Should ABC Air Show Called Good Christian Bitches?

ABC is developing a pilot based on the novel Good Christian Bitches and predictably, the show is already being attacked for being offensive to both Christians and women.

The shitstorm may be a little premature, as the network hasn't even picked up the show yet. There's a good chance that it will become a series, since it's being produced by Darren Star and networks are always hunting for the next Sex and the City, however the title could definitely change.

According to the author's website, the book is:

The devilishly fun, yet strikingly honest, tale of Amanda Vaughn, a recently divorced mother of two. To get a fresh start, she moves back to the affluent Dallas neighborhood where she grew up. In an Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Desperate Housewives on steroids style, her old friends are already out to destroy her reputation.

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 Good Christian Bitches get the best of her, or will everyone see that these GCBs are as counterfeit as their travel jewelry?

This week Fox News reported on the "uproar," and quoted Christian publisher Tessie DeVore as saying,

"I find the title offensive. I don't think those two words should be combined... A show like this can damage perceptions [of Christians in this country]."

Yana Walton from the Women's Media Center added,

"It is not an appropriate term to use to describe any woman, regardless of their faith. Entertainment media, especially music and films, have been normalizing misogynistic language for years."

We've discussed issues surrounding the word "bitch" before, and concluded that there's no real consensus on whether it's always derogatory or has gone mainstream and lost its edge (see: "It's Britney, bitch.")

It seemed a little prudish when CBS turned Shit My Day Says into $#*! My Dad Says, but maybe it's better for ABC to err on the side of caution and rename the show. It's not like there's some clever wordplay in the title that will be lost without the word "bitches." And "Christian" isn't necessary either, since according to some reviewers the characters' religion isn't the focus (it's been described as a Desperate Housewives set in Dallas). Since the show isn't a masterpiece that must use offensive terms to make an artistic statement (as was the case with Britney's "Gimme More"), ABC might as well clean up the title. On the other hand, Good Christian Bitches isn't really the devastating attack on women and Christians that some outlets are making it out to be. Frankly, we're more depressed by the high number of waste of time shows that portray women as shallow bitches, even if they don't use use the word.

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Critics Slam ABC Pilot 'Good Christian Bitches' For 'Inappropriate,' 'Damaging' Title [Fox News]

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