Thursday, March 10, 2011

Ozzie and Harriet Do Not Live Here Anymore: ABC's "Good Christian Bitches" in the Works

The devolution (no, make that degradation) of American culture continues.

Today, the Parents Television Council called for members and concerned citizens to take action against Disney-owned ABC by signing a petition to protest the offensive title of its pilot, “Good Christian Bitches.”

“ABC’s decision is not only an affront to women, it blatantly attacks the world’s largest faith. 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. Regardless of whether the title ultimately makes it to broadcast, ABC has publicly proclaimed its values and it has tarnished the Disney brand,” said PTC President Tim Winter.

“Would ABC even consider another faith to denigrate?  Would they even consider a program title or a plot line based on ‘Bitches’ who were Muslim, Hindu, Jewish or Buddhist? I suspect not, and I certainly hope not.  So why the double standard?

“Unfortunately, this show is just one example of a larger trend. ABC already pounced on another pilot titled ‘Don’t Trust the Bitch in Apartment 23.’ From Investigation Discovery’s ‘Who the [Bleep] Did I Marry?’ to CBS’ ‘$#*! My Dad Says,’ it’s clear the pattern will continue unless Americans speak out and advertisers come to their senses.

“This is the latest strike in what appears to be a concerted effort to popularize profanity on network television. On prime time broadcast TV, use of the b-word alone increased from 431 instances in 1998 to 1,277 in 2007.

“Unless or until ABC realizes that its decision about ‘Good Christian Bitches’ was misguided, PTC will use every method at its disposal to turn advertisers and viewers away from a provocative title that compromises respect for both women and Christians in an attempt to draw ratings,” Winter concluded.

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Anne Sweeney, President
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