After a furore last week following the trailer release of Messiah which fans term it ‘antichrist’, another Netflix series by the name of The First Temptation of Christ is calling for a ‘remove’ petition for portraying Jesus as gay. The show which was made by a YouTube comedy group, was released by the streaming service in Brazil on December 3 as a Christmas special and depicts Jesus as gay igniting anger among many.
The show which was a ‘supposedly’ Christmas gift has managed to gather over 1,547,621 petitions urging the streaming platform to remove the show.
Calling it ‘crime of villainous faith’, the petition to Netflix writes that they want an immediate action against its creators. ‘We also want public retraction, as they have seriously offended Christians,’ the petition mentioned.
The one minute 22 second trailer hint at Jesus having a sexual relationship with his male friend Orlando, which he tries to hide from his family as they come over for a Christmas party. The story has sent some Christians to express their dismay at the production, calling it ‘trash’, ‘extremely offensive to the values, principles and Christian faith’, and ‘intolerant’ to religions .
Calling out the production, Henrique Soares da Costa, a bishop from the state of Pernambuco, wrote on Facebook that he has cancelled his subscription to the streaming service, slamming the show which Netflix describes as ‘‘A Christmas special so wrong, it must be from comedians Porta dos Fundos’’ as ‘blasphemous, vulgar, and disrespectful’.