Satanic Temple sues Netflix & Warner Bros for $150 million for using Baphomet’s statue in ‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’


{annews24) The Satanic Temple did what they had warned about.Following a series of threats, the Satanic Temple sued Netflix and Warner Bros. on Thursday, filing a $50 million copyright suit accusing them of ripping off the temple’s statue of Baphomet to generate “Satanic panic” with Netflix’s latest hit series ‘The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.

The Satanic Temple is known for some of its trouble with the US government especially when it comes to religious displays on public property. The temple sought permission to place its Baphomet statue alongside a representation of the Ten Commandments at the Oklahoma Capitol, but it now resides in Detroit after multiple protests. The temple gained recognition for those efforts and now it has alleged that the producers of ‘Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ are profiting from its work. The lawsuit, filed on November 8 in the US District Court in New York, alleges that four episodes of the show feature a Baphomet statue that bears a striking resemblance to the one created by the temple. Baphomet was described in the court documents as “an androgynous goat-headed deity.”

The suit reads that the temple created its statue which was made famous by an Indiegogo campaign in 2014 was in accordance to an iconography dating to the 19th century, stating that the monument contains several elements that make it an “original expression,” and subject to copyright. The temple says the statue of Baphomet cost about $100,000 to design and build and features two children looking up in awe at a goat-headed human-like-beast.

The Satanic Temple is suing Netflix and Warner Brothers for $150 million, saying the companies infringed on its copyrights, violated its trademark, and caused injury to its business reputation, according to court documents filed on Thursday in a New York district court.

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At the center of the controversy is Baphomet, described in the court documents as “an androgynous goat-headed deity.” A statue of the satanic god surrounded by children is featured in the Netflix series “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.”

However, the lawsuit claims the show’s statue is similar to its real-life Baphomet monument, which was made famous by an Indiegogo campaign in 2014. Although it was intended to be installed next to the Ten Commandments at the Oklahoma State Capitol, it now resides in Detroit after multiple protests. The Baphomet statue has since become “a central icon that has come to represent us [satanists] as a people,” explained The Satanic Temple co-founder Lucien Greaves.

“To have that all at once entirely eclipsed by some Netflix show by a production department who did a Google Image Search… A lot of people who haven’t heard of us first stand to just recognize that monument as the ‘Sabrina’ monument, which dilutes and denigrates the entire project,” he said.

Because the statue is featured prominently in the show, The Satanic Temple claims its members are being associated with the “evil antagonists” depicted in the series. The characters of the show, who worship the “Dark Lord” or Satan, engage in cannibalism, necromancy, murder and torture, among other nefarious activities.

The Satanic Temple, on the other hand, “does not promote evil and instead holds to the basic principle that undue suffering is bad, and that which reduces suffering is good,” the organization claims. It hails Satan as a “rebel against God’s authority, rather than an evil being.”

The religious group reached out to Netflix and Warner Bros. to remove the depiction when it became aware of the statue in the series, but its request went unanswered.

“It does really kind of normalize this notion that the only true meaning of this type of religious identification is one that can be associated with a patriarchal, cannibalistic cult,” Greaves said. “We’re so inundated with this anti-Satan fiction that a lot of people think its superfluous to pursue to a claim like this at all.”