On May 15, the trailer for “Bohemian Rhapsody, ” the long-awaited biopic about Queen singer Freddie Mercury, stimulated its style online to a( largely) positive reaction.
Within 24 hours, the film’s trailer racked up more than 5 million views on YouTube, propelling it to the top spot on the site’s trending list.
At first glance, it looks pretty great: Rami Malek attains for a convincing Mercury, and there’s obviously some great music. Even for a film that lost its original starring( Sacha Baron Cohen) and multiple directors( Bryan Singer and Dexter Fletcher ), it feels promising.
“The first demonstrate I created was called ‘Dead Like Me.’ As a proud lesbian, I wanted to represent queer characters, ” he said during the speech:
“[ The protagonist] George’s father was gay, and as an expression of the results of a lesbian person who bred despite better instincts, George’s life was an even greater miracle — and that she lost it so young an even greater tragedy. Mandy Patinkin’s monologue would write itself — except it didn’t. The studio and the showrunner stimulated the character straight, and I was powerless to stop them.”
Looking at his own career, from the complete straightwashing of the characters he created in “Dead Like Me” to the queerbaiting( where it’s suggested that one or more characters in a depict might be LGBTQ but is never actually addressed) of “Pushing Daisies” and “Hannibal” to the upfront portraying of fag characters in “American Gods, ” it’s easy to see that there has been progress in this area.
Even so, the fact that a biopic of fag icon Freddie Mercury dancings around such an essential part of his life and death presents just how much more there’s left to go.
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