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As Michael Jackson’s daughter Paris stars as Jesus, a petition seeks to block film

Niña V. Guno

Inquirer.net/Asia News Network

 /  Fri, July 3, 2020  /  12:08 pm
As Michael Jackson’s daughter Paris stars as Jesus, a petition seeks to block film

Paris Jackson arrives for the 2018 LACMA Art+Film Gala at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in Los Angeles, California, on Nov. 3, 2018. (AFP/Chris Delmas)

Paris Jackson’s new role as Jesus Christ has unleashed calls to stop the movie she stars in from being released.

A petition dubs the indie movie Habit as a “new blasphemous Hollywood film” and claims the Christian figure will be depicted as a “lesbian woman”. There are over 275,000 signatures as of writing.

Jackson, the daughter of late pop icon Michael Jackson, was announced to have been cast as Jesus last April.

There has been no mention if Jesus will be a lesbian in the movie, though Jackson has been open about dating men and women.

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Habit will feature Bella Thorne as a party girl with a Jesus fetish. She pretends to be a nun while trying to dodge the consequences of a drug deal, Deadline reported in March.

Janell Shirtcliff will direct the movie, which is based on a story she co-wrote with actress Libby Mintz.

The film is produced by Donovan Leitch, 852 Films, Martingale Pictures, Voltage Pictures, Cloudlight and Elevated Films.

Habit completed production prior to the shutting down of studios due to the COVID-19 pandemic, as per Entertainment Weekly in April. It is currently in post-production. 

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