More than 266,000 people have signed a petition calling to stop the release of a new film starring Paris Jackson as Jesus.
The 22-year-old daughter of Michael Jackson is set to appear as Jesus in Habit, an upcoming movie starring Bella Thorne as “a street smart party girl with a Jesus fetish who gets mixed up in a violent drug deal,” according to film website The Wrap.
Habit is directed by Janell Shirtcliff and also stars The Florida Project’s Bria Vinaite and musician Gavin Rossdale.
The Change.org petition was started last week by an Internet user known only as Vivian N and describes the upcoming film as “Christianophobic garbage.”
It also claims that Jackson will portray a “lesbian Jesus,” though there has been no mention of her character’s sexuality in previous reports about the film.
“A new blasphemous Hollywood film is predicted to come out soon depicting Jesus as a lesbian woman,” the petition description reads.
“The film Habit stars Paris Jackson who plays the role of ‘lesbian Jesus.’
“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.”
The film is thought to currently be in post-production after filming wrapped shortly before the coronavirus pandemic caused sets to shut down.
No release date has yet been announced for the project.
Habit was previously the target of a separate petition from the website One Million Mums, which described the film as “sacrilegious” and was signed by more than 70,000 users.
Jackson made her acting debut in the TV series Star in 2017 and went on to appear in the film Gringo alongside the likes of Charlize Theron, David Oyelowo and Amanda Seyfried in 2018.