China has had a history with censoring LGBTQ scenes in films

By Eric Todisco
February 28, 2019 11:56 AM
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Bohemian Rhapsody is coming to China after its four Oscars wins on Sunday, but it may not be shown to the full extent.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, 20th Century Fox has received permission to release the Freddie Mercury inspired biopic in the country with a major caveat — “several intimate kisses between Malek’s Mercury and other male characters” are to be cut from the film.

PEOPLE is out to 20th Century Fox for further comment.

In the past, China has had a history of censoring and restricting films that feature LGBTQ characters: Alien Covenant was released without the scene featuring Michael Fassbender’s kiss with his twin robot, while Brokeback Mountain was banned altogether.

Bohemian Rhapsody
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The news comes following reports that during Rami Malek’s acceptance speech for Best Actor at the Oscars on Sunday, a Chinese television network censored the words “gay man” and replaced it with “special group” in subtitles.

Despite the film being a huge commercial success in other countries, the film will only get a limited release in China, according to The Hollywood Reporter. To date it’s grossed $860.9 million worldwide.