On April 16, Jon Stewart showed a sexually explicit picture of a naked woman with a religious symbol during the Daily Show. The Catholic League and its president, Bill Donohue, demanded an apology, but Stewart refused. The Catholic League and Donohue are now campaigning against him.
As Stewart showed the sexually graphic picture, he talked about the “War on Women”. Afterwards, the Catholic League called it "an unprecedented assault on Christian sensibilities" to show a woman with a manger over her vagina.
The Catholic League and Donohue are asking sponsors to pull their advertising off the Daily Show. They are also threatening a public campaign against Stewart and his show, with a lengthy public relations campaign. They are not ruling out a boycott also.
If that doesn’t work, we can guarantee that his reputation will never be the same.
They stated that the goal of all of this is to make Stewart apologize for the sexually graphic depiction of a woman and a religious symbol. Their plans include contacting Kraft and other sponsors, who advertised during the Daily Show on both April 17 and 18.
Today we will contact Kraft, one of whose products, MiO Energy, was one of the five sponsors that advertised on both the April 17 and April 18 episodes. Moreover, we will contact those on our “Allied Organizations” list (over two days) to join this campaign. They will be asked to contact Steve Albani, Senior VP of Comedy Central Communications, and Kraft.
Adding to all these efforts to make Stewart apologize for the picture, the Catholic League stated they would contact numerous other religious organizations and show them the picture, along with Stewart’s remarks. They even captured the picture of the naked woman with the manger over her vagina and linked to it on their site as they declared to ruin his reputation.
This is just the beginning. Over the next several weeks, we will contact every major Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Mormon and Muslim leader and organization in the nation; they will be sent the picture, along with Stewart’s remarks. We will contact Viacom (which owns Comedy Central, home to “The Daily Show”) making sure that all board members and senior management know about Stewart’s anti-Christian and grossly misogynist attack. We will take out ads in newspapers, etc. We are not going away.
The Catholic League not only labelled Stewart’s actions as misogynistic, but also “the most vulgar expression of hate speech ever aired on TV” and said, “his incivility cannot go unanswered”.
WARNING: The video below, showing said picture, shortly after the 4:40 mark, is very sexually graphic and maybe offensive to some viewers, not just those with “Christian sensibilities”.