The Queen biopic is to be shown in selective theatres in China without any homosexual content. If it’s popular, it could be picked up for a wider release. Bohemian Rhapsody is already on illegal streaming sites and torrent sites in China.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, all footage will be cut from the Chinese release, along with those depicting drug use. “Showing excessive drinking, smoking and other bad habits” is one of the banned reasons in State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SAPPRFT) ‘s censorship guidelines.
Local broadcasterd has been criticised for censoring Rami Malek ‘s Oscar acceptance speech, translating “gay man” to “special group”.
SAPPRFT have a history of censoring different things, including male TV stars’ earrings, because it’s not masculine.
Lady Gaga blurred in local TV because she met Dalai Lama in 2016.
Michael Fassbender’s kiss in Alien: Covenant.
Christopher Robin, because resemblance to Xi Jinping.
SAPPRFT was going to ban Coco for “ghosts, virtually eliminate spirits and supernatural elements” like they banned Frankenstein, Pirates of the Caribbean, Crimson Peak and Ghostbusters. However, Coco get a pass since the film makes everyone cry at the screening, according to source.
A censored version was also shown in Malaysia.