Delta Air Lines has decided to pull ads from 'The Daily Show with John Stewart' after the comedian featured a segment with a 'vagina manger' joke that angered conservatives and Catholics alike.
In the skit, which aired in April, Stewart shows a shot of a bare woman's spread legs with a manager in between them. He encouraged women to use vagina mangers to protect their reproductive organs from unwanted medical intrusions. Watch video of the segment here.
Leslie Parker, Delta Air Lines spokesperson said in a statement that We're always re-evaluating our advertising opportunities and updating our strategy in an effort to reach our desired audience, reported CNN.
Parker said they decided to pull the ads on Thursday,
Delta doesn't discriminate nor do we condone discrimination in regard to age, race, nationality, sexual orientation, religion or gender, said Parker in the statement according to CNN.
The Catholic League for Civil and Religious Rights has asked Stewart to apologize for the skit. Stewart has not complied and Comedy Central has not released a statement about the issue either.
The Catholic League president Bill Donohue wrote a letter to the board of directors at Viacom, who owns Comedy Central, saying they were offended of the skit that aired April 16.
He asked board directors to imagine if the vagina manger skit had used a picture of their own mothers instead. Perhaps you now understand how the 80 percent of the nation that is Christian feel.
What Stewart did wasn't a joke. It was hate speech. We could have pressed for him to be fired, but we did not. All we want is an apology. That he refuses to do so is astonishing. Perhaps you can persuade him to act responsibly, the letter read.
Donohue said in a statement on their website that he encourages everyone to choose Delta the next time they fly. We need to support advertisers who act responsibly.
The Catholic League is calling for Comedy Central advertisers to pull ads on the 'Daily Show.'
Donohue called on people to boycott Kellogg's cereals until they pull advertising from the show.
I also encourage everyone to continue to pressure Kellogg's to pivot: they refuse to criticize Jon Stewart for his April 16 vagina manger stunt and indeed acted irresponsibly when they offered a lame response to our serious concerns, he said in the press release. Today, all the top management at Kellogg's will receive a color photo of a naked woman with her legs spread and a nativity scene ornament in between. Let's see if that jars them.
While Stewart has not officially addressed these claims, a stand-up appearance in Florida last month may shed some light on how he is feeling about the issue.
He denounced the cable TV cable news-fueled outrage machine.
I'm not going to censor myself to comfort your ignorance, Stewart said according to the Tampa Bay Times according to the Tampa Bay Times.