Bryan Fuller Slams ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Trailer For Leaving Out Freddie Mercury’s Sexuality

/Film | 5/22/2018 | Hoai-Tran Bui
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20th Century Fox debuted the flashy Bohemian Rhapsody trailer to much fanfare, but there were a few people that it didn’t rock. Primarily, former American Gods showrunner and Twitter extraordinaire Bryan Fuller.

Fuller took to his preferred social media platform to express his disappointment that the Bohemian Rhapsody trailer completely glossed over Freddie Mercury’s sexuality. The Queen frontman and the subject of the highly anticipated biopic (played by Rami Malek) was a closeted bisexual man who died from complications with AIDS. But the trailer and marketing for Bohemian Rhapsody seems to play fast and loose with the depictions of Freddie Mercury sexuality.

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Fuller, best known for creating TV series like Hannibal, Pushing Daisies, and American Gods, accused 20th Century Fox of “heterosexual-washing” Mercury’s story in both the trailer and the synopsis for Bohemian Rhapsody.

“Anyone else mildly annoyed that the ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ trailer features gay/bi superstar Freddie Mercury flirting with and twirling with a woman but no indication of his love of men?” Fuller asked his 152,000 Twitter followers.

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One eagle-eyed Twitter user pointed out a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it shot in the trailer of Mercury alone in the recording studio with another man, but Fuller responded that the trailer didn’t give equal weight to Mercury’s relationships with men and women. His relationship with Mary Austin, Mercury’s long-time partner, was instead given the more traditional “meet-cute,” Fuller pointed out. “The marketing campaign emphasized [Mercury’s] relationship with a woman to distract from his being a queer artist,” Fuller said.

Fuller also took issue with 20th Century Fox’s vague descriptor of the “life-threatening illness” that took Mercury’s life. Mercury died of bronchial pneumonia in 1991 as a result of contracting AIDS five years earlier. But 20th Century Fox’s hand-waving of...
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