There are many reasons to hate Dallas, and ‘GCB’ is one

I wasn’t going to write about “GCB,” the ABC spoof of our city that premiered Sunday night, presumably in an attempt to replace “Desperate Housewives,” which is in its last season. I wasn’t going to write about it until I saw this list in OC Weekly about cities that influenced Mexican cuisine in the United States. Dallas is ranked No. 3 because of El Fenix, Fritos and frozen margaritas.

The author, Gustavo Arellano, who writes the hilarious and informative syndicated column “Ask A Mexican,” says of our city: “There are many reasons to hate Dallas — but it ain’t the food.”

Dammit, Ask a Mexican! Stop hating.

Hating Dallas is a cliche based on stereotypes from the TV show “Dallas” or the movie “Dr. T and the Women,” or maybe, sometimes, it has to do with NFL football. But that’s another story.

“GCB,” costars Broadway leading lady Kristen Chenoweth, whom I adore. The historic mansions of Swiss Avenue serve as the neighborhood where the show’s main characters live and snoop on each other, “Desperate Housewives” style.

But the show itself is dangerously close to offensive. For one thing, the accents are like George W. Bush channeling Jed Clampett. The main character, Amanda, is constantly referred to as “uh-MAY-un-duh.” There is a Dallas accent, but that ain’t it.

The writing is lazy, too. In one scene, someone is “so hungry she could eat Waco.” I guess Waco is funny because it’s where the government killed those Branch Davidians? No one says they could eat Waco or Tupelo or Providence. They might say, “I’m so hungry I could eat a blue-ribbon sow,” but people don’t say they’re so hungry they could eat a city. That’s not a thing.

Waxahachie also gets a shout-out when a real-estate agent says she’s found some great little townhouses there. I get it. Waxahachie is a funny-sounding word. We’re sure they’ll reference some other town next week: “We just got bay-uck from havin’ lunch at that new place in Nacogdoches?”

“GCB” is a spoof. Maybe I’m being too sensitive about it. Is this how Italian Americans in New Jersey felt about “The Sopranos”? Once that show became a hit, many New Jersians embraced it, donning track suits, playing up their accents and pretending to be gangsters. Oh dear God. What if “GCB” becomes a hit? Thousands more blonde obnoxious reasons to hate Dallas.


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  • LINZq

    SO WHY DOES IT MOCK SOMEONE’S FAITH ESPECIALLY IF YOU DON’T BELIEVE THE WAY THEY DO DOES THAT MAKE IT OK?  THE WOMAN WHO WROTE THE BOOK THIS SERIES IS BASED ON EVIDENTLY WANTED TO SCORE POINTS  WITH A BAD RELIGIOUS UPBRINGING.   SPONSOR KRAFT OBVIOUSLY AGREES TAKING THEIR COMMERCIALS OUT OF THERE.  PUT IT ON CABLE WHERE PEOPLE CAN MOCK TO THEIR HEART’S CONTENT.  TAKE IT OFF ABC AND PUT SOMETHING UNBIASED IN ITS TIME SLOT.  IF THE SUBJECT MATTER IS CONTROVERSIAL, IT BEST BE PUT ON CABLE TV.

  • JR

    I smiled when I read the reference to Jed Clampett because after the first 10 minutes of the TV show I realized the humor was neo-lowbrow.  The show instantly brought back memories of dreaded cornball TV comedies like The Beverly Hillbillies, Green Acres and Hee Haw.  It also brought back memories of overhyped movie comedies that were unfunny and painful to watch like Popeye, Howard the Duck, The Flintstones and Ishtar.  

    I’m making a quick judgement here.  Perhaps the TV comedy that best made use of the Dallas area was King of the Hill.  I’m still laughing that LouAnn’s last name was Platter.

    The producers who hired the writers who turned in the lame, trite script appear to be lazy and tired with this TV show.  But who knows?  Maybe the oil well depicted in the opening credits will be a gusher, spinoffs will occur and result in a Bravo ABC mashup- The Real Housewives of GCB.

  • Nomdemouse

    I’m not embarassed, but the writers and actors should be !!!!!!

  • And let’s not forget the fact that this show openly mocks Christianity. What happened to tolerance? I almost forgot. One does not have to be tolerant towards Christians…only towards other religions and ways of life. Hmmm.

