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More than a million people have signed a petition calling for Netflix to remove a comedy that depicts Jesus as a gay man.
The First Temptation of Christ was made by a YouTube comedy group and was released by Netflix in Brazil on 3 December.
In the one-off show, it is implied that Jesus is in a sexual relationship with his male friend Orlando.
Netflix’s description of the show reads: “Jesus, who’s hitting the big 3-0, brings a surprise guest to meet the family. A Christmas special so wrong, it must be from comedians Porta dos Fundos.”
At the time of writing, 1,509,329 people have signed a petition against the programme.
According to AFP, Eduardo Bolsonaro, the son of the Brazilian president, wrote on social media: “We support freedom of expression, but is it worth attacking the belief of 86 percent of the population?”
Henrique Soares da Costa, a bishop from the state of Pernambuco, wrote on Facebook that he has cancelled his subscription to the streaming service, denouncing the film as “blasphemous, vulgar, and disrespectful”.
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