The Satanic Temple is suing Netflix over 'The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina's' use of Baphomet
The temple's co-founder Lucien Greaves took to Twitter and released a statement saying they were taking legal action.
The Satanic Temple is reportedly upset and is taking legal action against Netflix's 'The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina' claiming that the show's use of a Baphomet statue is similar to their own and that the series was promoting their own version of “asinine Satanic Panic fiction."
Yes, we are taking legal action regarding #TheChillingAdventuresofSabrina appropriating our copyrighted monument design to promote their asinine Satanic Panic fiction.— Lucien Greaves (@LucienGreaves) October 29, 2018
The temple's co-founder Lucien Greaves took to Twitter and released a statement, saying they were taking legal action not only because the show used their “copyrighted monument design” of a statue of Baphomet, a goat-headed figure that is most often associated with Satan, but which has also been appropriated by the show’s creators to “promote their asinine Satanic Panic fiction.”
If you are someone who has watched the show, you would have noticed that it sits right in the middle of the witchcraft school, the Academy of Unseen Arts, where Sabrina, a half-witch, is enrolled. Over there the Satanic character is referred to as "Dark Lord" and he becomes the rival of Sabrina.
I'm amazed that anybody is confused as to why we would seek legal remedy over Sabrina using our monument. Would they be as understanding of a fictional show that used a real mosque as the HQ of a terrorist cell? A fictional Blood Libel tale implicating real world Jews?— Lucien Greaves (@LucienGreaves) October 29, 2018
Netflix's 'The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina' which was written by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, is based on the series of Archie Comics with the same name.
The Satanic Temple has now taken offense with the series's use of their God and its depiction of Satanism, which the temple said it doesn't agree with it.
For purposes of comparison... pic.twitter.com/AZJvmq1Cks— Lucien Greaves (@LucienGreaves) October 30, 2018
According to News.com.au, the co-founder is really upset because he spent around a year and more than $US100,000 to design the temple’s version of Baphomet. He says has his design has “been directly copied for use to portray a cannibalistic cult” in Sabrina.
There were mixed reactions on Twitter to the legal warning, with some saying it was none of the temple's business while others saying they had a valid case.
Give it a rest. You didn't invent the Baphomet. Their sculpture is very different from yours. You didnt invent the pose, symbolism, etc. You can find it everywhere. Sit down. Get back to what you're good at!— Jeff Cullen (@Hellfurian) October 30, 2018
You're not the first to give Baphomet manly pecs instead of Eliphas Levi's original perky boobs. They're right there on the cover of Fantasy Wargaming from 1982. https://t.co/lqvvcXYDGn— Kevin Andrew Murphy (@KevinAMurphy) October 30, 2018
But some users, on the other hand, supported his move and said the statue did bear a striking resemblance.
I'm glad to hear it. What the producers did was unfair to the artist and to TST. It's pretty clear cut copyright infringement. If left unchallenged, it could set a dangerous precedent.— Stoic Templar (@StoicTemplar) October 29, 2018
Ok I saw the pictures...I cannot believe I'm saying this but...I think you got a case...and keep in mind in terms of pure ideological religious preferences...we're sworn enemies....I'm a Christian btw...— Clonetos (@clonetos) October 30, 2018