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‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Trailer Slammed For Ignoring Freddie Mercury’s Sexuality

Film audiences acquired their first glimpse of the hotly anticipated Freddie Mercury biopic, “Bohemian Rhapsody,” with the discharge of the movie’s first trailer on Tuesday. The trailer promptly set off controversy.

“Bohemian Rhapsody” stars Rami Malek as Mercury and, based mostly on the trailer, traces its topic’s rise from aspiring singer-songwriter to era-defining celebrity. However one Hollywood heavyweight cited the present publicity as indicating that the movie, due out this fall, could downplay the Queen frontman’s sexuality in addition to his battle with AIDS. 

Author-producer Bryan Fuller, who created the tv collection “Pushing Daisies” and “American Gods,” tweeted his distaste for what he perceived because the “hetwashing” of Mercury’s story on Tuesday. The true-life Mercury was, by various accounts, homosexual or bisexual.  

In a second tweet, Fuller hooked up a screenshot of 20th Century Fox’s synopsis for the movie. The studio’s description notes that Mercury confronted “a life-threatening illness,” however doesn’t specify HIV or AIDS.

The star died in 1991 at age 45, simply at some point after publicly coming ahead about his long-rumored prognosis. 

Responding to followers who took challenge together with his criticisms, Fuller, who’s overtly homosexual, instructed that the artistic staff behind “Bohemian Rhapsody” didn’t “respect [Mercury’s] identity.”

When contacted by HuffPost, a spokeswoman at 20th Century Fox had no touch upon Fuller’s remarks.

The most recent criticism, whether or not untimely or not, follows a collection of hiccups that “Bohemian Rhapsody” has skilled in its journey to the massive display. 

“Borat” star Sacha Baron Cohen had lengthy been slated to play Mercury, however reportedly left the venture in 2013 over disagreements as to how the film ― 
which incorporates Queen members Brian Might and Roger Taylor on its roster of govt producers ― would painting the singer’s non-public life.

“Not one person is going to see a movie where the lead character dies from AIDS and then you see how the band carries on,” Cohen later advised radio host Howard Stern. 

A yr after Cohen’s departure, director Dexter Fletcher stop the movie, citing “creative differences” with producer Graham King. 

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