Saturday, December 14, 2019

Netflix backlash as more than 1.5million people petition against gay Jesus film

Netflix in Brazil has offended more than 1.5million people following the release of a parody movie, A Primeira Tentação de Cristo (The First Temptation of Christ).

The 46-minute film was released on December 3 and portrays Jesus as a gay man.

The official description reads: "Jesus, who's hitting the big 3-0, brings a surprise guest to meet the family. A Christmas special so wrong, it must be from comedians Porta dos Fundos."

So far, more than 1.5m people have signed the petition on change.org, with the figure rising at rapid speed.

The flick comes from YouTube comedy act Porta dos Fundos, which translates to Back Door.

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The petition description reads: "Ban the Christmas movie from Porta dos Fundos, which is titled The First Temptation of Christ. Remove the film from the Netflix catalogue."

It also calls for "Porta dos Fundos to be held responsible for the crime of villainous faith".

The description adds: "We also want public retraction, as they have seriously offended Christians."

Christians in Brazil have shared their disgust at the movie, with one bishop taking things a step further.

The bishop for the Brazilian state of Pernambuco, Henrique Soares da Costa, has announced he has cancelled his Netflix subscription on Facebook.

He labelled the movie "blasphemous, vulgar and disrespectful".

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However, this isn't the first time the comedy group have offended with their religious satire.

A previous production, The Last Hangover, saw Jesus' disciples searching for him after the Last Supper.

The description reads: "In this biblical Hangover spoof, the apostles awaken to find Jesus is missing and must piece together events of the previous night's wild Last Supper."

In response to the petition, Porta dos Fundos have set up their own.

They said: "Porta dos Fundos values artistic freedom and humor through satire on the most diverse cultural themes of our society and believes that freedom of expression is an essential construction for a democratic country

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