One of NBC’s new comedies has offended a group of viewers, who are putting pressure on the network to cancel the program. The Miami Herald reports that the sitcom, “Bad Judge,” is taking heat from female attorneys.
The attorneys say the show depicts a female judge as “unethical, lazy, crude, hyper-sexualized and unfit to hold such an esteemed position of power.” They have sent a letter to NBCUniversal Chief Executive Steve Burke, asking him to cancel the show.
“We believe that media images that depict women in a negative light, even when intended to be funny, are damaging and often dangerous,” said Deborah Baker, president of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers. “Our mission has been to advance women in the legal profession, to help women climb the ranks and to be taken seriously in the legal profession. However, this show does just the opposite.”
The complaints include references to Kate Walsh’s character having a hickey, parking in a disabled spot, and showing up late to court because she was hung over, the story says.
“Our organization understands that ‘Bad Judge’ may be intended to be hyperbole, but we nonetheless find it damaging to women in the legal profession,” Baker said. Her letter pointed out that fewer than 35 percent of active judges on the 13 federal courts of appeal are women, and there have only been four female justices on the Supreme Court.
NBC didn’t return calls requesting comment, the article notes.