The infamous band of mothers sworn to protect America’s decency has set sights on their latest target: Olive Garden. Because of the devil.
One Million Moms and affiliate the American Family Association issued a petition calling on viewers to boycott Lucifer, FOX’s latest DC/Vertigo comics adaptation. According to the non-profit organizations, the series about Satan’s trip up from hell due to excessive boredom glorifies the king of the underworld, and “depicts graphic acts of violence, a nightclub featuring scantily-clad women and a demon.”
They haven’t stopped there though. Their call to the network to can its portrayal of Satan as a good guy went unheard even with 134,307 signatures, and so now the religious groups are going after the show’s corporate sponsor. Which, unfortunately for Olive Garden, puts it right in the line of (hell)fire.
With yet another petition, One Million Moms is setting into motion its more calculated plan to pull the rug out from under the series. The petition encourages Olive Garden to realize “its advertising dollars are supporting sympathy towards the devil and glorifying Satan and that financial support should be pulled immediately.” Signers are able to call the restaurant’s corporate offices, connect with them over social media and email their objections directly through the petition page.
The boycott follows the religious non-profit’s earlier calls to end the “blasphemous” Jane Lynch CBS comedy Angel from Hell.
Although the Lucifer premiere was strong, scoring a 2.4 in the 18-49 demo and a total of 7.2 million viewers, much of its success is being attributed to the strength of its lead-in, FOX’s mini-series reboot of The X-Files, as most critics have handed down rather blistering reviews of the new series so far.
If Lucifer can’t keep up with its early ratings numbers, One Million Moms may just get their wish. Unfortunately, it probably won’t be because critics and viewers agree that smoking in a school and driving fast cars is “spiritually dangerous.”