A Christian group is calling for the cancellation of the fantasy television show Good Omens adapted from Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s 1990 novel. The original book for Good Omens is available here.
The American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family, and Property, is strongly opposed to the six-part mini-series about an angel Aziraphale (Michael Sheen) and demon Crowley (David Tennant), who team up to prevent an antichrist child from starting Armageddon on earth.
The group’s subset, Return to Order, launched an online petition demanding for Netflix to pull the plug on the show. There is only one problem: Good Omens streams on Amazon Prime.
Unfortunately for Return to Order, they missed the devil in the details.
So far, the petition garnered over 20,000 signatures.
Thousands petition Netflix to cancel Amazon Prime's Good Omens https://t.co/Ilmp9HhFnm
— The Guardian (@guardian) June 20, 2019
The Christian group disagreed with the Radio Times review of Good Omens, who called it “a devilishly funny love letter to the book.”
Some of the major gripes the campaign expressed were God being voiced by a woman (Frances McDormand) and the depiction of the antichrist as a “normal kid”.
The petition also stated that the show was:
“another step to make satanism appear normal, light and acceptable, and 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 added that Good Omens “mocks God’s wisdom.”
Now the religious group is being mocked for their utter lack of awareness.
Netflix heeded the call to cancel their non-existent show, tweeting:
“ok we promise not to make any more.”
ok we promise not to make any more https://t.co/TRPux36kcX
— Netflix UK & Ireland (@NetflixUK) June 20, 2019
Amazon Prime, the rightful owner of the show, joined in on the roasting.
@netflix, we’ll cancel Stranger Things if you cancel Good Omens.”
— Amazon Prime Video US (@PrimeVideo) June 20, 2019
“This is so beautiful… Promise me you won’t tell them?”
This is so beautiful… Promise me you won't tell them? https://t.co/thYTOG7GBE
— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) June 19, 2019
Fans of the show couldn’t resist tweeting their devilish sense of humor.
The devil loves nothing more than a good boycott!
— Michael Sorgatz (@mikesorgatz) June 20, 2019
Apparently 20,000 people petitioned Netflix to have #GoodOmens removed, which is interesting seeing as the show was made and is only available on Amazon Prime.
I've never been more proud of you @neilhimself
— Anndy Negative 👻 (@anndynegative) June 21, 2019
Maybe if @HBO Cancels The Handmaids Tale and @hulu cancels Big Little Lies – this groups demands from the alternate reality they live in will be all Easy Peasy Lemon Squeezy! Oh wait….🤣 😮 🧐 pic.twitter.com/Ugf5iHdAa1
— CB (@CindersCB) June 20, 2019
Not all religious people are rebuking the show.
As a Catholic I enjoyed the book and am enjoying the television series very much. Good Omens is extraordinarily good. I’m so sorry religious fanatics seem determined to spoil the fun for everyone else.
— Mark James Lawicki (@JamesLawicki) June 19, 2019
Evangelical trained minister. I thought it was profound! Watched Noah's Ark bit like "ooooooh, localized flood theory… edgy!" 🤣 Was worried about the crucifixion scene, but totally moved by the "He told them to be kind " statement. Thought it was all uplifting 😇😈
— Joe Publicℹ (@PublicRadioGaGa) June 19, 2019
As a committed Christian who has just completed a three-year seminary degree, an M.Div, at @Trinity_College @UofT let me say that I adored this show. Thanks @neilhimself and @GoodOmensPrime https://t.co/3MbUIxlkfa
— Michael Coren (@michaelcoren) June 20, 2019
As an ordained pastor for 26 years I LOVE this show @neilhimself
— Rev Annie SB (@revanniesb) June 21, 2019
In fact, people of different faiths are endorsing Good Omens.
Good Omens is great! PERFECT casting btw.
— 🐝 Tabatha 🐝 (@BeeBalmTea) June 20, 2019
I second that.
— Karlita (@Karlybvortega) June 21, 2019
I third that!
Signed, A Methodist
— Barbara Long (@long_blong3302) June 21, 2019
I fourth that!
Signed, a Lutheran
— Deann Golz (@DakotaPiano) June 21, 2019
I fifth that, if there is such a thing as fifthing something…
Signed Another Catholic…
— Livia Teruel (@Liviateruel) June 21, 2019
All the hubbub actually increased viewership.
And, thank you, christians! I was on the fence whether I should watch this or not. Now, I will definitely watch it on AMAZON. It's got to be good if it's got the christians all bent out of shape! They hate anything enjoyable. What other shows are out there that you can't stomach
— sharon benum (@shareno1085) June 20, 2019
I'm going to have to start watching this show now. #GoodOmens
— Tellus🌍2020 (@Empress_of_Ren) June 20, 2019
Good Omens is executive produced by Gaiman and stars Michael Sheen as the angel and David Tennant as the demon and co-stars Jon Hamm, Nick Offerman and Jack Whitehall.
It is NOT streaming on Netflix, Hulu, HBO Go, CBS All Access or YouTube. It is streaming on Amazon Prime Video, mmm-kay?
According to the Guardian, Return to Order is “based on the writings of John Horvat II” and it “calls upon Americans to put principles into actions by working toward what is called an organic Christian society.”
Their petition far exceeded the 15,000 required signatures but has been removed from the official page on Return to Order.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to them.
Or The Quite Nice and Fairly Accurate Good Omens Script Book, available here.