Producer Bryan Fuller Accuses Queen Biopic Of 'HetWashing'

Angelo Anderson
May 17, 2018

Rami Malek stars as Mercury, and as the trailer progresses you could be forgiven for thinking that archival footage of the man himself has been interspersed into the movie. Such is the striking resemblance, and with the band's other popular hits "Another one bites the dust" and "Killer Queen" forming the background score, this teaser sure does crank up the Mercury further this summer.

Writer and producer Bryan Fuller is upset the biopic skips the last years of the rocker's life.

Speaking out against the trailer, Fuller was "mildly annoyed" at how it depicts Freddie Mercury in a scene flirting with a woman but doesn't provide any visual reference or indication for his love of men.

Bohemian Rhapsody (20th Century Fox, Regency) will be released on October 24 in the United Kingdom and November 2 in the US. Fuller went on further to say from a marketing perspective it had been done on goal to focus on Mercury's relationship with a woman instead of a man.

In an another tweet, Fuller posted a screencap of the studio's Bohemian Rhapsody synopsis, highlighting the way it mentions the "life-threatening illness" that ultimately killed Mercury without specifically referring to it. "It's #HETWASHING (hetero-washing) for marketing sakes".

Fuller continued, 'I feel what the trailer is doing is queer-erasure. "Dear 20th Century Fox", he wrote. Showing him romantic with a woman, but not a man (3 frames don't count) is not a celebration of bisexual identity. There, Mercury led the band in one of the greatest rock performances of all time, though he battled a life-threatening illness. Bohemian Rhapsody will release on November 2nd, 2018.

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