A protest campaign sponsored by a secular Catholic organization gathered more than 20,000 signatures for a petition asking Netflix to cancel the fantasy series “Good Omens”, based on the 1990 novel by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett.
Netflix quickly agreed to no longer produce episodes, which was an easy promise to keep – the streaming service has nothing to do with the series, produced by BBC and Amazon.
Return to Order, a campaign affiliated with the far-right Catholic group, the American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family and Property, opposed the “blasphemous” show, reported BBC News.
The petition calling for the cancellation of the series claims that the series “mocks the wisdom of God” and “presents demons and satanists as normal and even good”. The group challenges Frances McDormand’s cast as a voice of God and the representation of Antichrist as “A normal child who has special powers and a mission to destroy the world, which he does not really want to do.”
On Friday morning, more than 20,000 people signed the petition, which has since been amended to reflect the fact that the show is produced by and broadcast on Amazon Prime.
“Due to an oversight by the staff of Return to Order, this petition originally indicated that Netflix was responsible for the offensive series” Good Omens, “says the petition. “Amazon Video released the series on May 31. We regret this error, the events will be sent to Amazon once the campaign is over.”
“Good Omens” is the long-awaited adaptation of Gaiman and Pratchett’s novel, a fantasy comic starring an angel and a demon who team up to stop the coming apocalypse. It’s the only novel to have been co-authored by Gaiman, the author of “American Gods” and “Coraline”, and by Pratchett, the successful novelist who died of Alzheimer’s in 2015.
Gaiman told the Times that a troubled Pratchett had asked him to adapt the novel to a television series.
“I thought he was 10 years old and then he died very suddenly,” said Gaiman. “I flew to England for the funeral, I got home from the funeral and I started writing episode 1.”
The series features David Tennant, Michael Sheen, Miranda Richardson and Jon Hamm.
Following the announcement of the petition calling for the cancellation of the show, the Twitter account of Netflix UK and Ireland tweeted: “OK, we promise not to do any more.”
— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) June 19, 2019
The Amazon Prime Twitter account has announced the possibility of an agreement with its competitor, tweeting: “Hey @ Netflix, we will cancel Stranger Things if you cancel Good Omens.”
Gaiman himself responded to the petition on Twitter by writing, “I love that they will write to Netflix to try to get #GoodOmenscancelled. Said everything really. ”