Satanic Temple sues Netflix & Warner Bros. for $150 million for using Baphomet's statue in 'Chilling Adventures of Sabrina'
The Satanic Temple sued Netflix and Warner Brothers on Thursday stating the companies violated its copyrights and gave the wrong depiction of Baphomet in the show as something evil
The Satanic Temple did what they had warned about.
Following a series of threats, the Satanic Temple sued Netflix and Warner Bros. on Thursday, filing a $50 million copyright suit accusing them of ripping off the temple’s statue of Baphomet to generate “Satanic panic” with Netflix's latest hit series 'The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.'
The Satanic Temple is known for some of its trouble with the US government especially when it comes to religious displays on public property. The temple sought permission to place its Baphomet statue alongside a representation of the Ten Commandments at the Oklahoma Capitol, but it now resides in Detroit after multiple protests. The temple gained recognition for those efforts and now it has alleged that the producers of 'Chilling Adventures of Sabrina' are profiting from its work. The lawsuit, filed on November 8 in the US District Court in New York, alleges that four episodes of the show feature a Baphomet statue that bears a striking resemblance to the one created by the temple. Baphomet was described in the court documents as "an androgynous goat-headed deity."
The suit reads that the temple created its statue which was made famous by an Indiegogo campaign in 2014 was in accordance to an iconography dating to the 19th century, stating that the monument contains several elements that make it an “original expression,” and subject to copyright. The temple says the statue of Baphomet cost about $100,000 to design and build and features two children looking up in awe at a goat-headed human-like-beast.
The idol that appears on the Netflix show also features two children looking up at the goat-man. The statue first appears in the second episode of the show, as the focal point of the Academy of the Unseen Arts, a school for the witches and warlocks. The temple further alleges that its copyrighted artwork has been hijacked in service of a stereotypically evil representation as the characters of the show, who worship the "Dark Lord" or Satan, engage in cannibalism, necromancy, murder and torture, among other nefarious activities.
Netflix and Warner Bros have not commented yet.