Entertainment services provider Netflix received some unexpected publicity this week, courtesy of a group of angry US Christians and a case of mistaken identity…
You may have noticed a new TV show called Good Omens being heavily promoted over recent weeks. Nothing unusual there – it boasts a genuinely all-star cast and is based on a novel by two of the UK’s most beloved authors, the late Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman.
The show centres around the impending apocalypse and the efforts of an angel and a demon to prevent it and save the world and, since launching at the end of May, it has gained overwhelmingly positive reviews from most quarters.
As we all know, however, you can’t please everyone all the time and, sure enough, one group appears to be considerably less fond of it than everyone else, particularly its interpretation of certain biblical themes. Step forward the US Foundation for a Christian Civilisation, a religious group which is so unimpressed with it that more than 20,000 of its members have signed a petition to have it cancelled, claiming the Netflix show ‘mocks God’s wisdom’ and that its creators are ‘destroy(ing) the barriers of horror we still have for evil’.
Unfortunately for them, Netflix has nothing to do with the show; it was created by and is available exclusively through rival streaming service Amazon Prime.
Not ones to miss a trick, both companies were quick to capitalise on the extra attention, with Netflix’s Twitter account gleefully posting: “Ok we promise not to make any more!”, to which Amazon Prime replied: “Hey @netflix, we’ll cancel Stranger Things if you cancel Good Omens!”