‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Trailer Criticized For Excluding AIDS And Freddie Mercury’s Sexuality

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 TRAILER FEATURES GAY/BI SUPERSTAR FREDDIE MERCURY FLIRTING WITH AND TWIRLING WITH A WOMAN BUT NO INDICATION OF HIS LOVE OF MEN?”

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. 

H/T: Twitter, Huffington Post