It sure sounded funny.
An outfit called The Satanic Temple announced last week that it was gathering at the State Capitol on Jan. 25 to show support for Gov. Rick Scott, a Christian conservative.
The group’s spokesman/overlord, Lucien Greaves, explained that his group liked Scott for signing SB 98 last year, which allows school districts to create policies letting students deliver “inspirational messages” at public events. Greaves said his members liked the bill because it allowed promotional opportunities for the dark master.
Greaves swore to god (his, of course) that this was no joke.
But upon further review, it turns out that Greaves is pulling another kind of joke on us.
Greaves is listed as the casting director of a feature film called …wait for it…The Satanic Temple.
A casting call was posted on the web site Actors Access on Jan. 7 seeking non-union actors for no pay.
“We are seeking people from all walks of life, goths, grandparents, soccer moms, etc to be the followers of a charismatic yet down to earth Satanic cult leader,” the post stated. “The shoot will be on January 25th in downtown Tallahassee. Actors will be required to wear tasteful Satanic garb.”
The casting call said the movie was a mockumentary about the “nicest Satanic Cult in the world.” It was seeking actors for eight speaking roles “to play minions” and 10 featured extras. (The positions have since been filled).
So, wow. This didn’t sound like your run-of-a-mill political rally for satanists.
What’s really going on here?
Greaves couldn’t be reached Wednesday. But he told Naked Politics on Tuesday that he won’t reveal the true purpose of the event. He wouldn’t explain his Facebook page, which appears to have been launched in January and which posts a scathing MSNBC video of Scott (an odd thing to have for a Scott supporter). Greaves said he lives in Cambridge, Mass and is 30, but on Tuesday acknowledged that he’s not revealing his real name.
He wouldn’t say why. Perhaps its the film critics he fears the most.