Netflix is facing a wave of criticism over a new comedy that depicts Jesus as a gay man.
The First Temptation of Christ was made by YouTube comedy group, Porta dos Fundos, and was released by Netflix in Brazil on 3 December.
The show’s description reads: “Jesus, who’s hitting the big 3-0, brings a surprise guest to meet the family. A Christmas special so wrong, it must be from comedians Porta dos Fundos.”
Since joining the platform over one million people have signed a petition demanding the streaming giant remove the one-off show.
The Change.org page describes the comedy as a “crime of villainous faith”.
“By banning the Christmas movie from the “Back Door,” which is titled “The First Temptation of Christ.” For removing the film from the Netflix catalog and for the Backdoor to be held responsible for the crime of villainous faith. We also want public retraction, as they have seriously offended Christians” the petition reads.
At the time of writing 1,650,900 have signed out of the 3,000,000 target.
In a statement made to The New York Daily News, the Brazil-based YouTube group defended their creation.
“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.”
Netflix are yet to release an official statement in response to the backlash.