GCB called ‘a sex-filled attack on Christians, conservatives, Texans,’ but is it any good?


I’m reporting this because I want to give a little love to the new ABC show GCB, not because I think these complaints are particularly worth paying attention to. I saw the pilot episode of GCB on Sunday night, because if you put the word “bitches” in your TV show, you know I’m going to give it a chance. It was campy and over the top, but I really enjoyed it and will keep watching. (Most of my favorite shows are either winding down or over for the season, so it’s a welcome addition.) Of course at least one group is up in arms over GCB, short for “Good Christian Bitches,” probably just because it pairs the words “bitches” with “Christians,” but tries to sanitize it a little by abbreviating it. The only sex in the pilot episode (spoiler I guess, although it’s a minor one) was between a married woman and her husband. Oh and there was the intro segment with a guy driving his car over a cliff while getting a bj from his mistress. I guess I forgot that one. Anyway this one watchdog group, which also hates Glee, went off on GCB, but I doubt they saw it. Star Kristin Chenoweth made the same point.

Kristin Chenoweth’s new primetime show GCB has been called “the new Desperate Housewives,” a “catty suburban and humorous drama,” and a “modern day soap opera,” but RadarOnline.com can exclusively reveal that one conservative group has much harsher words to describe it.

“Trying to find one bad point to discuss in the foul and hateful GCB is like trying to find one individual liberal in Hollywood. You can’t. There are too many,” Dan Gainor of the Culture and Media Institute told RadarOnline.com in an exclusive interview on Monday.

“GCB short for ‘Good Christian Bitches,’ is a sex-filled attack on Christians, conservatives and Texans, especially.”

As RadarOnline.com previously reported, GCB is based on the book Good Christian Bitches by Kim Gatlin, and tells the story of one-time mean girl Amanda Vaughn (Leslie Bibb) who returns to her hometown of Dallas after the death of her Ponzi-scheming husband. Amanda has changed her ways, but the girls she left behind — former ugly duckling Carlene (Chenoweth), insecure Sharon (Jennifer Aspen) and glamorous Heather (Marisol Nichols) — won’t forgive and forget.

Packed full of sex, plastic surgery and bible-quoting women in haute couture, the show is already ruffling feathers within a day of the ABC show’s premiere on Sunday.

Gainor went on to slam a specific plotline that has caused outcry among many family values groups involving one of Carlene’s rich girlfriends, who knowingly married a gay man (played by Mark Deklin) who keeps his sexuality secret from the church-going community, and is really in love with a ranch foreman, not his designer-clad wife.

“The gay plotline is just one more way that the ‘writers’ who scripted this garbage can attack those they hate — and that seems like a long list. Next time they should try less bile and something better than a Keeping Up With The Kardashians level script,” said Gainor.

A good Christian girl in real life, Tony winner Chenoweth defended GCB’s controversial story lines and homosexual character.

“The Bible tells us that we’re not supposed to judge, and people shouldn’t judge before seeing the show,” she told ABCNews.com. “I’m a Christian, I think that’s pretty well known, and I would never do anything that I think crossed the line.

“I’d say go to church and take a look around the room and see if you see any women who might be married to a man who might be gay,” she went on to say. “I’d say be very careful of judging someone who’s in marriage who is gay because they don’t want to be told they’re going to hell. I think that happens and I think it’s horrible.”

The Broadway star turned TV actress compared the scandal-filled soap to “chocolate cake and dessert,” and thinks that it is a delicious drama even if the racy plot riles up her right wing fans.

Thanks to her musical success, Chenoweth has a huge gay following which she embraces as much as her Christian fans, and reminds anyone who criticizes her about that of a motto that her grandmother used to say.

“Even as a young child, I thought, ‘Why is being gay bad?,’” she said. “I didn’t understand it. So I asked my grandma, who is the best Christian I ever knew. I’d say, ‘What about my friend Denny, he’s gay, is he going to hell?’ She told me, ‘I read the Bible like I eat fish. I take the meat that serves me well but I don’t choke on the bone.’”

[From Radar]

I love what she said about enjoying the meat of the bible and not choking on the bone! Chenoweth is awesome in that show, and she basically plays the head bitch. My only concern for GCB is that the characters eventually evolve and don’t remain stale cardboard cutouts. I want to feel more sympathy for Chenoweth’s character and learn more of her backstory. I’d like to have my opinion of her character change. This is a trashy soap opera, though, not Downton Abbey. It’s superficial and so enjoyable.

