This is the double-edged sword of the news that Queen’s epic Oscar-winning Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody will, in fact, get a release in China but with all the references to Freddie’s sexuality removed.
The BBC reported earlier today that the Chinese release not only features several of the movies key scenes removed, such as the ‘I Want to Break Free’ video, any interactions with Mercury’s lover Hutton and a scene where the predominant view is Mercury’s crotch, but goes as far as to remove the word ‘gay’ from the film entirely.
Shocking stuff considering the difficulty Mercury himself overcame to ensure the value of his art outweighed who he went to bed with. It doesn’t feel in the spirit of the film to remove any scenes let alone the ones which are so intrinsic to Mercury’s personal story.
We hope the audiences in China seek out the true cut of this film and find the value in Freddie’s message of love.