Netflix Announces Release of ‘Gay Jesus’ Christmas Special
1.2 million Christians sign petition accusing streaming service of blasphemy
Netflix has been met with an intense backlash after announcing the release of its "gay Jesus" Christmas special - "The First Temptation of Christ."
The flick was created by Brazilian comedy group Porta dos Fundos (which literally translates to “back door”) and appears to be a ruthless attack on Jesus Christ and Christianity in general.
The group released The Last Hangover on Netflix last December, which is a movie inspired by "The Hangover" that retells Christ’s Last Supper with his disciples as a drunken night of debauchery.
In this year's new Christmas special, however, Jesus turns 30 and brings his gay boyfriend home to meet Mary and Joseph.
The latest release has been met with widespread outrage, with Netflix accused of blasphemy.
1.14 million Brazilians have already signed a Change.org petition demanding that Netflix removes the movie.
Here’s a reviewer’s description of the movie:
The setup is that Jesus (Gregório Duvivier) attends his 30th birthday surprise party with his boyfriend Orlando (Fábio Porchat).
The party, thrown by José (Rafael Portugal) and Maria (Evelyn Castro), has a number of high-profile biblical guests, including God (Antonio Tabet), which prompts plenty of debate about parental rights and responsibilities as Christ grapples not just with his parentage but with his own spiritual journey.
According to LGBT website Pink News, Porta dos Fundos is comprised of “five people from Rio de Janeiro who started making sketches and parodies on their YouTube channel.”
“Jesus is turning 30 and brings a surprise guest to meet the family,” the film is described on Netflix.
"A Christmas special so wrong that it must be from comedians Porta dos Fundos."
“The First Temptation of Christ” has been slammed as blasphemous and disrespectful by Brazilian Christians, many identifying as Catholics.
Catholic website Crux reported in April that Brazil has “the biggest Catholic population in the world with 123 million adherents,” though the nation has seen a dip in Catholic identity the past two years and an “accelerated growth of Evangelical denominations.”
“It is a serious offense against Jesus Christ and the Christians! It has no historical evidence to support the insinuations presented,” one petition signer wrote, Pink News noted.
Another said the movie “came to destroy the image of Christ who gave His life to save us. Netflix has featured series that the family can’t join to watch.
"God created man and woman and no one can change that.”
Here are some of the other reactions from angered Christians:
[Porta dos Fundos] has no originality to make comedy and what does? Religious Prejudice!
For the end of derision and disrespect for the faith of the Catholic Church and especially for GOD.
Amazing! Disrespect for the faith of others. No one is obliged to believe in Jesus Christ, but we demand respect for our belief. I totally repudiated it and we already canceled our Netflix. Whoever disrespects my God does not deserve my money.
Create laws to defend LGBTS and we are at the mercy of this lack of respect? So give respect.
A total lack of respect for our belief !!!
Disrespect for Christians.
It’s an absurd movie of this nature. Where is the moral.
It is a shame such content to be accessed by anyone … a freak!!!
The good artist owes more reverence to God than humor to men … But this choice is for the wise both for those who watch.
It’s unlikely Netflix will remove the comedy.
Though, as reported by The Daily Wire last month, the streaming service removed a segment from left-wing comedian Hasan Minhaj’s “Patriot Act” allegedly at the behest of the Saudis:
“Netflix, the world’s biggest streaming company (for now), got in trouble with one of its politically charged originals.
"The company’s far-left talker ‘Patriot Act’ starring Hasan Minhaj aired a segment critical of Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and his ties to the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi earlier this year. …
"The streaming giant yanked the episode in question from its Saudi feed at the country’s urging.”