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Malaysia: More than 20 minutes of LGBT scenes cut from Bohemian Rhapsody film

14 November 2018
Cinemagoers in Malaysia miss out on seeing 24 minutes of the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody after many homosexual scenes were censored.
Photo: Bohemian Rhapsody trailer / YouTube

 

The Malaysian Film Censorship Board has reportedly cut 24 minutes from the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, in line with the country’s anti-homosexuality laws.

Malay Mail reported on 12 November 2018 that the film, starring Rami Malek as frontman Freddie Mercury, is rated PG-13 and runs for 134 minutes in the US and UK. But in Malaysia, it’s rated 18+ and is only 110 minutes long.

One of the deleted scenes includes the moment Mercury tells his fiancée, Mary Austin, that he is bisexual. The British band’s video for I Want to Break Free, which shows band members in drag, also got the chop.

Cinemagoers pointed out the scenes deleted by the Malaysian Film Censorship Board—mostly of a homosexual nature—left huge plot holes.

Homosexual acts are illegal and punishable by law in Malaysia.

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