A Brazilian court has ordered Netflix to take down film depicting Jesus as gay from its streaming platform after it ruled against the freedom of expression behind its creation.
The movie, titled The First Temptation of Jesus, was created by Brazilian group Porta Dos Fundos, and its storyline depicts Jesus as a man in a sexual relationship with his male friend.
Since its release on December 3, 2019, the film has caused massive uproar among Christians around the world, especially in Brazil whose citizens are predominantly Christian. It culminated in more than 2 million petitions signed by those calling for its removal from the streaming platform.
Netflix’s description of the show reads: ‘Jesus, who’s hitting the big 3-0, brings a surprise guest to meet the family. A Christmas special gone wrong, it must be from comedian Porta Dos Fundos.”
In the ruling against Netflix, the judge said: “The right to freedom of expression… is not absolute. Exhibiting the ‘artistic production’.. may cause graver and more irreparable damage than its suspension.”
However, the ban is said to be only temporary pending when a final decision is made. Netflix and Porta Dos Fundos are yet to react to the court ruling.
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