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Malaysia cuts out the LGBTI scenes in Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody

Malaysia cuts out the LGBTI scenes in Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody

Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody feminine

Malaysia has censored the LGBTI scenes in Bohemian Rhapsody.

Censors have removed 24 minutes from the Queen and Freddie Mercury biopic.

Angry audiences have called out the censors as the film ‘doesn’t make sense’ with the cuts.

Bohemian Rhapsody censored by Malaysia

Queen onstage in Bohemian Rhapsody (Photo: 20th Century Fox)
Queen onstage in Bohemian Rhapsody (Photo: 20th Century Fox)

The deleted passages include Mercury telling his one-time fiancée Mary Austin he is bisexual.

Others include when the British rock band film the video to I Want To Break Free. This clip sees the band’s members in drag, with Mercury vacuuming in a black miniskirt and a sleeveless pink turtleneck.

In Malaysia, Bohemian Rhapsody was given an 18 rating.

Some have slammed the censorship of the film on social media.

‘Disclaimer for watching Bohemian Rhapsody in Malaysia: they cut out ALL the gay scenes thus leaving out HUGE PLOT HOLES,’ one person wrote.

“I watched it in both Singapore & Malaysia and I realise you won’t fully understand if you watch it in Malaysia. Recommend to watch someplace else!!’

‘When are we going to break free Malaysia?’ another said.

Another said: ‘In Malaysia the runtime for Bohemian Rhapsody is 110 minutes with an 18+ rating while in the rest of the world it’s 134 minutes with a PG-13 rating.

‘We straightwashed an already straightwashed movie and it’s still not appropriate.’

Malaysia’s strict anti-homosexuality laws

Rami Malek plays Freddie Mercury (center) in Bohemian Rhapsody | Photo: 20th Century Fox
Rami Malek plays Freddie Mercury (center) in Bohemian Rhapsody | Photo: 20th Century Fox

Under Malaysia’s strict anti-homosexuality laws, LGBTI characters can only be shown on screen if they repent or die.

In 2017, the film board censored the ‘gay’ moment in Beauty and the Beast.

Disney refused the censors’ request and instead completely pulled the movie.

Two weeks later, the film board relented and decided to show the movie without cuts.

Despite mixed reviews, Bohemian Rhapsody scored the second biggest box office opening for a music biopic following its release in October.

The film reached $72.5m (£56.4m) at the worldwide box office with an additional $50m (£38.9m) in the US, amounting to a global launch of $122.5m (£95m).