China censors 'Bohemian Rhapsody'

China censors 'Bohemian Rhapsody'

A customer looks at a movie poster for the film
A customer looks at a movie poster for the film "Bohemian Rhapsody" at a movie theater in Beijing on Wednesday. (AP photo)

BEIJING: Moviegoers in China say key scenes about singer Freddie Mercury's sexuality have been either muted or cut from the film Bohemian Rhapsody.

"The cut scenes really affect the movie,'' said Peng Yanzi, a Chinese LGBT rights activist. "The film talks about how (Mercury) became himself, and his sexuality is an important part of becoming who he was.''

Scenes that were deleted include one in which Mercury reveals to his then-wife that he is not heterosexual. In the part of the film where Mercury tells the band that he has Aids, the dialogue goes silent.

"It's a pity'' the scenes were removed, said Hua Zile, chief editor of VCLGBT, an LGBT-themed account with more than a million followers on Weibo, one of China's top social media platforms.

"This kind of deletion weakens his gay identity. It's a bit disrespectful to his real experience and makes the character superficial,'' Hua said. 

While LGBT content is generally less taboo than other topics that Chinese authorities deem sensitive, same-sex relationships are still virtually absent from mainstream media.

In 2017, a government-affiliated internet TV association warned streaming content providers against depicting homosexuality, labeling it an "abnormal'' sexual behavior. 

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Vocabulary

  • abnormal: not usual or typical - ผิดปกติ ไม่ธรรมดา
  • absent: without; not including, not present - ขาด
  • activist: someone who takes part in activities that are intended to achieve political or social change, especially someone who is a member of an organisation - นักกิจกรรม
  • Aids (n): a disease of the immune system -
  • cut (adj): removed -
  • delete: to remove something that has been written or printed, or that has been stored on a computer - ลบออก, เอาออก, ตัดออก
  • deletion: cutting something out of something - การตัดออก, การลบออก, การขีดฆ่า
  • dialogue (noun): conversations between people talking in a movie, TV show or book, etc - การสนทนา
  • heterosexual (adj): sexually attracted to people of the opposite sex - ซึ่งมีความต้องการทางเพศตรงข้าม
  • identity: who or what somebody/something is - ชื่อ เอกลักษณ์
  • LGBT (adj): abbreviation for "lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender" -
  • pity: a strong feeling of sympathy that you have for someone because they are very unhappy or in a bad situation - ความสงสาร
  • sexuality: the feelings and activities connected with a person's sexual desires - เรื่องทางเพศ, ลักษณะทางเพศ
  • superficial (adj.): not complete or thorough - คร่าวๆ, ไม่ลึกซึ้ง, ลวกๆ, เร่งรีบ
  • taboo: something you are not allowed to do; a restriction, a limitation; a no no - ข้อห้าม, สิ่งต้องห้าม
  • virtually: almost - เกือบจะ

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