The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina hasn’t even been out a month yet and already its caused controversy. It’s all over a key set decoration piece that has one group up in arms. The Satanic Temple is angry at the Netflix show over the statue of the goat deity Baphomet. This is displayed prominently in the school Sabrina goes to – The Academy of the Unseen Arts.
Well, the Co-Founder of the Satanic Temple Lucien Graves headed to social media. He wanted to make sure to express his displeasure over what he describes as copyright infringement and that he is legally going after the show. The following is his statement:
“For appropriating our copyrighted monument design to promote their asinine Satanic Panic fiction.”
On Twitter, he shows a comparison between both statues and even confirms that they are indeed going after Netflix. Really? Come on!
For purposes of comparison… pic.twitter.com/AZJvmq1Cks
— Lucien Greaves (@LucienGreaves) October 30, 2018
The Hollywood Reporter published a portion of the demand letter The Satanic Temple’s Legal Advisor sent to Netflix and Warner Bros.
“By way of background, my client is struggling to overcome centuries of stigma surrounding their religious symbolism,” writes de Haan.” My client has expended considerable efforts in the design and creation of their particular expression of Baphomet, the goat-headed deity represented by this monument. This statue is an original work and, until now, has been associated exclusively with The Satanic Temple all around the world. This has deep religious significance to my client’s organization.”
To me, this is all pretty ironic, while all of what is in The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is derived from the comic series at the end of the day none of this is “real.” I am sure no harm or ill intent was made when they made that set piece. Maybe they should have done their homework but this is nuts. Now this will play out in the courts and will hopefully not lead to the series being pulled.