Over 20,000 Christians have signed a petition calling for Good Omens – a show focused on the antichrist and the apocalypse – to be canceled. The group asserts that the show is “making satanism appear normal,” and wants Netflix to cancel it. There’s just one problem; they targeted the wrong streaming giant.
Good Omens, according to a report by The Guardian, is an adaptation of a fantasy novel created by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman that was released in 1990. The petition asking for the show’s cancelation was directed at Netflix. However, Netflix has nothing to do with the show, as it was created as a joint venture between Amazon and the BBC, and released on Amazon Prime.
Before Pratchett’s passing, he asked Gaiman to turn the novel into a show. Gaiman wrote the screenplay and served as showrunner on the production.
Good Omens became a six-part series that chronicled the efforts of Crowley, a demon played by David Tennant, and Aziraphale, an angel played by Michael Sheen, to find the antichrist and prevent an impending apocalypse.
On a Return to Order campaign, which has over 20,000 supporters, the show is labeled as “another step to make satanism appear normal, light and acceptable.” It goes on to assert that Good Omens “mocks God’s wisdom,” and also complains that God is “voiced by a woman,” that the antichrist is portrayed as a “normal kid,” and that “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.”
The group is calling on Netflix to cancel the show.
Gaiman addressed the petition directly, saying in a tweet, “I love that they are going to write to Netflix to try and get #GoodOmens cancelled. Says it all really.”
Cheryl Morgan, the publisher and a science fiction critic, also crafted a tweet, writing: “Miraculously God has already done it. Don’t tell them She put it on Amazon instead.”
Many Twitter users who were made aware of the petition expressed their appreciation for the show, including many who identified themselves as Christian and not only said that they enjoyed it, but also apologized for those behind the petition.