Looks like the uproar over Jon Stewart's "vagina manger" jab from last month has yet to die down. Delta Airlines has pulled their advertising from The Daily Show over the joke, which -- in case you missed it -- featured a picture of what was supposed to be a Nativity scene superimposed between a naked woman's legs. Stewart had been discussing how Fox News has no problem declaring that there's a "war on Christmas" or "war on Easter," but thinks the actual war on women is a buncha hooey.
He asked, "What can women do to generate the same sense of outrage from Fox as the removal of decorative slightly poisonous holiday plants? Perhaps they could play into the theme? Maybe women could protect their reproductive organs from unwanted medical intrusions with vagina mangers." Uh oh. How dare he put Christmassy imagery placed "down there!" to make a joke! Surprise, surprise -- Catholic League President Bill Donohue was not laughing.
He proclaimed, "We will not stop with a boycott!" and now ... well, it looks like Delta has buckled under the pressure of the Catholic League and similarly peeved groups. Wah wah.
How Puritanical, backasswards, and at its very basis, misogynistic are these conservative groups for getting riled up over religious imagery superimposed between a woman's legs? At the most basic feminist level, it's absurd to me that these people are tweaking out over "vagina imagery" in general. Why is showing something between a woman's legs considered extremely disrespectful? Or, as The Catholic League put it, "hate speech"? Or as Newsbusters put it, "desecration"?
Hold up. Do we not all come into this world from that very area? And don't all religions, including Catholicism, think very highly of that whole process? Helllooo. Why then is it so disrespectful? The way they're talking, you would think Stewart showed a crucifix getting blown up.
The Catholic League, their cronies, and the companies bowing down to their every whim need a reality check. It was a hilarious joke. Making a very well-taken point about how completely skewed FOX's perspective and priorities seem to be. This is America. We have a right to mock one another -- even when it comes to religion.
Here's the clip from The Daily Show, if you missed it ...
Would you categorize Jon Stewart's joke as "hate speech" or "desecration of a Nativity scene"?
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