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The controversies surrounding The First Temptation of Christ are not over.
After the film received a removal request by Judge Benedicto Abicair, from the 6th Civil Chamber of the Rio de Janeiro Court of Justice, Netflix filed a lawsuit alleging freedom of expression, creation and content in order to keep the Porta dos Fundo project on its catalog, and the official response of the Federal Supreme Court was given last Thursday, January 9, by Minister Dias Toffoli.
According to published in Estadão, Toffoli fulfills the request of Netflix and the film must remain intact, protected by the laws of freedom of expression, according to him. Toffoli also comments that “it is not to be assumed, however, that a humorous satire has the ability to undermine values of the Christian faith, whose existence goes back more than two thousand years, being inscribed in the belief of the majority of Brazilian citizens”, according to Estadão’s transcript.
The First Temptation of Christ, a Christmas special released by Netflix on December 3, 2019, is a comedy film that satirizes biblical events by representing Jesus (Gregório Duvivier) as a homosexual who, after returning from his 40-day journey through the desert with the company of a “different” friend, he is surprised by a party celebrating his 30th birthday and many revelations that will make the event go out of control.