PORTA dos Fundos is Brazilian comedy group with a huge following in Brazil. Their YouTube channel has more than 16 million subscribers, and religion is often a butt of their humour, as this Jesus Loves You sketch indicates:
But their latest offering, a Netflix special Christmas film entitled The First Temptation of Christ, has unleashed torrents of outrage as as it depicts a gay Jesus bringing his boyfriend home to meet Mary and Joseph.
The creators of the film were called “demons” and “heretics”. One person’s reason for signing the petition was:
It is a serious offence against Jesus Christ and the Christians! It has no historical evidence to support the insinuations presented.
A movie that came to destroy the image of Christ who gave His life to save us. Netflix has featured series that the family can’t join to watch. God created man and woman and no one can change that.
Last December it the group released its first Netflix film Especial de Natal Porta dos Fundos (The Last Hangover), which won an International Emmy for best comedy this year.
A parody of the The Hangover movie, it follows the adventures of Jesus’s disciples after they wake up hungover the “morning after the Last Supper … wondering where their Messiah is”.
Historian Murilo Cleto wrote on Twitter:
Last year’s Christmas special, Jesus was portrayed as a sadistic, homicidal, hedonistic drunkard who hated to pray and no one bothered.
Now that he’s harmless and gay, the world has fallen. It’s atrophying the brain.
But other public figures have expressed outrage at the film. Actor Carlos Vereza wrote on Facebook that the the film was a “trash-porn movie” and that Porta dos Fundos were:
Pretentious idiots, messengers of the new world order, who [support] the deconstruction of family and religion.