Neil Gaiman’s Good Omens has joined the growing list of shows with a petition against them this week when, according to The Guardian, a group know as Return to Order garnered somewhere in the range of 20,000 signatures asking Netflix to cancel the show.
There’s only one problem. Good Omens is on Amazon Prime…
Return to Order is a conservative Christian offshoot of the U.S. Foundation for a Christian Civilization. The group’s tenets are based on a book by the same name written by John Horvatt II.
That book is described, in its official synopsis, as “a clarion call that invites us to reconnect with those institutions and values by applying the timeless principles of an organic Christian order. He describes the calming influence of those natural regulating institutions such as custom, family, community, the Christian State, and the Church.”
Horvatt is also the vice president of the American Society for Defense of Tradition, Family, and Property. He began his studies in this area in 1986 when he was invited to study and take part in the Brazilian TFP.
It seems that Return to Order considers Good Omens as blasphemous for, among other things, normalizing satanism. They also object to a woman, namely Frances McDormand, serving as the voice of God and presenting the anti-Christ as a normal kid.
At this time, it appears that petition has been taken down, but as we’ve all learned, the internet is forever, and many took screenshots of the petition while it was still up. The link itself still exists, and can be seen here.
For the uninitiated, Good Omens was first a novel written by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett. It tells the story of the final days leading up to Armageddon in a delightfully modern way.
Aziraphale and Crowley, an angel and demon respectively, have been on earth since the beginning at the Garden of Eden and have quite grown to love the planet and the humans in it. With the apocalypse looming, they have decided to fully join forces to try to stop it from happening.
With the four motorcycle riding horsemen and women of the Apocalypse unleashed and the forces of Heaven and Hell gathering, the two have a lot of work to do in a little time. Fortunately for them, everyone’s been focused on the wrong kid as the anti-Christ because of a little mix-up at the convent where the boy was born.
Neil Gaiman, of course, responded to the petition with a wink and a nod, asking no one to tell them they were petitioning the wrong streaming platform.
We live in an age of petitions such as these for varying reasons. Just in the last few months, we’ve seen numerous petitions by fans of Game of Thrones to have the final season rewritten and remade.
While most don’t take them too seriously, it is almost undeniable that they allow people to express their grievances, and in many ways, this is just another in a long list of examples.
All six episodes of the limited series are available on Amazon Prime for streaming.