By Liane Membis, CNN
News of evangelist Ty Adams' new “The Real Housewives of the Bible” DVD sparked plenty of buzz on the interwebs and raised the question of whether or not the production can really alter negative stereotypes produced by reality television shows.
Some of our readers voiced support for a biblical take on the Real Housewives franchise:
As a Christian, I'm so glad for this true and entertaining DVD series. Should be a "must read" for all teens.
Wow! I can't wait to purchase the DVD and see the different issues that the women go through in their marriage, but more importantly, see how GOD brings them out. Please let me know when it's released and where I can purchase it. This will be great for the marriage ministry at my church.
I actually like the idea! I think mainstream media should pick up this show! We need to depict women in a more positive/Godly light. It will be nice and refreshing to me, since I have refused to watch any other episodes of the Real Housewives!
Others claimed that the DVD's goal of teaching women how to be good wives is not realistic:
Really, a good Christian wife? Call me an Atheist and a feminist then I suppose. Marriage in itself difficult without such iniquitous blame and pressure placed solely on women. To believe such absurdity and vilify gender inequality is likely due in part to insecurities about yourself and fear, yes fear, that the female gender is as capable and deserving. Be silent...be subservient.....?? Get it together, really. Asking for gender equality does not make me a heathen.
What I don't agree with is the idea that this show may make someone a better wife, as though there's a blueprint. I do not believe that any wife or marriage is like any other wife or marriage. To think that this reality show would somehow cure the ills of society is as likely as me winning the next lottery. It may happen for some who watch, but millions play.
The basic issue at hand here is that our society has become so accustomed to divorce that it's become normal instead of rare. We all have our supposed "bottom line," but the fact is that people now will divorce over where the furniture went or even what's for dinner. We all have our little quirks. Divorcing over one is a horrible thought. We, as a society, need to grow a set and learn to deal with each others' issues instead of breaking it off.
"making them into good wives". ya nothing like a life of servitude to make you feel empowered. Great role models these women would make . "just shut up and do what your husband wants like a good wife"
Others couldn't resist attempts at humor:
From the Article: "A character based on the biblical Sarah struggles with infertility. (The biblical Sarah was barren until she reached 'old age')."
I am interested to see 'how' they portray this one !
six women dealing with the ups and downs of marriage as they strive to be good wives. PAHHAHAHAHHAHAH i want to see the unedited version!