Satanic Temple in Salem, Mass., sues ‘Sabrina’ series over goat-headed statue

Angelo Anderson
November 11, 2018

The Satanic Temple in Salem is suing Netflix and Warner Brothers for $150 million after a replica of a demonic statue was used without permission.

In papers filed to the US District Court, The Satanic Temple (TST) said in the show Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, the two large entertainment companies misappropriated its statue "Baphomet with Children" in ways implying that it "stands for evil".

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 USA government.

The Satanic Temple alleges it created the statue of the goat-headed demon - called Baphomet with Children - that's copied in the Sabrina series, which follows the story of a young half-witch torn between mortal and magical worlds.

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

On the launch pad for the past week, the action that took off Thursday is that a similar looking statue is placed at the Academy of the Unseen Arts that Mad Men alum Kiernan Shipka attends as Sabrina.

Characters in the show who worship the "Dark Lord" or Satan practice cannibalism and forced worship, and the Satanic Temple argues its members are being associated with these "evil antagonists", the BBC report said.

Both Warner Brothers and Netflix declined comment in emails to CBC, citing pending litigation.

As we noted in our review, Netflix's Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is a devilishly good time, but it turns out some did not see it that way, precisely because of the devil.

Lucien Greaves, who co-founded the Satanic Temple, tweeted to compare their statue and the one used in the television series.

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