The First Temptation of Christ: One million people sign petition against Netflix comedy depicting Jesus as gay

Son of Brazilian president described show as ‘blasphemous’ and ‘vulgar’

The First Temptation of Christ Netflix Christmas special trailer

More than a million people have signed a petition calling for Netflix to remove a comedy that depicts Jesus as a gay man.

The First Temptation of Christ was made by a YouTube comedy group and was released by Netflix in Brazil on 3 December.

In the one-off show, it is implied that Jesus is in a sexual relationship with his male friend Orlando.

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."

At the time of writing, 1,509,329 people have signed a petition against the programme.

According to AFP, Eduardo Bolsonaro, the son of the Brazilian president, wrote on social media: "We support freedom of expression, but is it worth attacking the belief of 86 per cent of the population?"

Henrique Soares da Costa, a bishop from the state of Pernambuco, wrote on Facebook that he has cancelled his subscription to the streaming service, denouncing the film as “blasphemous, vulgar, and disrespectful”.

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