It’s An Offense To The Body Of Christ: Petition Urges TLC To Cancel ‘The Sisterhood’

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January 9, 2013 ‐ By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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Last week folks were protesting against Oxygen and Shawty Lo’s babies’ mamas, this week they’re protesting against the church ladies. I guess it’s good that the reality television petitioners don’t discriminate. A new petition has surfaced on Change.org, which is being spearheaded by a woman by the name of Ann Cooke against TLC’s latest reality project, The Sisterhood, which follows the lives of five pastor’s wives that live in the Atlanta area. According to the petition, the show provides a poor depiction of what it means to be a pastor’s wife and is offensive to the Body of Christ. The petition reads:

 “The Sisterhood is being portrayed as a Christian reality show, featuring Preacher’s/Pastor’s wives from Atlanta, GA. The previews and highlights of the upcoming show is pure garbage and does not portray the reality of being a Christian or the reality of being a Preacher’s or Pastor’s wife. The airing of this show is not only offensive to the Body of Christ, but it is also degrading to Women of Color (specifically). This show mocks everything that we, as believers, stand for. It is disgusting, disgraceful, inappropriate and an inaccurate display of what we strive to accomplish as Christians. The airing of this show only adds more fuel to the ever-present distasteful stereotype that we, as Christians, fight daily to erase. We must stand together and put an end to TLC’s clear derogatory distortion of the Body of Christ and Women of God (specifically, Preacher’s and Pastor’s wives)! Please spread the word.”

One of the wives from the show, Christina Murray has recently come out against the high levels of criticism the show has received.

“We hated the religious, dogmatic type of church and people who were very judgemental because that’s how they felt they had to be. So when we began this journey we definitely wanted to be real and authentic not only with ourselves but also with our ministry and our congregation,” Murray told CP. “I believe in my faith wholeheartedly and I want to be able to live up to what God expects me to live up to. I want to be the person God is calling me to be,” she expressed to the Christian Post.

Tara, another wife featured on the show, recently expressed some quite varying sentiments and even confessed that she understood some of the backlash the show was receiving.

“I was heartbroken and saddened and had hoped that our show was different than the Real Housewives of Atlanta, and that there was a true sisterhood developing.”

“I absolutely believe the backlash is warranted after seeing the first episode. However you cannot make a final judgment about the show until you have seen the series in its entirety. There are other women in the black church that gossip, argue and bicker. But as first a lady you are held to a higher standard because you are taking on such a prestigious title,” she told The Grio.

What do you think? Should Christians be offended by this show or are people just overreacting?

Jazmine Denise is a news writer for Madame Noire. Follow her on Twitter @jazminedenise

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tiffanie-MadameGigglez-Thomas/665285721 Tiffanie MadameGigglez Thomas

    I actually like the show; just not that one lady with the Jewish husband… her morals are extremely twisted like a pretzel….

  • beauty85

    Do you realize black Americans history, it don’t matter what we do we will always be judged just because of the color of our skin. You shouldn’t focus on what white people think, YOU ARE SHOWING YOUR INSECURITIES!

    • B

      I minored in Africana Studies, I’m aware of the history of Black/African American people. I don’t think I gave the impression that I was that concerned with the thoughts of white people or that I was insecure, sorry if you misunderstood a paragraph of my opinion…because if you really wanted me to go in it would be a book lol..I’m sparing you.

      Yes, you can argue that we’ll “always” be judged by the color of our skin…but are you saying that means we shouldn’t care about how we carry ourselves because of that? How we carry ourselves isn’t viewed by just white people…amongst other races…black people are just as affected by what they view in other black people. The unconscious mind should be paid more attention to.

      As a human being, I do care about what people think of me and my people, especially if their assumptions are false. We all care about what people think of us, it’s the extent to which we care that will “show our insecurities.”

      Anyways, SISTER…your caps were unnecessary, felt like you were shouting out me :( lol…conversation amongst black people is important but, lets no bring each other down in the process.

      Love!

