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Jan 24 2019

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The nominees for the GLAAD Media Awards will be announced tomorrow, but already we know one loser: Bohemian Rhapsody ...

Via Deadline: GLAAD has endorsed the controversial Bohemian Rhapsody for its depiction of a queer hero felled by AIDS, even as many other gay voices have shrugged at the film's approach.

Now, on the eve of its nominations, GLAAD has pulled the film from consideration because of director Bryan Singer's response to sexual assault allegations against him, which he characterized as homophobic. GLAAD says:

In light of the latest allegations against director Bryan Singer, GLAAD has made the difficult decision to remove Bohemian Rhapsody from contention for a GLAAD Media Award in the Outstanding Film – Wide Release category this year.  This week’s story in The Atlantic documenting unspeakable harms endured by young men and teenage boys brought to light a reality that cannot be ignored or even tacitly rewarded.

Singer’s response to The Atlantic story wrongfully used ‘homophobia’ to deflect from sexual assault allegations and GLAAD urges the media and the industry at large to not gloss over the fact that survivors of sexual assault should be put first.

The team that worked so hard on Bohemian Rhapsody as well as the legacy of Freddy(sic) Mercury deserve so much more than to be tainted in this way.  Bohemian Rhapsody brought the story of LGBTQ icon Freddy(sic) Mercury to audiences around the world, many of whom never saw an out and proud lead character in a film or saw the impact of HIV and AIDS in fair and accurate ways. The impact of the film is undeniable. We believe, however, that we must send a clear and unequivocal message to LGBTQ youth and all survivors of sexual assault that GLAAD and our community will stand with survivors and will not be silent when it comes to protecting them from those who would do them harm.

Other films that involve Singer now or in the future should take note of the backlash to The Atlantic story and other previous allegations. The industry cannot let those who perpetuate harms against anyone – especially vulnerable young people – go unnoticed or unchecked any longer.

In spite of this, Bohemian Rhapsody is still up for Best Picture and Best Actor at the Oscars, and Malek could well win the latter.