things said, things done. At the end of February, the Hollywood Reporter announced that Bohemian Rhapsody to be the victim of censorship when it was released in the cinemas chinese. Screened from Friday in their theaters, China has in effect removed all the passages where homosexuality of Freddie Mercury is mentioned and shown. This is in addition to the scene in which the hiv status of the rock star is discussed.

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end-to-end, not less than two minutes that were deleted from the film, which was awarded two Golden Globes and four Oscars, including best actor, Rami Malek was awarded for having played the leader of Queen . China now joins Egypt, which has also cut the scenes evoking the sexuality of the singer, because of the prohibition by local authorities of “showing homosexuals or to promote their slogans” in the media.

Six passages deleted from the movie

CNN has counted the withdrawal of six moments of the film, including a plan on the crotch of a man, a kiss between the rock star and his manager, the scene of the shooting of the clip of I Want To Break Free where all of the members of Queense disguise themselves. But what strikes the most are the cuts of some of the passages key of the film, causing an inconsistency in the scenario. This is the case of the encounter between Freddie Mercury and his boyfriend Jim (Tom Hollander), the sequence with his girlfriend of the time Mary Austin (Lucy Boynton). During this stage it explqiue be “bisexual”. “No, Freddie, you’re gay”, she replies. Nevertheless, and against all odds, the passage in which the character of Rami Malek reveals his homosexuality to his parents has been preserved.

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If homosexuality is not illegal in China, and has been removed from the official list of mental disorders, it is still strongly discriminated against in the Middle kingdom. The american media also recalls that, since 2016, China has prohibited any representation of what it deems as “abnormal sexual behavior”, on television and on the Internet. However, the LGBT community in china is pleased to see Bohemian Rhapsody screened at the cinema, considering the fact that a very small number of western movies to be offered to the public chinese every year.

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