Netflix and Amazon Prime Video are offering their respective responses to a hilariously misinformed petition to cancel the latter’s “Good Omens” due to a religious group’s claims the miniseries is “blasphemous.”
A right-wing religious group called Return to Order recently started a petition calling for the cancellation of “Good Omens” — based on the novel of the same name by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett — but clearly didn’t do a whole lot of research, addressing the petition to Netflix even though the show streams on Amazon (the petition has subsequently been corrected, with the error attributed to “an oversight by Return to Order staff”).
“The Netflix series ‘Good Omens’, based on a book by Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman, portrays the agents of Good and Evil as fighters in an arbitrary struggle devoid of meaning and truth,” the petition initially stated. “This series presents devils and Satanists as normal and even good, where they merely have a different way of being, and mocks God’s wisdom.”
So far the petition has racked up over 20,000 signatures, and Netflix offered a hilarious response to the petition asking the streaming service to cancel an Amazon show.
Amazon Prime Video followed suit, promising to axe cancel Netflix’s “Stranger Things” if Netflix cancels “Good Omens”.
Earlier, a fan brought the petition to Gaiman’s attention, who offered his own take:
Gaiman has faced protest in the past, including in 2015, when a student at Crafton Hills College in California was offended at the sexual material in his graphic novel The Sandman, Vol. 2: The Doll’s House.
“Good Omens” premiered May 31 on Amazing Prime Video, and stars Michael Sheen and David Tennant as, respectively, a demon and an angel who join forces in order to prevent Armageddon and the subsequent battle between the forces of Heaven and Hell.