HOLLYWOOD, Calif. "Good Christian Bitches," a new "dramedy" currently in pilot development for ABC has prompted a call for an advertiser boycott.
"The very title of this new series is an egregious display of religious bigotry, prejudice and bias," Tim Wildmon, president of the American Family Association, said in a statement released March 7. "Attorney General Eric Holder recently railed against 'stereotypical thinking' when it comes to public matters, but apparently ABC wasn't paying attention, and is perfectly willing to engage in blatant and inexcusable negative stereotypes when it comes to the Christian community."
According to the Hollywood Reporter actress Leslie Bibb has been hired to star in the series, which is being produced by executive producer, Darren Star, whose credits include "Sex and the City" and "90210." Other cast members include Annie Potts, who will portray Bibbs' mother, and Jennifer Aspen. The Hollywood Reporter said actress Christina Applegate was offered the lead but declined.
The plot, based on Kim Gatlin's book by the same name, follows a former high school "mean girl," who has the tables turned on her after she returns home to Dallas after her marriage ends in scandal. This time she's the target of salacious gossip from the community's churchgoing wives, the industry publication said.
Wildamon said the show's name underscores an obvious double standard when it comes to Christians and their faith.
"There's no chance ABC would approve a series entitled 'Good Muslim Bitches' or 'Good Jewish Bitches' or 'Good Black Bitches,' he said. "This is just more proof that Christians alone can now be targeted for the most offensive kind of bigoted discrimination, with approval from the very people who see themselves as paragons of tolerance.
"In fact, according to the left's own template, this entire series is a hate crime since it singles out one group of people for vitriol and abuse."
In an interview with Holly McKay on Fox News' website, Yana Walton from the Women's Media Center said Christians aren't the only ones who should be upset by the show's title.
"It is not an appropriate term to use to describe any woman, regardless of their faith," Walton said. "Entertainment media, especially music and films, have been normalizing misogynistic language for years."
In the same article, Dan Gainor, head of the Culture and Media Institute, said he was not at all surprised by the pilot and that it has already advanced to the casting stage.
"The media keeps trying to redefine words and morality to mean what they say, not what they really do mean," Gainor said. "One wonders which network will be the first to drop the F-bomb in a TV title and whether the FCC will even intervene."
If the pilot does proceed, Wildamon vows to boycott both national and local advertisers should ABC air the series. The pro-family advocacy group says it has 2.5 million online supporters.
"(We) will urge viewers in every community to contact their local ABC affiliate to strongly urge them not to broadcast this toxic waste," he said.