Netflix Christmas Special showing gay Jesus evokes ban demands

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A new Netflix Christmas Special titled "The First Temptation Of Christ", which shows Jesus Christ in a gay relationship and Mary as a weed-smoker, has angered millions all over the world, who have signed a petition demanding its withdrawal.

The trailer, shown on Netflix with captions in English, shows characters representing Jesus and his supposed gay lover coming home late at night only to find family and friends have gathered for a surprise party.

As of Friday afternoon, 1.4 million people had signed the petition for Netflix to remove "A Primeira Tentação de Cristo", or "The First Temptation of Christ", the petition suggesting the movie has "seriously offended Christians".

That's the basic plot of The First Temptation of Christ on Netflix, a blasphemous Christmas special from Brazilian comedy group Porta dos Fundos.

It is implied throughout various scenes that Orlando is in a romantic, sexual relationship with a closeted gay Jesus.

Porta dos Fundos and Netflix have yet to respond to the backlash, but if the official Netflix description of the special is any indication, it doesn't seem like they care: "Jesus, who's hitting the big 3-0, brings a surprise guest to meet the family".

According to The Advocate, Porta dos Fundos has previously been sued over other satires by the notably anti-LGBTQ federal deputy representative of São Paulo, Marco Feliciano.

This massively un-politically correct tale has led Christians to express dismay at the content, with some labelling it "trash" and "intolerant".

He said: "We support freedom of expression, but is it worth attacking the belief of 86 percent of the population?" With The Last Supper behind him, Jesus emerges from the desert with his new "friend" Orlando to celebrate Christmas (aka his birthday).

The production won an International Emmy Award for best comedy web television special.

Porta dos Fundos have mocked the petition running against them have have set up their own version which sarcastically calls for the removal of their film from Netflix, describing their own comedy special as 'tragic and sad'.

"Porta dos Fundos values artistic freedom and humor through satire on the most diverse cultural themes of our society and believes that freedom of expression is an essential construction for a democratic country", Porta dos Fundos told the Daily Dot in a statement.

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