It’s Christmas once again and images of baby Jesus are everywhere. The infant Messiah in the nativity scene is probably one of his most iconic depictions. However, there’s a new addition to the messiah’s long list of portrayals and a lot of people aren’t having it—two million people to be exact.
Brazil Netflix’s “The First Temptation of Christ” depicts Jesus as a 30-year-old gay man who brings home what appears to be his boyfriend, Orlando, to meet the Holy Family.
The movie, created by Brazilian YouTube comedy group Porta dos Fundos, suggests that Jesus seems to be busy doing other things (with Orlando) besides wandering around the desert alone for 40 days and nights.
In the trailer, Orlando describes how he met Jesus. “I was bathing in an oasis, and I was naked.”
Jesus cuts him off and says, “And then I asked for directions. I asked, and he gave it to me.”
“You bet I did,” Orlando adds, a nail file in hand. “I sure gave it to him.”
It’s satirical moments like this that’s put people on the internet’s pants in a twist. A Change.org petition has been made to remove the Christmas special from Netflix and for the creators to “be held responsible for the crime of villainous faith.”
While Netflix has yet to comment on the issue, Porta dos Fundos released a statement saying: “We value artistic freedom and humor through satire on the most diverse cultural themes of our society and believes that freedom of expression is an essential construction for a democratic country.”
Watch the trailer below:
Photo from Netflix