by Mary Margaret Olohan
Netflix refuses to comment on outrage from Christians over a “holiday special” portraying Jesus Christ as gay.
More than 2 million people signed a petition against “The First Temptation of Christ,” a reportedly satirical representation of Jesus, his mother Mary, and his father Joseph created by the comedy group Porta dos Fundos and produced in Brazil.
The comedy group created the movie following its International Emmy Award-winning production of “The Last Hangover,” a movie which satirizes the biblical Last Supper, the last meal Jesus shared with his disciples before he was crucified.
“The First Temptation of Christ” portrays Jesus returning home for his birthday party with a friend named Orlando, according to the New York Daily News. The publication reports that Orlando continuously hints in the film that he and Jesus are more than friends.
But Netflix twice refused to comment to The Daily Caller News Foundation on whether Netflix takes into account the millions of people saying that the film strongly offends them as people of faith. Spokeswoman Erika Masonhall instead directed The Daily Caller News Foundation to statements from Porta dos Fundos.
Porta Dos Fundos was more forthcoming, telling The Daily Caller News Foundation that the comedy group focuses on “making people laugh through satire.”
“Porta Dos Fundos was founded on making people laugh through satire on diverse cultural themes in our society,” Porta dos Fundos said in a statement provided to The Daily Caller News Foundation. “We firmly believe that freedom of expression not only speaks to artistic freedom but is essential to a flourishing democratic country.”
Though Netflix has kept silent on backlash over “The Last Temptation of Christ,” the organization weighed in Saturday on backlash over Hallmark ads showing lesbian couples marrying.
Hallmark first pulled the ads after the group One Million Moms petitioned Hallmark to “please reconsider airing commercials with same-sex couples.” But the group apologized Sunday following outrage from LGBTQ groups, saying, “This was the wrong decision.”
Netflix weighed in on the dispute by suggesting titles on Netflix showing lesbians “joyfully existing.”
Titles Featuring Lesbians Joyfully Existing And Also It’s Christmas Can We Just Let People Love Who They Love
🎥 Let It Snow
📺 Merry Happy Whatever pic.twitter.com/LTwnHogkoJ
— Netflix US (@netflix) December 15, 2019
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Mary Margaret Olohan is a reporter for the Daily Caller News Foundation.