Writer Neil Gaiman could barely contain his glee when Christians campaigning for the cancellation of his Good Omens show accidentally petitioned Netflix instead of Amazon Prime.
The series – which is based on the 1990 novel Good Omens: The Nice And Accurate Prophecies Of Agnes Nutter, Witch by Gaiman and Terry Pratchett - sees an angel (Michael Sheen) and a demon (David Tennant) joining forces to save the world.
It has come under fire from the Christian Return To Order movement, which claims it is “blasphemous” and has compiled a 20,000-strong petition asking for it to be canned.
However, the group accidentally took up their complaint with the wrong streaming service.
The petition reads: “Tell Netflix: Cancel blasphemous Good Omens series.”
Gaiman clearly saw the funny side, tweeting a link to a post about the gaffe and writing: “This is so beautiful...
“Promise me you won't tell them?”
This is so beautiful... Promise me you won't tell them? https://t.co/thYTOG7GBE
— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) June 19, 2019
“I love that they are going to write to Netflix to try and get #GoodOmens cancelled,” he added.
“Says it all really.”
Return To Order claims the programme “presents devils and Satanists as normal and even good, where they merely have a different way of being, and mocks God's wisdom”.
It points to the fact that “an angel and demon are good friends” and that “God is voiced by a woman”.
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It concludes: “In the end, this is a denial of Good and Evil: morality and natural law do not exist, just humanitarianism and an ultimately useless creed.
“This is another step to make Satanism appear normal, light and acceptable.
“We must show our rejection.
“Please sign our petition, telling Netflix that we will not stand silent as they destroy the barriers of horror we still have for evil.”