A Brazilian comedy group and Netflix faced a huge backlash after releasing a Christmas Special parody show where Jesus is gay.
The Netflix film, A Primeira Tentação de Cristo, or The First Temptation of Christ, depicts a 30-year-old Jesus Christ as gay and taking his boyfriend, Orlando, to meet his parents, Mary and Joseph.
As a result, over a million people took to signing a petition to ban the film for “seriously offending Christians.”
According to Caldron Pool, the film reportedly “follows the adventures of Jesus’ disciples after they wake up hungover the morning after the Last Supper… wondering where the Messiah is.”
Porta dos Fundos, which literally means “back door”, is a comedy group of five Brazilians working from Rio de Janeiro, Pink News reports.
The group, whose content has been compared with Monty Python, has already signed deals with Netflix and Brazil’s Fox Network.
According to one petitioner: “It is a serious offence against Jesus Christ and the Christians! It has no historical evidence to support the insinuations presented.”
Another said: “A movie that came to destroy the image of Christ who gave His life to save us. Netflix has featured series that the family can’t join to watch. God created man and woman and no one can change that.”
The regular satirizing of Christmas has brought forth a blatant double standard, particularly in a more multicultural global society: anything against Christianity is fair game; anything against other faiths is unacceptable.
Santa was recently portrayed as a black man with a gay white husband.
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer has also been treated to a 21st Century makeover in a few depictions.
A debate surrounding a gender neutral alternative for ‘Father Christmas’ has left social media users bitter.