The Academy Awards darling, Bohemian Rhapsody, the biopic of Queen, is set to debut in China and will be 100% less gay.
Wait what?!? Yeah you read that right. The Chinese version of Bohemian Rhapsody will be cutting out any and all LGBT references and scenes.
Per The Guardian:
According to the Hollywood Reporter, at least a minute will be cut from the film in order to secure permission for it to be screened in Chinese cinemas, including scenes where Mercury (played by Rami Malek) kisses other male characters. Scenes of drug use will also be removed.
China’s reluctance to allow LGBT-themed films to reach cinema audiences was underlined when a domestic TV streaming service, Mango TV, was reported to have censored Malek’s acceptance speech for the best actor Oscar on 24 February, replacing the phrase “gay man” with “special group” in its subtitles.
Bohemian Rhapsody has already attracted considerable criticism for perceived “straightwashing” in its originally released form, with suggestions that it glossed over Mercury’s real-life hedonist persona.
An argument I completely disagreed with. Malek’s performance was inspired and powerful. His homosexuality was a part of his story but it didn’t define his story.