The devil is sometimes in the details, and thats why Netflix is being sued over its new series The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.
The show stars Kiernan Shipka, best known for portraying Don Drapers daughter Sally in the AMC series Mad Men, as 16-year-old Sabrina Spellman, a half-witch half-mortal wrestling with whether she should forgo her average teenage life by joining the Church of Night.
The Salem, Massachusetts-based Satanic Temple, a political activism group that advocates for free will and compassion toward all creatures, said the monument Baphomet with Children appears in at least four of first 10 episodes of the show in ways that imply it “stands for evil.”
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“The unique elements of TSTs expression of the idea of Baphomet, and particularly the use of a male chest rather than voluptuous large female breasts, and the configuration with a small boy and small girl looking at the Sabbatic Goat head of the statue, were unquestionably copied by defendants,” the complaint said.
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The Satanic Temples complaint also said the evil antagonists portrayed in the series are depicted “in stark contrast to TSTs tenets and beliefs.”
“Defendants prominent use of it as the central focal point of the school associated with evil, cannibalism and possibly murder is injurious to the Satanic Temples business,” the lawsuit says.
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In addition to monetary relief, the lawsuit seeks digital removal of the statue from future distributions of the series.
The Satanic Temple claims the entertainment giants copied its depiction of deity Baphomet in The Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina.
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The lawsuit, filed at a federal court in New York on Thursday, claims the depiction of Baphomet constitutes misappropriation, confusion of origin and injury of reputation.
Legal documents state: "What makes this case particularly striking and significant is that it arises in the context of Defendants who are highly sophisticated media production and distribution companies which blatantly misappropriated Plaintiffs unique expression of an idea even though they have a long history of vigorously protecting their own intellectual property."
It adds the Satanic Temple created its depiction of Baphomet in part "to promote First Amendment values of separation of church and state and equal protection".
The Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina is a supernatural drama programme starring US actress Kiernan Shipka as Sabrina Spellman, a half-mortal half-witch who is torn between her two identities.
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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.
The Satanic Temple says it does not worship Satan but instead works to "encourage benevolence and empathy among all people".