"Why is it necessary to delete gay-related content? Doesn't a person's life... deserve to be complete?"
Gay scenes from Bohemian Rhapsody were removed when it was released in China on Friday.
BBC reports that scenes related to Freddie Mercury’s homosexuality were edited out of Bohemian Rhapsody in China.
The Oscar-winning biopic starring Rami Malek was released in China on Friday but scenes involving the singer’s sexuality and AIDS were censored.
Scenes of two men kissing and the word “gay” were edited out, as well as explicit references to the Queen singer’s sexuality.
A scene involving Mercury coming out to his girlfriend, a close up of Mercury’s crotch and interactions with partner Jim Hutton were removed.
In one removed scene, the band are seen recreating the music video of Queen’s single ‘I Want To Break Free’ and are dressed in women’s clothes.
Although Chinese audiences enjoyed the film, many complained about the censorship.
“If there were no deleted scenes it would have been better,” one Weibo user wrote. “Why is it necessary to delete gay-related content? Doesn’t a person’s life… deserve to be complete?”
“It’s really good that Bohemian Rhapsody is being screened in the mainland,” said another. “But the plot was broken because of deleted scenes.”