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LGBT scenes censored in Oscar-winning film 'Bohemian Rhapsody' as it releases in China

Bohemian Rhapsody Photograph:( Twitter )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 26, 2019, 04.12 PM (IST)

Oscar-winning film Bohemian Rhapsody released in China on March 22 but with six scenes of LGBT content cut. The biopic of British rock band Queen frontman Freddie Mercury underwent cuts for the Chinese audience as the censors ban the portrayal of "abnormal sexual behaviour", including gay and lesbian relationships in TV and online shows.

Six scenes were cut including those that had the word “gay” in the film. Even the song titled “I Want To Break Free” has been edited out and the frame jumps to MTV banning the video in the film. 

Freddie Mercury died of AIDS-related illness at the age of 45 and was an LGBT icon. 

Homosexuality is not illegal in China and the authorities in 2001 removed it from the official list of mental disorders, but activists and experts agree that prejudices and discrimination, as well as periodic government crackdowns, still exists.