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The book that inspired ABC's 'GCB': Clever or Offensive?
ew.com ^ | March 4, 2012 | Breia Brissey

Posted on 03/07/2012 8:43:45 AM PST by ilovesarah2012

GCB, ABC’s new dramedy starring Kristin Chenoweth, Leslie Bibb, and Annie Potts, premieres tonight at 10 p.m. Earlier this year, GCB‘s executive producer Robert Harling told reporters that the show would remain respectful. ”The goal is to watch these people try to be good. What we emphasize is that we will never ever look at this in any other way than the most respectful as possible. We will never ever be disrespectful.” But it seems highly unlikely that the show won’t offend at least some people. So before the, um, Bitches make their TV debut, we decided to take a look at the novel that inspired it all. Good Christian Bitches, by Kim Gatlin, tells the tale of the recently divorced Amanda Vaughn. Amanda flees her Southern California home—and cheating husband—to restart her life in Hillside Park, the uppity Dallas neighborhood where she grew up.

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KEYWORDS: christophobia; gcb; goodchristianbitches
I am outraged! When do Christians stand up and say "enough is enough!?
1 posted on 03/07/2012 8:43:47 AM PST by ilovesarah2012
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To: ilovesarah2012

Can’t wait for the premiere of Good Muslim Bitches.

Oh, wait...


2 posted on 03/07/2012 8:46:08 AM PST by Retired Greyhound (.)
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To: ilovesarah2012

Waiting for ABC to televize GMB.

(Good MUSLIM Bitches)


3 posted on 03/07/2012 8:48:14 AM PST by Responsibility2nd
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To: ilovesarah2012

ABC - Always Baloney and Crap


4 posted on 03/07/2012 8:48:14 AM PST by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: ilovesarah2012

Sure sounds like a mad-cap and cutting-edge show! Haw haw... How bold of ABC! Glad they’re better than that evil Rush Limbaugh.


5 posted on 03/07/2012 8:48:56 AM PST by AD from SpringBay (We deserve the government we allow.)
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To: ilovesarah2012
I am outraged! When do Christians stand up and say "enough is enough!?

We do that constantly ... it gets ignored. That, or we get called "intollerant bigots" or "haters" or something like that.

6 posted on 03/07/2012 8:48:59 AM PST by al_c (http://www.blowoutcongress.com)
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To: ilovesarah2012

I suppose if Rush Limbaugh had merely called Sandra Fluke a “bitch”, rather than a “slut”, all would be well.


7 posted on 03/07/2012 8:49:42 AM PST by Retired Greyhound (.)
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To: ilovesarah2012
ABC (Already Been Chewed) will pump millions into producing and promoting this clunker, which will titillate a few trailer-bound morons for an episode or two before vanishing into Nielsen oblivion.

Advertisers dropped Rush Limbaugh for using the word "slut." But we're supposed to support advertisers that endorse the use of "Bitches" on network TV?

Not likely.

8 posted on 03/07/2012 8:51:29 AM PST by IronJack (=)
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To: ilovesarah2012

I’m looking forward to GMB (Good Muslim Bitches). The great story lines like Hijab or not. What to wear to a beheading. Beatings aren’t just for fun anymore. And a real favorite, how many women must go together if you leave the house and who drove? Yeper, just grab your prayer rug and belly laugh.

Offensive? Poor taste? Ridicule of religion? Have you seen GCB?


9 posted on 03/07/2012 8:51:52 AM PST by Steamburg (The contents of your wallet is the only language Politicians understand.)
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To: ilovesarah2012

The ratings were mediocre, if it has the normal post premier slide it’ll get canceled. There’s your “enough is enough”.


10 posted on 03/07/2012 8:52:23 AM PST by discostu (I did it 35 minutes ago)
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To: All

just from the commercials this is a 100% skippable show.

There is ZERO reason to watch it or to support advertisers who pay for ad time.

ABC is trying to find a way to make money without viewers.


11 posted on 03/07/2012 8:52:23 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: ilovesarah2012

Not to worry. Christians did stand up and said, “enough is enough” when they didn’t watch the show. They had very poor ratings on Sunday night. It won’t be on for long. I would rather people vote with their tv’s than complaining all the time. It is much more effective.


