NEW ORLEANS — An animated horror comedy starring Danny DeVito as the voice of Satan is “obviously bad,” says a Louisiana Republican congressman whose Facebook post denouncing “Little Demon” reached millions of people Tuesday morning.
US Representative Mike Johnson objected to the sitcom being broadcast by FX Networks. According to the website, the series is about a woman and her 13-year-old daughter who try to live a normal life, even though Satan is the girl’s father and wants custody of her soul.
A trailer for the show, whose fourth episode will air late Thursday, was played during Sunday night’s TV broadcast of Louisiana State University’s opener against the state of Florida.
“I couldn’t get to the remote fast enough to shield my 11-year-old from the preview, and I wonder how many other kids have been exposed to it — and how many millions more will tune into the new series, owned and operated by the marketed by DISNEY,” the congressman and vice chair of the House Republican Conference wrote Monday.
FX Networks and Hulu, where the show will be streamed, are among the entertainment assets Disney bought from Fox in late 2017 in a stock deal worth approximately $52.4 billion.
In the show, DeVito plays Satan and his daughter, Lucy DeVito, plays Satan’s daughter, Chrissy the Antichrist. Aubrey Plaza plays the mother. New episodes air on Thursdays at 10pm on FXX.
Disney and FX Networks did not immediately respond to emails asking for comment on Tuesday.
Johnson posted on Tuesday that more than 6.1 million people have read his earlier message — more, he said, than watched Sunday’s game, “which, according to the latest ratings, dominated Sunday night TV with a total of 5.87 million viewers.”
He had written online on Monday: “It is our job as parents to guard the hearts and minds of our children. This culture has become alarmingly dark and insensitive and this is not a game. Disney and FX have decided to embrace and market what is clearly bad. STAY AWAY FROM IT.”
While many people thanked Johnson for the post and talked about boycotting Disney, many others disagreed with Johnson’s assessment. Some noted that “Little Demon” was created and marketed for adults. Children should be in bed by 10pm, some wrote. Others said that people who oppose the show’s existence are trying to create networks for their children when that’s a job for parents.
Johnson responded Tuesday in a Facebook post and tweet that was also linked from his House webpage.
“Freedom of speech is an important principle, and in this country, of course, everyone can make their own decisions about the media they and their families use,” he wrote. “But a corollary of this is that Christians are free to fulfill our obligation to ‘speak the truth in love’ (Eph. 4:15), even—sometimes most important—when it may not be popular.”
Johnson was first elected in 2016 to the US House district that covers much of western Louisiana. He was re-elected to a fourth term in July when no one qualified to run against him.