More than 20,000 Christians have signed a petition for Netflix to cancel its adaptation of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett‘s fantasy novel ‘Good Omens’. Gaiman also created the TV adaptation. The problem is that none of those 20,000 people realized that the series isn’t on Netflix, but Amazon. What they also seem not to realize is that this is a miniseries that ended after six episodes, all of which were released simultaneously on May 31st, so there is nothing to cancel.
Before his death, Pratchett asked Gaiman to adapt their novel into a TV miniseries. Douglas Mackinnon directed all six episodes, which starred David Tennant as the demon Crowley and Michael Sheen as the angel Aziraphale, who work together to prevent the coming apocalypse because it will interfere with their comfortable lives on Earth. The series also starred Adria Arjona, Miranda Richardson, Michael McKean, Jack Whitehall, Jon Hamm, and Frances McDormand as the voice of God.
The petition (which appears to have been taken down) was drafted by the Return to Order campaign, an offshoot of the US Foundation for a Christian Civilisation. They charge that ‘Good Omens’ is “another step to make satanism appear normal, light and acceptable”, and “mocks God’s wisdom.”
It also states:
“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 also complained that God was voiced by a woman (who presumably should be in the kitchen, barefoot and pregnant), and that the Antichrist was a “normal kid” who was being forced to destroy the world against his will.
Gaiman reacted with amusement on Twitter:
— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) June 19, 2019
This petition should in no way reflect the opinions (and intelligence level) of most Christians… y’know the ones that know what streaming service they’re watching. This same group has also attacked Walmart, so they are clearly just trying to attract attention.
At any rate, it looks as though they realized their mistake and have taken the petition down. Still, it’s pretty damn funny.
Source: The Guardian