Netflix sued by Satanic Temple over use of Baphomet deity

Brenda Watkins
November 11, 2018

The Satanic Temple is making good on their threats from earlier this year when they claimed they would take legal action against Netflix for using a statue they created in The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.

Warner Bros., which produced the show, declined to comment.

In a lawsuit filed Thursday in the U.S. District court of NY, the Satanic Temple is suing Netflix and Warner Brothers for damages, alleging the media giants ripped off an image of their statue and portrayed it as evil, when it's meant to be a symbol of good.

They go on to say, the "prominent use of symbol as the central focal point of the school associated with evil, cannibalism and murder blurs and tarnishes the TST Baphomet with Children as a mark of TST".

In a bid to antagonize local governments that allow religious displays on public property - in its view, violating the separation of church and state - TST donated Baphomet to Oklahoma for display next to a Ten Commandments monument, only to see it rerouted to Arkansas' Capitol building amid litigation and protests.

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An icon similar to the group's appears in four episodes of the supernatural drama, it alleges.

In the show, a dark re-telling of 90s series Sabrina the Teenage Witch, and the comics on which its based, Mad Men actress Kiernan Shipka attends The Academy of Unseen Arts, in which there is a statue of the Baphomet.

Satanic Temple said it does not worship Satan, but instead seeks "to encourage benevolence and empathy among all people". The group's founder, Lucien Greaves compared the two works on Twitter.

Netflix referred questions to Warner Bros.

Some Satanic news now, with the latest update in the ongoing lawsuit that has been filed against Netflix over their new show, 'Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina'.

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