That adorable actress Kristin Chenoweth and a group of talented writers and actors have found themselves in the middle of a swirling spiritual storm with their new show GCB. Its family friend title is Good Christian Belles but it’s based on the book Good Christian B*tches by Kim Gatlin. If you haven’t seen it yet, surely you’ve heard about it, with everyone from the likes of the One Million Moms and churches around the country to presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich blasting it both barrels.
Why? Glad you asked..
The show’s premise is about a group of women who attended high school together. One of them, the mean girl of the group, moved away and when she comes back under less than ideal circumstances and is forced to live with her mother, the Holy hijinks ensure.
But is this really worth getting that worked up over? This weekend, while watching and tweeting about the show (yep, I am a fan) I came across this piece, written by David Kenney, the Senior pastor at Walden Community Church in Montgomery, Texas.
Pastor Kenney makes some very valid points that other groups (those protesting the loudest?) seem to have overlooked. As he points out the show is not making fun of ALL Christians, but a specific type and you know who they are; the ones who know The Word, say they love The Word but don’t live The Word.
Do GCB’s exist? Abso-freakin-lutley! Is this show a caricature of those ladies? Of course it is….as are ALL TV shows. Because, (and let’s all say it together) “It’s television!” Do you think television caricatures the modern family, gays, actors, talk show hosts, news anchors, activists, politicians and cat lovers? Yes! It’s entertainment, it’s parody, we love to laugh at the distorted “truth” of the world around us.
I can tell you as a former news anchor, it kills me to see the industry portrayed on TV. I can also say with a fair degree of certainty that none of my gay friends look, act, squeal and carry on the way they do on the small screen. You see it’s called SATIRE people, it’s supposed to be over the top. It has to be to garner much attention.
Pastor Kenney does take some exception with the show, namely the raunchy parts and producers are pushing that envelope pretty hard. But personally I think his candor and ability to laugh at what’s being portrayed, is more inviting and than those who get righteously indignant then take their ball, bat and Bible and run home. And honestly, it does make me wonder why a show about the do-as-I-say, not-as-I-do set would make them so uncomfortable.
What do you think? Have you seen the show? Thoughts? Is it blasphemy or just Hollywood doing what it does best?
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