Late last week, media watchdogs One Million Moms launched a petition to get Fox to cancel their upcoming TV series "Lucifer." Their arguments claim the show "mischaracterizes" Satan and amounts to mockery of the Bible.
Neil Gaiman, the character's creator, has now responded to the petition via a post on his Tumblr page. "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," he wrote. "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…"
As of now, the petition has 11,784 signatures, but Gaiman doesn't sound particularly worried. "Lucifer" is still set to air on Fox beginning in 2016.
Written by Tom Kapinos ("Californication") and directed by Len Wiseman ("Underworld"), "Lucifer" stars Tom Ellis ("Once Upon a Time," "Doctor Who") as the Lord of Hell who, bored and unhappy, resigns his throne and abandons his kingdom for Los Angeles. There, he gets his kicks helping the police punish criminals. (All of which, by the way, OMM has a problem with.)