Following the release of Amazon Studios' Good Omens, early reactions are trickling in. They have been largely positive -- with several dubious exceptions.
Self-proclaimed white supremacists have criticized Gaiman for its depiction of Adam and Eve as black, claiming to reject the miniseries for its "forced diversity." In response, Gaiman publicly declared any such criticism from racist sources as a badge of honor, noting that that sort of negative review "is a marvelous and heartwarming thing."
You know, it's when people who proclaim themselves as "white supremacists" turn off Good Omens after the first few minutes, and then come on Twitter to tell me off, that I think sometimes a negative review is a marvelous and heartwarming thing. https://t.co/AwX3oclXaZ— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) June 2, 2019
Gaiman co-authored the original novel Good Omens with fellow writer and friend Terry Pratchett in 1990. Following a promise to the late Pratchett to adapt the novel for television, Gaiman served as an executive producer and showrunner for the Amazon/BBC adaptation, writing the screenplay for all six episodes of the miniseries. The miniseries currently has a critics score of 81% on review aggregate site Rotten Tomatoes.
Faithfully adapting the literary source material, Good Omens follows the unlikely friendship between an angel and demon who seek to avert the apocalypse heralded by the arrival of the Antichrist.
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.