Hm, a TV show called Lucifer. I was wondering when someone would object to a network TV show named after Satan, and sure enough One Million Moms took up the challenge:
FOX’s new drama “Lucifer” is spiritually dangerous. The new program “Lucifer” glorifies Satan as a caring, likable person in human flesh. The character Lucifer Morningstar makes being the devil look cool, drives a fancy car, gets out of a speeding ticket, owns a nightclub in LA, and is irresistible to women. “Lucifer” premiered January 25, 2016, at 9:00 p.m. ET/8:00 p.m. CT with a 14-DLSV rating.
The series focuses on Lucifer portrayed as a good guy “who is bored and unhappy as the Lord of Hell.” He resigns his throne, abandons his kingdom, and retires to Los Angeles, where he gets his kicks helping the LAPD punish criminals.
At the same time, God’s emissary, the angel Amenadiel, has been sent to Los Angeles to convince Lucifer to return to the underworld. Lucifer questions Amenadiel, “Do you think I’m the devil because I’m inherently evil or just because dear old Dad decided I was?” The question is meant to make people rethink assumptions about good and evil, including about God and Satan.
The premiere included graphic acts of violence, a nightclub featuring scantily-clad women, and a demon. The message of the show is clear. Lucifer is just misunderstood. He doesn’t want to be a bad guy, it’s God who is forcing him to play that role.
OMM has targeted Olive Garden which is a sponsor of the show, because nothing helps you fight crime like loading up on garlic bread. The organization has suggsted peopel complain on Olive Garden’s Facebook page but thus far, there seems to be more a battle of cheesecake vs tiramisu than good vs evil. One Million Moms launched an unsuccessful campaign against the show being aired back in May. Previous comics- related campaigns have targeted Archie’s gay character Kevin Keller, Marvel and DC move to diversity, and even The Muppets. All of these protests failed to make much of a dent, and I suspect Lucifer will keep enjoying his 1400 calorie servings of Chicken Alfredo, although he’d better hit the salad a bit if he wants to keep fitting into his well-tailored suits.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.