Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Catholic League VS The Daily Show Should We Call for Reverse Boycotts?

Warning: There is a graphic within this video that may upset some people.

The Catholic League has convinced Delta Airlines to pull it's ads from Jon Stewart's The Daily Show, calling one portion of one skit "hate Speech" according to Think Progress report We Are Now Beginning Our Descent: Delta Sides With Anti-Gay Donohue, Withdraws Ads From The Daily Show.

The Think Progress report points out how the League's speech is pretty offensive, too.

A lot of sources cite wording at Buzz Feed which  uses the picture that is supposed to be so offensive.  It is a little shocking even to me as a grown woman so I will excerpt the portion I think is important.  The announcement by the League to go after other sponsors of Stewart's show and the way they are doing it.,
Donohue outlined his attack strategy against Kellogg's on the Catholic League website today: "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. Over 700 photos have been sent to leaders in Battle Creek, Michigan."
In other words, the Catholic League is implying that The Daily Show is into smut?   In fact, Stewart himself says in the video that he hadn't seen the picture before, and appears to start to ask if he is blushing, and he does look noticeably pinker after viewing the graphic.  The comment was about states passing laws forcing women to have "unwanted medical intrusion into their vaginas" and how women might prevent that.  On the surface it actually the supports the "War on Christmas" as well.  Any other implication is purely in the mind of the beholder and X Rated parts are not actually shown.  The picture is obviously taken in a doctor's office (notice the typical examination room paper under the woman, though I have to admit that doctors are not usually having women undress fully for a pelvic exam.  It is possible it was in the office of a female doctor, which would moot the embarrassment of undressing so completely.

The one throwing around smut is Donohue himself gratuitously sending the picture to business people who have not seen it or asked to see it.  If this works, I will be very disappointed in the Kellogg executives, and I won't be flying Delta for a long time apparently.  If they aren't smart enough to realize their actions are harming the free flow of political discussion, I certainly don't want to put my life into the hands of their business during the tricky art of flying.  Do they choose their pilots for their skills or for adherence to a hard right doctrine against women?