The new ABC series “GCB” was marred by controversy from the start. The series was originally titled “Good Christian Bitches,” then watered down to “Good Christian Belles,” and then totally sanitized to “GCB.”
Now the show, which is characterized as “Desperate Housewives” goes to Texas, is being ridiculed by Christian and conservative groups as “a sex-filled attack on Christians, conservatives and Texans.”
Based on the novel “Good Christian Bitches,” the series revolves around Amanda, a former Dallasite who moves back home with her children after her husband dies in a car crash (while engaging in oral sex, mind you) and finds that her former Bible quoting, big-haired, wealthy friends are less than welcoming.
Dan Gainor of the Culture and Media Institute told RadarOnline that the show is filled to the brim with offensive stereotypes: “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,” he said.
One plot line in particular that features a closeted gay man married to a beautiful, Botoxed housewife is especially offensive, Gainor said.
“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,” he said. “Next time they should try less bile and something better than a ‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians’ level script.”
James Hirsen, a Christian commentator, wrote on Newsmax that “the show is mottled with characters that are shallow, vain, and hypocritical while claiming to be true believers,” he wrote. “When one of the show’s moms questions the propriety of a certain cheerleading outfit, Chenoweth’s character informs her that ‘cleavage helps your cross hang straight.'”
Hirsen also says the fact that the show airs on Sunday nights is also a slap in the face to Christians.
But ‘GCB’ star, Tony-winning actress and self-proclaimed Christian, Kristin Chenoweth, says that the show isn’t offensive.
“The Bible tells us that we’re not supposed to judge, and people shouldn’t judge before seeing the show,” Chenoweth 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.”