As far as the criticism goes, I doubt anyone thinks this is a generalization about Christians or that it’s even particularly realistic. It’s a TV show, and the characters go to church and act catty. They stand up and make testimonies in church that are aimed at cutting their enemies down. It’s fun to watch but not at all likely. On FX’s “Justified” one of the main characters is a very religious crime kingpin who used to be a white supremacist, but you don’t hear anyone complaining that his character is an attack on Christians.

GCB’s pilot ratings were decent, but not fabulous. Unless the numbers pick up it probably won’t have a second season.

 

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  1. Lauren says:

    I actually liked the show. Kristin Chenoweth is so funny to me and I love Annie Potts playing the mom. I hope the show makes it because I think it has potential.

  2. Asli says:

    I love this show. Kristin’s hilarious.

  3. kristipistol says:

    Don’t hold that against all Christians, it sounds cool, I didn’t watch but might start

  4. margie says:

    I loved it! It was easy to watch and kept me entertained, and it was eye candy. I hope it gets picked up and we get to see things continue and develop.

  5. Laurabb says:

    Loved it! I hope it sticks around for awhile.

  6. Fabianne says:

    I thought the show was hilarious. Grandma Gigi is a hoot.

  7. The Original Mia says:

    As a Southern Baptist, I thought it was hilarious. Because…let me tell you, there’s a whole lot of hypocrisy going on in the church. Most of the upstanding parishioners are the biggest sinners.

  8. TheOriginalVictoria says:

    I refuse to watch this show or any ABC show on the grounds of them axing One Life To Live and All My Children.

    ABCD is racist. They had a perfectly good and exciting interracial couple on their show that was John and Evangeline, and it actually brought people back to watching. And instead of exploring that, they let their dumbf’k focus groups and their evil plan to get rid of the soaps and anyway get in the way of what people actually wanted to see on their screen.

    Because John and Natalie were not the business. And everyone knows that REG (who was Evangline) had chemistry with everything male and doorpost on the show.

    ABCD is racist and I refuse to support a network that doesn’t support its African-American viewers. I watch the shows I can’t go without FOR FREE and I buy nothing from their sponsors!

    Rant over.

  9. Erinn says:

    I loved the show. If it’s insulting to them, it’s probably because it’s hitting too close to home. I do understand that a lot of people aren’t like the ones portrayed on the show… but a lot are. There’s ALWAYS that ‘christian’ who is one of the worst sinners around, and there’s always a few major gossips in the church. These characters might be a bit of a characature of those, but it’s done in a really entertaining way.

    I can’t stand glee, so they can go back to being up in arms over that one haha. I’ll definitely be watching it again.

  10. lucy2 says:

    I watched because I love Kristin Chenoweth, and she was great in this, but I ended up liking the show as a whole more than I expected to. It was kind of fun and snarky and a bunch of mean girls trying to one up each other and try to act morally superior at the same time.

    I didn’t see it as an attack on anything – except maybe hypocrisy. Maybe for those upset by it, it hit a little too close to home? (Like minds, Erin!)

    Also – CB, thanks for any mention of Justified. I freaking love that show! The writing and acting is amazing.

  11. Jennifer says:

    I loved it and didn’t think twice about the Christianity in the show…I know lots of hypocritical religious folks and I assumed it was very common!

  12. Obvious says:

    This show made me laugh, i’m in. =)

  13. Lady_Luck says:

    well for one objective viewpoint…

    How do you think the producers and the show itself would far if it was renamed it GMB with the ‘M’ standing for ‘Muslims’? featuring some arab woman who decided to leave behind her religious ways and go on a sex-filled escapade. You can guarantee there would be fatwahs on the heads of every actor and producer on the show and firebombing of the production studios – not to mention burning of effigies on the streets. We would never hear the end of it.

    That is why Christians/Christianity is an easy target for hollywood. Generally speaking, the hollywood producers/script writers won’t be living in fear of violent repurcussions.

    Food for thought.

  14. Lady_Luck says:

    Double standards. You gotta love ‘em.

  15. txmom says:

    Ha! Living in Texas, it is so true that the people squawking the most about their Christian values are often the most unloving, catty, hypocritical and un-Christ-like people around. Nothing against sincere Christians, there are lots of them, too, but they don’t go ON and ON and ON about it, they are too busy caring about their deeds to blow all their efforts on words.

  16. Abby says:

    I’m a christian living in Dallas and I personally loved the show. It’s a satire. I feel like it’s desperate housewives in Texas. I laughed out loud a lot and there was plenty of pearl-clutching. I hope it keeps going. It’s just fun.

  17. some bitch says:

    I grew up Catholic. The similarities between this show (which is clearly not meant to be taken too seriously) and the behaviour of the bitchy doctor’s wives on Sunday morning were pretty hilarious.

