Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Boycott Kellogg's cereals for TV show's insult to Mary

Dear Kellogg:

re: report in BizBeat
http://blogs.ajc.com/business-beat/2012/05/08/delta-air-lines-pulls-ads-from-the-daily-show-with-jon-stewart/?cp=1

Having learned that you support comedian Jon Stewart’s insult to the Blessed Virgin Mary, I am writing to tell you goodbye, we will not be buying your products any longer. Our household consists of six people, four of whom are age 20 or younger. No Kellogg's products will be consumed or purchased and we are asking our friends to do the same.

Sincerely,
Michael Hoffman

TELL KELLOGG WHAT YOU THINK:
http://www.kelloggcompany.com/contactus.aspx

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Delta pulls ads from ‘The Daily Show with Jon Stewart’
by Christopher Seward 
Bizbeat | May 8, 2012 

[An Afterword by Michael Hoffman follows the conclusion of this report]

Delta Air Lines has pulled its advertising from cable TV’s “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart ,” following fallout from the host’s reference to a controversial Nativity scene as a “vagina manger.”

A spokeswoman for the Atlanta-based airline told Buzzfeed.com that the ad pullout had nothing to do with the Catholic League’s campaign to get Stewart to apologize for the April 16 segment on the Comedy Central show.

The “Daily Show” segment featured Stewart mocking the Fox News Channel for not covering a so-called Republican “war on women.” He said, “Maybe women could protect their reproductive organs from unwanted medical intrusions with vagina mangers.”

The Catholic League noted that  that during the segment a  “picture flashed on the screen of a naked woman with her legs spread with a Nativity scene ornament in between.”

In a statement, the Catholic civil rights group called the segment “the most vulgar expression of hate speech ever aired on television.” President Bill Donohue demanded Stewart apologize and threatened to pressure the show’s sponsors to pull their advertising if he didn’t.

Stewart didn’t apologize. During a recent comedy routine in Clearwater, Fla., Stewart referred to the Catholic League’s campaign with, “I’m not going to censor myself to comfort your ignorance,” according to the Tampa Bay Times.

The Catholic League launched  its campaign, sending the controversial Nativity image to the show’s advertisers, encouraging other major religious groups to join the effort, buying protest ads in major publications and applying pressure on Comedy Central’s parent company, Viacom.

Delta spokeswoman Leslie Parker told Buzzfeed the ad pullout had nothing to do with “any opinions expressed” by the show. “We are constantly evaluating our advertising strategy and at this time no longer advertise during “The Daily Show”, she said.

At least one major sponsor, however, is not pulling its ad. Cereal maker Kellogg said in a statement: “Consumers speak most loudly when they vote with their remote control and change the channel or turn off the TV if a program does not fit their personal criteria.”

Donohue said that while the Catholic League is pleased by Delta’s decision, it was taken aback by Kellogg’s response. “In other words, Kellogg’s is telling Christians to shove it,” Donohue said in a statement. “But they made a mistake… We are also calling for a national boycott of all Kellogg’s cereals.”  

Donohue said “over 700 photos have been sent to leaders in Battle Creek, Michigan,” Kellogg’s headquarters. In a message to Viacom, Donohue wrote: “What Stewart did wasn’t a joke. It was hate speech … All we want is an apology.”
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Michael Hoffman's Afterword: Notice Stewart's defiant rebuff to the Catholic group. This is supposed to render him as some hip champion of intellectual freedom against "ignorance." Yet he would be crawling on his knees in abject obeisance if another religious group with far more media clout than the Catholic Church called him to task for a similar obscenity against their sacred figures."Cool rebels" like Stewart are in actuality wimps who flaunt their rebellion only against religions that are not in favor with the media. Obviously, Jesus Christ's Mother is also not in favor with Viacom. Lest we jump to the conclusion however, that Fox or its Fox News empire is the polar opposite of Viamcom and Stewart, consider that Fox produced the current "Three Stooges" movie that depicts a semi-naked young trollop as a Catholic nun.
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5 comments:

Lottie Badger said...

I am going to happily buy MORE Kellogg's products because I enjoy it when bullying tactics are ignored.

MaryC said...

Bullying involves picking on somebody weaker or less powerful than oneself. Michael Hoffman can scarcely be accused of doing that.

Dubbleybuck said...

In the full context of what Jon Stewart said, I saw nothing offensive towards Christianity itself. He was making a comparison to claims of a "War on Christmas." I don't agree with his politics, but he makes jokes and the Catholic League IS a joke. Michael, you study the occult (hidden) and symbols, is it merely coincidence that statues of the Virgin and the outline of the female vagina are shockingly similar in shape and appearance? From the 'hood' down? Why would this revelation be an evil thing, wouldn't it force us to look deeper into things for true meaning? Not buying Frosted Flakes is not how we fight this war.

Michael Hoffman said...

To Dubbleybuck

It depends on how far you want to proceed with symbol decoding and twilight language. The key is to be able to separate the silly from the sublime. In this case, your association of “statues of the Virgin” with the vagina constitutes the former.

Jon Stewart wasn’t engaged in occult deciphering. He was blaspheming a sacred icon in order to raise his hipster status and media profile as an “outlaw.” You want outlaw? Google “Dieudonne.”

Stewart wouldn’t touch Dieudonne with the proverbial ten-foot pole. Stewart knows who controls the show and he is meek and timid toward that particular religious group and their sacred images.

I’m not at all impressed by a guy who bashes what the corporate media bashes while being too terrified to mock the grotesqueries of Orthodox Judaism, or the wild and often risible exaggerations of Holocaustianity.

The “true meaning” of the Blessed Virgin Mary is that she is the mother of God. All generations shall call her blessed. Western civilization is as old as the idea of Europe, wherein she was always patron and inspiration, though mocked and despised by Talmudic Judaism.

What a coincidence that Jon Stewart mocks her as well.

paschn said...

To my limited theocratic knowledge, "the Tribe" has the dubious distinction of being the only group or organization that has the "honor" of being given it's own title: The Synagogue of Satan". Alexandr Solshenitsyn's "the 1920's" does, in my opinion) describe exactly how the Tribe has brought down nations and slaughtered non-members for at least three millenia, certainly since the Sadducees and Pharisees left Babylon.