Paris Jackson's Jesus Movie Role Sparks Petitions to Block Film

Paris Jackson is set to play Jesus in an upcoming film called Habit by director Janell Shirtcliff.

By Samantha Schnurr 01 Jul, 2020 7:43 PMTags
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A lot of people are not happy with Paris Jackson's newest movie role—more than 270,000, to be more specific. 

In April, it was confirmed that the late Michael Jackson's only daughter will star in Janell Shirtcliff's upcoming film, Habit, as Jesus. Jackson will appear along with several fellow stars, including Gavin Rossdale and Bella Thorne, who, according to Entertainment Weekly, portrays "a street-smart girl with a Jesus fetish who masquerades as a nun while trying to escape the consequences of a violent drug deal."

However, while the film has not yet been released, critics have voiced their objection to the film by way of a Change.org petition directed at Warner Bros. and Lionsgate titled "Prevent the distribution of the film 'Habit.'" The petition, which launched a week ago, has amassed 270,874 signatures of its 300,000 goal. 

The description of the petition calls the movie "blasphemous" and urges supporters to "please spread awareness and wake people up to the Christianophobic garbage that is spread nowadays, but is somehow accepted and praised by society."

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The petition also takes issue with Jesus allegedly being depicted as a lesbian woman and that Jackson plays the role of "lesbian Jesus."

 

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While Jackson recently shared that she is gay, the sexual orientation of the character has not been confirmed. 

A second petition to Elevated Films from One Million Moms against the release of the film has more than 70,000 signatures. 

Reacting to the news of a petition and criticism of the film, Thorne wrote on her Instagram Story, "Because Jesus is a woman...wowowowowowo."