A number of Christian organizations are calling for believers to sign a petition to prevent the release and promotion of a movie titled “Habit.” Over 300,000 have already signed the petition.
The petition reads in part, “A new blasphemous Hollywood film is predicted to come out soon depicting Jesus as a lesbian woman. The film ‘Habit’ stars Paris Jackson (daughter of the late Michael Jackson) who plays the role of ‘lesbian Jesus.’”
The movie actually stars Bella Thorne who “plays a street-smart, party girl who has a Jesus fetish and finds herself in a drug deal gone wrong. She’s able to escape danger by disguising herself as a nun [hence the name ‘Habit’]. Multiple times in the film Jackson appears as Jesus to her.”
While Jackson plays the role of a female Jesus, one of the movie’s producers Cassian Cary Elwes says the character is not portrayed as a lesbian. The confusion may arise from the fact that Jackson freely admits to being bisexual, “I’ve dated more women than men. Been with more chicks.” So by Jackson confessing to lesbian dating those protesting the movie may think the character of Jesus will be portrayed as a lesbian.
While the protesters may be misinformed, they have not entirely missed the point; Hollywood seldom portrays anything biblical in the true biblical context. Only a fool would get their Christology from Hollywood instead of the Scriptures.
Paul could have been writing about Hollywood when he wrote to Titus, “To the pure, all things are pure; but to those who are defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure, but both their mind and their conscience are defiled. They profess to know God, but by their deeds they deny Him, being detestable and disobedient and worthless for any good deed,” Titus 1:15-16.
Elwes said, “Of course the story has been completely blown out of proportion. In fact, Paris appears in a fantasy moment that Bella has in the film where Bella has a vision of her mother dressed as Jesus.” In a time when many in the public cannot discern between fantasy and reality does their imagination need to be fueled to run rampant?
I am not one to think believers should expect unbelievers to act like devoted followers of Christ, but I would think during this age of supposed tolerance and the desire to not offend, you could expect the truth not to be trashed and the Gospel treated as garbage. Is this what passes for entertainment?
I do not believe in the effectiveness of boycotts, yet at the same time I cannot bring myself to spend my time and money to watch a film that profanes the very things I hold sacred. I can easily entertain myself with nobler thoughts and pursuits.