Bohemian Rhapsody The Oscar-winning film that tells the story of rock band Queen and singer Freddie Mercury was released in China – and the audience is confused. The censors have erased all references to Mercury's sexuality from the film and drastically changed their narrative.
Six key moments, a total of two minutes of material, were taken out of the final cut. "Many scenes in the movie did not make any sense," a viewer told ABC.
The cut scenes include: a close-up of a man's step; a kiss between Mercury and his friend Paul Prenter; a conversation in which Mercury says "I think I'm bisexual" and is told, "No, Freddie, you're gay"; an indication that a new haircut is "gay"; and an introductory scene and a kiss between Mercury and his partner Jim Hutton, which provides the much-needed context for their relationship and Hutton's entire presence in the film.
Most confusing for moviegoers and fans of Queen was the removal of a scene that pays homage to the iconic music video "I Want To Break Free," in which the entire band is dressed as housewives. In the Chinese version of the film you can not see Freddie in tow, and the story jumps to the MTV prohibited video.
The fact that a film about such a famous flamboyant queer man was even published in China was considered by some to be progressive, but this prudent cut tells a different story.
"If everyone is satisfied with this kind of" victory, "the whole world will always submit to authority, the creators will not be respected, and the interests of the audience will not be protected," said Chinese LGBTQ activist Fan Popo told CNN, "I just think China has recently tried to present itself to the world as open-minded."
He also mentioned that China's censors are "sexophobic" and not just homophobic and "probably the most" conservative people in China, so they are selected for this job.
This new film clip is just the last chapter in the story of the film, which is already controversial with the editing. Bohemian Rhapsody won an Oscar for "Best Editing", although a particularly choppy scene became the subject of Iire Online.
The editor, John Ottman, who composed the film after a troubled shoot, in which director Bryan Singer leaves the center of production, has since said he regrets some of the decisions made in the final cut. "Whenever I see it, I want to put a bag over my head … that's not my aesthetic," Ottman said in a recent interview with The Washington Post. "If ever there's an enhanced version of the movie where I can cover a few scenes, I'll cut that scene!"