Neil Gaiman took to his Tumbler page to respond to the recent One Million Moms petition bent on canceling Lucifer, a new television series on Fox based on Gaiman’s comic book series. The American Family Association‘s chapter of Moms feels that: The program previews mischaracterize Satan, departs from true biblical teachings about him, and inaccurately portrays the beliefs of the Christian faith. By choosing to air this show, FOX is disrespecting Christianity and mocking the Bible. What’s Neil got to say about the whole thing?
As of this morning, the petition only has 72k signatures. You’d think that with a Million Moms there would be more AFA members already signed up, that’s not even ten percent of a million. Maybe they think we’re supposed to consider those million Moms a given. Personally, I won’t take any petition they put out until to goes over a million, unless they change their name to the more accurate Less Than a Million, But More Than a Handful Moms.
I’m not arguing their right to their opinion or the right to petition, I’m just reserving my right to wonder why they just don’t change the channel or install parental locks on the family TV.
Gaiman had this to say in response to the petition:
Ah. It seems like only yesterday (but it was 1991) that the “Concerned Mothers of America” announced that they were boycotting SANDMAN because it contained Lesbian, Gay, Bi and Trans characters,” Gaiman wrote on his official Tumblr page. “It was Wanda that upset them most: the idea of a Trans Woman in a comic book… They told us they were organising a boycott of SANDMAN, which they would only stop if we wrote to the American Family Association and promised to reform.
I wonder if they noticed it didn’t work last time, either…
Yep, Gaiman should probably be very used to these kinds of protests and takes them in stride. In fact, most of the comments I have seen about this Million Moms petition are from people who didn’t even know that Lucifer was in production and now plan to tune in. It falls into that marketing saying:
You can market to love and hate; you cannot market to indifference.
In other words, the Million Moms petition is helping more than it is hurting Lucifer’s marketing. Now if the show delivers an entertaining program that can even hold its own in that time slot, then we might actually get to see a second season.
Charming, charismatic and devilishly handsome, Lucifer is enjoying his retirement, indulging in a few of his favorite things – wine, women and song – when a beautiful pop star is brutally murdered outside of Lux. For the first time in roughly 10 billion years, he feels something awaken deep within him as a result of this murder. Compassion? Sympathy? The very thought disturbs him.
Lucifer airs on Fox next year. Will you be tuning in to check it out?