There is controversy with the film Bohemian Rhapsody in Malaysia, which tells the story of the legendary band Queen and shows Freddie Mercury’s personal life. The local Censorship Council cut 24-minutes from the movie that are scenes that shows Freddie’s sexuality portrayed by Rami Malek. The Asian country has strict laws against homosexuality.
Who released the information was the Malay Mail site, which further detailed which scenes were deleted. One of them is the moment the singer tells his fiancee, Mary Austin (Lucy Boynton), that he is bisexual. The other is when members of the band dress up in women’s clothing to record the “I Want to Break Free” video.
A profile titled MalayVines even reported that the cut leaves “holes” in the script of the film, making it difficult to understand the story. Another account posted:
“In Malaysia, the total time for Bohemian Rhapsody is 110 minutes, for people over 18 years, while in the rest of the world, it has 134 minutes and is suitable for people over 13 years. We left heterosexual a movie that has already been turned into heterosexual and that is still not appropriate.”
The film has already grossed $ 100 million in box office.
Disclaimer for watching #BohemianRhapsody in Malaysia: they cut out ALL the gay scenes thus leaving out HUGE PLOT HOLES.
I watched it in both Singapore & Malaysia & I realise you won’t fully understand if you watch it in Malaysia. Recommend to watch someplace else!!
— MalayVines™ (@MalayVines) November 9, 2018
In Malaysia the runtime for Bohemian Rhapsody is 110 minutes with an 18+ rating while in the rest of the world it's 134 minutes with a PG-13 rating. We straightwashed an already straightwashed movie and it's still not appropriate.
— Asaad (@asaadahmedd) November 5, 2018
See more News