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Catholics Propose Boycott Of “The Daily Show”

Megan Singson |
April 18, 2012 | 1:21 p.m. PDT

Staff Writer


The Catholic League has spoken out against a segment of Jon Stewart’s “The Daily Show” for featuring a picture of a naked woman with a Christmas nativity scene covering her genitals -- what Jon Stewart called “a vagina manger.”

Stewart was ridiculing Fox News for undermining the seriousness of what many call “the war on women” and instead, focusing on more mundane topics like the supposed “war on Christmas.” He suggested that in order for women to get the attention of Fox News they “could protect their reproductive organs from unwanted medial intrusions with vagina mangers” or even replace the chocolate in Advent calendars with birth-control pills.

The president of the Catholic League Bill Donohue said in a press release that “Stewart not only made a vulgar attack on Christmas, he objectified women.” He expects Stewart to apologize for the obscenity or else threatens to raise a boycott of his sponsors with the support of not only Catholics but also Protestants, Jews, Mormons and Muslims.

Donohue also criticized the media for covering-up the controversy of Stewart’s segment. “Reuters did a story on Monday’s edition of ‘The Daily Show’ but never mentioned the vagina manger scene segment,” Donohue pointed out. He also notes that news sources like the the Los Angeles Times, NBC Chicago and NBC New York also excluded the scene.

Brent Bozell, the founder of conservative Media Research Center, also criticized Stewart calling him “not only a bigot, but also an outright coward.” He challenged Stewart saying, “Since you’re so brave to offend Christians, are you equally brave to offend Muslims and Jews?”

Stewart and Comedy Central have not yet responded to the criticism.

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Robert Kaussner (not verified) on April 19, 2012 11:12 AM

I'm with the commenter above as well as with Jon Stewart! I am a former Catholic who still has many close, well-educated and influential Catholic friends and family members. The reason I'm a former Catholic is because I became "fed up" with fellow "Catholics" like William Donohue, and much of the hypocrisy of the institution of the Catholic Church (such as protecting pedophile priests who abuse or have abused countless numbers of children, etc.).

Rjay (not verified) on April 19, 2012 2:15 PM

Two wrongs don't make a right. Stewart uses the catholic church as an sensational way to promote his ever dwindling ratings. He would not have the courage to attack the muslim faith in such a way. He is a victim of the Stockholm syndrom. He is so afraid of the country being taken over by the brown shirts that he would turn his own family and country in to save his butt. I respect all religions Muslim Catholic Protestant etc. Most respectful people would not drag another religion into the mud like he does.

Practicing Catholic (not verified) on April 19, 2012 7:31 AM

I am a practicing Catholic. I even work for the church. The Catholic League and William Donohue are an embarrassment to many of us Catholics. The League and Mr. Donohue speak with no authority. Go Jon Stewart! Keep doing what you do! You (and your colleague, the Catholic Stephen Colbert) are doing a most important work, satirizing the craziness of hypocrisy cloaked in religious self-righteousness. Mazel tov!