I have written twice now about a film released on Netflix from a Brazilian comedy troupe in December. The film, which generated a massive backlash, has caused nearly 2.4 million faithful Christians (at the time I am writing this) to sign an online petition demanding Netflix remove the film.
In my first post, I covered the general outrage generated by the comedy troupe's film, which presented Jesus as gay. In the film, Jesus returns home for his thirtieth birthday and introduces his boyfriend to Joseph and Mary.
In my second post, I covered the firebombing that occurred at the creative team's headquarters on Christmas Eve. Luckily, no one was injured by these Christian fanatics.
Now we get to the flip-flopping that has occurred. Last week, there were reports that a judge in Brazil had ruled that the film needed to at least be temporarily removed from Netflix.
It was Judge Benedicto Abicair who made the stupid temporary decision. Commenting on his dumb ruling, he said that he made his decision to appease angry Christians.
Because that is how we should rule on law. Idiot.
He added that, "Exhibiting the 'artistic production'... may cause graver and more irreparable damage than its suspension."
In other words, he does not value free speech, because religious people might get their feelings hurt.
THANKFULLY, that moronic ruling was overturned! Not too long after Abicair's stupid ruling, the Brazilian Supreme Court ruled that the film could be shown on Netflix.
Supreme Court president Dias Toffoli said that freedom of speech was absolutely necessary for democracy.
Toffoli added that, "One cannot suppose that a humorous satire has the ability to weaken the values of the Christian faith, whose existence is traced back more than two thousand years, and which is the belief of the majority of Brazilian citizens."
Personally, I applaud Toffoli here. He is in a really rough situation. When Brazil elected President Bolsonaro, AKA the Brazilian Trump, I legitimately shuddered.
It is genuinely scary.
Porta dos Fundos is the creative group behind the film. In a statement that confronts these bans, they state, “against any act of censorship, violence, illegality, authoritarianism and all the things we no longer expected to have to repudiate in 2020. Our job is to make humor.”
The fact that a big part of this story is motivated by the actions of those who still vehemently believe in the Bible is just depressing. We are in the 21st century, and (for those of us in the United States of America) we have an impending presidential election.
Maybe by spreading our knowledge of history, and trying to encourage people to learn the lessons of history, we can inspire a new generation to act accordingly for those who need us to plan long-term.