Cautious About 'Bohemian Rhapsody' Straight-Washing Freddie Mercury? Fret Not: It's Undeniably Queer


Queer erasure! Straight-washing! Homophobia! When the primary trailer for Bohemian Rhapsody was launched in May, it was met with critical backlash because it appeared that Freddie Mercury’s queerness had been wiped from the highly-anticipated biopic.

Critics and followers had been outraged -- and rightfully so; since his premature passing in 1991, Mercury has been thought to be queer hero. Though he by no means confirmed his bisexuality publicly, he repeatedly attended homosexual bars and people near him have revealed that he was open about his identification amongst pals.

Unfortunately for Bohemian Rhapsody, the accusations of straight-washing grew to become a focus within the media main as much as right now’s (Nov. 2) launch. But followers might be delighted to know that Mercury’s sexual orientation is on outstanding show all through the movie.

The movie opens with Mercury, performed by Mr. Robot dreamboat Rami Malik, prancing by way of a hall in his mansion previous a large portrait of his muse, homosexual icon Marlene Dietrich. But Mercury’s queerness isn’t diminished to winks and nods -- it’s constructed into the material of the movie.

Take as an example a scene at a truckstop: Mercury calls his then-fiancée, Mary Austin (performed by Lucy Boynton) from a payphone for a check-in. While Mercury clearly loves Austin, the decision is fast, as a suitor is ready to rendezvous within the a public restroom. Another scene sees Mercury slink by way of a red-lit, leather-based bar, seeking to get off. These moments, the place Mercury flirts with women and men alike -- are scattered all through the entire of Bohemian Rhapsody.

These random encounters aren’t the one nods to the rock god’s bisexaulity although; he additionally has a flirty tête-à-tête with Jim Hutton (performed by Aaron McCusker) earlier than sustaining a relationship with him all through a majority of the second half of the movie. It must be famous that a number of particulars of Mercury and Hutton’s real-live relationship had been glossed over -- that is Hollywood in any case! -- however the two had a dedicated romance, one thing Bohemian Rhapsody doesn't draw back from.

Upon reviewing the movie, it’s truly stunning that the studio was in a position to create a teaser that omitted any references to Mercury’s sexuality. To put it bluntly: the movie is queer AF. While it’s comprehensible to stay cautious given the quantity of shock the trailer created, Bohemian Rhapsody is a win for bisexual visibility on the massive display.