In the new Netflix series “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina,” a darker update of “Sabrina, the Teenage Witch,” there is a statue of a winged male figure with a goat’s head prominently displayed in the lobby of the Academy of Unseen Arts. The Satanic Temple says they see that art all too clearly, and the design of that statue is a copy of their own.
Please allow him to reintroduce himself: Temple co-founder and spokesman Lucien Greaves, whose organization made headlines in 2014 over a Ten Commandments monument fight in Alabama that resulted in the construction of the statue now in question, tweeted:
Yes, we are taking legal action regarding #TheChillingAdventuresofSabrina appropriating our copyrighted monument design to promote their asinine Satanic Panic fiction.
— Lucien Greaves (@LucienGreaves) October 29, 2018
SFGate reports that the similarities between the show’s statue and the Temple’s real-life Baphomet, created by sculptor Mark Porter, were remarked upon by several people prior to the show’s debut on October 26. CBR.com called the show’s monument “a respectable, but not exact [emphasis theirs], replica; for instance, the torso of Porter’s original is more sinewy and defined.”
“It’s distressing on the grounds that you have to worry about that association being made where people will see your monument and not know which preceded the other,” Greaves told SFGate, “and thinking that you arbitrarily decided to go with the Sabrina design for your Baphomet monument, which rather cheapens our central icon.”
In an emailed statement to Broadly, Greaves also expressed his concerns for what he sees as ”signs of a Satanic Panic revival today, and as Satanists we need to do all we can to fight back against negligent and harmful representations.”
Lisa Soper, the production designer for “Sabrina,” told VICE that she thought the similarities were “kind of a coincidence,” citing historical iterations of the Baphomet figure in paintings by Goya and on tarot cards.
Greaves says he just wants the image removed from the series. “I don’t want our monument to be associated with this,” he said. In a separate emailed statement to Broadly, Temple co-founder Malcolm Jarry wrote, “If a resolution cannot be worked out, we will take aggressive actions to protect our copyright.”