Bad news for those of you who have yet to binge Netflix's Sabrina the Teenage Witch reboot! There's a good chance it could be permanently removed from the streaming platform. That's because the actual Satanic Temple is suing the streamer (along with Warner Bros) for copyright infringement to the unholy tune of 50 MILLION DOLLARS.
In the series, Sabrina attends a school called The Academy of the Unseen Arts. Inside the school there's a statue dedicated to the Dark Lord (this all kinda sounds like Harry Potter, am I right?) — and the Satanic Temple claims it’s an exact replica of their proprietary Baphomet statue. Which is copyrighted. Yikes.
Satanic Temple co-founder Lucien Greaves told SFGate they were taking legal action because, "It looks like it’s a CGI facsimile to begin with. I don’t know how much work that takes, but I simply refuse to have our monument used in this way in perpetuity. I don’t want our monument to be associated with this."
He even tweeted out proof of the real statue's similarity to the CGI version in the show.
For purposes of comparison... https://t.co/AZJvmq1Cks— Lucien Greaves (@Lucien Greaves)1540943224.0
But he wasn't done bashing the show...
Yes, we are taking legal action regarding #TheChillingAdventuresofSabrina appropriating our copyrighted monument de… https://t.co/1YGSQdKtdG— Lucien Greaves (@Lucien Greaves)1540780359.0
Some fans on Twitter are NOT about this lawsuit though.
Remember the good ole days when Satanic temples would use satanic rituals to curse those who had offended and relea… https://t.co/M7vTdWQXZ6— Jessica Evans 🇪🇸 (@Jessica Evans 🇪🇸)1541129151.0
There's a good reason why the Temple wants the statue to be removed from the show.The Blast, the Temple states, “Defendants misappropriated the TST Baphomet Children in ways implying that the monument stands for evil. Among other morally repugnant actions, the Sabrina Series’ evil antagonists engage in cannibalism and forced-worship of a patriarchal deity." Wait, record scratch. We were with you up until the evil thing. Does the Satanic Temple not embody evil? Apparently not!
According to the About Me section of the Satanic Temple's website...
There are 7 main tenets of the Temple:
That seems pretty legit. So, why can't we all just get along?
I find it funny how the Satanic Temple feels that a comedy Netflix show about a teenage witch is giving a bad name… https://t.co/Rs5GZvrWS6— AlexVNDGRM (@AlexVNDGRM)1541363378.0
For those who haven't seen the Netflix show yet, it's worth noting that this version is quite a bit darker than the original.
Like Riverdale, the show is meant to evoke a timeless quality.Elle Magazine:
When you watch the show you’ll see cellphones, you’ll see laptops, you’ll see Victorian dresses. Some of these witches and creatures are hundreds of years old, so we’re trying to show that layering of history, and also trying to give everybody in the audience a chance to grab onto something that they like and that they're nostalgic for. We're not locked into a time.
Fans of both shows know that there has even been a character crossover from the Riverdale world to the Sabrina world.
Since premiering, these two shows have seen their fair share of outrageous fan theories.
Riverdale/Chilling Adventures of Sabrina actor Moses Thiessen has discussed the possible crossover between the show… https://t.co/doENQ4uc5b— Strife Magazine (@Strife Magazine)1541665300.0