A Brazilian judge on Wednesday ordered Netflix to remove the controversial Christmas film, First Temptation of Christ, for depicting Jesus as a gay man.
The Netflix comedy movie, “First Temptation of Christ” depicts Jesus as a gay man was produced by YouTube comedy channel Porta dos Fundos and it has gathered a huge backlash after it was aired in Brazil, sparking about two million people to sign a petition for the movie to be taken down as its jokes are being “seriously offensive” to Christians.
It can be recalled that on Tuesday, 24 December 2019, there was a targeted gasoline bomb attack on the producers of a Netflix comedy starring gay Jesus.
Netflix has now been ordered to remove the movie that some called blasphemous for depicting Jesus as a gay man and which prompted the attack.
The ruling by Rio de Janeiro judge, Benedicto Abicair, on Wednesday responded to a petition by a Brazilian Catholic organization that argued the “honor of millions of Catholics” was hurt by the film.
The Christmas special was produced by Rio-based film company, Porta dos Fundos, whose headquarters was targeted in the Christmas Eve attack.
Judge Abicair said the program’s withdrawal “is beneficial not only to the Christian community, but to Brazilian society which is mostly Christian.”
Netflix told The Associated Press it would not comment on the ruling.
Porta dos Fundos also declined to comment on the judge’s decision, which contradicted an earlier decision rejecting censorship of the program. The ruling is valid until another court orders otherwise.