The Supreme Federal Court in Brazil says the movie that depicts Jesus as gay entitled: “The First Temptation of Christ” is not by any means insulting Christians, hence the apex court ruled in favour of Netflix.
Recall that a Brazilian Catholic organisation issued a petition stating that the movie had hurt the “honour of millions of Catholics”. A court in Rio de Janeiro presided over by judge Benedicto Abicair ruled that the movie should stop streaming on Netflix.
However, the Brazilian company that produced the controversial comedy film Porta dos Fundos said in a statement that it “opposed any act of censorship, violence, illegality, authoritarianism” and vowed to continue circulating its work.
In the same vine, Netflix files a suit in the Brazilian apex court on Thursday challenging the judgement of the lower court.
In less than 24 hours after the judgement from the lower court, the Supreme Federal Court led by Judge Antonio Diaz Toffoli ruled that a mere satirical movie is not strong enough to reduce the values of Christianity.
“One cannot suppose that a humorous satire has the ability to weaken the values of the Christian faith, whose existence is traced back more than two thousand years, and which is the belief of the majority of Brazilian citizens,” the judge said in his ruling.
The ruling signifies that the American media-services provider and production company will continue to stream the Jesus is gay movie despite the tension the movie has caused in Brazil and the number of subscribers it has lost since the movie began streaming on its platform in December 2019.
We hope that this judgement will douse the already brewing tension on social media and on the streets of Rio de Janeiro because, at this point, the only choice the protesting Christians in the Brazilian city have is to see the gay Jesus movie as just a comedy film.