Netflix has sparked outrage from religious conservatives in Brazil over The First Temptation of Christ, a holiday comedy special depicting Jesus as a gay man.
Nearly one million people (and counting, as of this posting) have signed a Change.org petition calling on Netflix to pull the show.
Says the Netflix synopsis: “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.”
The NY Daily News reports: “The First Temptation of Christ is the second satirical take on Christmas brought to the web screen by the International Emmy-winning comedy group Porta dos Fundos (or “backdoor” in English), a popular comedy troupe with over 16 million YouTube subscribers. In the 46-minute-long comedy, Jesus and his new friend Orlando arrive at Mary and Joseph’s house, where a group of friends are waiting to throw the Son of God a surprise birthday bash.”
Eduardo Bolsonaro, the son of right-wing Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro, supported the boycott, tweeting, “We are in favor of freedom of expression, but is it really worth attacking the faith of 86% of the population??
Check out the trailer below: