Published Nov 02, 2018In addition to being extremely scary, Netflix's new show The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is getting rave reviews from audiences and critics alike. That said, its Satanic imagery is not exactly sitting well with the Satanic Temple.
The organization's co-founder took the show to task on Twitter this week, claiming that the series "appropriated" the Temple's Baphomet statue:
For purposes of comparison... pic.twitter.com/AZJvmq1Cks— Lucien Greaves (@LucienGreaves) October 30, 2018
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
Elaborating on his qualms with Rolling Stone, Lucien Greaves said, "The show's creators did not utilize a generic Sabbatic goat that is commonly used in many occult circles, such as the image created by Eliphas Levi, but instead created an identical and easily identifiable replica of TST's statue. Unlike most imagery associated with Satanism, the unique Baphomet statue designed and built for TST is copyrighted, which grants the creator exclusive rights to determine whether, and under what conditions, this original work may be used by others."
He continued: "Given the show's utilization of the Baphomet statue to represent an evil cannibalistic cult, a perception falsely associated with Satanism even in modern times, TST would have denied its use to the show creators. Not only does it contradict what Baphomet represents, we owe it to those who identify with us to not allow this image, and by extension them, to be represented in this way."
The Satanic Temple has requested that Netflix take down any advertisements that use the monument, refrain from using it in its works and offer an explanation of the monument's origin. The Satanic Temple added that it is willing to resolve the issue without filing suit if Netflix cooperates.