The President of Brazil’s Supreme Court has authorised Netflix to show the comedy movie ‘The First Temptation of Christ’. The movie which depicts Jesus as gay had earlier on faced a ban when a lower court ordered the internet streaming service to remove the film from its platform.
The Apex court’s president, Dias Toffli gave the ruling late Thursday in favour of Netflix and the comedy group that produced the film.
Delivering his judgment, Toffoli stated that a satire alone did not threaten the Christian faith and should not be assumed that a movie has the power to undermine the values of the christian faith whose existence has been for many years.
The supreme court judgment came just a day after the Sixth Chamber of the court of Rio de Janeiro ordered Netflix to pull down the movie from its platform. The Brazilian Judge had ordered Internet movie giants, Netflix to desist from showing the movie.
Giving his ruling, Judge Benedicto Abicair stated that that the removal of the movie is beneficial not only to the christian community, but to Brazilian society whose populace are mostly Christians.
The airing of the movie had prompted a gasoline bomb attack on the satirists behind the programme. A group of hooded men had also attacked the headquarters of Portoa dos Fundos where the movie comedy group is based but no one was hurt in the attack.
The controversial movie has been cited as being blasphemous for portraying Jesus as a gay man.
However, according to Agencia Brasil, the Supreme Court’s ruling can still be overturned. It described the decision as “provisional,” due to a judiciary recess.