Story at a glance

  • Porta dos Fundos released a comedy on Netflix portraying Jesus as a gay man bringing his boyfriend home.
  • "The First Temptation of Christ” was heavily criticized by Christians, especially in Brazil, where the comedy group is based.
  • Porta dos Fundos’ headquarters in Rio de Janeiro was attacked on Christmas Eve.

A far-right group is claiming responsibility for a Christmas Eve attack on the headquarters of Porta dos Fundos, the comedy group behind the portrayal of a gay Jesus in Netflix’s "The First Temptation of Christ.”

In a tweet, the Brazilian comedy group said molotov cocktails were thrown at their headquarters in Rio de Janeiro in the early hours of Dec. 24. A security guard was able to contain the fire, and no one has been reported injured. 

“Porta dos Fundos condemns any act of violence and has made the security camera images available to the authorities and expects those responsible for the attacks to be found and punished,” the group said in a tweet translated from Portuguese. 

The next day, a video began circulating on social media with three hooded people claiming to be from the "Nationalist Popular Insurgency Fundamentalist Command of the Brazilian Family,” according to the Rio Times, and taking responsibility for the attack. In distorted voices, the people call the Porta dos Fundos a Marxist group trying to “destroy our people, our belief, our immaterial heritage,” the Rio Times writes. They were also pictured with a flag of fundamentalism, identified by the Rio Times as the Brazilian side of fascism, and the flag of the Brazilian empire. 

The attack comes a few weeks after “The First Temptation of Christ” debuted on Netflix, generating strong backlash. Much of that backlash has come from right-wing Brazilian groups, who have gained popularity in recent years as part of a growing Brazilian fascist movement

The group said in their statement on Twitter that they are prioritizing the safety of their team before speaking further. 

“For now, we anticipate that we will move on, more united, stronger, more inspired, and confident that the country will survive this storm of hatred and love will prevail along with freedom of speech,” said Porta dos Fundos in a tweet translated from Portuguese.

Published on Dec 26, 2019