I think we're revisiting the Satanic-panic of the 1980s and early 1990s here.
There's many threads I dimly recall about the issue already from way back.
The fact is though that Satanic-panic back then became a real witch-hunt and social hysteria, and many innocent people were hurt by it.
One thinks of the McMartin preschool trial.
"Satanism" (in the sense of harmful occultic practices) back then wasn't seen as an elite phenomenon in politics and entertainment, as it often is
It was seen as a social phenomenon in every town and village, and alternative teens were immediately suspect.
And the fundamentalist Christian books, films and statements (all of them fiction at closer inspection) accused "Satanists" of the most horrendous
crimes - as in sacrificing animals and babies.
People literally believed you were doing these things because you wore a Heavy Metal shirt.
People's careers and social lives were ruined on suspicions and allegations.
And in the hysteria a few teens actually began "legend-tripping" - before the Internet and true occult material was widely available, some actually
tried to copy what was in these religious books and statements.
So yes, it became very important to deconstruct what was in these allegations (and Satanic-panic was a massive industry).
Perhaps it hasn't quite gone away, but I don't feel as sorry for celebrities and politicians, who live in fortresses and have all the money for
But it certainly wasn't nice being a teen who simply liked wearing black, or a Wiccan (they confused paganism with Satanism), or even a member of the
Church of Satan and facing constant bullying and harassment, simply due to unproven allegations and sometimes violent harassment.
But yeah, maybe it was all a big deflection from true elite occult rituals, by blaming people with the least power in society.