One of the most controversial comedy specials on Netflix, The First Temptation of Christ, is leaving on September 1 2021.
It was a 46-minute Portuguese satirical comedy special that comprised the comedy troupe Porta dos Fundos. The subject matter was controversial as it focused on a gay Jesus’ 30th surprise birthday bash thrown by his parents where he comes to know of his true parentage.
The show was first aired on Netflix on December 3, 2019, and has only lasted under two years on the platform.
The topic was so controversial, especially in Brazil, that it led to unprecedented attacks on the comedy group’s headquarters, and their residences were attacked with Molotov cocktails.
There were a whopping 240,000 signatures on a petition that requested Netflix to remove the show as they considered it “downright disrespectful and a highly offensive degradation of Jesus Christ”.
After a legal battle that gained a lot of media attention, the title is finally being removed. Usually, Netflix originals are removed for two primary reasons, either a legal issue or the expiry of license. In this case, the ongoing legal conflict due to the show having hurt various religious sentiments seems to be the ultimate reason.
The last day for fans to watch the “gay messiah” find out who his father is, August 31, 2021, as the title shall be removed on September 1, 2021.