NEW ORLEANS — An animated horror-comedy starring Danny DeVito as the voice of Satan is “clearly evil,” said a Republican congressman from Louisiana whose Facebook post denouncing “Little Demon” reached millions Tuesday morning.
U.S. Representative Mike Johnson opposed the sitcom being aired by FX Networks. Its website states that 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, which airs its fourth episode Thursday night, aired during Sunday night’s telecast of Louisiana State University’s home opener against Florida State.
“I couldn’t get to the remote quickly enough to protect my 11-year-old from the preview, and I wonder how many other children have been exposed to it – and how many millions more will connect to the new series, owned and marketed by DISNEY,” the congressman and vice president of the House Republican Conference wrote Monday.
FX Networks and Hulu, where the show airs, are among the entertainment assets Disney bought from Fox in a stock deal worth around $52.4 billion in late 2017.
On the show, DeVito voices the role of Satan and his daughter, Lucy DeVito, plays Satan’s daughter, Chrissy the Antichrist. Aubrey Plaza plays the mother. New episodes air at 10 p.m. Thursdays on FXX.
Disney and FX Networks did not immediately respond to emails Tuesday seeking comment.
Johnson released on Tuesday that more than 6.1 million people had read his previous post – more, he said, than watched Sunday’s game, “which the latest ratings showed dominated Sunday night television with 5.87 million total viewers”.
He wrote online Monday: “Our job as parents is to protect the hearts and minds of our children. This culture has become alarmingly dark and desensitized and this is no game. Disney and FX have decided to embrace and commercialize what is clearly evil. STAY AWAY FROM IT.
Although 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 designed and marketed for adults. Children should be in bed by 10 p.m., some wrote. Others said people opposed to the show’s existence are trying to get the networks to shelter their children when it’s the parents’ job.
Johnson responded Tuesday in a Facebook post and tweet that also linked to his home’s webpage.
“Freedom of expression is an important principle, and in this country everyone can obviously make their own decisions about the media they and their families consume,” he wrote. “But a corollary is that Christians have the freedom to fulfill their obligation to ‘speak the truth in love’ (Eph. 4:15), even – sometimes most importantly – when it is not popular.”
Johnson was first elected in 2016 from the US House district that covers a large swath of western Louisiana. He was re-elected in July for a fourth term when no one qualified to run against him.