African religions group sues SciFi’s Mad Mad House over portrayal of religion.

African religions group sues SciFi’s Mad Mad House over portrayal of religion.
SciFi’s Mad Mad House debuts next week, but it’s already the target of a lawsuit. An African religions advocacy group wants producers “to change their advertising and programming” because it “demeans and misrepresents the voodoo religion,” according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. Specifically, “The lawsuit contends that the program’s voodoo priestess, Iya Ta’Shia Asanti, is actually a priestess of ‘Yemoja in the Ifa tradition,’ a faith of the Yoruba people of Africa.” The National African Religion Congress Inc. claims that “a commercial showing participants being placed into a pit and covered with animal parts and entrails does not represent voodoo or Ifa.”
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