Chinese release of “Bohemian Rhapsody” omits gay scenes

Photo by Alex Bailey, Twentieth Century Fox.

The Award-winning biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” is set for release in China, but at least minute of footage featuring gay scenes and drug use has been removed.

Sources say the same-sex kisses will be cut from the release. This news comes after one Chinese streaming site, Mango TV, censored Rami Malek’s acceptance speech at the Oscars, replacing the phrase “gay man” with “special group” in the subtitles.

This same site previously blurred out rainbow flags at the Eurovision Song Contest.

Oscar-winners like “Moonlight” and “Call Me By Your Name” were not released in China, and “Bohemian Rhapsody” is set to have only a small-scale release, according to The Guardian. 

Many thought the film would actually be blocked entirely, so the news that “Bohemian Rhapsody” would be released at all was a surprise.

The Gayly 3/1/2019 12:56 p.m. CST