I first fell in like with Kristin Chenowith when she was a cast member on “Pushing Daisies,” the charming comedy-fantasy series that aired on ABC for three seasons. I liked her even more when she came out as a Christian, an affirmation, she says, that carries “a bad connotation” in Hollywood.
That’s why I am disappointed to see her starring in the new ABC comedy-drama, “GCB,” that is not nearly as charming as “Pushing Daises.” In fact, the new show, which debuted yesterday, which is based on the scurrilous book “Good Christian Bitches,” is an over-the-top insult to the majority of the Christian women I know who are imperfect, but who strive to follow faithfully after their Lord and Savior.
Chenowith’s character, Carlene Cockburn, is the Queen B of the GCBs. When an old high school classmate, Amanda Vaughn, returns to theDallasneighborhood where the GCBs live and behave in a decidedly un-Christ-like manner, they conspire to make her life hell.
They gossip about the circumstances of her return to Big D; how her husband died after driving off a cliff with his mistress, with whom he was in the midst of a sex act. They feel justified in their gossiping, in their mean-spiritedness because Amanda actually gossiped about them, was mean to them when they were all back in high school.
I have no doubt there are church-going Christian women just like the GCBs – judgmental, unforgiving, scandal-mongering. But my experience is that such Christian women are the exception, not the rule.
Many, if not most, non-Christians may feel otherwise. And a television series like GCB, although entirely make-believe, only reinforces their negative views of Christians, the “bad connotation” Chenowith notes.
What particularly troubles is that Chenowith somehow thinks it perfectly fine to star in a sitcom that denigrates Christian women because she counts herself a Christian, as does show creator Bob Harling.
Harling “wouldn’t do anything that steps over the line,” said Chenowith, adding, “and neither would I.”
Well, it remains to be seen what constitutes stepping over the line for Harling and Chenowith. The debut episode of GCB is not very encouraging.