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Bohemian Rhapsody will be released in China – with all LGBTI content cut

Bohemian Rhapsody will be released in China – with all LGBTI content cut

Rami as Freddie in Bohemian Rhapsody | Photo: 20th Century Fox

Bohmemian Rhapsodty is to be shown in China without any scenes involving LGBTI themes or imagery, it has been reported.

The Queen biopic tells the story of the band and frontman Freddie Mercy up to their iconic 1985 Live Aid appearance.

While criticized for ‘het-washing’ Mercury’s bisexuality, the film does see the star, played by Rami Malek, kissing men.

But according to The Hollywood Reporter, the aforementioned footage will be cut from the Chinese release.

Additionally, scenes depicting drug use will be dropped.

‘One minute of cuts’

The report alleged there will be ‘at least one minute of cuts.’

The film will have a limited release, with screenings expected to begin in mid-March.

This comes just days after China was criticized for censoring Malek’s acceptance speech.

Subtitles replaced ‘gay man’ with ‘special group.’

While collecting the award, the actor said the film’s success showed ‘we’re longing for stories like this.

‘We made a film about a gay man, an immigrant, who lived his life just unapologetically himself.’

Censorship does happen

Similarly, LGBTI scenes were also cut when the film was released in Malaysia.

Over 24 minutes of footage was cut.

As a result, audience members said the film ‘doesn’t make sense’ as a result.

LGBTI censorship

China legalized gay sex in 1997 and removed it from the list of mental illnesses in 2001.

But, in a conservative and family-orientated society, many LGBTI Chinese live in the closet. Same-sex marriage is also illegal.

China’s Netcasting Service Association (CNSA) officially banning LGBT content from China’s internet in June 2017.

CNSA labeled homosexuality ‘abnormal sexual behavior’.

Furthermore, China ruled the country’s ban was lawful in a court case in October 2018.

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