March 8, 2012
International Women’s Day
An Open Letter to Anne Sweeney
CEO of ABC Television Network
Dear Ms. Sweeney,
B****. That doesn’t sound very appealing to the ear, does it? As a community we have raged against rappers using this same derogatory term for years. Funny how a network does it and suddenly it is harmless entertainment.
I imagine you knew it wasn’t harmless.
There are many people throughout the country that are livid over your use of the word b**** next to the word Christian. As a Christian, I completely disagree with them. The show itself isn’t ideal with its portrayal of racial stereotypes. I mean, Lupe the Maid, come on now. The issue really isn’t an attack on Christians. I watched GCB. It highlights the hypocrisy of us Christians.
And unfortunately, we tend to be hypocrites. We judge others while not judging ourselves. We claim to act in the name of God while disgracing that very name with our lust and greed.
I don’t think Jesus drove a Bentley.
Ms. Sweeney, you’re right about calling out our hypocrisy. That I applaud. Still, certainly you know it would be inciting terrorism if you made a show titled Good Muslim B****es. I can see you ducking and staying out of tall buildings just at the thought.
Call out our Christian hypocrisy. Simply remove the name b**** from your advertisements.
And this might be simple if it was one show but you are on a roll, Ms. Sweeney! Now the show Don’t Trust the B**** in Apartment 23 is coming out. I was driving home yesterday and saw your billboard. You might put dashes instead of the word but we’re clear.
You, my dear, sweet creators of Grey’s Anatomy are sending a mixed message. On one hand you celebrate women in strong roles. Then a moment later you destroy that effort when you degrade them. When you degrade us. When you degrade you.
B****. Would you want your young, easily influenced ABC Family viewers to grow up thinking that ABC is the American B*** Channel?
There will be many calls, there are already many calls, for you to cancel your shows. That’s an extreme reaction from some very offended people. Hell, I wanted to boycott all sponsors of your shows but that damn Philadelphia Chocolate Cream Cheese? Just. Looks. So. Good.
Rather, on International Women’s Day I ask:
1. Review your new show development culture of shock and awe.
2. Return to your portrayal of strong, intelligent women.
3. Swiftly remove all branding that plays on the word b****.
4. Oh, and, apologize.
Your female viewers love when you admit you’re wrong. And we’re quick to forgive. Very unb****y of us, huh?