A Brazilian judge has ordered Netflix to take down a controversial comedy special in which Jesus is portrayed as a gay man.
Benedicto Abicair, a Rio de Janeiro judge, on Wednesday ordered Netflix to remove The First Temptation of Christ, a satirical Christmas special released last month in which it's suggested that Jesus is gay, saying that "the consequences of spreading and exhibiting this 'artistic production' ... are more likely to provoke more serious and irreparable damage than the movie's suspension," The Washington Post reports.
"The right to freedom of expression ... is not absolute," the judge also said, BBC News reports.
The First Temptation of Christ's release in early December sparked a fierce backlash in Brazil, and the Rio de Janeiro headquarters of the comedy troupe that created it was attacked with molotov cocktails on Christmas Eve. There were no injuries in the attack.
The judge's ruling this week came in response to a complaint from a Catholic institute. "For the time being, the ban is binding, unless another court rules otherwise," Variety reports.
The Post notes Netflix has faced pressure to remove content overseas before, having last year taken down an episode of Hasan Minhaj's Patriot Act in Saudi Arabia critical of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman after a request from the Saudi royal family. Netflix CEO Reed Hastings defended that decision in November, saying, "We're not in the news business. We're not trying to do 'truth to power.' We're trying to entertain." Brendan Morrow
On Friday, Facebook announced it would take down any posts containing the name conservatives are alleging belongs to the Ukraine whistleblower. Spreading the name "violates our coordinating harm policy," Facebook said in a statement, so it is "removing any and all mentions of the potential whistleblower's name."
Under that policy, Facebook prohibits "outing of witness, informant, or activist." That would include the Ukraine whistleblower, who raised concerns about President Trump's call with Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky in which Trump pushed for an investigation into the Bidens. Right-wing sites have started speculating on the identity of the whistleblower, but Facebook said it would only reconsider its decision if their name was "widely published in the media or used by public figures in debate."
Facebook says it is removing "any and all mention of the potential whistleblower's name" from its platform. pic.twitter.com/yezibCohT7
The Washington Post tore into Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) in its Thursday editorial, questioning the authenticity of his message and the plausibility of his promises. While Sanders may be positioned as an "uncorrupted anti-establishment crusader," The Postposits that he "is not a brave truth-teller," but a "politician selling his own brand of fiction to a slice of the country that eagerly wants to buy it."
The Washington Post suggests Sanders needs a "reality check" on his Wall Street proposals, a better explanation of just how he would ration health care like European countries, and an acknowledgment of the "many legitimate checks and balances in the political system that he cannot wish away." All in all, The Post concludes, Sanders just isn't all that different from other politicians:
Strong ideological preferences guide his thinking, except when politics does, as it has on gun control. When reality is ideologically or politically inconvenient, he and his campaign talk around it. Mr. Sanders' success so far does not show that the country is ready for a political revolution. It merely proves that many progressives like being told everything they want to hear. [The Washington Post]