‘Good Omens’ David Tennant Praises Show for Inclusivity Amidst Religious Backlash

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‘Good Omens’ actor David Tennant has praised the show for its inclusivity amidst religious backlash from conservative Christians.

In an interview with the Radio Times podcast, Tennant expressed why the show’s message of inclusivity and that what viewers can take from the show’s main characters Aziraphale and Crowley’s relationship is that it is “quite a nice place to live, in that world of commonality” especially in the context of polar opposites finding common ground and helping each other out.

Tennant added that Aziraphale and Crowley came from both fundamentalist backgrounds— heaven and hell— yet they both reject that because they enjoy living in the “murkiness of humanity.”  He also said that the reason the show connected with a particular group of people is the inclusive worldview and that there is joy in celebrating whoever you happen to be which is something that the creator, Neil Gaiman, wanted to communicate: “a message of kindness and openness. That is why the tone of Good Omens is positive, open, joyful, and fun.”

The romantic chemistry between the leads in season one in 2019 amassed a committed LGBTQ+ following for the series. The pair finally share a bitter-sweet kiss in the second season, which sent fans into a frenzy as they praised the queer moment.

Tennant also addressed accusations from conservative Christians that ‘Good Omens’ made fun of religious ideology, and argued that the show is actually pro-religious because it promotes values of “kindness, community, tolerance and understanding.”

In 2019, more than 20,000 Christians signed a petition calling for the scrapping of the show for “making satanism appear normal, light, and acceptable.” 

To this, Tennant replied that it is not sacrilege but rather mocks some of the attitudes that religion vomits forth. 

“It’s the idea that there is good and evil. We have to find a balance and look after one another, find that commonality. It’s arguably quite pro-religion in many ways.”

Both seasons of ‘Good Omens’ are streaming on Amazon Prime now.

 

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