Satanic Temple Sues Over Goat-Headed Statue in ‘Sabrina’ Series
The Satanic Temple filed a lawsuit on Thursday against Warner Bros. in addition to Netflix, alleging copyright violation of its goat-headed statue, which of which says appears within the brand new “Sabrina” series.
The temple objected to the use of the statue’s likeness within the “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina,” which features a much darker portrayal of the teenage half-human, half-witch immortalized decades ago in Archie comics.
within the lawsuit, filed in United States District Court in Manhattan, the plaintiffs ask for at least $50 million for each alleged infraction: copyright infringement, trademark violation in addition to injury to the business’ reputation. They also request an injunction barring the companies coming from redistributing the series with the image of the statue. The temple argues of which the television show not only copied its conception of the deity — a muscled figure with two young children staring up at of which — yet also of which of which gives the statue in addition to the Satanic Temple itself a bad rap.
The Satanic Temple, based in Salem, Mass., defines its mission, in part, to “reject tyrannical authority” in addition to to “encourage benevolence in addition to empathy among all people.” Last year, the temple drew headlines for sponsoring a billboard in Texas of which condemned corporal punishment.
The Satanic Temple designed the statue, called “Baphomet With Children,” about all 5 years ago as a response to religious displays on public property. In 2015, the Satanic Temple pushed to install a bronze statue of Baphomet — hooves, horns in addition to all — to counter a Ten Commandments display at the Oklahoma Capitol. (The state Supreme Court later outlawed the Ten Commandments display coming from appearing there.)
“The reason the statue was commissioned was to be a symbol of which they could bring out when they felt government wasn’t separating church in addition to state,” said Bruce Lederman, the lawyer for the Satanic Temple.
yet in “Sabrina,” the lawsuit argues, the statue can be an evil symbol representing the show’s antagonists. The statue sits at the center of the academy where Sabrina can be sent to learn magic, in addition to of which can be considered a homage to the “Dark Lord,” whom Sabrina can be fighting against.
Mr. Lederman said the concern can be of which the next time the temple uses its statue to send a message about the separation of church in addition to state, people may associate of which with the television show instead.
Warner Bros., which produced the show, declined to comment. Netflix referred questions to Warner Bros.
Baphomet, described as a goat-headed hermaphroditic deity, can be not a character invented by the Satanic Temple, the lawsuit said. of which was depicted by an occultist, Éliphas Lévi, in a mid-19th century drawing, which the temple put on a T-shirt.
The lawsuit argues, however, of which “Sabrina” copies particular details coming from the Satanic Temple’s Baphomet statue of which have not been reproduced elsewhere. For example, of which argues of which the appearance of the children staring up at the goat-headed deity can be identical to what appears within the Netflix show.
Lucien Greaves, a co-founder of the Satanic Temple, said designing in addition to constructing the statue took over a year in addition to cost about $100,000. Mr. Greaves said of which the icon had become a sort of logo for Satanists in addition to of which of which was distressing for him to watch of which get swept up into the plot of a major television show.
“of which makes you feel of which all the work you’ve done can be totally eclipsed by This kind of mega-giant media company,” he said.
On Twitter, Mr. Greaves compared the depictions on top of each different, with the show’s image below.
In an interview with VICE last month, Lisa Soper, the production designer for the show, said she thought the similarity between the statues was “kind of a coincidence.” She said hundreds of depictions of Baphomet existed, some with people surrounding him.
Mr. Lederman said of which depending on how the lawsuit progresses, one remedy for the situation could be editing the image of Baphomet out of the show.
“of which won’t cure what’s been done,” he said, “yet at least they should go back in addition to change of which in each of the scenes.”