Satanic Temple sues Netflix, Warner Bros over a statue in 'Sabrina'

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Netflix, which released the "Sabrina" series on October 26, referred questions about the suit to Warner Bros., which 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.

It adds the Satanic Temple created its depiction of Baphomet in part "to promote First Amendment values of separation of church and state and equal protection".

The Satanic Temple claims it spent $100,000 designing and building the statue, and that they wish people would stop using their design.

The Satanic Temple made national headlines in 2014 after campaigning to have the Baphomet statue placed alongside a monument of the Ten Commandments in Oklahoma City on the grounds of religious freedom. The real Satanists, it argues, did not deserve being associated with the show's antagonists, who "engage in cannibalism and forced-worship of a patriarchal deity".

As we noted in our review, Netflix's Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is a devilishly good time, but it turns out some did not see it that way, precisely because of the devil.

On the launch pad for the past week, the action that took off Thursday is that a similar looking statue is placed at the Academy of the Unseen Arts that Mad Men alum Kiernan Shipka attends as Sabrina.

The Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina is a supernatural drama which follows the half-mortal half-witch teenager Sabrina Spellman. Lucien Greaves, co-founder of the Satanic Temple, posted a tweet comparing their own statue with that in the Netflix show.

Warner Bros spokesman Paul McGuire said that company does not discuss pending litigation.

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