Queen's 'Bohemian Rhapsody' movie opened in China--minus 2 censored minutes

The Queen movie Bohemian Rhapsody finally opened in China on Friday -- more than four months after its release elsewhere and two minutes shorter.

Censors cut scenes of "abnormal sexual behavior," meaning the ones where Freddie Mercury locks lips with another man, and every mention of the word "gay."

Despite these cuts, CNN reports that some members of China's LGBT community call it a "victory" that the film is being shown there at all. Chinese documentary filmmaker and LGBT activist Fan Popo says, "If everyone becomes content with this kind of 'victory,' then the whole world will always submit to authority, creators won't be respected and there will be no protection for the interests of the audience."

Also edited out was the scene where the band, dressed as women, cut a video for the song "I Want to Break Free."

Homosexuality is not illegal in China, but it is not exactly accepted there either.

 
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