posted on Feb, 27 2004 @ 11:21 AM
A Philadelphia-based advocacy group for African religions yesterday sued Universal Studios and producers for cable's Sci Fi Channel, contending that
a forthcoming "reality series" demeans and misrepresents the voodoo religion.The federal lawsuit filed by the National African Religion Congress
Inc. against Universal Studios Inc., USA Cable Entertainment, and House of Eleven Productions seeks a court order requiring the producers of Mad Mad
House to change their advertising and programming."People already have negative feelings about this religion without a program like this exacerbating
things," said George Ware, president of the five-year-old congress. The congress claims 4,500 members representing such religions as Akan, the Orisa
Tradition of Trinidad and Tobago, Ifa, Santeria-Yoruba, voodoo, Candomble and Lucumi, including 500 in the tristate Philadelphia area.In promotions in
print and on cable, Sci Fi describes Mad Mad House, premiering March 4, as a reality series in which "10 everyday people" move into a house run by
"five genuine practitioners of alternative lifestyles.
"The "Alts" - a vampire, Wiccan, naturist, voodoo priestess and modern primitive - put their 10 guests through "tolerance testing activities,"
one promotion says, and then vote weekly to decide who is banished and who ultimately wins a $100,000 prize.