  18. Mitch Buchanan Rocks says:

    The lady with the brown hair could be Christina Hendricks clevage rival.

  19. hanna meyer says:

    I grew up on Swiss Avenue (the street on the show) in Dallas and went to Highland Park High School– the cattiest, most ludicrously materialistic, meanest, and officially the most densely populated Republican spot on the American map. I am Jewish (Ok, half Jewish), and spent my entire childhood fending off both earnest and mean-spirited attempts to convert me, name calling, announcements that I was going to go hell (at horse riding camp!), and outright exclusion. My brother emailed to say WATCH THIS SHOW! He says it gets every detail correct and I cannot wait to relish every moment of socially competitive hypocritical Christian conservatism. People from normal places: what goes on in Dallas might seem over the top, but that is the truth of the place.

  20. Cinesnatch says:

    I’m for any kind of humor, if it’s funny. This show was JPA: Just Plain Awful. I tuned out after 30 minutes of giving it my full attention.

  21. Darlene says:

    I was born and raised and still live in Texas and I LOVE this show and it’s PERFECT. <3 I hope it runs for years.

  22. garvels says:

    I just love it when Hollywood bashes conservatives and Christians. It is so entertaining.-Sarcasm!

  23. Maxx says:

    my fav quote of the piece ” Next time they should try less bile and something better than a Keeping Up With The Kardashians level script” burn pimp mama kris… lol

  24. ol cranky says:

    I hate to burst your persecution-complex bubble but Muslims are bashed on TV daily here in the US – all you need to do is listen to the vitriol that comes out of the mouths of right wing political & religious leaders and their pundits.

    As for GCB, we all love that schadenfreude and the “Christian” religious right provide so many examples, I don’t see why a TV show shouldn’t be permitted to capitalize on it for laughs

    • Asiyah says:

      Thank you, Cranky! Muslims are criticized and put down on a daily basis in this country, especially in the media. So are African Americans, Latinos, and other minority groups and/or religions. As a Latina Muslim (yes, that exists. no, I am not married) I get backlash and stereotyped in American media all the time by no less than members of the far left AND the far right. If you’re going to dish the criticism, make sure you are willing to take it.

  25. Emily says:

    Okay, I’m Christian and I actually LOVED the show! I think it has potential, but like Celebitchy said, it all depends on whether or not they do any sort of character development.

    I’m fine with watching bitchy Christian characters (because let’s face it, bitchy Christians *do* exist) as long as they’re not one-dimensional stereotypes.

  26. Dimebox says:

    I am a lifelong Texan, and Christian. This show cracked me up! It reminded me of the “bless her heart” snarkiness I heard from my aunts…” Liza would be right pretty if she just got her teeth fixed, bless her heart.” “Yes, that sweet child could eat corn on the cob through a picket fence, God bless her.” And if a woman says she needs to share something with you out of Christian love, watch out for the knife in your back, because that bitch is making trouble!

  27. truthful says:

    Hilarious, I love this show!!
    can’t wait to see it on Sunday.

    I enjoyed it much better than desperate housewives.

    pls do not add Longoria to this show, please!

  28. LondonLady says:

    I liked the show, but I thought it lacked depth AND I was really turned off by some of the reviews on itunes where people said that no one has Southern Belle accents in Dallas, let alone the Highlands area. THat kind of lack of authenticity for me is a major turn off, although I realise it is of course a paraody.

  29. Rosalee says:

    LOVED IT!! and Annie Potts is great as GG I have some southern girlfriends and they are bitchy, funny, adorable, the wackiest, kindest, generous and so sweet you can get cavities just by breathing the same air – Bless their hearts, love them a tad more then my northern sisters.

  30. SamiHami says:

    I think they need to actually advertise it if they want it to succeed past one season. I have not seen one single ad or commercial for this program. I never even heard of it until this story.

    If it fails it will probably be less about how “controversial” it is and more about people just not even knowing it exists.

    • Abby says:

      really? Maybe it’s the shows I watch, or the fact that I live in Dallas, but I can’t spit without hitting a GCB billboard and I’ve memorized the commercials. I felt like I was hogtied to watch.

      and… I apologize for Texas slang.

  31. Flounder says:

    I loved it!! It’s clearly not meant to be taken seriously…I hope it picks up!

  32. Rux says:

    I liked the pilot, it had the accomplishment of being cheesy with a funny bone stuck in it. I am going to keep watching. I disliked Desperate Housewives but find this show a pinch off of it but so much funnier and lighthearted fun. Chenworth is hysterical.