Malaysian fans of Queen are being urged to watch Bohemian Rhapsody somewhere else, with reports the film has been heavily edited to appease anti-homosexuality laws.
For a few weeks now, critics have been raving about Bohemian Rhapsody, the new film that tells the story of British rockers Queen, and their inimitable frontman Freddie Mercury. However, fans in Malaysia have been left fuming after it was revealed that more than 20 minutes has been cut from the version of the film they saw.
As the Malay Mail reports, up to 24 minutes of footage have been cut by censors in accordance with the country’s strict anti-homosexuality laws.
While the film boasts a 134-minute runtime and a PG-13 rating in countries like the US and an M rating in Australia, the Malaysian release has been given an 18 rating, though there’s no mention of a shorter runtime anywhere.
According to fans who have seen the Malaysian version of the film, some of the scenes that were cut include a scene where Freddie Mercury reveals his bisexuality to fiancee Mary Austin, and the video for Queen’s ‘I Want To Break Free’, which features the band dressed in female clothing.
Understandably, some fans have taken to the Internet to warn Malaysian fans against seeing it in their home country. “Disclaimer for watching Bohemian Rhapsody in Malaysia: they cut out ALL the gay scenes thus leaving out HUGE PLOT HOLES,” one Twitter user explained.
“I watched it in both Singapore & Malaysia and I realise you won’t fully understand if you watch it in Malaysia. Recommend to watch someplace else!!”