NETFLIX: A Gay Jesus and horny Mother Mary comedy sparks global outrage

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#NETFLIX: The First Temptation of Christ, a Brazilian Christmas comedy featuring a homosexual Jesus, with a boyfriend has sparked controversy globally.

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The Netflix Christmas comedy special has become no trivial matter for more than a million angry viewers, who have signed a petition demanding Netflix remove the film from it’s streaming service.

The temptation of Christ is a biblical narrative detailed in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke. The story goes that after being baptized by John the Baptist, Jesus fasted for 40 days and nights in the Judaean Desert, during this time, Satan tempted Jesus.

NETFLIX comedy Gay Jesus The First Temptation of Christ
The boyfriend of Jesus Christ in the Netflix comedy

In the film however we meet Orlando, the male lover of Jesus Christ depicted as a absolutely-fabulous character. On his arrival he comes the social butterfly among the Mary & Joseph family. Later in the film, the viewer is given the perception that Orlando, the gay lover of Christ, is actually Lucifer. The depiction as such of Jesus Christ’s boyfriend – in the film – as the fallen-angel, Lucifer feeds into the hate-mechanism perpetuating against LGBTQ people around the world.

Humor or insanity

This satirical depiction of Jesus as a homosexual man has not gone down well with Netflix subscribers. The movie explores the culture of homophobia and the constant need to shut it down. The idea of homosexuality in Islam and Christianity is deemed sinful and this is touched on in The First Temptation of Christ.

The First Temptation of Christ follows the story of a gay Jesus – after his 40 days in desert – who brings home a boyfriend to his 30th surprise birthday party. The catty and fabulous lover, Orlando is introduced to his weed-smoking, adulterous Mother Mary and an eccentric jealous dad, Joseph.

The Holy Father appears as a horny lover to a very lusting and equally horny Mother Mary, taking any given chance to woo her into his arms.

Hindu God Shiva & his ham-eating devotees

In one scene, the characters taunt Hindus as ham-eating followers of the god, Lord Shiva.

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The Brazilian Netflix film extends to include the religious deities of Hinduism, Buddhism, Rastafarian & Islam in one scene where a Lord Jesus Christ is having a vision.

NETFLIX comedy Gay Jesus The First Temptation of Christ
The First Temptation of Christ

In this scene of the film, you will find, Islam’s Allah who remained invisible being described as shy and likes to disappear often.

The next is the Rastafarian god Jah or Yahweh, he was hovering constantly smoking a joint.

NETFLIX comedy Gay Jesus The First Temptation of Christ

Lord Buddha seen as an unjolly character perceived as the dumbest God present.

NETFLIX comedy Gay Jesus The First Temptation of Christ
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Not to exclude the Hindu faith, the Hindu God Lord Shiva appears in his blue-skinned form, feminine and diplomatic as he converses with Jesus Christ.

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In this scene, we see a confused Jesus Christ who is battling with the idea of hiding his sexuality.

NETFLIX comedy Gay Jesus The First Temptation of Christ
Jesus mistakes Lord Shiva for the Hindu god Vishnu with four arms.

He yearns to be free from responsibility that is being placed on his shoulders by God and his Mother Mary.

NETFLIX comedy Gay Jesus The First Temptation of Christ
Lord Shiva explains to Jesus Christ that he too was placed in his role due to circumstance.

Reactions from the public

One person who signed the petition wrote, “We demand respect with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ … who died and rose again to (help) those scoffers that if they will and repent will also have part in that salvation …”

And another person identifIed as Marcos Lucena wrote on the petition, “It is a clear, direct and intentional offense to Christianity. This is not just art, it is a vile attack, a public declaration of hatred.”

Netflix’s description of the show reads: “Jesus, who’s hitting the big 3-0, brings a surprise guest to meet the family. A Christmas special so wrong, it must be from comedians Porta dos Fundos.”

Henrique Soares da Costa, a bishop from Brazil, wrote on Facebook that he cancelled his subscription to the Netflix streaming service, describing the film as “blasphemous, vulgar, and disrespectful”.

The controversial Netflix movie is produced by Porta dos Fundos, a comedy troupe Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, who started filming sketches and parodies for a YouTube Channel.

The film’s message is unclear, carrying taunts on religious sensitivities and highlighting the ‘perceived’ ills of society. Can this film be called anything but trash, we doubt it.

What are your thoughts? Let us know!

Watch a snippet here:

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One comment

  1. I think the main plot have been missed. It wasn’t just a kick at Christianity only but an insult to every religion across the board. Each religion is beautiful and unique as their followers.

    Respect our differences, embrace our similarities.
    #BeNice

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