Watching a whole episode of ABC’s GCB, based on the book Good Christian B*tches, is like sitting through an hour of offensive blond jokes–only GCB is not funny. It mocks Christian women, stereotyping them as calculating, over-sexed, hypocritical, egotistical, silly and shallow. I had to watch because I’m not comfortable offering an opinion based on second hand knowledge. But I won’t watch again.
GCB is particularly offensive because it mocks my personal faith and blasphemes what I hold as sacred. The Office was a parody on different personalities of people we work with; I see myself and others depicted. I can laugh. GCB is a parody on people’s deepest held beliefs about life and God, a faith that Iranian pastor Youcef Nardarkhani may lose his life over. Is the faith of millions really fodder for a nonsensical comedy?
For example, picture a funeral where the Christian widower, instead of mourning the passing of his dear wife of many years, can’t wait to jump into bed with another woman, of course, a pillar of the church. The funeral dirge is none other than Amazing Grace but with a new set of words, an irreverent rendition. The slave trader, who penned these words as an expression of his grief over years of trafficking in human flesh, must have turned in his grave. Is this beloved hymn fodder for sacrilege? I don’t think so.
Now picture a church fundraiser. A famous singer, a name you would recognize, croons This Is The Gospel According To Me. I wanted to say to her, “Well, dear, you did not bring the gospel that changed millions of lives throughout history. You are not Jesus. The eras of time are not separated by your birthday: Before you and after you. Your song, particularly in that context, offended me.” Nothing is sacred on this show. Anything is fair game to mock.
I found the stereotyping of Christian women insulting, intolerant, unkind, and just plain wrong. Sure there are women, and men, in any group that shame and disappoint. Groups of people are just that, groups of imperfect people. But only Christian women could be characterized with such venom in America today and people think it’s funny. I want to ask, “What is wrong with you?” Can you imagine a show that stereotyped and mocked Jewish women, black women, or Muslim women? Why is such blatant prejudice acceptable?
As I watched, I listed the sponsors so I could remember who makes this show possible. I’m surprised at these companies. I’ve been a faithful customer of one of them but I’m cutting up my card and shopping at the competitor down the street. I’ll use a different soap, drink a different drink, and buy a different car now. Why should I invest in companies who mock my faith?
Yes, they are free to sponsor this kind of show, but is it appropriate, kind, wise, and responsible? I’m free to not watch it. But I’m grieved that some will watch it, adding to false caricatures of Christians as a whole. I’m free to spend my money elsewhere. I just informed the store where I usually shop that I won’t be shopping there again, but I did so graciously.
I can usually find something redeemable in someone’s attempt at art but not with GCB. I’ve never considered myself as activist, but GCB kindles fire in my belly. Why are we silent?