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Netflix has provoked a backlash from some over a Christmas special that depicts Jesus as being gay.

The First Temptation of Christ, which has been made by Brazilian YouTube comedy group Porta dos Fundos, implies that Jesus is in a relationship with his male friend Orlando.

In the film, Jesus and Orlando arrive at the home of Mary and Joseph, where they throw a party for their son. However, Jesus tries to downplay his relationship with his friend, who hints they are closer than usual.

However, since the film dropped there has been a backlash from a large number of people, with a petition calling for it to be removed currently sitting at 1.7 million signatures.

The page accuses the creators of a “crime of villainous faith”, adding: “We also want public retraction, as they have seriously offended Christians”.

The First Temptation of Christ is streaming now on Netflix.

By: Damilola Faustino