‘Liberty of expression not absolute’: Brazilian judge orders Netflix to eliminate ‘gay Jesus’ special
A questionable Netflix comedy unique depicting Jesus as a gay man has met its death at the hands of a Brazilian judge, after he bought the streaming service to remove it following a lawsuit from a Catholic group.
Netflix was purchased to remove ‘The First Temptation of Christ,’ a Christmas unique by Brazilian comedy group Porta dos Fundos, from its platform on Wednesday. Conservative Catholic company Associacao Centro Dom Bosco de Fe e Cultura had claimed the movie “attacked the security of spiritual liberty” with its insulting representations of the Holy Family.
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“The consequences of spreading and exhibiting this ‘artistic production’… are more most likely to provoke more serious and irreversible damage than the movie’s suspension,” state court judge Benedicto Abicair stated.
The right to freedom of expression is not absolute.
The movie incensed conservative Christians by depicting Jesus as a gay male bringing a sweetheart house to his household: a dimwitted Joseph and a lustful Mary. After its release last month, the movie was controversially gotten, with petitions to remove it acquiring over two million signatures.
One especially dedicated group of critics even firebombed Porta dos Fundos’ workplaces in Rio de Janeiro on Christmas Eve, shooting the attack, so there was no concern about the cause of the fire (which was quickly contained), and boasting that they had actually acted versus the filmmakers’ “blasphemous, bourgeois and anti-patriotic attitude.”
Abicair’s judgment reversed a previous one by a lower court, and might still be reversed, according to regional media. Netflix has the alternative of interesting the entire court, considering that the injunction was issued by a single judge.
The decision motivated the defenders of Porta dos Fundos (“backdoor” in Portuguese) to pry into the judge’s background, where they discovered he has actually composed posts slamming everything from scantily-clad airline guests and unhygienic canine owners to ‘disrespectful’ clothes used by legal representatives.
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