Protest emerges over ABC pilot's title with 'b-word' and 'Christian' in it
The Parents Television Council is keeping busy, only this time it's taking aim against Disney-owned ABC to protest the title of its pilot, which makes use of the highly charged epithet.
“ABC’s decision is not only an affront to women, it blatantly attacks the world’s largest faith," said PTC President Tim Winter in a statement. "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."
The organization is urging members and "concerned citizens" to sign a petition in protest.
ABC had no comment on the claims.
The dramedy, based on Kim Gatlin's novel of the same name, is being directed by Darren Star ("Sex and the City," "90210"). It centers on the life of mean girl-gone-good Amanda, to be played by Leslie Bibb ("Iron Man"), who returns to her hometown in Texas to find that she's become gossip fodder for the women in the Christian community.
Casting for the pilot has not finished and shooting hasn't begun. The controversial title is tentative.
A decision on whether the series is picked up won't be announced until May and the title could change by then.
It's not the first time ABC has come under their attack. Another pilot with a risque title, "Don't Trust the Bitch in Apartment 23," also came under fire.
— Yvonne Villarreal
Photo: Leslie Bibb is set to star as Amanda in the new series. Photo credit: Getty Images.