Now that’s swift action.
More than 20,000 television viewers have petitioned Netflix to cancel Good Omens, a comic miniseries based on Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman’s novel of the same name.
I suspect at least 19,999 of them haven’t seen the show — because it’s not on Netflix. It’s on Amazon Prime.
The series follows the adventures of the demon Crowley (David Tennant) and the angel Aziraphale (Michael Sheen), who plot to thwart heaven and hell’s plans for Armageddon.
It’s obviously an outlandish piece of fiction with no basis in reality (“Armageddon” is your first clue), but many fundie Christians got their white gossamer undies in a bunch and resolved to pelt Netflix HQ with fire and hailstones until it agreed to stop airing the show it didn’t produce and has none of the rights to.
But Christians marshalled by the Return to Order campaign, an offshoot of the US Foundation for a Christian Civilisation, disagree. More than 20,000 supporters have signed a petition in which they say that Good Omens is “another step to make satanism appear normal, light and acceptable”, and “mocks God’s wisdom”. God, they complain, is “voiced by a woman” – Frances McDormand – the antichrist is a “normal kid” and, most importantly, “this type of video makes light of Truth, Error, Good and Evil, and destroys the barriers of horror that society still has for the devil”. They are calling on Netflix to cancel the show.
By all means, Netflix. Take action. Don’t stream this filth!
Then again, you could probably inveigle 20,000 right-wing Christians into signing a petition urging Cinemax to force Richard Dawson to stop sacrificing bighorn sheep during Wheel of Fortune. Once they get those juices flowing, reason flies right out the window.
Gaiman responded to the petition on Twitter, writing: “I love that they are going to write to Netflix to try and get #GoodOmens cancelled. Says it all really. This is so beautiful … Promise me you won’t tell them?”
We won’t. Promise.
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