Bohemian Rhapsody Opens In China, References To Freddie Mercury’s Sexuality Removed
March 26, 2019 5:59AM CDT
- Audiences in China finally got to see the box office smash Bohemian Rhapsody following a few changes to the original theatrical release to satisfy their government.
- Several minutes of the Oscar-winning flick were left on the cutting room floor, removing all references to the Queen frontman’s sexuality, including the moment where he comes out.
- Footage of two men kissing, a close-up of Freddie Mercury’s crotch, and a scene of the band in drag were also edited out.
- Users on Chinese social media site Sina Weibo gave the film mostly positive reviews, but questioned the need for a censored version.
- Should the studio have relented in making a different version for the country? Does it set a bad precedent?