Brazilian comedy group Porta dos Fundos, who created the Netflix Christmas special “The First Temptation of Christ,” has seen their headquarters come under attack from thrown Molotov cocktails on Christmas Eve.
Thankfully a security guard was reportedly able to contain the fire and no one was hurt. The group sparked outrage with their 46-minute Portuguese language comedy special which portrays Jesus returning home from the desert for his 30th birthday with a flamboyant male companion, Orlando, and implies that the two are romantically involved.
The comedy group wrote in a statement: “In the early morning of December 24, on Christmas Eve, the headquarters of Porta dos Fundos was the victim of an attack. Molotov cocktails were thrown at our building. We will move on, more united, stronger, more inspired and confident that the country will survive this storm of hatred and love will prevail alongside freedom of speech. Porta dos Fundos condemns any acts of violence and has therefore made the security camera images of the attack on our building available to the authorities. We hope that those responsible for the attacks will be found and punished. Our priority at this time is the safety of our entire team. We remain united, strong, inspired and confident that our country will survive this storm of hatred and love will prevail along with freedom of speech.”
Around two million people have signed a petition calling on Netflix to remove the show because of its offensiveness to Christians, something that might gain traction in the deeply religious and conservative country considering Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro has proudly declared his homophobia saying he would prefer a “dead son to a gay son”. His actual son has called the special “garbage”. Netflix has declined comment so far.