A satanist group is suing Netflix and Warner Bros. for $50 million, claiming that the companies unlawfully copied its statue of a demonic goat god for use in the series “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.”
The Satanic Temple — a Salem, Mass., activist group called TST for short — claims series producer Warner Bros. not only knocked off its version of the goat deity, which it calls Baphomet, but also wrongfully made it “the personalization of evil.”
That stuck in the craw of TST, which — despite being a satanist group — claims in a suit filed in New York federal court that it “does not promote evil and instead holds to the basic principle that undue suffering is bad.”
Both the Netflix statue and the TST statue feature a goat’s head atop an athletic-looking male human who’s seated with a boy and a girl on either side of him.
TST said it spent $100,000 between 2013 and 2014 — having famously raised some of the money in an Indiegogo campaign — to create its 8-foot-tall statue of Baphomet.
In a bid to antagonize local governments that allow religious displays on public property — in its view, violating the separation of church and state — TST donated Baphomet to Oklahoma for display next to a Ten Commandments monument, only to see it rerouted to Arkansas’ Capitol building amid litigation and protests.
It has since ended up in Detroit, and has become “a central icon” for satanists, TST co-founder Lucien Greaves told CNBC.
“To have that all at once entirely eclipsed by some Netflix show by a production department who did a Google Image Search … A lot of people who haven’t heard of us first stand to just recognize that monument as the ‘Sabrina’ monument, which dilutes and denigrates the entire project,” Greaves said.
Netflix, which released the “Sabrina” series on Oct. 26, referred questions about the suit to Warner Bros., which declined to comment.
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