12 posted on 03/07/2012 8:52:29 AM PST by napscoordinator (A moral principled Christian with character is the frontrunner! Congrats Santorum!)
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To: ilovesarah2012
Won't be watching. Thunderstorms in the area tonight. Don't wanna get struck down in the Lazy Boy...
13 posted on 03/07/2012 8:53:42 AM PST by gov_bean_ counter (Romney - Santorum: Twin Sons of Different Mothers...)
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To: blueunicorn6
ABC - Always Baloney and Crap

Yep. For instance, here are some of the shows found on ABC Family ...

What I Like About You
That 70s Show
Mean Girls
Pretty Little Liars
The Lying Game
Secret Life of the American Teenager
The Bachelor

Hardly anything I'd allow my kids to watch.

14 posted on 03/07/2012 8:55:06 AM PST by al_c (http://www.blowoutcongress.com)
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To: ilovesarah2012

Who are the advertisers. They don’t get to say, “oops we made a ,mistake either.” The title alone should be enough.


15 posted on 03/07/2012 8:55:16 AM PST by Leep (Dueling tag lines=don't worry,you'll be a vegetable guy soon<>It's gonna be a Newt day!)
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To: Leep

Who are the advertisers. They don’t get to say, “oops we made a mistake” either.
The title alone should have been enough.


16 posted on 03/07/2012 8:56:34 AM PST by Leep (Dueling tag lines=don't worry,you'll be a vegetable guy soon<>It's gonna be a Newt day!)
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To: ilovesarah2012
Christianity Today Finds Title Good Christian Bitches in "Bad Taste," But Not Offensive By Robert Wilonsky Mon., May 9 2011 at 5:54 PM ​I swear to Go ... well, OK, I promise there won't be an item about Sex and the City creator Darren Star's adaptation of Kim Gatlin's book every day. But perhaps you recall: Back in early March Donald and Tim Wildmon's American Family Association gave the series a pre-pilot publicity push by demanding an advertiser boycott and insisting that even if (which is to say when) ABC changes the name, "the content will still mock people of faith." The next day, the Parents Television Council came out and said, "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." Which is why, since it's looking more and more likely that ABC will pick up the Park Cities-set series, major media outlets are beginning to take note of the series and Gatlin's book (since most people aren't even aware the show's based on one). Hence today's Christianity Today editorial, which says, look, even though "the groups' indignation is understandable," maybe the title's not so bad after all. The show is based on a book of the same name by Kim Gatlin, a professing Christian from Dallas, whose circle of Southern Baptist friends engages in a lot of gossip, some of it quite mean-spirited. "All Southern girls are taught to love Jesus, but just because we're Christians doesn't mean we're perfect," she told Newsweek. Gatlin says her book's title "is not mocking God. It's mocking those of us who love God and don't always make the best choices to honor him." On her website, Gatlin says she intends to "put a voice to the downside of gossip ... but with a message that she hopes will resonate with women everywhere." Her book's title is in bad taste, but her subject demands our attention. The book's title is arresting precisely because it should be an oxymoron. Unfortunately, even "good" Christians do and say nasty things, which look ugly to fellow believers and puzzle a watching world that rightly believes Christians should be above gossip, slander, and general meanness.
17 posted on 03/07/2012 8:57:25 AM PST by pabianice (")
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To: al_c

These shows come out of California with the suits running the show running out of NYC.

You can’t get more divorced from reality unless you are in a NYC newsroom. (CNN FNC CBS MSNBC CNBC FBC NYT)

Madison avenue has moved from sex sells into deviant sex sells.


18 posted on 03/07/2012 9:00:23 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: ilovesarah2012

Couldn’t find what “GCB” stood for until now.


19 posted on 03/07/2012 9:03:31 AM PST by madison10
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To: madison10

how many of rush’s ex sponsors are sponsors of ABC tv’s “bitch” show?


20 posted on 03/07/2012 9:07:42 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: ilovesarah2012

Chenowith (the main actress), says she’s a Christian and was hesitant at first, but then read the script and thought it was great. Of course, any time I’ve heard her open her yap, she has sound rather liberal to me.


21 posted on 03/07/2012 9:11:59 AM PST by Thorliveshere
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To: ilovesarah2012

The show GCB is an affront to all Real Christians and violates our First Amendment Rights to practice Christianity.

We need to put pressure on ABC and our Republican representatives in Washington to pull this vile anti Christian trash off the air.


22 posted on 03/07/2012 9:22:59 AM PST by Uncle Slayton
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To: Retired Greyhound

Ha! You’d see JLI before-JAPS of Long Island!


