As is the case with many highly anticipated films, the trailer for 20th Century Fox’s Bohemian Rhapsody was met with criticism after being released this week. The film is described as a celebration of Freddie Mercury, with specific focus on their lead singer Freddie Mercury. Audiences, however, have noted that the trailer doesn’t seem to ‘celebrate’, or even acknowledge, Mercury’s sexuality.
Writer-producer Bryan Fuller, who created Pushing Daisies and American Gods, slammed the trailer on Twitter, writing, “ANYONE ELSE MILDLY ANNOYED (enough to tweet about it) THAT THE #BohemianRapsody TRAILER FEATURES GAY/BI SUPERSTAR FREDDIE MERCURY FLIRTING WITH AND TWIRLING WITH A WOMAN BUT NO INDICATION OF HIS LOVE OF MEN?”
ANYONE ELSE MILDLY ANNOYED (enough to tweet about it) THAT THE #BohemianRapsody TRAILER FEATURES GAY/BI SUPERSTAR FREDDIE MERCURY FLIRTING WITH AND TWIRLING WITH A WOMAN BUT NO INDICATION OF HIS LOVE OF MEN?
— Bryan Fuller (@BryanFuller) May 15, 2018
Fuller continued his Twitter rant by uploading 20th Century Fox’s synopsis of the film, noting that they write Mercury faced a “life-threatening illness” but did not specify AIDS.
While some of Fuller’s fans took to Twitter to agree with him, others had issue with him writing “gay/bi” in his Tweet. One person commented, “He wasn’t gay/bi. He was bi. That’s how he identified; please respect his identity.”
Others pointed out that the trailer did, in fact, include a few frames of Fuller with another man. One Twitter user told Fuller, “… as a bisexual, I was happy to catch glimpses of scenes that seem to highlight his bisexuality. There was a glimpse of a scene with him with a man as well as the woman twirling.”
20th Century Fox has yet to respond to the criticism. The movie is set to be released November 2, 2018.