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The ‘Drag Den’ star sparked controversy over a video in which she performed a remix of the sung Catholic prayer ‘Ama Namin’
MANILA, Philippines – Pura drag artist Luka Vega was accused of violating Article 201 of the Revised Penal Code by a group comprised of Christian leaders who filed a complaint against them on Monday, July 31.
The accusations came from a controversial video where they performed a remixed version of “Ama Namin,” the Christian prayer attributed to Jesus Christ in the Bible. The drag artist – who rose to fame after appearing on a reality TV show Drag Den Philippines – was dressed as Jesus Christ in the video.
The video was posted by Pura to X (formerly Twitter), where it sparked an outcry among Christians while creating debate about free speech and the LGBTQ+ community’s relationship with Christian churches.
The video has since been deleted, but Pura, in response to the backlash, tweeted on July 13: “I understand people calling my performance blasphemous, offensive, or regrettable. However, they shouldn’t tell me how I practice my faith or how I do my drag. This performance wasn’t for you at first. This is my experience and expression of being disenfranchised.
According to a report from Investigatorthe complaint was filed by Philippine Jesus Movement (PJM) President Bishop Leo Alconga, Pastor Romie Suela and Pastor Mars Rodriguez.
Article 201 of the Revised Penal Code penalizes “immoral doctrines, obscene publications and exhibitions and indecent spectacles”. Based on the latest amendment under Republic Act 10951offenders could face prison mayorand/or a fine of P20,000 to P200,000.
As of this writing, Pura Luka Vega has yet to publicly respond to the complaints. – Rappler.com