US Christian group admits that it was woefully wrong in petitioning for Netflix to stop making the show Good Omens.
The show follows an angel played by Michael Sheen and a demon played by David Tennant as they try to save the world from an apocalypse. The show is based on a novel of the same name and has 6 episodes. It is set in the present day and includes an Antichrist character who is 11 years old.
The authors of the 1990 novel are Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. Before passing away, Pratchett requested that Gaiman write the screenplay. Radio Times called the show, “a devilishly funny love letter to the book”.
The petition against Good Omens
Recently, a Christian organization demanded that the show Good Omens be cancelled. The petition read, “This series presents devils and Satanists as normal and even good, where they merely have a different way of being, and mocks God’s wisdom. Please sign our petition, telling Netflix that we will not stand silent as they destroy the barriers of horror we still have for evil.”
The reason behind the opposition of the show was that God is being “voiced by a woman”, the Antichrist is a “normal kid” and the four riders of the Apocalypse are just a motorbike gang. They also dislike that , “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”.
Return to Order
More than 20,000 people signed the petition on the Christian website Return to Order on Thursday. The American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property initially launched the campaign.
The platform is based on John Horvat II’s work and “calls upon Americans to put principles into actions by working toward what is called an organic Christian society.” In April, it petitioned that Walmart should “stop selling Satanic products”. In 2018, it protested against a “blasphemous ice cream chain called Sweet Jesus”.
…wait a minute…
The funniest part of the whole petition is that Good Omens does not air on Netflix at all. It is an Amazon Prime show. Neil Gaiman, who also wrote the screenplay for the show, tweeted, “I love that they are going to write to Netflix to try and get #GoodOmens cancelled. Says it all really.”
Science fiction critic Cheryl Morgan also joined in. She tweeted, “Miraculously God has already done it. Don’t tell them She put it on Amazon instead.”
Netflix itself joined the joke, saying, “Ok we promise not to make any more.” Amazon Prime said, “Hey @netflix, we’ll cancel Stranger Things if you cancel Good Omens.”
On Thursday, the group updated its petition, saying there was an “oversight by Return to Order staff”. Plus, they recognized Amazon’s ownership of the show. Additionally, they said, “We regret the mistake, and the protests will be delivered to Amazon when the campaign is complete.”
The show released globally on May 31, 2019.