Satanic Temple sues Netflix for using goat-head statue in new show

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The group says Netflix and Warner Bros. violated its trademark and infringed on its copyrights by featuring a statue of Baphomet, an androgynous goat-headed deity, in an episode of the Netflix series The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, reports CNBC. They're also seeking to stop any more Sabrina from being distributed or reproduced as long as it has their Baphomet included.

In a bid to antagonize local governments that allow religious displays on public property - in its view, violating the separation of church and state - TST donated Baphomet to Oklahoma for display next to a Ten Commandments monument, only to see it rerouted to Arkansas' Capitol building amid litigation and protests.

The suit, which names both Netflix and the show's production company, Warner Bros., as defendants, was filed in NY federal court on Thursday. The real Satanists, it argues, did not deserve being associated with the show's antagonists, who "engage in cannibalism and forced-worship of a patriarchal deity".

The Satanic Temple claims it spent $100,000 designing and building the statue, and that they wish people would stop using their design.

Their website states the group strives "to encourage benevolence and empathy among all people, reject tyrannical authority, advocate practical common sense and justice." . Lucien Greaves, co-founder of the Satanic Temple, posted a tweet comparing their own statue with that in the Netflix show.

Greaves told U.S. broadcaster CNBC that Baphomet has "come to represent us as a people" and that the statue in Sabrina "dilutes and denigrates" their group. It is based on a comic book of the same name, which also inspired the show "Sabrina the Teenage Witch", a series which ran from 1996-2003.

Netflix Inc and Warner Bros Entertainment have declined to comment on the lawsuit.

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