(Guardian) – More than 20,000 Christians have signed a petition calling for the cancellation of Good Omens, the television series adapted from Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman’s 1990 fantasy novel – unfortunately addressing their petition to Netflix when the series is made by Amazon Prime.
The six-part series was released last month, starring David Tennant as the demon Crowley and Michael Sheen as the angel Aziraphale, who collaborate to prevent the coming of the antichrist and an imminent apocalypse. Pratchett’s last request to Gaiman before he died was that he adapt the novel they wrote together; Gaiman wrote the screenplay andworked as showrunner on the BBC/Amazon co-production, which the Radio Times called “a devilishly funny love letter to the book”.
But Christians marshalled by the Return to Order campaign, an offshoot of the US Foundation for a Christian Civilisation, disagree. More than 20,000 supporters have signed a petition in which they say that Good Omens is “another step to make satanism appear normal, light and acceptable”, and “mocks God’s wisdom”. God, they complain, is “voiced by a woman” – Frances McDormand – the antichrist is a “normal kid” and, most importantly, “this type of video makes light of Truth, Error, Good and Evil, and destroys the barriers of horror that society still has for the devil”. They are calling on Netflix to cancel the show.
Goddamn do I love crazy religious people. It’s not exactly a shock that they’d do something so dumb, after all they believe that the world was created in 6 days and a woman had a baby Thanos snapped into her womb without sex and an ark rescued a bunch of animals and water became wine and someone walked on water and a whole town survived on a fish and a snake smooth talked a woman into eating an apple and thoughts and prayers matter and and people choose to be gay and a burning bush spoke and all kinds of other things I forget from CCD. On the long list of idiotic things about religion, thinking a show from Amazon is on Netflix is just about at the bottom of the list, but that doesn’t make it less entertaining. It’s another reason to laugh at folks who drink “blood” on Sundays while sitting then standing then sitting then standing then kneeling then standing then kneeling then standing and I will always welcome that.
And to be honest, this show looks like a piece of shit. I love basically every actor in it (Michael Sheen, David Tennant, Jon Hamm, Frances McDormand, Nick Offerman, Michael McKeen) but goodness does it look bad. Guess what, though? Now I’m gonna watch the hell out of it, probably on mute while I fuck around on my phone, just to give it great ratings so it gets renewed and these people can continue to pray to an almighty’s deaf ears and petition the wrong company that it gets cancelled.