Bohemian Rhapsody to be shown in straightwashed version in China

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Oscar-winning Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody will reportedly be shown in China, but all the queer content is going to be deleted. Key moments making Mercury’s bisexuality explicit will be cut from the film, including a same-sex kiss. Drug-related issues were also deleted. The film’s limited release is down to the National Alliance of Arthouse Cinemas, which is partly funded by the state-supported China Film Archive. And if audiences come to see Bohemian Rhapsody in large enough numbers, there would be a chance for the movie to be shown in other Chinese cinemas. This is not the first case when China censors LGBT-related content. In 2017, authorities in the country removed a gay kiss between two characters played by Michael Fassbender from Ridley Scott’s Alien Covenant. Scenes including gay sex were also cut from Cloud Atlas, a film directed by the transgender Wachowski sisters and starring Halle Berry and Tom Hanks, when it was released in 2013.

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