Over 1 million sign petition against Netflix over special depicting Jesus as gay

Some have accused streamer of a "crime of villainous faith"

Netflix has provoked a big of a backlash from some over a Christmas special that depicts Jesus as being gay.

The First Temptation of Christ, which has been made by Brazilian YouTube comedy group Porta dos Fundos, implies that Jesus is in a relationship with his male friend Orlando.

“Jesus, who’s hitting the big 3-0, brings a surprise guest to meet the family,” the official Netflix description reads. “A Christmas special so wrong, it must be from comedians Porta dos Fundos.”

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In the film, Jesus and Orlando arrive at the home of Mary and Joseph, where they throw a party for their son. However, Jesus tries to downplay his relationship with his friend, who hints they are closer than made out.

However, since the film dropped there has been a backlash from a large number of people, with a petition calling for it to be removed currently sitting at 1.7 million signatures.

The page accuses the creators of a “crime of villainous faith”, adding: “We also want public retraction, as they have seriously offended Christians”.

Some prominent Christians have also railed against the special, with Henrique Soares da Costa – a bishop from the state of Pernambuco – revealing he had cancelled his Netflix subscription. He also labelled the film (via The Independent) a “blasphemous, vulgar, and disrespectful”.

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Eduardo Bolsonaro – the son of Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro – also denounced the special, saying: “We support freedom of expression, but is it worth attacking the belief of 86 percent of the population?”

The First Temptation of Christ is streaming now on Netflix.

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