China Removes All LGBT Moments From "Bohemian Rhapsody"

March 26, 2019

Although Freddie Mercury is considered being one of the greatest icons in both rock and the LGBT community, Chinese censors have removed all references to Mercury's homosexuality in Bohemian Rhapsody. 

China began censoring any portrayal of gay and lesbian relationships in film and television in 2016, and over two minutes of LGBT content were cut or scrubbed over for the Chinese audience, including scenes of two men kissing, Mary confronting Freddie over his sexuality, any mention of the word "gay", and the band on the set of their "I Want To Break Free" music video.

Although homosexuality is not illegal in China, activists and experts report that discrimination and government intervention continues.