23 posted on 03/07/2012 9:31:06 AM PST by Dr. Ursus
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To: madison10

The book GCB stood for Good Christian Bitches. The television show slightly changed it to Good Christian Belles. It is almost always referred to as GCB.


24 posted on 03/07/2012 9:39:38 AM PST by AceMineral (Some people are too stupid for their own good.)
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To: Uncle Slayton

government has nothing to do with this.

The suits decided deviant sex sells and advertisers believe people who buy their products watch this stuff.

If you want it pulled, pull the money.

Remember the golden rule, he with the gold makes the rules.


25 posted on 03/07/2012 9:40:01 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: ilovesarah2012

Today for sure


26 posted on 03/07/2012 9:44:07 AM PST by silverleaf (Funny how all the people who are for abortion are already born)
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To: Steamburg
I’m looking forward to GMB (Good Muslim Bitches). The great story lines like Hijab or not. What to wear to a beheading. Beatings aren’t just for fun anymore. And a real favorite, how many women must go together if you leave the house and who drove? Yeper, just grab your prayer rug and belly laugh.

just built a web site to show that very hypocrisy (goodmuslimbitches.com). well, someone had to do it :-).

27 posted on 03/07/2012 9:47:39 AM PST by warpsmith (Palin/Rubio 2012 (sigh))
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To: AceMineral

that has all the sincerity of Obama’s mandatory abortion insurance “compromise”

no matter the lie, it is still the “bitch” show.


28 posted on 03/07/2012 9:48:41 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: ilovesarah2012

I know that sometimes supply creates its own demand. I’m not sure all that many people were, even secretly, harboring desires for “Sex And The City: Dallas Edition”.


29 posted on 03/07/2012 9:51:50 AM PST by RichInOC (No! BAD Rich! (What'd I say?))
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To: ilovesarah2012
Earlier this year, GCB‘s executive producer Robert Harling told reporters that the show would remain respectful.

Who needs to see the show when from the get-go, the title alone is enough to disgust most people. Respectful? I can only imagine what this dufus thinks is "respectful," given the vile title of the show.

30 posted on 03/07/2012 9:58:18 AM PST by Mean Maryjean
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To: ilovesarah2012

the left have now all gone out on war against Christianity, health insurance, programs, this crap, taking away certain holiday names.

And still we have millions of dopes in this country who will watch their local TV channel, not say a word, not send an e-mail, not boycott etc


31 posted on 03/07/2012 10:00:32 AM PST by manc (Marriage is between one man and one woman,It's not a conservative view but a true American view)
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To: pabianice

I saw the premier of the show. I grew up in Dallas, so I was curious. It is way over the top, but I will say there are some real bitter truths in the show.

I live in California. My kids are surrounded by Californian Christians. Liberals out here are crazy, but the Christain community is very, very faith filled and wonderful.

(I have plenty of Texas friends who are not like my family.)

Now that my kids are older and we visit family in Dallas, they cannot believe some of the antics of my “Christian” family. They are very, very gossipy. They drink a lot. They are very concerned about appearances.

I think if the main character of the show was a Christian who has redeemed herself, then I think it would be an okay show. However, the nice character in the show is just “ spiritual”.


32 posted on 03/07/2012 10:02:24 AM PST by luckystarmom
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To: Retired Greyhound

Or even a show called JAPs about Jewish women.


33 posted on 03/07/2012 10:02:43 AM PST by PapaBear3625 (In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act. - George Orwell)
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To: ilovesarah2012

I would observe that clever and offensive are not mutually exclusive. However, without wasting more time to investigate, I suspect in this case, it’s offensive only, and not very clever.


34 posted on 03/07/2012 10:31:14 AM PST by The_Reader_David (And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know. . .)
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To: ilovesarah2012

Just don’t watch...how good could it be anyway?


35 posted on 03/07/2012 11:46:58 AM PST by hattend (Jesus wants me to make churches pay for abortions. - Barack Obama)
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To: Thorliveshere
Chenowith (the main actress), says she’s a Christian and was hesitant at first, but then read the script saw how much the paycheck was and thought it was great [in this crappy economy].

Fixed it.

36 posted on 03/07/2012 11:50:55 AM PST by hattend (Jesus wants me to make churches pay for abortions. - Barack Obama)
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To: hattend

Haha! True that!


37 posted on 03/07/2012 1:56:29 PM PST by Thorliveshere
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