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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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Reports Of A New Series Depicting The Life Of Frida Kahlo Has The Internet Asking All Sorts Of Questions

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Reports Of A New Series Depicting The Life Of Frida Kahlo Has The Internet Asking All Sorts Of Questions

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There are few people in this world that are as iconic as Frida Kahlo. She’s captured the minds and imaginations of generations of people from all over the world. We’ve seen her story told before, including on the big screen, but fans have long awaited a Netflix rendition of the artists unique story and now it seem like we may finally be getting what so many of us have wanted for so long.

The Frida Kahlo Corporation is developing a TV drama series based on the artist’s storied life.

Acording to a report by Deadline, the Frida Kahlo Corporation is working with a media company and famed Venezuelan composer and singer Carlos Baute to produce a drama series following the life of the iconic artist.

Frida Kahlo has inspired and influenced fans around the world and has had a major impact on the Latinx diaspora, the art world, feminism and culture as a whole. So, it seems that producers are pulling out all the stops to make sure they do right by the artist.

The series is being written by Latino talent, lead by Joel Novoa and Marilú Godinez. Novoa, who has worked on Arrow, Blood and Treasure and the feature film God’s Slave is attached to direct. The partnership will create a slate of content to celebrate the life of Frida Kahlo in different genres.

“The idea is to talk about what the books don’t,” said the writing duo in a joint statement. “The subtext behind each painting, the richness of Mexico’s 20th century and the revolution. Themes that are incredibly relevant at this unprecedented time.”

Carlos Dorado of the Frida Kahlo Corporation added, “Frida Kahlo corporation is always looking for talented people who know how to exalt the life of an icon like Frida Kahlo. In this case the professional team that has been formed is distinguished by its great professionalism, experience and most importantly the sensitivity to be able to approach a project as important and transcendental as Frida Kahlo. This high professional team will always have the support of Frida Kahlo Corporation.”

So when can we expect to see a series about one of the world’s greatest artists and feminist icons?

The team expects to start production of the series during the second half of 2021. A studio has already shown interest and the presentation of the project to the market is expected to occur in February.

“We are currently developing and writing the basis of the series and expect to be ready to present the project in the upcoming weeks,” the team said in a statement.

Also, why has it taken so long?!

Should the series find a studio and distributor, this would be the first drama series focusing on Kahlo in recent history. It’s been almost twenty years since her story was told on the big screen, when Salma Hayek portrayed the icon in the 2002 film Frida. That film went on to earn six Oscar nominations, winning for Best Makeup and Best Original Score. More recently, Kahlo was voiced by Natalia Cordova-Buckley in the Oscar-winning Pixar pic Coco. 

In addition to this, in 2019 it was announced that there would be an animated film about the painter.

But fans of the iconic feminist and artist have long hoped to see a TV series depicting her larger than life personality and role in shaping the world we live in today and it looks like we may finally get what we’ve asked for.

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This Brazilian Mother And Daughter Share A Rare Beauty Mark In The Form Of White Locks

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This Brazilian Mother And Daughter Share A Rare Beauty Mark In The Form Of White Locks

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It’s not every day that we get to see beauty this rare or so brightly celebrated.

Two-year-old Mayah and her daughter Talyta Youssef Aziz Vieira both share a rare genetic condition that means they have a white forelock that makes them look like X-men’s Rogue. Now, their unique traits are going viral and being celebrated on social media.

The mother and daughter pair both have white streaks in their hair due to a genetic condition called Piebaldism.

Talyta, who is from Jericoacoara, Brazil gave birth to daughter Mayah in 2018. According to Daily Mail, the mother was not at all surprised to find out that the two shared the rare trait that gives them two different hair colors. According to Talyta, the genetic condition was passed on to her grandfather, mother, aunt, and cousins, all of whom were born with piebaldism. The genetic condition is characterized by the absence of cells called melanocytes in particular regions of the skin and hair.

According to Talyta’s Instagram page, the young mother said that in her younger years she attempted to hide the white streaks in her hair.

Soon enough, and fortunately, Talyta came to appreciate the trait. Even better? The mother says her daughter has fully embraced her hair mark and enjoys dressing up as Disney character Cruella de Vil while the two watch 101 Dalmatians together.

According to Daily Mail, Talyta says “Piebaldism runs in our family so we knew there was a high probability that Mayah would also have it… From the moment she was born, Mayah had so many white hairs on the front of her head. My doula posted a picture on social media and days later, we were invited by a photographer to do a photo shoot.”

It didn’t take long for the pictures to go viral online.

“I tried to hide my white hair until my twenties. I’d hide it behind other strands – worried that people would bully me,” Taylta explained “I soon realized though that I was unique and special. I want to set that example for Mayah. People always stop us to say how special she is.”

Fortunately, Mayah will have a chance to see someone who looks like her on the big screen soon.

While Mayah’s features have been compared to Rogue from X-Men and Anna from Frozen, the little girl will get a chance to see Cruella in Disney’s soon to be released feature about the villain.

‘That’s when I thought it would be a lovely idea for us to dress up together as those characters. I want Mayah to have fun memories about the way she looks,” Taylta explained about her images of her daughter on Instagram “I want her to embrace being a superhero. Other people who are different have reached out to us thanking us for helping them accept themselves. It’s so sad that people have hid themselves away. We don’t need to be the same to be beautiful. Everyone has a heart inside to accept and love. We are living in a time of knowledge and transformation. Let’s embrace what makes us different.”

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