According to reports, Queen Biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody will be screened in China without any homosexual content.
The Queen biopic follows lead singer Freddie Mercury and their band in the run-up to their legendary 1985 Live Aid performance and contains scenes that show the star kissing other men.
The Hollywood Reporter, states that footage will be removed from the Chinese release, as well as any scenes that contain drug use. Despite this, the NME asserts this censored release still comes as a surprise when considering China’s past with regard to blocking content featuring any gay characters.
The film will only be given a limited release with it anticipated to start screening in mid-March. However, if it is popular with audiences, it could get a wider release.
Rami Malek bagged Best Actor for his portrayal of Mercury at last weekend’s Oscars on February 24th. As he received the award, Malik said the film’s success meant “we’re longing for stories like this.. We made a film about a gay man, an immigrant, who lived his life just unapologetically himself.”
China censored his acceptance speech, with subtitles translating “gay man” to “special group”.
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