  • Anonymous

     I very much agree. And like OCLisa, grateful some Dallas residents don’t cross Trinity.

  • Anonymous

    The show is sooooo funny. Its satire is spot on, depicting hypocrisy that is increasingly prevalent in our society – not just Dallas but across America. Dallas is a very large target. It first became a target because of the series in the 1970/1980’s, and has become a larger target because of the gaffes of W and Perry, and the over-the-top arrogance of Jones … plus the inability of some residents to laugh at satirical portraits.

  • Steve_hanson91

    This show is sooooo over the top wrong and doesn’t depict Dallas accurately at all.  The accents are more “southern” than Texan and honestly, people in Dallas dress a lot different than plantation chic. 

    I’m out watching this one.

  • OCLisa

    I am nothing but grateful those people DO NOT cross the river into the OC!

  • OCLisa

    Yup, I agree.  A joke like that would get you in trouble around me and the people I know.  Thank gawd.

  • jaycee

    Once again, writers fail to get Dallas right.  We don’t have that horrible accent, we don’t wear tacky, practically neon Western gear, and we don’t have fancy outdoor balls at the fairgrounds (with our heat?!).   I suppose Neiman Marcus, big hair, big houses, and expensive cars are Dallas stereotypes, but did they have to add all the camp and poor writing to go with them?  Also, I can’t buy into the whole premise of this show.  All these girls went to high school together, married high school sweethearts, and now all live in the same neighborhood and go to the same church?  And their lives are all so boring they have nothing better to do than spy on the “mean girl?”  The whole idea of this group of people is incredulous enough, but after 5 minutes of this show I couldn’t take any more.  It is bad beyond belief. 

  • Rachel Stone

    I disagree! A racist/homophobic joke certainly would not fly among the company I keep, but I know bigoted people can be found everywhere. The south carries that stereotype, but it’s as prevalent in NYC as it is in Houston.

  • Idodallas

    I missed it but have heard not one bad thing. We are in the south and regardless of what anyone thinks comparatively speaking we are rednecks. Go up to the north east and say a gay or black joke and you will look like the most uneducated fool. Say it here and the whole room laughs. Sadly.

  • dallaschas

    so sad that once again, Dallas could be wooed to be portrayed as a city of vacuous petty professional shoppers. Do we really need to continue the legacy that the Ewings established world wide for us and then the Convention Bureau embellished with our Live Large slogan?
    Lets have an alternative show about Cliff Dwellers living sanely within Big D.

  • TW

    Completely agree with you Rachel!  This show has no redeeming value whatsoever, spoof or otherwise.  I’ve heard that they plan on producing the rest of the shows in LA, and not Dallas, for which I give 2 thumbs up.  Glad to get this wretched production away from Dallas as fast as possible!  The only upside is that it gave several great local actors some national exposure (Thomas Mullins and Donny Boaz)….too bad it had to be in this show.

  • Bwillmot

    You are being too sensitive.  I thought is was funny.   I especially like the comment that referenced I-20.  Something like “as long as it is near I-20,  none of my friends ever drive on that highway”.  LOL    It was spot on to most of Dallas’  attitude to anything south of the Trinity. 

  • TomH

    A bit of mindless entertainment. It did remind me of a cross between Desperate Housewives and Beverly Hillbillies. Your reference to Jed Clampett cracked me up – I guess I wasn’t the only one.

    Oh, and it’s not “the” I-20.

  • yeahIsaidthat

    Except for the numerous cowboy hats, I think that it is dead on. It accurately portrays the pious and wealthy as they are in Dallas.

  • OCLisa

    Right!  I was just waiting on a slap in the face to the OC.

  • Darryldallas

    I LOVED the show!  It spoofs Swiss Avenue and the Park Cities and, for once, leaves Oak Cliff alone.

  • OCLisa

    I agree Rachel!  I sat there watching it with my head cocked like the RCA dog and my mouth open.  REALLY?  Did anyone working on that show even VISIT Dallas first?  Buh hye GCB.

  • Elizabethwbrown

    Those characters are more Plano, Frisco or Southlake than Dallas. And yes, I meant that offensively to those in Plano, Frisco or Southlake. Cheers to GCB off the air!