China Removed All Gay References from 'Bohemian Rhapsody' and Created (Even More) Plot Holes
Published Mar 27, 2019Depending on who you ask, the award-winning Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody may or may not have been riddled with plot holes. If you ask someone who saw it in China, however, the answer will be clearer. Censors have apparently chopped up the movie so much that it's (even more) unwatchable.
According to the Associated Press, the film has been changed drastically for its Chinese release, with several scenes now abruptly cut altogether or muted.
Apparently, a scene where Mercury reveals to his then-wife that he is not heterosexual has been removed. Further, a scene where he once opened up about his AIDS diagnosis is now completely silent.
Peng Yanzi, a Chinese LGBT activist, had previously seen Bohemian Rhapsody in Britain and was excited to view the film again when it was released in China. However, he told AP that it was now a totally different film.
"The cut scenes really affect the movie," he said. "The film talks about how [Mercury] became himself, and his sexuality is an important part of becoming who he was."
Hua Zile, chief of the Weibo account VCLGBT, added, "This kind of deletion weakens his gay identity. It's a bit disrespectful to his real experience and makes the character superficial. There is no growth and innermost being of him."
Others told AP that some scenes of the film were incoherent after the censors' edit.