Aubrey Plaza laughs at ‘little demon’ controversy

The actress said the FXX animated comedy “isn’t the first time that a project I’ve done has sparked some kind of backlash in the Christian community.”

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With a lively role in Season 2 of The White Lotus and big upcoming roles in Francis Ford Coppola’s Megalopolis and Marvel’s Agatha: Coven of Chaos, Aubrey Plaza has a lot on her mind these days. So you’ll have to forgive her if she didn’t find time to reflect on the backlash to her FXX comedy, Little Demon.

The animated series, in which Plaza voices a woman trying to protect her daughter from the knowledge that her father is actually Satan (voiced by Danny DeVito), has become a hot topic in certain fringe Christian communities. The outrage surrounding the series is primarily the result of a series of viral Facebook posts accusing the show of having satanic messages and promoting paganism and the Antichrist.

In a new interview with Deadline, Plaza was asked about the show’s controversy. She is aware of the backlash but doesn’t particularly bother it. If anything, she thinks the free publicity could be beneficial in the end.

“I heard about it, yes,” Plaza said. “And it’s not the first time that a project I’ve done has provoked some kind of backlash in the Christian community. The Little Hours was the first film I produced and I think the Catholic Review or something called the film trash, pure trash. We put that on the poster. If Little Demon was an independent film, we’d probably do the same. It’s an adult cartoon. Calm down everyone.”

Many critics would agree that “Little Demon” isn’t worth fussing about given how conventional it seems. In his review of the show, IndieWire’s Ben Travers asked, “Why does Little Demon have to adapt so quickly to templates established elsewhere? When the answer is, “To embody them before they’re mocked,” I tune in again, but the wannabe edgy comedy is already a little too comfortable with its three-person family dynamic. Watching Satan escort Chrissy through an underworld teeming with levitating bodies blowing bubbles and game shows designed to satisfy the bloodthirst of real hellhounds is distracting, sure, but it’s far less compelling than less compliant options .”

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