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Brazilian Judge Orders Netflix to Temporarily Pull Satire Film with Gay Jesus

Jan 9, 2020

By Hemant Mehta

Just weeks after Netflix premiered 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, things have just gone from bad to worse in Brazil.

The headquarters of the creators were firebombed, and there was a petition online signed by well over two million people calling for Netflix to remove the film from its site.

Now a court is demanding the company take it down. It’s a temporary ban, but it’s still a bad omen.

Judge Benedicto Abicair said his temporary decision would appease furious Christians until a final decision is made by a higher court.

“Exhibiting the ‘artistic production’… may cause graver and more irreparable damage than its suspension,” the judge wrote.

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