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Satanists Are Accusing The Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina Of Copyright Infringement

2018 is a weird time.

Netflix’s The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina isn’t like the Sabrina you know and love. It’s incredibly dark, and full of references to Satanic rituals and beliefs. It’s got cannibalism, murder, blood rituals, zombies, demons, and even Satan himself.

I expected complaints from parents who wanted to share their love of Sabrina with their kids; what I didn’t expect was complaints from actual Satanists on the grounds of copyright infringement.

Lucien Greaves, cofounder of The Satanic Temple, took to Twitter on Monday to air his grievances over the usage of a statue in the Netflix series.

This is the statue of Baphomet as seen in the show:

I keep bleeding love.

And this is the Temple’s statue:

I solemnly swear I am up to no good.

As you can see, they are pretty similar.

But this is a 19th-century illustration of a Sabbatic Goat by occult author Éliphas Lévi:

This one has breasts!

Both the statue in Sabrina and the Satanic Temple’s statue look incredibly similar to Lévi’s illustration, don’t they?

The Satanists’ statue is relatively new; it was unveiled in 2015. Meanwhile, Lévi’s illustration dates back to the 1850s, and was the source of later depictions of Baphomet, including those found in decks of tarot cards, and, presumably, the Satanic Temple’s own statue.

Greaves told The Wrap that his lawyers have asked Netflix to remove the statue from the show (how? it’s a physical prop in the background of many shots), and he told SFGate that he’s moving forward with the copyright claim because he wants to “send some message” to anyone else who might try and appropriate the statue, “because that’s how copyright works.”

I’m not a copyright lawyer, but this seems like a pretty blatant attempt to piggyback on the success of the reboot. And it’s worked, hasn’t it? We’re covering the issue because it’s so ludicrous. So I guess that’s Satanists, 1, the rest of us, 0.

Greaves then went on to compare this issue to Islamophobia and anti-Semitism, both of which are real problems, unlike anti-Satanism.

Considering the statue was created solely to protest the placing of a statue of the Ten Commandments outside the Oklahoma state capitol, I don’t think it’s anything like depicting terrorists using a mosque as their headquarters, or implicating Jewish people in a story about blood libel. Those have real-world consequences. This doesn’t.

The Satanic Temple itself is only six years old, so one could argue that their usage of Satanic imagery that predates the establishment of their group might be considered copyright infringement. I’m not saying anyone should, just that they could, since it makes about as much sense as this does.

Photos From Netflix's Sabrina The Teenage Witch Reboot Are Here, But Where The Heck Is Salem?

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina looks spooky as hell, and what's spookier than a talking cat that can destroy you with unholy levels of snark?

Netflix has released two photos from the set of the upcoming Sabrina the Teenage Witch reboot, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, and it looks a lot darker than the 90s show we all know and love.

Most importantly, Salem the talking cat is nowhere to be found. How can this be?!

Salem Saberhagen, the warlock who was sentenced to spend 100 years as a cat as punishment for trying to take over the world, was the best part of the original Sabrina, without a doubt. His one-liners and overall sassiness transformed an otherwise often forgettable show into a classic, and I can’t imagine a Sabrina reboot without him.

The reboot stars Kiernan Shipka of Mad Men fame as Sabrina Spellman, and Australia’s very own Miranda Otto as her aunt Zelda. Netflix describes the show as a “dark coming-of-age story that traffics in horror, the occult, and, of course, witchcraft”, that’s closer to Rosemary’s Baby and The Exorcist than it is to the original Sabrina, and it’s clear this is going to be nothing like the show we all grew up watching.

There is no sign of Salem on the show’s IMDB page, which I’m hoping is a grave oversight and not reflective of the show’s final lineup. Maybe producers felt that his comic relief didn’t suit the tone of the show, but what would help Sabrina as she fights against evil more than a feisty feline sidekick?

If anyone needs me, I’ll be watching YouTube compilations of Salem’s best moments in tribute to our favourite furry overlord.

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