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A comedy group Porta dos Fundos created the Netflix gay Jesus Christmas Special called "The First Temptation of Christ" and shows Jesus sneaking back home after 40 days in the desert with Orlando, a young man he's met in the desert. More than 2.3 million people have signed an online petition to remove the film. The same comedy group was hit by a Molotov cocktail attack in the early hours of December 24th. Two petrol bombs were thrown at the building causing a fire, which was put out by one of the office's security guards, according to one report.
Porta dos Fundos released a statement following the incident, confirming no injuries had been reported. However, the company stated the attack "endangered several innocent lives" of staffers and civilians on the street, Variety said.
As the BBC reports, a video circulating online appears to show a far-right religious group claiming responsibility for the attack. In it, a group wearing ski masks and identifying itself as the "Popular Nationalist Insurgency Command of the Large Brazilian Integralist Family," appear to attack the production company offices with Molotov cocktails. A statement, read with a digitally disguised voice, criticizes Netflix and describes the film as blasphemous.
It also includes flags with nationalist and fascist connotations, Reuters news agency reports.
The problem is that Brazil has the world's biggest Catholic population and a growing evangelical movement that supports the government of far-right President Jair Bolsonaro - a self-described homophobe. In a June 2011 interview with Playboy, Bolsonaro actually said that "I would be incapable of loving a gay son," and added that he would prefer any gay son of his "to die in an accident.” Watching a gay Jesus is certainly too much for a person with such views.
“Porta dos Fundos condemns any act of violence. We expect those responsible for the attacks to be found and punished. However, our priority right now is the safety of the entire team that works with us,” the comedy group said (via Variety).
The statement continued: “We will speak again once we have more details. Meanwhile, Porta dos Fundos would like to reinforce our commitment to good humor and declare that we will move on stronger, more united, inspired, and confident that Brazil will survive this storm of hatred, and love will prevail along with freedom of speech.”