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Brazilian court orders Netflix to stop showing gay Jesus movie


Entertainment streaming service Netflix has been instructed by a Brazilian judge to stop showing the controversial movie that depicts Jesus as a gay man.


The Brazilian court made this information public on Wednesday (Jan 8). The state court judge in ruling against Netflix said that “The right to freedom of expression… is not absolute.”

The controversial movie titled “The First Temptation of Christ” was created by Brazilian YouTube comedy group Porta dos Fundos portrays Jesus bringing home a presumed boyfriend to meet his family. Netflix started showing the show last month as a Christmas special but has received severe backlash from conservative Christians worldwide.


Although about two million people have petitioned Netflix to stop streaming the show, Netflix has not made any official statement on the issue or the ruling issued by the Brazilian judge. Brazil is home to the largest Catholic population in the world and President Jair Bolsonaro once said he will rather have a dead son than a gay son. Asked for a response, Netflix said it had no comment on the ruling, which the judge issued on Tuesday.

The injunction ordering Netflix to take the show off its online platform was issued by judge Benedicto Abicair after a religious organisation Associacao Centro Dom Bosco de Fe e Cultura filed a lawsuit against the show’s creators Porta dos Fundos. The injunction had been denied by a lower court but Judge Abicair, who handles appeals, wrote that the ruling was needed to protect against abuses of the freedom of expression. “I understand, yes, that there must be reflection so that excesses do not occur, avoiding nefarious consequences for many, due to eventual foolishness by a few,” he wrote. “Exhibiting the ‘artistic production’… may cause graver and more irreparable damage than its suspension.”

The Order of Attorneys of Brazil, the Brazilian Bar Association, criticized the decision as censorship. “Any form of censorship or threat to this hard-won freedom means a setback, and cannot be accepted by society,” Mr Felipe Santa Cruz, the Order’s president, said in a statement. The injunction is valid until the merits of the lawsuit are determined.



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