For most viewers, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina was a funny and slightly scary look at the occult world of witchcraft, but for viewers who are actually members of the Satanic Temple, it was an issue that warranted legal action.
Variety reports that the Satanic Temple has filed a $50 million copyright suit against Netflix, accusing the company and Chilling Adventures of Sabrina of ripping off the temple's statue of Baphomet in an attempt to fuel "Satanic panic." For those of you less fluent in the Satanic arts, the Baphomet is a bronze, goat-headed deity (sometimes known as the Sabbatic Goat) statue that the Satanic Temple created in 2013 and 2014. The lawsuit, filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in New York, alleges that four episodes of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina feature a Baphomet statue that violates the temple's copyright.
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina frequently used the image of a goat-headed beast to represent Satan, whom Sabrina (Kiernan Shipka) was supposed to pledge her devotion to in her dark baptism. Netflix did adapt the statue in question for the show, adding two children staring up at Satan, but it will be up to the U.S. District Court in New York to decide whether or not the changes made are enough to dismiss the lawsuit.
Weirdly enough, this isn't the only run-in TV has had with Satanists this year.
American Horror Story: Apocalypse found itself under fire when it incorporated a Satanic cult into its antichrist storyline. The Church of Satan Twitter account criticized the series for its inaccurate depiction of Satanists, saying, "For those asking yes we are aware of being referenced in #AHSApcalypse. Anton LaVey didn't believe in Christ or an Anti-Christ and sacrifice plays no role in Satanism. Lazy writers appropriated his name and image for their Devil worship drivel is unimpressive and boring."
The account even tweeted Kathy Bates (who played one of the Satanists), shaming her for a joke about Anton LaVey.
For those asking yes we are aware of being referenced in #AHSApcalypse. Anton LaVey didn't believe in Christ or an Anti-Christ and sacrifice plays no role in Satanism. Lazy writers appropriated his name and image for their Devil worship drivel is unimpressive and boring. #AHS8— The Church Of Satan (@ChurchofSatan) October 18, 2018
Apparently, it's a tough world out there for Satanists.
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is currently streaming on Netflix.