What do you get when you combine the writer of Steel Magnolias with the creator of Sex and the City? The answer? Just another heartwarming television drama complete with the slamming of the Christian faith. No, your eyes and ears are not deceiving you. ABC’s newest sitcom titled GCB has managed to fly under the radar without too much uproar. The sitcom is based off a book called Good Christian B*tches written by Kim Gatlin. At first ABC intended to use this original title, but controversy caused it to change to Good Christian Belles, which was then simplified to GCB, allowing the real title to shine through without coming off as “too offensive.”
As if the title is not offensive enough, the entire show essentially centers on demeaning the Christian faith by plastering a cross and the name Christian to hypercritical women on a Hollywood television show. The show first aired March 4, 2012 and follows the events of a former high school mean queen bee as she moves back to her Texas hometown after the death of her cheating husband. As the title suggests, the characters in the show all claim to be good Christians who attend church and wear their diamond studded crosses. Outside the church it is a different story as the women are seen behaving in the most appalling ways. The show merely represents another sitcom drama revolving around sex, gossip, wealth, revenge, and the depletion of morality. This one however comes with a twist in that it cleverly incorporates Christianity and successfully makes a mockery of it.
The women of GCB also live by their own self-proclaimed 10 commandments including idolizing anything expensive, taking pride in displaying their bodies, and of course desiring the man next door, even if he’s married. Kristin Chenoweth, a supposed Christian in real life affirms, “The show isn’t offensive. The Bible tells us we’re not supposed to judge and people shouldn’t judge before seeing the show. I’m a Christian… and I would never do anything that I think crossed the line.” (Bigler, 2012). Chenoweth plays the character of Carlene Cockburn, (Coincidental name? I think not.) the shows primary protagonist who is judgmental, nasty, vengeful, and addicted to plastic surgery. These miniscule flaws can be overlooked of course because she regularly attends church on Sunday mornings.
GCB has been hailed as being the next Desperate Housewives and “funny, sassy, and heartwarming.” The wholesome values of the show manage to twist biblical scripture to conform to the show’s secular ideals. Aside from the gossiping mean girls storyline, the show also follows smaller key plots such as homosexuality and infidelity. With so much of the media pumping out shows such as this, it is no wonder we are a nation consumed with sexual acceptance, contraception demands, skyrocketing divorce rates, and the approval of living without self-control.
This show perhaps stands above others though because of its usage of the Christian name. The show single handedly displays the Christian faith as one big joke, which a majority of society already buys into. As if Hollywood and the media have not degraded God enough, they have now managed to create an entire series categorized as funny and charming to further wage their campaign against faith.
In short, GCB is just what the doctor ordered for society: Another show with the demoralization of values and self-respect.
ps: I’ve never watched an episode of Desperate Housewives : ) Seems really dumb!!