Judge Antonio Diaz Toffoli, head of the Supreme Federal Court on Thursday, January 9, rejected a decision to stop Netflix from showing the controversial movie, “The First Temptation of Christ”, depicting Jesus Christ in a gay relationship.
Rio de Janeiro judge Benedicto Abicair on Wednesday, January 8, ordered Netflix to remove the movie from its platform.
But Netflix appealed the decision and Judge Antonio Diaz Toffoli supported Netflix’s appeal against banning the movie, AFP reports.
It denied the idea that the movie was insulting to Christians.
The judge said: “One cannot suppose that a humorous satire has the ability to weaken the values of the Christian faith, whose existence is traced back more than two thousand years, and which is the belief of the majority of Brazilian citizens.”
Netflix came out in support of the show on Wednesday.
A spokesperson for Netflix said: “We strongly support artistic expression and we will fight to defend this important principle, which is the heart of great stories.”
Porta dos Fundos, the Rio-based film company that produced the controversial movie, also released a statement, saying that it “opposed any act of censorship, violence, illegality, authoritarianism” and vowed to continue broadcasting its work.