Netflix and 'Sabrina' are being sued by The Satanic Temple

Brunilde Fioravanti
Novembre 11, 2018

The Salem, Massachusetts-based group has sued both Netflix and Warner Bros. claiming they employed the temple's iconic Baphomet statue to fan "Satanic panic" in the show.

The Satanic Temple has filed a hefty $50-million lawsuit claiming its iconic Baphomet statue was hijacked to create a stereotypical representation of the supernatural evil in Netflix show 'The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina'.

The statue design, called the "TST Baphomet with Children" in the complaint, is called a "unique expression of an idea" that was "misappropriated" by the "highly sophisticated media production and distribution companies" behind Sabrina.

The statue seen during an episode of "The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina".

While the Satanic Temple might sound like your average run-of-the-mill satanists, the group is actually known for its political activism and use of satire against what it says is Christian privilege in the US government.

Baphomet is part of its campaign to "complement and contrast" a Ten Commandments monument in Oklahoma City on the grounds of religious freedom.

It has appeared in at least four of the 10 episodes and was a "key element" of the season finale, The Satanic Temple said.

Lucien Greaves, who co-founded the Satanic Temple, tweeted to compare their statue and the one used in the television series. Sabrina's statue, which is the centerpiece of the witchcraft school that Sabrina attends, also features a winged man with a goat's head who is flanked by two young children.

When contacted by Deadline, Netflix said talk to Warner Bros, and WB unsurprisingly had no comment on this highway to Hell litigation.

The group goes on to say that it does not worship Satan, but exists to "encourage benevolence and empathy among all people".

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