Is ABC’s “GCB” Degrading To Christian Women?

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As a daddy blogger, I take special effort to criticize when husbands and dads are negatively stereotyped in pop culture. Just the same, I will not be silent when I see the same thing happening to women and moms.

Well, it’s happening right now with the new TV show GCB on ABCIn a nation where women are the slight majority and up to 75% of the population identifies themselves as Christians, it’s not a good idea for the title of your program to be insulting to both women and Christians. (Look up “GCB” if you need to in the first link at the beginning of this paragraph.)

Here’s the irony though. If the very majority that the show attempts to satirize simply doesn’t watch the show, I can’t imagine that the program would be renewed for a second season. Mathematically it just wouldn’t make sense.

It would be nothing short of bigotry and bad taste to substitute the “C” for a “J” for Jewish or “A” for Asian. But because Christian women are the majority, they are evidently fair game.

But most importantly, according the trailer for GCB, the “Christian” women who serve as the protagonists are materialistic, back-stabbing, husband-stealing, plastic surgery obsessed gossips.

Do some women like that exist in Christian circles? Yes.

I guess I’m asking non-Christians an important question here: What is the true perception you have of the majority of Christian women you actually know in real life?

Despite there always being some not living up to major aspects of their faith, in general, is that really how Christian women should be generalized and therefore portrayed?

If so, would it be acceptable to make a show a sitcom about American Muslims who are training to be terrorists, instead of portraying them as honest, righteous, hard-working people; like the kind of Muslims I know in real life?

Ultimately, the entertainment industry wants to produce what makes money. If it takes mocking Christian women to do the job, then they will. Similarly, if they can make money off of 19 Kids and Counting on TLC, which legitimately features actual Christian women, then they will.

I don’t believe Hollywood is evil; they just want to be successful and profitable.

What’s more relevant to consider here is if there is a large enough audience out there willing to support the venture. And I just don’t imagine good Christian women wanting to watch GCB.

My wife, who is a good Christian woman, has already informed me she definitely will not be watching the show. But who knows? She’s only one of millions who feels the same way.

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  1. by Eunice

    On March 12, 2012 at 10:09 am

    The reason there are no comments so far is
    because it is not worth commenting in my opinion.
    We are too busy to watch something so demeaning.
    I imagine I am too old to be saying this.

  2. by Kathleen

    On March 12, 2012 at 11:43 am

    You hit the nail on the head when you said “substitute the ‘C’ for ‘A’ for Asian or ‘J’ for Jewish”. The cries of hate speech and bigotry would be heard from Boston to Los Angeles. But Christian women are fair game. It is sad that there are those stereotypical “Christians” that ABC is trying to lambast in this series. But there are many more good Christian women who give their time and energy to helping the poor, feeding the hungry, nursing the sick and elderly, working at disaster sites, etc. But those kind of women don’t produce ratings for TV shows. I hope ABC loses their shirts on this one, just like NBC lost it with that Playboy bunny series that tanked after a few episodes.

  3. by k

    On March 12, 2012 at 11:56 am

    Oh c’mon now, get over it. This is pure satire. No one ever cries when muslims/atheists/gays are made fun of. Congrats, you’re the majority, now please grow up and find a sense of humour.

  4. by Nikki

    On March 12, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    Give me a BREAK! Americans are so DILLUSIONAL! Always TRYING to FIGHT THE WRONG BATTLEs! GET OVER YOURSELVES!

  5. by Janic

    On March 12, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    The funny thing about this article is that you freely admit that there are such women who identify as Christian, just, perhaps, not the majority of women. Perhaps it would be worthwhile then to think of the show representing, in a, perhaps, exaggerated fashion those women. I don’t understand why a woman who does not fit this STEREOTYPE should be offended by being portrayed this way. It’s be like upset that Marge Simpson has blue hair when yours is blond (BTW, I wonder why those that do actually have blue hair aren’t upset at Fox over the persecuted. Oh, that’s right, because it would be ridiculous.)
    And as to the Good Asian B******, or Good Jewish B******, or Good Gay B******, guess what, the image has been stereotyped, satirized, and fictionalized in popular culture. They have also by turns been angered or dismissive about it. And life goes on.

  6. by Jen

    On March 14, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    Thank you for your blog. As a Christian couple, my husband and I are often shocked at how disrespectfully dads are portrayed in TV shows and commercials. GCB is similarly offensive because it satirizes real people in such a mean way that perpetuates stereotypes. The show offends me as both a woman and a Christian.

    Other posts here state that gays or Jews are similarly portrayed, but where is your proof?

    If someone else gets a cheap thrill out of it, then that is his/her choice. But it’s important to acknowledge that the shows we watch and the words we write reflect our hearts and characters.

  7. by Virginia

    On March 16, 2012 at 10:49 am

    I’m not a Christian, but I find the title of this show incredibly offensive. I won’t be watching it.

  8. by SallyB

    On March 17, 2012 at 12:24 pm

    The show makes a mockery of Christian women, as they are imagined by Hollywood. I have not met one person in my lifetime of going to church and about 38 yrs. of being a Christian, like those described. I won’t be watching this, I did for a few seconds, not knowing what it was, channel surfing and saw a woman being touched inappropriately in church and realized what show it was. I feel this show makes fun of people of faith, and that is unacceptable in the way it is being done. I try every day to live up to my ideals, I don’t do it perfectly, or even well, some days but I am trying. This show makes fun of me and all the others doing our best to follow God.

  9. by Lynn Rees

    On March 18, 2012 at 5:21 pm

    I think it is funny and I know I am a good Southern Christian Woman. I hope it stays on cause I laughed all the way through both episodes. Thank you ABC for good comedy and TV again.

  10. by Lynn Rees

    On March 18, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    I think it is funny and I know I am a good Southern Christian Woman. I hope it stays on cause I laughed all the way through both episodes. Thank you ABC for good comedy on TV again.

  11. by Winter

    On March 25, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    I think it is funny and for the most part right on target. I know far more christian women who have their plastic surgs on speed dial, have a fix on botox, are extremely superficial/shallow and can drink anyone under the table. yea this show fits, dont like it dont watch it. dont like what it shows then stop behaving in the way you are being portrayed.

    And let’s be real shall we, christians are notorious on slamming anyone not christians. As someone who follow Paganism/Wicca I can assure you that when it comes to making fun of other groups and persuction that they have cornered that market wholesale.

  12. by Song

    On May 15, 2012 at 10:59 am

    I agree with the things Lynn Rees and Winter said above. In addition, the show is satirically portraying a segment of Christian women, not all Christian women. For example, not all Christian women live in Texas, nor are all Christian women as wealthy as those in the show. And now I think I agree with the comments from Eunice. I have wasted my time pointing out the obvious.