Nearly two million people have signed a petition requiring the streaming service Netflix to remove a comedy from its catalog in which Jesus is depicted as a gay man.
The petition published in Portuguese by Alex Brindejoncy, on the portal change.org, claims that The First Temptation of Christ "has seriously offended Christians."
The 46-minute Brazilian comedy directed by Rodrigo Van Der Put shows Jesus celebrating his 30th birthday and bringing a friend named Orlando to meet his parents and friends.
The film has also been criticized by Eduardo Bolsonaro, son of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro. "We are in favor of freedom of expression, but is it worth attacking the faith of 86 percent of the population?" He commented on his Twitter account.
Director Van Der Put also gave something to talk about in 2018 when he directed the short The Last Hangover about The Last Supper in which, according to the plot, some rescued disciples wonder where Jesus is. The tape won an International Emmy Award for Best Comedy.
So far Netflix has not issued any comment on the petition that continues to add signatures as the hours go by.
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