      • Rayna

        I agree with you 100%

  • http://www.facebook.com/lashton Leah Ashton

    why all the uproar? I agree with TeahMonae, if you don’t like it simply turn the channel. Its funny that no one wanted to cancel Honey boo boo, or sister wives, or the other craziness that comes on. The Bad Girls Club has gotten a lot of flack too. When they start getting back to actual tv sitcoms, call me and i turn back other wise I’m going to excercise my right and turn the channel

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1271012078 Adelphi Cinneen Johns

    I watched both eposides and I was not offended, you saw the wives talking about their real day to day lives. Now I am a Christian God Fearing women, and I dont talk in scriptures (I dont know why she does that), but people have this thing where church is off limits. So far on the show you see marital problems, planning events for their children and discussions about people’s past and judgment. They argued big deal, no one got into a fight. All this goes on everyday in church. What this show has done is removed that pedstal or vail that people have about ministers. Can’t nobody say anything about my Pastor.

  • sasha

    we know why people do reality shows (to get attention) now why do people watch them and make them relevant …for every 2 people that will sign a petition to get rid of a show you will find 20 that want to see it SO its popular by demand …and that is what the church needs to address ,people love to see a train wreck,well why is it that people love to watch the destruction of others so I would think that church folk would find the behavior of america to be more appalling lol including the people in the church

  • http://www.facebook.com/brandon.hallme Brandon Hall

    I think the problem is people like facades and to see/make people super humans. Why people put their faith in people and things instead of themselves and God, I just don’t understand it. The church is in you (or it should be). These people are a fair representation of their church and all Christians because none are perfect. They sin as much as the rest, it just makes people uncomfortable to see what could be their truth.

  • Guest

    My only issue with these petitions is that if they keep popping up for reality shows, people will not take them serious by the time we need it for a real issue. For example, we definitely needed a petition to have George Zimmerman prosecuted for the whole Trayvon Martin thing. But network exes cancel a show when the ratings are super low, so just don’t watch. If enough people stop tuning in, the show will be gone.

  • traci

    I only saw a tiny bit of the show and was not impressed by it, nor do I have the desire to ever watch it again. However, my family did visit Phenomenal Life church several months ago. The congregation was very tiny at that time, maybe 15-20 people. They were clearly in the beginning stages of ministry in Atlanta. I was told that they had just relocated to Atlanta. The pastors wife was extremely friendly and made a point to let our family know about the show that would be airing on TLC in the near future. (I believe she felt that information would entice us to return to the ministry) While only God knows a persons heart or motives, I was very disappointed with the sermon (shallow prosperity teaching) and the unfriendliness of the Pastor. I personally hope that they get it together, we were drawn to the church because of the unique blend in their family, we expected a much deeper teaching from him being a Christian Jew, but he sounded like every other prosperity teacher I had ever heard. I certainly hope churches like this will get back in their prayer closets and get a fresh word from God and stop attempting to be trendy.

  • DoinMe

    First of all, this show is NOT a “Christian” show. It’s a secular show with so-called Christian women. Second, I think its funny at how church folks are getting all up in arms about it. Just like people are upset about Shawty-Lo, whether we like it or not, men like him and some “1st Ladies” are indeed just as they appear on the show. Tara and her husband are crazy bible thumping, lost souls and the former prostitute/drug addict and her husband are hustlers. It’s just terrible that these networks are scraping the bottom of our cultural barrel to entertain to the world and to laugh at us.

  • JaneDoe

    If you don’t like it don’t watch. The only way not to give these ppl a platform is to not give them spotlight. Its sad that this is the only way for most ppl of color to be on television. I personally don’t get it but to each his/her own.

