Well, it looks like ABC and parent company Disney are taking inappropriate television shows to the next level. Soon to air on your television: Good Christian Bitches. No, that wasn’t a typo. The Parents Television Council (PTC), along with countless Christians, are not happy with the title or subject matter of ABC’s new show. PTC President, Tim Winter, recently stated, “The ‘B-word’ is toxic and is used to degrade, abuse, harass, bully and humiliate women. And the ‘Christian’ element only adds insult to injury.
Would ABC even consider another faith to denigrate? Would they even consider a program title or a plot line based on ‘Bitches’ who were Muslim, Hindu, Jewish or Buddhist? I suspect not, and I certainly hope not. So, why the double standard?” He continued on that this latest title from ABC was a part of popular trend to name television programs with offensive titles. In regards to the “B” word, Mr. Winter brought to light this statistic: “On prime time broadcast TV, use of the b-word alone increased from 431 instances in 1998 to 1,277 in 2007.”
Good Christian Bitches is based on the book of the same name by Kim Gatlin. The News series, dubbed a “sexy soap”, will feature actress Leslie Bibb, who will star as Amanda, a mother of two who returns to her old neighborhood after an embarrassing divorce. Remembered and disliked by her old classmates as their former high school bully, Amanda returns with hopes of winning over her old schoolmates. Not only does she fail in winning over her old classmates, she soon finds herself the center of vicious gossip within the Christian community.
With a series like this to soon air on mainstream television, many Christians are asking why television networks feel they have the right to attack those of the Christian faith so openly, and believe there will be no recourse. Pressure from PTC and American Family Association (AFA) has caused ABC to abbreviate the title for now to GBC, but that hasn’t offered any relief to campaigners hoping to get the program off of the air. “The name of the show is offensive to Christians, it's insulting and demeaning, it's misrepresentative of the Christian community–not just that, I think it's insulting to all women,” said AFA spokesman Randy Sharp, on a recent Fox News interview.
Those who want to stand in support of the AFA in their efforts to reach out to ABC and Disney and have a show that mocks those who practice the Christian faith off of the air can sign a petition at www.afa.net. The petition already has over 120,000 signatures.