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Comedy Group’s Headquarters Nearly Firebombed Over Netflix Show with Gay Jesus

Dec 27, 2019

By Hemant Mehta

As we posted about earlier this month, Netflix is airing a Portuguese-language satire called The First Temptation of Christ, by the comedy team Porta dos Fundos, in which Jesus is shown in a same-sex relationship.

That description alone was enough to generation over a million signatures on a petition and incur the wrath of the son of Brazil’s president.

But now the outrage is getting worse.

On Christmas Eve, the headquarters of Porta dos Fundos were nearly firebombed when two Molotov cocktails were thrown into the building. According to a (roughly translated) news story:

Via a press office, [Porta dos Fundos] reported that if it were not for the presence of a security guard, the producer’s headquarters would surely be set on fire. In a statement, the humorous group stated that “it condemns any act of hatred and violence and has therefore made the security camera images available to the authorities, the Security Secretary and expects those responsible for the attacks to be found and punished.” In addition, he stressed that he will move forward “more united, stronger and more inspired by freedom of expression”.

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2 comments on “Comedy Group’s Headquarters Nearly Firebombed Over Netflix Show with Gay Jesus

  • Bob Woodward’s book, “Fear” is about the Trump administration, but its title is the administration’s idea of what power is: fear.

    Fear is a motivating force: it brought us authoritarians like Trump and Johnson; it fuels the gun industry; it is the foundation of Republican campaign platforms, from the economy to immigration.

    And it is the driving force behind fundamentalist religion. I am always amused at the contradiction between an all-powerful god, and the lowly humans who think he needs to be defended. Marilynne Robinson, a devout Catholic, wrote a piece on that subject a few years back.


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