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More Than A Million People Have Signed A Petition Demanding Netflix Take Down Show Depicting Jesus As A Gay Man

A new Brazilian comedy entitled The First Temptation of Christ debuted on Netflix last December. Now 1.8 million people have signed a petition to have the special removed. President Jair Bolsonaro’s son, the National Conference of Bishops in Brazil, and other religious affiliates have even chimed in to condemn the satire.

The 46-minute film portrays Jesus in a same-sex relationship with his friend Orlando. The movie was made by the International Emmy Award-winning YouTube comedy group Porta dos Fundos or Back Door. In the satire, Jesus must introduce Mary and Joseph to his boyfriend Orlando at his 30th birthday party. 

Viewers are furious that Jesus is depicted as gay in The First Temptation of Christ

“Good afternoon to everybody except Netflix for making a Christmas movie about a gay Jesus (yes, seriously),” an angry Twitter user wrote. 

Over 1.8 million people have signed a Change.org petition to have the film removed from Netflix. The special is Porta dos Fundos’ second satirical look at the life of Jesus and many viewers are fuming. The petition described the comedy troupe’s faith as “villainous.” 

“Horrible! Disappointed with Netflix and Porta dos Fundos!!! Now it’s on to Amazon Prime!!!” Someone commented on YouTube. “Whoever disrespects my God does not deserve my money,” another viewer said. 

A bishop from Pernambuco, Henrique Soares da Costa complained on Facebook that he was canceling his service and called the movie “blasphemous, vulgar, and disrespectful.” 

“In favor of banning the Christmas movie from the “Porta dos Fundos” (“Back Door”) which is titled “The First Temptation of Christ,” the petition description reads. “In favor of the removal of the film from the NETFLIX catalog and for the Porta Dos Fundos to be held responsible for the crime of villainous faith. We also want public retraction, as they have seriously offended Christians.”

However, while the Change.org petition is the largest, it wasn’t the only one. A CitizenGo petition garnered 240,000 signatures and claims The First Temptation of Christ is a “clear attack to Christianity.” 

“It is an absolutely unacceptable provocation,” the CitizenGo petition said. “No one has the right to attack the faith of millions of people around the world. This type of supposed ‘shows’ only cause one thing: numbing the population to attacks against Christians.”

Brazilian politicians and officials speak out against the film.

President Jair Bolsonaro’s son Eduardo lambasted the film on Twitter. Like most members of the right-wing, Eduardo somehow managed to connect the incident to Karl Marx. 

“We support freedom of expression, but is it worth attacking the belief of 86% of the population?” Eduardo wrote, later adding. “Not satisfied with interpreting Jesus Christ as gay and refusing to speak of God on Netflix, now @gduvivier went beyond. Wrote an article in @folha posing as Jesus, portraying the son of God again as gay and advocate of Karl Marx and having the reader ‘take it in the a**’.”

 If Porta dos Fundos were trying to create controversy, they certainly got their wish. Other members of the Brazilian right expressed their disapproval of the film on social media and in press releases.

“Christians and non-Christians have asked me to take action against the irresponsible members of Porta dos Fundo,” the far-right, anti-LGBTQ Brazilian pastor and congressman from São Paulo Marco Feliciano said on Twitter. “It’s time we took a collective action — churches and all good people — to put an end to this.” 

The National of Conference of Bishops in Brazil released a statement saying the special vilifies Christianity.  

“Nothing allows anyone the right to vilify people’s deeply held beliefs. The right to freedom of expression does not nullify respect for people and their values,” the statement read

Porta dos Fundos releases a statement amidst the controversy. 

“Enquanto tá rolando abaixo assinado contra, a gente comemora o sucesso de mais uma criação de Deus: nosso Especial de Natal @NetflixBrasil ‘A Primeira Tentação de Cristo’ continua cada vez mais poderosíssimo,” Porta dos Fundo said in Portuguese. 

The comedians have continued to mock the polarizing response on Twitter, even dropping a link to the petition against them to anyone who wants to join. 

“Porta dos Fundos values artistic freedom and humor through satire on the most diverse cultural themes of our society and believes that freedom of expression is an essential construction for a democratic country,” the comedy group said in a statement to the Daily News

The group snagged their first International Emmy Award for best comedy web television special for a different film making light of Christianity called The Last Hangover. The comedy portrays Jesus’ disciples looking for after a drunken Last Supper. The first film did not receive the same backlash despite its blasphemous imagery and themes, but Jesus wasn’t queer in that film. 

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Daisy Coleman, The High School Sexual Assault Survivor Featured In A Netflix Documentary, Has Died By Suicide

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Daisy Coleman, The High School Sexual Assault Survivor Featured In A Netflix Documentary, Has Died By Suicide

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In 2016, Netflix debuted the heartwrenching documentary Audrie & Daisy a film that examined the tragic experiences of two high school students. Audrie Pott and Daisy Coleman were two teens at the time of their sexual assaults. Both women were subjected to cyberbullying and abuse after their assaults and forced to heal with little support. But soon after her assault, Audrie Pott was driven to suicide by hanging.

The film showed that Coleman also struggled with suicide ideation after the assault.

Four years after the film’s debut, Coleman (who had become a sexual assault victim advocate) has died by suicide.

In a post to her Facebook page on Tuesday, Coleman’s mother shared the news: “My daughter Catherine Daisy Coleman committed suicide tonight,” Melinda Coleman wrote. “If you saw crazy messages and posts it was because I called the police to check on her. She was my best friend and amazing daughter. I think she had to make it seem like I could live without her. I can’t. I wish I could have taken the pain from her! She never recovered from what those boys did to her and it’s just not fair. My baby girl is gone.”

