There's a commonly held suspicion that the people most likely to want to ban a movie or TV show are usually the ones who haven't seen it, and a newly launched petition to Netflix to cancel their adaptation of Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman 1990 novel Good Omens seems to offer solid proof. "Good Omens" stars David Tennant as the demon Crowley and Michael Sheen as the angel Aziraphale, who work together to fight the powers of Heaven and Hell and prevent the looming apocalypse. Like, chill out. It's a show on Amazon Prime.
It has come under fire from the Christian Return To Order movement, which claims it is "blasphemous" and has compiled a 20,000-strong petition asking for it to be canned.
"The Netflix series Good Omens portrays the agents of Good and Evil as fighters in an arbitrary struggle devoid of meaning and truth", the petition reads.
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This isn't the first time Return to Order has created a petition.
Gaiman, who adapted the book into a screenplay after Pratchett's death, responded to the petition on Twitter, saying, "I love that they are going to write to Netflix to try and get #GoodOmens cancelled". Says it all really.
"Please sign our petition, telling Netflix that we will not stand silent as they destroy the barriers of horror we still have for evil". "Promise me you won't tell them?" he added. Still, it is quite fun to mock these ridiculous complaints, and even Neil Gaiman himself has joined in the merriment, sharing a list of grievances that couldn't be funnier if it were intentional parody. The letter, which has already amassed 20,000 signatures, contends that the series is "another step to make satanism appear normal, light and acceptable", and takes issue with God being voiced by a woman. In April, the organization launched a petition calling for Walmart to stop selling "Satanic products" and catalyzed a protest in 2018 against an ice cream chain called "Sweet Jesus".