Netflix Movie Depicting ‘Gay Jesus’ Sparks Bombing and Online Protests

The First Temptation of Christ (Credit: Netflix)

Police are investigating a fire-bomb attack on the Rio de Janeiro headquarters of the production company behind a controversial Christmas special depicting Jesus as gay.

Two Molotov cocktails were thrown at the building on Christmas Eve, Reuters reported Thursday. The attack sparked a fire, but a security guard quickly extinguished the blaze and no one was hurt.

The bombing came after Netflix began streaming The First Temptation of Christ on Dec. 3. The 46-minute video from Brazilian comedy troupe Porta dos Fundos shows Jesus bringing Orlando, a man implied to be his boyfriend, home after spending 40 days in the desert.

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A group calling itself “Popular Nationalist Insurgency Command of the Large Brazilian Integralist Family” claimed responsibility for the attack in a video posted on social media.

The video shows three men in black ski masks reading a statement about the bombing. The audio, which was altered to hide the men’s identities, criticizes the comedy as “blasphemy,” and takes aim at Netflix for airing it.

An online petition calling for the movie to be banned has gotten more than 2.3 million signatures. There have also been calls on Twitter over the past few days for Netflix subscribers to cancel their accounts.