Bohemian Rhapsody has finally been granted permission to be shown in theaters in China starting in mid-March.
The reason for the delay was the country's authoritarian stance against homosexuality. Edits were made to the scenes with drug use and kissing between Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury and assorted male characters.
But as the movie clears one obstacle, another arose on Sunday during the Academy Awards when Rami accepted the Oscar for Best Actor.
Mango TV, a Chinese streaming site, edited out the phrase "gay man" when Malek offered up words of encouragement to young people struggling with their identity. Censors replaced it with "special group" in the subtitles.
Malek said, "Listen, we made a film about a gay man, an immigrant, who lived his life unapologetically himself."