Thursday, March 8, 2012

The Media Shrugs off ABC’s “Good Christian Bitches” but They Get Mad at Rush Limbaugh for Saying “Slut?”

Since the whole Limbaugh-calling-Sandra-Fluke-a-slut-and-a-prostitute backlash is still going on, let’s talk about misogyny, offensiveness and degradation.

And let’s actually get real when we do.

Last year, right around this time actually, ABC announced it was adding a new series to its line-up based off of Kim Gatlin’s novel, “Good Christian Bitches.”

At the time, the larger media didn’t care. There was no censure from Obama, no day’s-long criticism from CNN, and no demands from big-name feminists to boot it before it went public.

The show has since debuted – though under the abbreviation “GCB,” as if that’s somehow less offensive – and, again, there really wasn’t a peep of protest outside of conservative circles. But we’re still getting on Limbaugh for calling a woman (singular) a “slut” and a “prostitute?”

Seriously? Seriously?

At least sluts and prostitutes are still categorically human beings. Not so much with bitches, which are nasty animals quite literally asking for “it.” Also, Rush Limbaugh made a pretty decent case, if I do say so myself, for why Sandra Fluke (singular) was not exactly the crème de la crème. And he has repeatedly attacked masculine examples of sexual impropriety as well, exposing (Pun intended. Groan. Groan.) Bill Clinton, John Edwards, Elliot Spitzer, Anthony Weiner, et al, in their turn.

What excuse does ABC have when it doesn’t directly address the self-righteous, hypocritical, unlikable and downright mean women – and men – outside of the Christian faith?

But GCB star and self-proclaimed Christian Kristin Choweth says the show doesn’t need an excuse, since it isn’t offensive in the first place. “The Bible tells us that we’re not supposed to judge,” she told, “and people shouldn’t judge before seeing the show.”

By her logic, then, common sense and common courtesy are completely unnecessary tools. By her logic, it’s ok to run a program starring a woman of different religious affiliation on a show titled “Good Jewish, Muslim, Hindu or Buddhist Bitches.” And by her logic, liberals shouldn’t judge Limbaugh until they actually tune in to hear his program.

Of course, that last point actually makes sense, since there is nothing automatically offensive in Rush Limbaugh’s show title or general message, as anyone who actually listened would know.

It’s really difficult to say the same for a show titled “Good Christian Bitches” – abbreviated or not – that features catty women quoting the Bible and Christian slogans to excuse their nasty behavior.

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