At the time of her assault, Coleman was 14 years old. She was sexually assaulted by a high schooler named Matthew Barnett and was dumped outside of her home wearing only a T-shirt in the dead of winter. The documentary film said Coleman had been left behind in sub-freezing temperatures and that her hair had stuck to the ground.

Barnett was eventually subjected to a felony sexual assault charge for what he did to Coleman but the charge was later dropped.

After, Coleman became a target for bullying.

Filmmakers followed Coleman for two years watching the ways in which Coleman and members of her family were subjected to the trauma of her assault.

“I definitely feel like people have certain views and perceptions about me and about cases like this because they’re uneducated,” then-19-year-old Coleman told People in a 2017 interview. “That’s exactly why I’m going out and trying to educate people on what’s going on in our society.”

Speaking about her experience, Coleman said that she didn’t hold any animosity against her attacker. “I honestly don’t have any vindictive feelings toward him,” Coleman told People. “I feel like all of that negativity that he put onto me was passed down to him at one point, so I felt the need to stop that kind of transaction of negativity and hate… I went through a lot of years of self-loathing and asking myself, Why me? So much ‘woe is me’… I just decided one day that I was done being negative about it. I needed to forgive myself for what happened.”

In 2017, Coleman worked to help others from being subjected to sexual violence for the national campaign SafeBAE — Safe Before Anyone Else.

If you or someone you know might be considering suicide, please contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255). Or text “STRENGTH” to the Crisis Text Line at 741-741.

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Netflix Is Bringing Back Seven Classic Black Sitcoms And They’re Already On My Binge List

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Netflix Is Bringing Back Seven Classic Black Sitcoms And They’re Already On My Binge List

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Netflix has seriously upped its streaming game in the past few months. While 2020 rages on with all of its drama and chaos and heartache, at least Netflix is giving us all some much-needed distraction and entertainment.

The streaming giant already has a fairly large library of amazing Black content for us to binge to our heart’s content, but they’ve just outdone themselves with a brand new slate of some of the best classic Black sitcoms ever made.

With a tweet from the streaming giant’s Twitter account @StrongBlackLead, it was announced that seven hit Black shows from the ’90s and 2000s are hitting Netflix throughout August, September, and October.

Netflix will be adding seven hit Black shows to their lineup and the Internet just can’t handle the news.

Yup, you read that right. Shows we used to watch on networks like UPN, the WB, and BET like Sister, Sister, The GameGirlfriends, and The Parkers will all now be available in once place. Finally. And as if this news wasn’t already enough, Netflix’s @StrongBlackLead also premiered a video celebrating the big announcement with literally all of our favorites: Cue Tracee Ellis Ross, Essence Atkins, Jackée Harry, Wendy Raquel Robinson, Tia and Tamera Mowry, and more making us cry with their collective greatness.

Of course, fans could not handle it, and within minutes of the big announcement Moesha and Girlfriends was trending on Twitter.

“Netflix is finally streaming MoeshaThe GameSister SisterGirlfriends and The Parkers starting from next month. seems like the second half of 2020 won’t be bad after all,” wrote one user.

Here’s a roundup of what we have to look forward to in the next couple of months:

Moesha

Brandy (yes, that Brandy!) playing a high-school student in LA facing very real issues including friend with teen pregnancies, racism, trouble at home – this show had it all and it honestly helped me grow and mature as a kid.

Moesha ran for six seasons on UPN (which IMO was one of the most underrated networks!) and went on to become the biggest success for the relatively new network. Bernie Mack and Usher were frequently recurring guest stars on the show and you never knew who else might back a guest appearance.

Sister, Sister

Tia and Tamera Mowry are identical twin sisters who just happen to reunite in a chance enounter. That’s the opening premise of this next-level show, Sister, Sister. But it’s so much more than that. Everyone from the Olsen twins to RuPaul and Tyrese made guest appearances on this show and I lived for every moment.

In January 2018, a revival of Sister, Sister was confirmed and is currently in the works but as of 2020 it is currently unknown when or if the revival will happen.

Girlfriends

One of the longest-running Black-led TV series, Girlfriends was on the CW for a full eight seasons and won numerous awards. Comprised of an ensemble cast led by Tracee Ellis Ross the show featured major talent in guest appearances including Big Boi, Common, Kelly Rowland, Idris Elba, and Erykah Badu.

The Parkers

A hilarious spin-off from the equally hilarious Moesha, this show had it all! Another show on UPN, The Parkers ran for five seasons and had some big name talent in the likes of Mo’Nique and Countness Vaughn.

And for all you Angelenos, the show is largely centered around Santa Monica College which so many of us went to.

Half & Half

Set in San Francisco, Half & Half aired on the UPN for four seasons and follows the lives of two half-sisters who were completely separated for most of their lives but then come back together. Michelle Williams and Essence Atkins were two of the major stars on the show which went on to be nominated for several awards in each of it’s four seasons.

One on One

One of the hit shows from the UPN network, One on One was on the air for five seasons and took place in Baltimore (and LA in the final season). Everyone from Lil Zane to Chris Brown, Eve, Solange Knowles, Lil Kim, Smokey Robinson, and Lisa Leslie made an appearance on this show – it was fire!

And that theme song, ‘Living One on One’, ughh so good!

Since the murder of George Floyd and the widespread Black Lives Matter movement, Netflix has added a new addition to its platform called “Black Lives Matter.” The new platform is home to all the movies about Black communities, celebrities’ topics, etc. with movies like Moonlight and documentaries like Becoming. Hopefully, with the release of these popular Black sitcoms, more may be added to Netflix like MartinLiving Single, and Fresh Prince.

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