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.
The storyline follows Jesus attempting to deny his true feelings – that he is gay – while downplaying his relationship with Orlando.
Eduardo Bolsonaro, son of homophobic Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, blasted the film on social media.
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He wrote: “We support freedom of expression, but is it worth attacking the belief of 86 percent of the population?”
Abraham Mathai, president, Indian Christian Voice said: “As a member of the Christian community and follower of Christ, I join the rest of hundreds of thousands who have registered their protests calling for the Netflix Christmas Special depicting Jesus in a gay relationship to be axed immediately.
“Even though freedom of expression is a fundamental and a constitutional right, using the same liberty to offend the sentiments of the members of a particular faith persuasion is highly abhorrent and totally unacceptable.”
“The film, besides being blasphemous, vulgar and disrespectful, should be pulled off forthwith without any further delay, as it is serious and highly offensive to the Christian community worldwide.
“Netflix should follow the example set by Walmart by making a public apology to the Christian community world over by withdrawing the Christmas sweater which had an offensive message.”
He added: ”Belittling and negating the deity and stature of a person who turned the world right-side up with his exemplary character and impeccable integrity should not be entertained under any circumstances.
People also took to Twitter to voice their concerns over the film.
BREAKING:@netflix released a show depicting Jesus as GAY?!
Let’s make this CLEAR!
Jesus isn’t some “woke” culture experiment for you to convince young people that biblical teachings are “debatable”?!
Jesus is the SON OF GOD and died for our sins!
Show some RESPECT!
— Graham Allen (@GrahamAllen_1) December 14, 2019
Jesus was not gay or a drunk. This is disrespectful.
No one would do this to any other religion bc they know for sure it would get backlash bc everyone so sensitive when it comes to everyone else’s belief but when it’s Christianity it’s a joke. pic.twitter.com/mfuZe077qZ
— ASPIRIN 💉 ® ❁ (@aspirin_n) December 15, 2019
You have a right to your beliefs, but so do I. I also have the right to no longer fund you making fun of my beliefs. Jesus was not gay or a drunk. This is disrespectful. I pray you never do the same to other religions. But Jesus forgives you & He still loves you. pic.twitter.com/FLwBy69Rmj
— ally yarid (@allyyarid) December 14, 2019