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China To Edit ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ For Content

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The Oscar-award winning Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody will finally be released in China — with the scenes showcasing drug use and Freddie Mercury’s gayness cut from the movie. The Hollywood Reporter posted: “Sources (say) that at least one minute of cuts will be made to the film, removing portrayals of drug use and several intimate kisses between (Rami) Malek’s Mercury and other male characters. Unlike in most major markets, where Bohemian Rhapsody was a huge commercial success, the film will only be getting a limited release in China, courtesy of the National Alliance of Arthouse Cinemas (NAAC), a public-private initiative run by the state-supported China Film Archive and a consortium of commercial theater chains.”

Although Queen’s career continued on successfully worldwide until Freddie Mercury’s 1991 death from AIDS, the band — with Mercury and bassist John Deacon — never toured North America following their 1982 trek in support of that year’s Hot Space album. Drummer Roger Taylor recalled the band ignoring the States due to what they felt was a backlash against Mercury’s homosexuality: “We perceived, I mean, I think when it became obvious that Freddie was homosexual, we perceived a noticeable dropping of interest. And also this coincided with the sort of, we did a couple albums which weren’t that great, to be honest. That really was probably the major factors.”

Queen + Adam Lambert’s 24-date summer tour kicks off on July 10th at Vancouver’s Rogers Arena and runs through August 23rd at Charlotte, North Carolina’s Spectrum Center.

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