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Netflix sarcastically bows to petition calling for Good Omens ban


By John Glenday, Reporter

June 24, 2019 | 3 min read

Netflix has moved to assuage religious zealots who mistakenly petitioned the service to stop producing the Amazon Prime Video produced series Good Omens, with a sarcastic pledge not to make any more.

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Netflix sarcastically bows to an erroneous petition calling for Good Omens ban

The streaming service mix-up saw Netflix petitioned by 20,000 people angered at the production of the fantasy adaptation of Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett’s novel, which they accused of ‘making a mockery of God’s order and religion’ with its religious overtones.

US Christian group, Return to Order, spearheaded the backlash with a disorganized petition calling on Netflix to scrap the show, having taken issue with the fact that God was voiced by a woman and the depiction of an angel and demon, played by Michael Sheen and David Tennant, as friends.

Partially conceding the error of its ways the religious group wrote: “Due to an oversight by Return to Order staff, this petition originally listed Netflix as responsible for the offensive series Good Omens. Amazon Video released the series on May 31. We regret the mistake, and the protests will be delivered to Amazon when the campaign is complete.”

Not wishing to be left out Amazon Prime got in on the act too with a ban pledge of its own, although sadly for the Order this only extended to Netflix hit Stranger Things.

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