Neil Gaiman Responds To ‘Lucifer’ Protests With The Appropriate Quantity Of Snark

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An adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Lucifer character (introduced in Gaiman’s The Sandman and spun off into Mike Carey’s Lucifer) is coming to Fox next year (trailer here). Inevitably, putting a show on TV about Lucifer abandoning Hell to open a piano bar in Los Angeles has raised the hackles of people who are outraged as a primary form of recreation.

One Million Moms — part of the American Family Association, which is classified as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center — started a petition urging Fox to never air the show because it “mischaracterizes Satan” and “mocks the Bible.” By the way, Lucifer has a put pilot, meaning Fox would have to pay a heavy fee if they don’t air at least the first episode.

As it turns out, this isn’t Gaiman’s first dealing with the wharrgarbl of the AFA. He’s responded to the petition 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. 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…

This makes me almost as happy as watching Neil Gaiman jump on a trampoline…

(Via Bleeding Cool)