Will new TV- Show “Good Christian B—-es” push the edge of good taste? Publicity and press release have just started reaching desks and a collective inhalation of air has begun. If you just flinched at the title you are not alone. It appears Disney-owned ABC Studios has stirred up a hornet’s nest over plans to debut a new television series this fall tentatively titled “Good Christian B—-es “. Based on the book of the same name by author Kim Gatlin, the TV series is being made executive producer Darren Star, Emmy-winning creator of a several steamy TV hits, including “Melrose Place,” “Beverly Hills, 90210” and “Sex and the City.”
The pilot episode stars actress Leslie Bibb as Amanda, a mother of two and onetime “mean girl” in high school who returns home to Dallas following a scandalous divorce, only to discover she is the center of malicious gossip in the Christian community. The book’s website and promotional materials advertise the tagline: “Never let God get in the way of a good story.” Gatlin insists, however, her book is not meant to mock God, only “those of us who love God and don’t always make the best choices to honor him.”
“All Southern girls are taught to love Jesus, but just because we’re Christians doesn’t mean we’re perfect,” Gatlin told Newsweek in an interview. “In every affluent neighborhood and every trailer park you have people who are going to gossip and disappoint each other and betray one another. That’s just an ugly part of human nature.”
Turning Gatlin’s tale into a network TV series called “Good Christian B—-es,” however, has several groups furious over what they label as both obscene and denigrating.
“ABC’s decision is not only an affront to women, it blatantly attacks the world’s largest faith,” said Parents Television Council President Tim Winter in a statement. “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?” Winter asked. “Would they even consider a program title or a plot line based on ‘B—-es’ who were Muslim, Hindu, Jewish or Buddhist? I suspect not, and I certainly hope not. So why the double standard?”
It’s interesting that no cast pictures have been released yet. What do you think? Make sure to post in the comments how you feel.