The controversial comedy featuring a gay Jesus has encountered several problems since it was first announced to air on Netflix. However, the latest problem might finally remove The First Temptation of Christ from the streaming service. A judge in Brazil has just ordered Netflix to take down the film after the studio that produced it was almost burned down by activists.
According to The Daily Dot, Judge Benedicto Abicair ordered the streaming giant to remove The First Temptation of Christ from its library. The order comes shortly after international backlash and an act of arson on Porta dos Fundos, the studio that produced the movie.
The Porta dos Fundos studio in Rio de Janeiro was firebombed on Christmas Eve and an unnamed man later released a video claiming that he tried to burn down the building on behalf of the Brazilian integralist movement.
But why is everyone in Brazil so against First Temptation? Fábio Porchat, who appears in the film, told Variety that it's simply because Jesus is being portrayed as gay.
"For some Catholics here in Brazil, it's OK if Jesus is a bad guy, uses drugs: That's no problem. 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," Porchat said.
Netflix has not yet commented on the order. For now, the film is still streaming on the service.