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20K Christians Demand Netflix Cancel Amazon Show

Return to Order claims 'Good Omens' normalizes Satanism
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 20, 2019 9:40 AM CDT

(Newser) Good Omens is getting good reviews, with the Radio Times calling the six-part miniseries "a devilishly funny love letter" to the 1990 fantasy novel from Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, on which it's based. But some 20,000 Christians aren't impressed, having signed a petition demanding Netflix cancel the show released last month, which follows an angel and demon working together to prevent the apocalypse, per the Guardian. Only there's nothing Netflix can do about it; the show, a co-production between Amazon Studios and BBC Studios, actually comes from Amazon Prime. "I love that they are going to write to Netflix to try and get #GoodOmens cancelled. Says it all really," reads a tweet from showrunner Gaiman, who included intimate scenes with a 500-foot-tall Satan, per Variety. "Promise me you won't tell them?" he added.

Return to Order, a religious group with no affinity for Satan worship, orchestrated the still-live petition to protest what it says is the show's attempt "to make Satanism appear normal, light and acceptable." "Please sign our petition, telling Netflix that we will not stand silent as they destroy the barriers of horror we still have for evil," reads the group's appeal, which also takes issue with the fact that God is voiced by a woman, Frances McDormand. "This is so beautiful," Gaiman writes of the petition. Considering the TV adaptation was the last request Pratchett made of Gaiman before his death, per the Guardian, it seems unlikely the author has any intention of caving. Return of Order hasn't had any luck, either, in getting ice cream company Sweet Jesus to change its "blasphemous" name, despite a petition signed by 80,000. (Read more TV shows stories.)

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