Judge orders removal of gay Jesus film from Netflix

The passion of the gay Christ movie continues, as a judge in Brazil has ordered Netflix to remove the film from its streaming platform.

Judge Benedicto Abicair accepted a petition submitted by the Catholic Church which argued that The First Temptation of Christ, a satire produced by the Brazilian comedy troupe Porta dos Fundos, harmed Brazil’s Catholic population. Neither Porta dos Fundos, nor Netflix has commented on the matter.

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Judge Abicair’s ruling overrules an earlier court ruling which declined to censor the film. Abicair said the removal of the film “is beneficial not only to the Christian community, but to Brazilian society which is mostly Christian.”

The First Temptation of Christ has attracted international controversy since its release last month. The comedy depicts Jesus as a marijuana smoker and gay man who brings his boyfriend home to meet his parents, Mary & Joseph.

The backlash to the film hit a fever pitch on Christmas Eve, when a small group of individuals firebombed the Porta dos Fundos recording studio. Brazilian police have identified one suspect, and continue to seek the other four.

At the time of this writing, it remains unclear when Netflix will have to remove the film, and whether it will do so in all territories, or just in Brazil.

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