Not content with being linked to teen suicides, Netflix has put itself in the crosshairs of Christians during the Christmas season.
The multi-billion-dollar online streaming company has aligned itself with a Brazilian comedy group and its Christmas special that imagines a homosexual Jesus bringing home his boyfriend to his parents, Mary and Joseph.
Ed Vitagliano, a spokesman for the American Family Association, says Netflix is callously disregarding the beliefs of Christians around the world.
“Netflix has made a serious error,” he warns, “and this is evidence that the darkened mind of many unbelievers is at enmity and is hostile to God.”
The small Mississippi-based ministry went to war with Netflix and its CEO, Reed Hastings, in 2018 when a family reached out to AFA after their daughter, Anna, committed suicide. She had binge-watched Netflix show “13 Reasons Why,” a teen drama based on the best-selling book, and committed suicide in the same manner as the show's main character.
Not long after Anna's story went public, the corporation slapped a warning on the teen program, and eventually cut the pivotal first-season suicide scene from the show, but AFA never heard from Netflix and Hastings (pictured below) over its concerns.
Now the mega-corporation has caught AFA’s attention again with the Brazilian comedy.
The comedy show has drawn the ire of many in recent days, including Catholic bishops in Brazil who said the show “profoundly assaults” the Christian faith.
More than 1.5 million people have signed a petition started at Change.org asking Netflix to drop the show.
AFA's confrontation with Netflix mirrors the early days of the mininstry, since founder Rev. Don Wildmon confronted the most powerful network executives of the day over the lewd and vulgar programming on NBC, ABC, and CBS.
“Christians have to understand that, going forward, many of the names of big corporations that they once trusted can no longer be trusted,” Vitagliano tells OneNewsNow.
Editor's Note: The American Family Association is the parent organization of the American Family News Network, which operates OneNewsNow.com.