The defaming video was created by Jennifer Vineyard, a member of a Satanic temple, Crosswalk reported. She created images with a generative artificial intelligence program called Midjourney to show footage of the demonic god Baphomet on Hobby Lobby shelves.
“I think we need to talk about what is going on at Hobby Lobby…won’t somebody please think of the children!?” Vinyard wrote in the caption.
The post was shared more than 6,000 times.
The video led to confusion on the part of the TikTok account “woahthatisstrange,” which made a video showing the “footage” and questioned where the Hobby Lobby was.
“Apparently, Hobby Lobby has a … ton of Baphomet and demon-like statues on the shelves right now, which is really confusing because Hobby Lobby is a super Christian-based company,” the TikToker said in the video.
“So, to my avid Hobby Lobby goers, have you seen these in your stores?” she asked.
The video has been viewed over 237,000 times. After the TikTok video went viral, Vineyard said she was in shock.
“I couldn’t believe how many likes and shares the photos got,” Vinyard said.
The Christian-based Hobby Lobby has been a regular target of leftist activists, ever since the store was on the winning side of a Supreme Court case over the store’s right to exclude contraceptives from its insurance coverage. The 2014 decision ruled that the the Affordable Care Act’s contraception mandate violated the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993.
Hobby Lobby came under attack from leftist protestors who called for a boycott of the store in 2020, after someone had used decorative letters from a display shelf to spell out a pro-Trump message. The controversy surrounding Hobby Lobby hasn’t eased, as evidence by the response to the recent Satanic A.I. video.
“I’ve read so many comments that cracked me up, mostly from the people who thought they were real and were super angry,” the production’s creator said. “I even got some mean Messenger messages from them.”
She also said that she put in very little effort, and would have tried harder if she knew so many would see.
“I’m actually a little embarrassed that they weren’t better. . . If I knew they were going to blow up the way they did, I would have spent more time on them,” she added.