Brazillian Judge Orders Netflix to Take Down Gay Jesus Movie

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A court in Brazil has ordered Netflix to take down film depicting Jesus as gay from its streaming platform.

The film, The First Temptation of Christ, infuriated fervent Christians in the country.

The ruling by Rio de Janeiro judge Benedicto Abicair responded to a petition by a Brazilian Catholic organization that argued the “honor of millions of Catholics” was hurt by the airing of “The First Temptation of Christ.” The special was produced by the Rio-based film company Porta dos Fundos, whose headquarters was targeted in the Christmas Eve attack.

In the ruling against Netflix, the judge said: “The right to freedom of expression… is not absolute. Exhibiting the ‘artistic production’… may cause graver and more irreparable damage than its suspension.”

The parody film, which was run as a Christmas special, was created by Brazilian YouTube comedy group Porta dos Fundos.

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