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Christian Bale thanks 'Satan' in Golden Globes speech, real-life Church of Satan weighs in

By Josh Weiss
Christian Bale Golden Globes

When accepting an award, it's common for the recipient to thank God for their success. Somehow, the Prince of Darkness is almost always left out of acceptance speeches... until last night, that is.

When Christian Bale took the stage to redeem his Golden Globe for portraying George W. Bush's VP, Dick Cheney, in Adam McKay's Vice, he took a moment to give a shoutout to the Devil.

"Thank you to Satan for giving me inspiration," said the Dark Knight actor, who took home the prize for Best Performance by an Actor in a Musical or Comedy Film.

While the comment made for a major moment of hilarity for Cheney critics, an unexpected organization gleaned deeper meaning from that part of Bale's speech.

"To us, Satan is a symbol of pride, liberty and individualism, and it serves as an external metaphorical projection of our highest personal potential," wrote The Church of Satan on Twitter. "As Mr. Bale's own talent and skill won him the award, this is fitting. Hail Christian! Hail Satan!"

Interestingly, this is the second national pop culture moment the unconventional church has been a part of in recent months.

After the Satantic Temple took offense at certain iconography in Netflix's Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, the Church of Satan strove to make it clear that they were totally cool with it and not involved with the controversy in any way.

Founded by Anton Szandor LaVey in 1966, the Church of Satan revolves around the belief that more was accomplished in the world by those who defied God, rather than following his wishes. Moreover, the Church believes that Satan is much more worthy of human supplication as he best understands humanity and its vices.

Given that last word choice, Bale's "Satan" shout-out was pretty apt, wouldn't you say?