The Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody has been eliminated as an Outstanding Film—Wide Release nominee on the 2019 GLAAD Media Awards, Variety stories. In a press release, GLAAD claimed the “difficult decision” to take away Bohemian Rhapsody from rivalry was as a result of latest allegations of sexual assault made in opposition to the movie’s director Bryan Singer.
On January 23, The Atlantic reported that 4 males had come ahead with new allegations of sexual misconduct in opposition to Singer. (Singer was sued in 2017 for allegedly sexually assaulting Cesar Sanchez-Guzman as a minor.). The males who spoke with The Atlantic claimed to be minors when the incidents of sexual misconduct and assault occurred. Singer has denied the allegations and claimed in a press release that the exposé is a “homophobic smear piece” that’s been “conveniently timed to benefit from [Bohemian Rhapsody’s] success.”
“This week’s story in The Atlantic documenting unspeakable harms endured by younger males and teenage boys delivered to gentle a actuality that can’t by ignored and even tacitly rewarded,” GLAAD’s assertion reads. It continues:
Singer’s response to The Atlantic story wrongfully used ‘homophobia’ to deflect from sexual assault allegations and GLAAD urges the media and the trade at massive to not gloss over the truth that survivors of sexual assault must be put first.
The crew that labored so laborious on Bohemian Rhapsody in addition to the legacy of Freddy Mercury deserve a lot greater than to be tainted on this method. Bohemian Rhapsody introduced the story of LGBTQ icon Freddy Mercury to audiences world wide, lots of whom by no means noticed an out and proud lead character in a movie or noticed the affect of HIV and AIDS in honest and correct methods. The affect of the movie is plain. We consider, nonetheless, that we should ship a transparent and unequivocal message to LGBTQ youth and all survivors of sexual assault that GLAAD and our neighborhood will stand with survivors and won’t be silent in terms of defending them from those that would do them hurt.
Other movies that contain Singer now or sooner or later ought to pay attention to the backlash to The Atlantic story and different earlier allegations. The trade can’t let those that perpetuate harms in opposition to anybody – particularly susceptible younger folks—go unnoticed or unchecked any longer.
Along with GLAAD, the Time’s Up initiative has additionally issued a press release concerning the accusations in opposition to the Bohemian Rhapsody director. “The recent allegations regarding Bryan Singer’s behavior are horrifying and MUST be taken seriously and investigated.” See the assertion under.
Bohemian Rhapsody is the highest-grossing music biopic of all time. It has been nominated for Best Picture on the 2019 Oscars and took dwelling the award for Best Motion Picture—Drama on the Golden Globes. Though Singer was fired from the movie in 2017 after production delays, he’s nonetheless formally credited because the movie’s director.