For those who haven’t heard, there is currently a petition against Fox’s ‘Lucifer in the works and character creator Neil Gaiman has the best retort to date.
What it all boils down to is that the media watchdog group called One Million Moms has decided that ‘Lucifer’ just isn’t proper for our poor impressionable eyes as the show “mischaracterizes” Satan and therefor is mocking the Bible. I won’t go into any of the debates here about all of the various histories of the fallen angel here, but instead will just share what the creator of this iteration of the comic book character has said about the matter on his Tumblr page:
Ah. It seems like only yesterday (but it was 1991) that the “Concerned Mothers of America” announced that they were boycotting SANDMAN because it contained Lesbian, Gay, Bi and Trans characters. It was Wanda that upset them most: the idea of a Trans Woman in a comic book… They told us they were organizing a boycott of SANDMAN, which they would only stop if we wrote to the American Family Association and promised to reform.
I wonder if they noticed it didn’t work last time, either…
Does this mean that Gaiman’s creations are prophetic and in the next ten years we’ll have demons and fallen angels on Earth trying to get equal rights? Probably not. If you feel that this group is somehow right you can join the almost 13,000 others at the time of posting over at One Million Moms. If you aren’t too worried about how a comic book being turned into a television show about someone who is clearly not Christianity’s Satan, you can probably just enjoy the show when its released with the rest of us.
Not sure if the show is for you? A new expanded synopsis for the upcoming FOX series can be found below followed by its trailer!
The Devil has come to Los Angeles…
Based upon the characters created by Neil Gaiman, Sam Kieth and Mike Dringenberg for DC Entertainment’s Vertigo imprint, LUCIFER is the story of the original fallen angel. Bored and unhappy as the Lord of Hell, LUCIFER MORNINGSTAR (Tom Ellis, “Merlin”) has abandoned his throne and retired to L.A., where he owns Lux, an upscale nightclub.
Charming, charismatic and devilishly handsome, Lucifer is enjoying his retirement, indulging in a few of his favorite things – wine, women and song – when a beautiful pop star is brutally murdered outside of Lux. For the first time in roughly 10 billion years, he feels something awaken deep within him as a result of this murder. Compassion? Sympathy? The very thought disturbs him – as well as his best friend and confidante, MAZIKEEN aka MAZE (Lesley-Ann Brandt, “The Librarians”), a fierce demon in the form of a beautiful young woman.
The murder attracts the attention of LAPD homicide detective CHLOE DANCER (Lauren German, “Chicago Fire”), who initially is dismissive of Lucifer. But she becomes intrigued by his talent for drawing out people’s secrets and his desire to dispense justice, doling out punishment to those who deserve it. As they work together to solve the pop star’s murder, Lucifer is struck by Chloe’s inherent goodness. Accustomed to dealing with the absolute worst of humanity, Lucifer is intrigued by Chloe’s apparent purity and begins to wonder if there’s hope for his own soul yet.
At the same time, God’s emissary, the angel AMENADIEL (DB Woodside, “Suits,” “24”), has been sent to Los Angeles to convince Lucifer to return to the underworld…can the Devil incarnate be tempted toward the side of Good, or will his original calling pull him back toward Evil?