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Netflix defends comedy which depicts Jesus as gay

by Marcus Jones

Online streaming service Netflix has defended a comedy on its platform which depicts Jesus as gay, telling Premier that subscribers can choose what they watch.

Almost 2 million people have signed a petition calling for The First Temptation of Christ to be taken down because of the offence caused to Christians.

The 46-minute Christmas special was made by YouTube comedy group Porta dos Fundo.

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In a statement to Premier defending the show, a spokesman for Netflix said: "Porta dos Fundos is an award-winning comedy group known for their satirical and irreverent views about everyday situations. They have been producing religious specials for a decade; and last year's comedy special won the International Emmy for Best Comedy.

"We strongly support the creative freedom of the artists we work with. Porta dos Fundos is known for their irreverent and satirical Christmas specials - using their own unique blend of humour to take on cultural and social issues.

"We understand that not everyone agrees with their content - and on Netflix our members choose what they watch."

Porta dos Fundos has also defended the show stating "freedom of expression is an essential construction for a democratic country".

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