Netflix in Hot Water Over Christmas Special Featuring Gay Jesus

But "The First Temptation of Christ" co-creator calls the backlash "homophobic."

Netflix is in hot water with some viewers after releasing a new Christmas special that portrays a gay Jesus.

The First Temptation of Christ is a new Netflix holiday special from Brazilian YouTube comedy group Porta dos Fundos. According to Variety, the episode, which began streaming December 3, follows Jesus, who returns home “after 40 days in the desert with a new close friend, Orlando, who is almost certainly gay, just as his family throws Jesus a surprise 30th birthday party.”

More than 1.8 million people have signed the online petition for Netflix to remove the special, but Porta dos Fundos co-founder Fábio Porchat, who also plays Orlando, calls the backlash “homophobic.”

“We play at insinuating that Jesus has a new friend, and probably this new friend is gay, but they have just been having fun and a very good time in the desert for 40 days,” said Porchat. “If anybody should be angry with us, it should be the gay community because a gay character turns out to be the Devil. But the gay community loves us!”

“For some Catholics here in Brazil, it’s O.K. if Jesus is a bad guy, uses drugs: That’s no problem,” Porchat added. “The problem is he’s gay. No, he can’t be gay. And that’s interesting because Jesus is everything. God is black and white and gay and straight. God is everything. It’s more homophobic to be insulted by a gay Jesus than to make Jesus special.”

The comedian says Netflix, which stands by the special and freedom of speech, has not discussed removing the episode from its service.

The First Temptation of Christ sounds like perfect Christmas Eve viewing to us!

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