'Habit': Petition to block Paris Jackson film where she plays 'lesbian Jesus' gathers over 260k signatures

The petition has described the film, which also features Bella Thorne, as 'Christianophobic garbage'

                            'Habit': Petition to block Paris Jackson film where she plays 'lesbian Jesus' gathers over 260k signatures
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A film starring Michael Jackson's daughter has been described as 'Christianophobic garbage' in an online petition to stop its release. The online petition started on Change.org has garnered more than 260,000 signatures to block the distribution of the movie ‘Habit’ in which Paris Jackson plays Jesus.

The shooting of the movie was reportedly completed just before coronavirus lockdown. It has been in post-production since April. The film stars Paris as Jesus opposite model and actress Bella Thorne and musician Gavin Rossdale. As per the plot synopsis of the film, Thorne’s character is of a “street smart party girl with a Jesus fetish [who] gets mixed up in a violent drug deal and finds a possible way out by masquerading as a nun”. While Paris’ “gender-bending take on the religious figure” includes “a nose ring, tousled waves, and a traditional robe”, The Guardian reported.

According to the online petition that named Warner Bros and Lionsgate as its targets, ‘Habit’ is a “new blasphemous Hollywood film” that depicts “Jesus as a lesbian woman”. It stated that in the movie, Paris is playing the role of “lesbian Jesus”, and added: “Distributors haven’t picked it up as of yet, so let’s please spread awareness and wake people up to the Christianophobic garbage that is spread nowadays, but is somehow accepted and praised by society.” However, the promotional materials for the film have not stated that the 22-year-old’s character is of a lesbian Jesus.

A number of people on Twitter also have urged people to sign the petition. One user wrote: “Warner Brothers: PREVENT THE DISTRIBUTION OF THE FILM 'HABIT' — Sign the Petition! This is super disrespectful, they are trying to use the Christian faith and make fun of it, this is not okay, Please help support the petition.” 

“Why r u liberals allowed 2 insult our Christian faith? No one dares mock Islam or Mohammed? Why is it okay 2 blasphemes, Jesus Christ? FYI, it's not okay!,” another one said, while third added: “This is a film about 'lesbian Jesus' very disrespectful to my religion. Sign this petition to get this movie canceled. If your following Paris Jackson DONT.Warner Brothers: PREVENT THE DISTRIBUTION OF THE FILM 'HABIT'.”

However, this is not the first time ‘Habit’ has sparked the protest. Earlier, a group called One Million Moms started a petition to block the “sacrilegious” movie. It garnered more than 70,000 signatures against the film. The message of the petition read, “I am shocked and deeply saddened by your company’s decision to represent the film Habit featuring a gender-bending Jesus Christ. This is a repulsive display of corporate arrogance and complete contempt for the faith of Christians. You are denigrating Jesus.

"By doing that, you are deliberately insulting the faith of millions of Christians. As a result of your actions, I’m letting you know that I do not plan to watch any of your films now nor in the future. I strongly urge you to immediately cancel all plans to release the movie Habit.”

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