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Tinseltown is demeaning Christianity again – as if that’s a surprise, too. But this time, it’s not some gutter-mouthed punk. This time it’s a network doing it, formally. ABC has approved a pilot with the title “Good Christian Bitches.”
Is this what Christian women – especially the good ones -- deserve? The first credit for this decision to offer offensive titles actually goes to CBS, which began this stupid trend with its awful sitcom “$#8! My Dad Says.” Now one of Discovery's cable channels has a show titled “Who the [Bleep] Did I Marry?” It chronicles women who have married vicious criminals.
But Disney-owned ABC (oh, the irony) has not one, but two B-word pilots in its outhouse of a production department. They're also considering a show titled “Don't Trust the Bitch in
Mickey Mouse should have his hands over his ears.
This titling trend matches Tinseltown's concerted effort to add profanity “seasoning” to spice nearly every script on network TV shows. On prime time broadcast TV, use of the B-word alone increased from 431 instances in 1998 to 1,277 in 2007.
If this show wasn’t marketed directly at a female audience, the same ones who watch those witch-versus-witch reality shows like the “Real Housewives” shows on Bravo, the B-word would sound more sexist and demeaning. So it’s okay to say it because it’s become a word women can call each other. Now, if it’s used by an angry male, it’s a hanging crime. We’re talking about something verging on domestic violence.
Might ABC bow to any sense of decency and change the titles before it picks these shows up for the fall? Fagetaboutit. “GCB” is based on a novel by Kim Gatlin, who unsurprisingly stole her own concept from ABC. A divorced mother of two returns to her hometown in the
So that makes them good Christian bitches.
If this were a CBS pilot, they could just call it “Desperate Housewives:
Playing on religion – and these churchgoing female hypocrites – is all part of the sale. Gatlin also promotes the book this way: “In the whirling midst of salacious gossip, Botox, and fraud, Amanda turns to those who love her and the faith she’s always known. Will the [GCBs] get the best of her, or will everyone see that these GCBs are as counterfeit as their travel jewelry?” Then, in big bold letters, Gatlin's slogan says it all: “For Heaven’s sake, don’t let God get in the way of a good story!”
No one should doubt that it's this author and the “Desperate” TV network which win the gold medal for abusing a religion.
ABC feels free to pick on Christianity – after all, what faith would your fictional churchgoing hypocrites stereotypically follow in
How about moving the setting to
Regardless of trashy titles, real faith-filled people don't relish and wallow in the sins and hypocrisies of others. Gatlin's premise cashes in on the gossipy failures of the people in the pews, but for her and her TV partners, this is all a gold mine to exploit. They don't despair about it. They revel in it, like kids in a candy store.
If ABC picks up this pilot, it’s very likely that the sour message that will be resonate is that everyone who goes to church, including priests and ministers, can be exposed as a fraud and a counterfeit. That is consistent with