New Bohemian Rhapsody trailer criticized for straight-washing Freddie Mercury

Brunilde Fioravanti
Mag 17, 2018

The trailer features Rami Malek, as Mercury, strutting his stuff onstage with his Queen bandmates, having fun at parties, working in the studio, and challenging a radio label executive, who complains the group's rock anthem Bohemian Rhapsody is too long.

The film traces the band's astronomical rise from the 1970s, when a young Indian immigrant called Farrokh Bulsara had well and truly transitioned into his new avatar as Freddie Mercury.

Queen was a British band that was formed in 1970.

The first trailer released this week faced a backlash from LGBT activists and Producer Bryan Fuller - who took to Twitter to vent his frustration at what was shown in the first sneak-peak of the biopic.

Speaking out against the trailer, Fuller was "mildly annoyed" at how it depicts Freddie Mercury in a scene flirting with a woman but doesn't provide any visual reference or indication for his love of men.

20th century Fox has released a teaser trailer for the upcoming movie Bohemian Rhapsody. Fuller went on further to say from a marketing perspective it had been done on objective to focus on Mercury's relationship with a woman instead of a man. The story culminates with Queen's iconic Live Aid performance in 1985, six years before Mercury's death due to AIDS.

He later shared a screenshot of the film's YouTube channel, highlighting the part in its description that says Mercury faces a "life-threatening illness".

He added: "I feel what the trailer is doing is queer-erasure". If they were out and proud with his bi-sexuality they would have indicated he was bi-sexual.

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