Netflix’s ‘Sabrina’ sued by The Satanic Temple

Lewis Collier
November 11, 2018

In a lawsuit filed Thursday in the U.S. District court of NY, the Satanic Temple is suing Netflix and Warner Brothers for damages, alleging the media giants ripped off an image of their statue and portrayed it as evil, when it's meant to be a symbol of good.

The Satanic Temple's threat to sue Netflix over Chilling Adventures of Sabrina's use of a copyrighted Baphomet statue at The Academy of Unseen Arts wasn't an idle one.

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.

The Satanic Temple claims it spent $100,000 designing and building the statue, and that they wish people would stop using their design.

Baphomet is part of its campaign to "complement and contrast" a Ten Commandments monument in Oklahoma City on the grounds of religious freedom. The temple argues that the television show not only copied its conception of the deity - a muscled figure with two young children staring up at it - but also that it gives the statue and the Satanic Temple itself a bad rap. "Among other morally repugnant actions, the Sabrina Series' evil antagonists engage in cannibalism and forced-worship of a patriarchal deity", the lawsuit states.

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It is based of the same comic book series which spawned Sabrina The Teenage Witch, starring Melissa Joan Hart and running from 1996-2003.

"To have that all at once entirely eclipsed by some Netflix show by a production department who did a Google Image Search ..."

Their website states the group strives "to encourage benevolence and empathy among all people, reject tyrannical authority, advocate practical common sense and justice." .

When contacted for comment, Netflix referred the request to Warner Bros, however Warner Bros spokesman Paul McGuire said the company does not discuss pending litigation.

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