The Florida Association for Women Lawyers’ Miami-Date Chapter is asking NBC to yank “Bad Judge” off the air. The Kate Walsh comedy starrer debuted on the network last Oct. 2, 2014. Read on for the details.
In a letter addressed to Steve Burke, NBC’s CEO, the group’s president, Deborah Baker, wrote that the show depicted a character of the legal profession as “unethical, lazy, crude, hyper-sexualized, and unfit to hold such an esteemed position of power.” It further cited that “Bad Judge” was offensive to women judges as it supported sexist ideals and beliefs.
The group said that for the last 35 years, they have lobbied and worked hard in changing the perception of the public towards women working in the legal industry, and they continue to do so even today. The letter noted that some federal district courts have never ever had a female judge, and in the United States, women judges only comprise 35 percent of the whole system.
The group said that the series perpetuated the wrong idea, describing the main character as “a misogynist who believes that women in power cannot control their sexuality, their bodies and their professional or personal conduct would have their views endorsed by this show." Thus, it is pushing for the network to cancel the series.
Kate Walsh plays Judge Rebecca Wright in the “Bad Judge,” a kind of unconventional person who loves rock and roll, parties, beat up vans or trucks and skimpy dresses.
Amidst the protest by the women group, however, the series actually has not been performing up to par with ratings, averaging only between 4.3 to 5.8 million viewers a week, with 1.0 to 1.3 million viewers on its target demo. Critics have also given the show a generally unfavorable review. TV experts are, in fact, betting on the show’s cancellation.
“Bad Judge” is created by Chad Kultgen and Anne Heche, with Will Ferrell and Adam McKay as some of its producers. Aside from Walsh, the series stars Tone Bell, Ryan Hansen, John Ducey and Miguel Sandoval.
So what can you say about this protest from the women lawyers group?