Amazon Prime Video has responded to the controversy brewing around its newest show, Good Omens.
The series, based on Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett's 1990 fantasy novel of the same name, takes a comedic look at religion. It stars David Tennant and Michael Shannon as a demon and angel, respectively, who join forces to try to prevent the apocalypse. Good Omens' depiction of faith has touched a nerve with the Return to Order campaign, an offshoot of the US Foundation for a Christian Civilization. Over 20,000 people have signed an online petition for Netflix to cancel the series, saying "this is another step to make Satanism appear normal, light and acceptable."
The only issue? Netflix has nothing to do with Good Omens.
News broke of the petition faux pas on Thursday, prompting a number of humorous responses. Gaiman himself tweeted about the controversy, cheekily saying, "This is so beautiful... Promise me you won't tell them?" Eventually, Amazon itself responded to the identity mix-up. "Hey @netflix," they tweeted, "we'll cancel Stranger Things if you cancel Good Omens."
Amazon is referencing a quid pro quo with Netflix for the latter's breakout sci-fi series Stranger Things. The tweet has since received almost 50,000 likes, with plenty of affirmation from fans of all faiths in the comments.
The petition has since changed to the proper streaming service, editing in a disclaimer that reads, "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." Regardless, those behind Good Omens were happy to get some devilish comments in before the modification was made.
Starring Michael Sheen, David Tennant, Adria Arjona, Michael McKean, Miranda Richardson, Sam Taylor Buck, Jack Whitehall and Jon Hamm, Good Omens is available to stream in its entirety on Amazon Prime.