Baphomet dons his fearsome "Copyright" aspect

Satanic Temple threatens legal action over statue in Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

"The issue isn't the appropriation of Satanic religious symbols to portray beliefs and activities that bear no relation to what the practitioners of Satanism believe," Greaves tells SYFY WIRE in an email. "We don't own Satanism and we can only try to educate people as to what Satanism means to those who identify with it when we're countering irresponsible fictions that feed real-world moral panics.

"It's one thing that there's another ignorant television portrayal of a Satanic Panic-style Satanic cult that engages in cannibalism, but it is another thing that they've used our unique and copyrighted Baphomet monument as the central icon of that cult," he continued. "We spent a year and a half designing and financing our monument, which has become a central image of our own organization. To see it appropriated as 'the Sabrina monument' while associated with cannibalistic rites is unacceptable. We owe it to everybody who identifies with us to rectify this situation." [...]

Both the real-life and TV statue are clearly the offspring of illustrations and wood carvings that date back hundreds of years, but the resemblance between the two is remarkable. [...]

The Temple's statue was first commissioned in 2014 to protest the installation of a Ten Commandments monument on the grounds of the Oklahoma state capitol, with the reasoning being that if one religious icon could be displayed there, others could as well.

When the Commandments monument was removed, the nine-foot-tall, 2,000-pound, bronze Baphomet statue was completed and debuted at the Detroit chapter of the Satanic Temple a year later. It was parked outside the Arkansas state capitol earlier this year to protest another Ten Commandments monument.

It's a great show, though!


Update: Church of Satan notes, "That's not us, leave us out of it."


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7 Responses:

  1. Karellen says:

    Although I was a fan of the '90s TV adaptation, I heard about the new show and realised that I had zero fucks to give about this new one. Probably because it's just not gonna work without Salem, amirite?

    Anyway, I read the article because I thought a bit more background info would be fun and, there at the bottom, was a video interview with someone who looks young enough and blond enough and Melissa Joan Hart enough to probably be the new Sabrina, and... wait, is she sitting next to Michelle "Missy" Gomez‽‽

    To Wikipedia! "Michelle Gomez as Mary Wardwell / Madam Satan: Sabrina's favorite teacher and mentor at Baxter High, who becomes possessed by the devil's handmaiden to become Madam Satan, a cunning manipulator."

    Damnit. Now I really want to watch this thing. Curse you, Zawinski! * shakes fist *

  2. Jyrgen N says:

    Well, I like it, but then I have never seen the comic or the other TV adaption. In particular I like the excellent cast, most prominently Kieran Shipka, which I remember from Mad Men – at the time I thought, wow, she'll be quite an actress! And now she started in earnest, apparently. I look forward to see her in more of "Sabrina" and other roles.

    But also like the whole atmosphere, the nods to Buffy+Angel, Harry Potter, and whatnot. I cannot assume, though, that anyone would take this as a serious portrayal of those who call themselves Satanists in the real world with all that tongue-in-cheekery.

    • jwz says:

      I never watched the 90s show, but if you like the Netflix version, the recent comic that it is based on is worth checking out. This show is a good adaptation of that -- though the comic is set in the 60s, and is much darker. The Afterlife With Archie comic was also fun, though Sabrina is better.

      • Jyrgen N says:

        I might, but could be not quite readily available in my part of the world (southeast of Rightpondia). Thanks for the tip, anyway!

      • Jieves says:

        I’m enjoying the TV adaptation, even the changes, but I really wish they’d hurry up and publish the next issue of the comic. It feels like a once a year occurrence these days.

        Props for animating a bunch of the comic art (and the new characters) in the credits. It really adds to the atmosphere.

        Also, this sounds like an occasion to bring people together. The Church of Satan and your aunt who thought that D&D was Satanic can protest the same thing!

    • Jyrgen N says:

      Ah, I remember the whatnot, it was Stranger Things. Maybe more, even.

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