Followers of The Satanic Temple are suing Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX) and Warner Bros (NYSE:TWX) for $150 million USD.
According to the group, the companies violated its trademark and damaged its business reputation, by using a statue of Baphomet in the Netflix series “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.”
They filed the court documents in a New York district court yesterday.
The court documents describe the statue as “an androgynous goat-headed deity.” The ‘Sabrina’ series uses it heavily throughout the show.
The Satanic Temple’s Real-Life Baphomet
The lawsuit claims that the show’s statue is similar to The Satanic Temple’s real-life Baphomet monument. This statue is found in Detroit and is described by The Satanic Temple co-founder Lucien Greaves as “a central icon that has come to represent us [satanists] as a people.”
“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.”
The issue now is that the prominent use of the statue in ‘Sabrina’ indirectly depicts Satanic Temple members as “evil antagonists.” The characters of the show, who worship the “Dark Lord,” or Satan, and preside over the statue, are cannibals, murderers, and necrophiliacs.
According to Lucien Greaves, The Satanic Temple “does not promote evil and instead holds to the basic principle that undue suffering is bad, and that which reduces suffering is good.” They describe Satan as a “rebel against God’s authority, rather than an evil being.”
When the group became aware of the statue’s likeness, it reached out to Netflix and Warner Bros. and asked them to remove it. The companies ignored the request.
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