June 15, 2021

Brazil: Netflix told to remove film depicting Jesus as gay

A judge in Brazil has ruled that a film depicting Jesus as gay must be removed from the TV streaming service Netflix.

The film, The First Temptation of Christ, infuriated fervent Christians in the country.

Two million people signed a petition calling for it to be axed, and the production company was attacked with Molotov cocktails last month.

In the ruling against Netflix, the judge said: “The right to freedom of expression… is not absolute”.

However, the ban is only temporary while a final decision is made.

Why has the film caused uproar?
The parody film, which was run as a Christmas special, was created by Brazilian YouTube comedy group Porta dos Fundos.

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Many of the country’s conservative Christians were angered by the portrayal of Jesus bringing home a presumed boyfriend to meet his family.

On Christmas Eve, a group attacked Porta dos Fundos’s office in Rio de Janeiro with fire bombs.

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