Dispatches from the traveling circus

GULFPORT, Miss. — Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich says a new ABC television series is evidence that the entertainment industry harbors anti-Christian bias.

Gingrich is criticizing the comedy-drama “GCB,” which has also been called “Good Christian Belles.”

But Gingrich is referring to the series by the name of the 2009 novel that inspired it, “Good Christian Bitches.”

The series began airing last Sunday. ABC’s website describes the series as a “funny, sassy and heartwarming drama.”

The former House speaker says no network would run a show with such a title if the word “Muslim” were used in place of “Christian.”

Is Newt proposing a fatwa against ABC? And could his campaign be any sillier?

It’s pronounced learnd

From The Learning Channel, which brought us the Sarah Palin reality show, comes this latest exercise in pointless tedium:

Watch Extreme Couponing: Midnight MadnessSunday, Jan. 29 @ 10/9c to see four couponers battle crowds to get the best savings on Black Friday.

Extreme Couponing follows savvy shoppers as they plan and plot their way to unbelievable savings.

Witness amazing shopping skills and shocking stockpiles of merchandise, as everyday people go to extremes in pursuit of extraordinary deals.

 America 2012.

Offensively bad, not offensively offensive

It’s a shame the gay indignation councils will receive credit for the cancellation of a clearly horrible sitcom. 

I doubt many, if any, transgendered people were that bothered by “Work It” — after all, it is a broad “comedy,” much like drag shows. (For those overly sensitive types, including the token straight guy who works for a local gay publication, I’m aware not all transgendered people are drag queens.)  

It’s the indignation councils who pose the greater threat. If we were disabled they’d demand people call us handicapped. 

I’d prefer not to be symbolized by a queen coiled up in fetal position screaming “shame” at passersby.