So, a couple of days ago, we reported that a conservative religious group had gathered up 20,000 signatures on a petition demanding Netflix cancel Good Omens. They seemed to have missed the fact that the show was actually made by Amazon Studios.
The petition claimed that the show gave a positive outline to Satanism while also being offensive in that God was voiced by a woman in the show.
For those out of the loop, Good Omens is a bumbling tale, written by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett as a novel, about Armageddon complete with motorcycle riding horsepeople of the apocalypse, a switched-at-birth anti-Christ, and an order of Satanic nuns.
There series based on the novel stars Michael Sheen and David Tennant as an angel and demon who’ve come to rather love Earth and have decided to stop the coming apocalypse at all costs.
Netflix UK and Ireland responded with the world’s easiest promise not to produce further episodes of the show almost immediately via their Twitter account.
ok we promise not to make any more https://t.co/TRPux36kcX
— Netflix UK & Ireland (@NetflixUK) June 20, 2019
Naturally, it wasn’t long before Amazon also responded with their own Tweet.
— Amazon Prime Video US (@PrimeVideo) June 20, 2019
It seems both services had their fingers crossed when they made their promises, however. Stranger Things is still set for it’s July 4, 2019 debut on Netflix, and as we understand it, Good Omens was really only meant for one season, though there are rumblings that Gaiman and crew might have something up their sleeves.
The petition disappeared online after the group realized their mistake, but the damage was already done.
The moral of the story here, of course, is to do your due diligence before you create your next online petition.