China verwijdert homoscènes uit Bohemian Rhapsody film, Chinese filmbezoekers: ‘Geen touw aan vast te knopen’.
Blockbuster Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody opened in China over the weekend in a limited number of arthouse cinemas, but the release has been heavily censored to remove any mention of the Queen singer’s sexuality, or his later AIDS diagnosis.
Around four minutes’ worth of footage — including intimate scenes about Mercury’s personal relationships and scenes with drug references — was cut from the more than two-hour film.
Feili Xie, a 28-year-old gay man from Beijing who was a big fan of the film, told the ABC that while he was in favour of Bohemian Rhapsody being screened in China, he was disappointed about the “devious treatment” censors gave the film.
“It is seriously and obviously out of context, where many scenes in the film didn’t make any sense at all,” he said.