October 31, 2018 at 1:47 pm EDT | by Mariah Cooper
Satanists threaten Netflix’s ‘Sabrina’ with legal action over Baphomet statue

‘The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’ (Screenshot via YouTube)

The Satanic Temple is threatening to take legal action against Netflix’s “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” for its use of the Baphomet statue in the series.

“The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina,” based on the Archie Comics of the same name, follows half-witch, half-human Sabrina Spellman as she tries to balance her witch life, which involves worshipping Satan (aka the Dark Lord), and her human life at high school.

In the show, Spellman attends the Academy Of Unseen Arts to practice witchcraft. The school has a statue which the Satantic Temple claims is very similar to the Baphomet statue.

Satanic Temple co-founder Lucien Greaves told SFGate “we would have had to send some message” because the longer they wait to make a copyright claim the harder it would be.

“It’s deeply problematic to us,” Greaves said. “But even if that wasn’t the case we’d be obligated to make a copyright claim because that’s how copyright works.”

“It’s distressing on the grounds that you have to worry about that association being made where people will see your monument and not know which preceded the other and thinking that you arbitrarily decided to go with the Sabrina design for your Baphomet monument, which rather cheapens our central icon,” he added.

Greaves also noted that the group is concerned about the Baphomet statue’s representation on the show portraying the figure as “evil.”

“The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” is currently streaming on Netflix.

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