Netflix, the streaming service, has been sued by the Satanic Temple for copying the statue of their goat deity, Baphomet, in Netflix’s newest addition to the service, “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.” This show is loosely based on the 90s show, “Sabrina The Teenage Witch.” This new twist to Sabrina follows the comic books closer than the hit 90s show with Melissa Joan Hart. This new show is much darker than the comedy show we all knew growing up.
According to Variety, the Temple is suing Netflix and Warner Bros. for $50 million for copyright infringement. The Temple says the statue is an original piece made for “original expression.”
The Satanic Temple feels that the new “Sabrina” show is “misappropriating its iconography to play into negative ‘Satanic Panic’ stereotypes surrounding its ideology,” according to Vanity Fair.
The Temple also wants an explanation of how Netflix created their statue of Baphomet, and all advertisements as well as anything pertaining to his likeness to be removed from the show.
As of Nov. 21, the Satanic Temple and Warner Bros. have arrived to an “amicable” settlement. The Guardian, with a copy of the Temple’s statement reads, “The Satanic Temple is pleased to announce that the lawsuit it recently filed against Warner Bros. and Netflix has been amicably settled. The unique elements of the Satanic Temple’s Baphomet statue have been acknowledged in the credits of episodes which have already been filmed. The remaining terms of the settlement are subject to a confidentiality agreement.”
Warner Bros. has not released a statement on the settlement.