The Satanic Temple is threatening legal action against Netflix. The reason? For featuring a Baphomet statue in an episode of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina that looks very similar to a Baphomet statue they created. Their statue was created for display outside a courthouse in Oklahoma next to a statue of the Ten Commandments. They weren’t successful in getting the statue displayed in Oklahoma.
Lucien Greaves, co-founder and spokesperson for The Satanic Temple tweeted about it.
The Baphomet statues are very similar
When I watched the episode of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina that first showed the statue, I thought it was the same exact one created by The Satanic Temple. On closer examination, it is not. It’s a knockoff. The creators of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina did not attempt to create a Baphomet statue. It looks like they tried to make a Baphomet statue based on the design created by The Satanic Temple. Legally, I don’t see how they can do that without securing the rights to the design. The Satanic Temple is not the set designer for The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. Netflix pays someone else to do that job.
The Satanic Temple is not a Satan worshiping organization
In case you are wondering, The Satanic Temple does not promote the worshipping of Satan. They promote the exact opposite. The Satanic Temple doesn’t believe in Satan. They are non-theistic. Members of The Satanic Temple are staunch supporters of the First Amendment and the separation of church and state. They view Satan as nothing more than a fictitious character. The Satanic Temple uses the fictitious character of Satan to defend the separation of church and state.
If you turn to The Satanic Temple because you want to worship Satan, you’re all out of luck. For that, you need to look to the Church of Satan or better yet, the Boston Red Sox.
CNN is reporting that Netflix cut ties with Kevin Spacey, Oscar award-winning actor and sexual predator of teenage boys. Just because CNN says something, doesn’t mean it’s true.
For example, I went to my Netflix account and did a search for Kevin Spacey. Lots of results appeared. Here are the top three results:
If Netflix truly cut ties with Kevin Spacey, it would mean they were not making money from his work or paying him for his work. Having his movies and TV shows in their library provides content for Netflix subscribers. People pay to subscribe to Netflix.
Netflix still has economic ties with Kevin Spacey
If I decide to watch House of Cards on Netflix, Kevin Spacey makes money. Netflix pays him a residual for viewership of his work. Not only as an actor but as a producer as well.
If you’re still writing checks to someone, you can’t claim you’ve “cut ties” with them.
Why is CNN claiming Netflix cut ties with Kevin Spacey when a 10-second search on Netflix proves it’s not true? Because they’re lazy and they don’t seem to have a problem with reporting things that are not true. CNN probably received a press release from Netflix that said they cut ties with Kevin Spacey and the reporter assigned to the story, Sandra Gonzalez, treated it as gospel.
At best it’s lazy reporting on the part of Sandra Gonzalez and a lack of editorial overwatch. At worst, it’s fake news, a willful misreporting of the facts. Knowing CNN, it’s probably a little bit of both.