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Brazil's top court rules that Netflix can continue streaming 'gay Jesus' film

A Rio de Janerio judge argued the film offended the 'honour of millions of Catholics'

2020-01-10

Words: Steve Brown

Brazil’s Supreme Federal Court rules that Netflix can continue streaming ‘gay Jesus’ film.

Produced by Bazilian YouTube comedy group Porta dos Fundos – whose headquarters were targeted by a petrol bomb attack on Christmas Eve – the 46-minute film shows Jesus returning home for a surprise 30th birthday with his male 'friend', Orlando.

Almost two million people signed a Change.org petition calling for Brazilian comedy The First Temptation of Christ, which is available to stream on Netflix UK, to be removed from the platform and banned for 'offending Christians'.

This week, it was reported Rio de Janerio judge Benedicto Abicair issued a ruling in response to the petition arguing the film had hurt the ‘honour of millions of Catholics'.

The judge said that removing the film is ‘beneficial not only to the Christian community, but to Brazilian society which is mostly Christian’.

But now, a judge in Brazil’s top court rejected Abicair’s ruling and ruled in favour of the streaming site.

Supreme Federal Court Judge Antonio dias Toffoli said: “One cannot suppose that a humorous satire has the ability to weaken the values of the Christian faith, whose existence is traced back more than 2,000 years, and which is the belief of the majority of Brazilian citizens.”