Netflix ordered to remove film depicting Jesus as a gay man

The film has hurt the "honour of millions of Catholics"

Netflix has been told to pull The First Temptation of Christ from its platform.

The film, which presents Jesus as a gay man, has sparked outrage in part of the Christian community – particularly in Brazil where a legal order to remove it has been granted.

Rio de Janeiro judge Benedicto Abicair issued the ruling in a response to a Change.org petition by a Brazilian Catholic organisation that the “blasphemous” film had hurt the “honour of millions of Catholics”. The South American country has more Catholics than any other country.

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According to Sky News, judge Abicair’s ruling is valid until another court orders otherwise.

The parody film, which was run as a Christmas special, was created by Brazilian YouTube comedy group Porta dos Fundos. Its headquarters were targeted with petrol bombs on Christmas Eve in response to the film. No one was injured in the attack and a video circulating days later on social media showed three men claiming responsibility.

Porta dos Fundos has defended its film as legitimate freedom of expression in the face of anger from religious groups. Netflix will not comment on the ruling.

The filmmakers also declined to comment on the judge’s decision, which contradicted an earlier decision rejecting censorship of the programme.

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