Malaysian film censors confirms cutting off bisexual love scenes from Bohemian Rhapsody

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The head of the Malaysian Film Censorship Board, Mohd Zamberi Abdul Aziz, confirmed to the Malay Mail that the Queen biopic was censored in Malaysia because depicting Freddie Mercury’s same sex affairs would be inappropriate in a Muslim country like Malaysia. Key scenes referencing Mercury’s partner Jim Hutton were cut from the Malaysian release of Bohemian Rhapsody, which movie-goers reported to be several minutes shorter than the version shown in the UK and internationally, though even the full movie has been criticized for being too ‘straightwashed’. Speaking to the Malay Mail, Aziz confirmed that the Malaysia release excluded 4 scenes that showed “moments such as men kissing each other, men rubbing each other, and a group of men in dresses partying in a mansion.” He told the newspaper: “Another scene removed was the post credit scene which stated Freddie Mercury and Jim Hutton lived a happy life because it showed that they were in a gay relationship… anything related to LGBT or promoting it will not be approved.”

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