

antistuff

May 8th, 2012
6:48 pm

Donahue sees this as “the most vulgar expression of hate speech ever aired on television.” and his response is to blast the image in 700 emails and he’s somehow proud of this?

DOES NOT COMPUTE!

This is Mrs. Norman Maine, RN

May 8th, 2012
6:54 pm

So Delta is kowtowing to the hard right, hmmph. It’s not a surprise considering they can’t land on time, can’t hire and train polite staff and can’t lower their fares to reasonable rates when other carriers can. It’s all a reflection of their horrible management skills. They could care less about anything other the mighty buck. They’re the Comcast cable of the airline industry. Thankfully we have other choices. Hey Delta, us lefties fly too.

Holier Than Thou

May 8th, 2012
7:04 pm

Whatever happened to Freedom of Speech? I am offended by the Catholic League’s actions . . . proud of Kellogg’s . . . and disappointed by Delta’s.

steverino

May 8th, 2012
7:21 pm

Boycott The Daily Show and Kelloggs? II’M years ahead of ya’!

Steve

May 8th, 2012
7:25 pm

Thanks Delta, I’m glad someone has the spine to crawl out of the gutter. Keep up the good work, we are glad to have you on the side of decency.

Superius

May 8th, 2012
7:25 pm

Religious groups make me want to start my own religion

Bobodle

May 8th, 2012
7:32 pm

Way to go Kelloggs. I’m buying more of your product to make up for the 3 people that will actually follow the cult, err church, in their boycott.

Bob LaBlah

May 8th, 2012
7:34 pm

Antichrist is going to turn into a lard bucket. If you libs are going to ban bake sales at schools, then you should really want to shut down Kelloggs.

Karin

May 8th, 2012
7:40 pm

You know, for everyone “bashing” the Christians (etc), I would have to ask “Where’s your politically correct sense of ‘acceptance’ now?” What makes it ok to spew hate towards a group that felt it had its beliefs mocked? For all those who claim to be so sensitive to other groups and their thoughts, beliefs and rights, I’m pretty shocked by the hypocrisy of your statements. I personally wasn’t offended by Jon Stewart, and find him usually very funny, but you can’t tell me if he did something comparable against Muslims, or a different culture, or minorities, then you there would be a huge public outcry over violated rights and respect. Pathetic that that respect doesn’t extend to all groups.

BobRobert

May 8th, 2012
7:44 pm

When will liberals learn what freedom of speech means? They think it means you can go around insulting whoever you want without repercussions. In reality, you have to live with the consequences. All the Bill of Rights does is keep the government from punishing you for what you say. It does not prohibit me from boycotting your sponsers for the stupid things you say. It have eaten my last Kelloggs cereal/product. General Mills is better anyway.

Kat

May 8th, 2012
8:18 pm

Who pissed in their cornflakes?

Russmon

May 8th, 2012
8:27 pm

The Catholic Church has a lot of gall to cry foul. Considering their track record of cover ups. Tend to your own house before casting dispersion on thy neighbor.

Heathen

May 8th, 2012
8:28 pm

Bible pounders always have their panties in a twist about something, hysterically threatening to boycott this or that company. What they don’t realize is that those companies and all of the rest of us are more than happy to be rid of them.
Good riddance to bad trash.

DAVID

May 8th, 2012
8:30 pm

Are you kidding me? Liberals are the most narrow minded un-accepting group of hateful people I have ever encountered. If your thoughts and beliefs do not align perfectly with a liberal, they will ridicule, you hate you, spit on you. I once had a liberal, so called progressive thinking relative tell point blank, and I quote, “I hate conservatives, I wish they would all die. Now there is an open minded accepting person. Liberals are hateful, narrow minded hypocrites. Liberals are a joke. Jon Stewart is irrelevant.

JAL

May 8th, 2012
8:32 pm

Wow- Delta has NO backbone. BOYCOTT DELTA!

mikeDW

May 8th, 2012
8:41 pm

I’ll definitely be shopping the cereal isle tomorrow.
Kellogg’s frosted flakes good??? Their response was GRREEATT!

LJ

May 8th, 2012
8:51 pm

I’m ashamed of my hometown airline. that was weak, delta!

LJ

May 8th, 2012
8:52 pm

and just to be clear, my ire has more to do with delta not owning up to WHY they pulled the ads.

Ted

May 8th, 2012
8:59 pm

Weh. Seems some have forgotten the witch hunt the Rush Limbaugh endured a few weeks ago over the Sandra Fluke incident. Those who called for Rush to be boycott clearly didn’t think ahead that their tactic can be used on their liberal golden boy when he (inevitably) would say something offensive to some group. This is how the game is played now. If you can’t handle it, don’t play.

Jeebus Crust

May 8th, 2012
9:09 pm

Screw the smug douchebag Jon Stewart and the low-life Christians even worse. Spare us from the merde, scumsuckers/

Oblama

May 8th, 2012
9:10 pm

Stewart is an egotistical, left wing prick in the Bill Maher persona. Yes Dorothy there are haters and racists on the left.

Oblama

May 8th, 2012
9:13 pm

I J – you have something to be ashamed of and it is YOU. Jon Stewart is not and never has been funny. He is a hit man for the Dem Party.

GRACE

May 8th, 2012
9:16 pm

In the last year I have seen the Cathelic church have out crys over every thing from a woman’s right to choose, birth control and now the Daily Show. In the past decade I have not seen the same FURY over pedophile priest. I am still waiting on that FURY!

King Gator

May 8th, 2012
9:24 pm

Since when do comedians apologize for anything????

l jones

May 8th, 2012
9:26 pm

It may in fact be vulgar, but in what way, shape or form could it reasonably be called “hate speech?”

globeflyer

May 8th, 2012
9:28 pm

LJ: Delta has one of the most diversified workforce of any company, regardless of the industry. You might want to get the facts before you start talking…I don’t think they were trying to make a “point” about anything other than, maybe, they don’t feel like they’re getting their money’s worth with Stewart’s show.

Nutmeg

May 8th, 2012
9:32 pm

Buy Kellogg’s.

Got it. Adding to the grocery list now.

I would stop flying Delta, but I’ve been flying AirTran for a while now.

phil

May 8th, 2012
9:34 pm

This is all so laughable. The left only gets upset when they are the ones being censored. BOTH sides should knock it off. This political correctness BS is just that, BS!

RGB

May 8th, 2012
9:35 pm

Those who mock Christians are actually mocking Christ–and it is not a wise thing to do.

Know that one day, sooner than you expect, you will answer for that.

phil

May 8th, 2012
9:36 pm

And if you want the “war on woman” fighters want free birth control, just hang a picture of Nancy Pelosi in your bedroom.

Marvin Mangrum

May 8th, 2012
9:37 pm

Atl, in the early 60s twas a great city, gawd, its full of losers with pooters that think jon stewart is something other than what he is, and if you are scratching your head and wondering what Im talking about, then you will never get it. After a bit he will ridicule you, but then again, wont that be special. I never in my life saw stupid like now.

Curzen

May 8th, 2012
9:59 pm

I guess I’ll buy more Kelloggs products.