  • Patricia

    I have to agree. I do understand that being a Pastor’s wife and First Lady is not easy and they do have a life outside church. But why you want to put your business out on reality television? It is really ashame it comes down to this. I understand that you want to get your ministry out there. There are other ways of doing this besides reality television. Reality television ruins peoples’ lives and break up marriages. While they are going through divorces and breaking up of families, these networks are laughing their way to the bank and don’t even care. They are all about making money off people acting ignorant and foolish. These producers always tell you these reality shows will be nice, but if the ratings are not high, they will say something like ” we need for you to be aggressive to get the ratings up” and people are stupid enough to do it. It is a shame that people like to watch this type of foolishness where people cussing, fighting and make a fool of themselves. And the sad part about it, is the Christians, is falling for the same stuff and think it is a representative of Christ. This is not a representation of Christ. I know Jesus is looking down and shaking his head at the foolishness that these people who call themselves Chrisitians. They are doing the same thing the world is doing. And we wonder why the world is laughing at Christians and not taking us seriously and it is a challenge to talk to them about their salvation and invite them to attend church? The world has the attitude of why should I come to your church when you have Christian that are hippocrites. BET has a pretty good show call “Reed between the lines”, nobody this watch this show and I thought it was a good show. The positive shows it seems to me that they don’t get the kind of support as the reality show with people having a foul mouth, cussing, fighting, and acting a fool just for five minutes of fame. I will not be watching “The SisterHood” or any reality television that degrades and demonized black women. Dont get me wrong, white women can have a foul mouth, cuss, fight and act a fool, but sadly they can get away with it. Black women can’t. Black women get stereotyped as angry, like to fight and argue and all black women are not like that.

  • Sagittarius81

    How about a petition to cancel “Best Funeral Ever”? That show is just ratchet. More like the The Learning Channel is turning into Totally Lacking Class channel.

    • DoinMe

      Best Funeral Ever should get the Minstrel Show of the Year Award. I don’t think I have ever been so embarrassed to watch a show.

  • Lateshia

    I saw the first episode of Sisterhood and I didn’t like it much. I watched maybe about 15 minutes of the show and lost interest. I don’t like reality TV shows much at all.

  • pretty1908

    I watched a few mintures of the show and i found it to be very disrespectful. i am not a scripture quoting throw in christ in every conversation christian, but i am not for exploitation of the word at any moment on any platform. I saw a woman with no edges or eyebrows lol

    • SheBe

      “I saw a woman with no edges or eyebrows…” STOP IT! LMBO! Her hubby said that she is the black Barbie though. You disagree girl? Lol!

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tiffanie-MadameGigglez-Thomas/665285721 Tiffanie MadameGigglez Thomas

        That lady annoys me… she gets on my last nerve…

        • SheBe

          I agree! Her personality is extremely calculated and just plain fake. It’s laughable. Her and her hubby both act as if they were coming to the South to teach about a brand new God. Child please. Southern Baptists don’t play that!

          • 1GrayGal

            Yep….Domonique read her when she told her that God was not going to fix her lying, two-faced, fake acting self! #truth

  • TeahMonae

    No offense to anyone, but all these petitions to cancel reality shows is really getting on my nerves. If you don’t like it or approve of the content, then please feel free to exercise your right not to watch. Yes, some of the shows are ratchet, but gasp…some people in the world ARE ratchet. (I mean, come on, you can see ratchetness at Wal-Mart!!) Yes, “All My Babies Mamas” will most surely be a hot ghetto mess, but surprise, surprise, some people in the world ARE a hot ghetto mess. I’m sure ALL Preacher’s wives aren’t like the ones on the “Sisterhood” but obviously there are some that are. I dont get my p an ties all in a bunch and feel offended or that I am being portrayed in a negative light as a black woman based on these shows because none of these people represent me! I dont think that a caucasian person would meet me and stereotype me as a “Basketball Wives” or “Love and Hip Hop” type of woman, because I dont carry myself that way. Just as I dont think all caucasian people who live in the south act like the “Honey Boo Boo” family or all Italian people act like “Jersey Shore.” And as far as the shows being a bad influenence on children, well, thats where you have to do a little bit of work as a parent and supervise your children’s television content instead of letting the TV babysit while you’re gabbing on the phone, updating your facebook page or chasing after some man! Most cable/satellite providers have parental control tools so that you can block certain channels or shows from your child’s TV so there is really no excuse.

    • sasha

      agree