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Malaysia's censorship board confirms cutting any LGBT content from 'Bohemian Rhapsody'

The Queen biopic was cut to remove any scenes that revealed Freddie Mercury's bisexuality

2018-11-14

Words: Steve Brown

Malaysia’s censorship board has confirmed they have cut any LGBT scene from the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody.

Mohd Zamberi Abdul Aziz, the head of the Malaysian Film Censorship Board, told the Malay Mail this week that the biopic – which stars Rami Malek as the Queen frontman Freddie Mercury – has been censored to remove references to the singer’s bisexuality/

He said: “The cuts involved moments such as men kissing each other, men rubbing each other and a group of men in dresses partying in a mansion.

“Another scene removed was the post credit scene which stated Freddie Mercury and Jim Hutton lived a happy life because it showed that they were in a gay relationship… anything related to LGBT or promoting it will not be approved.

“It will raise more arguments due to our different views. One might not see a problem in cutting a particular scene, while another will have a different say.”