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First trailer for the Queen film “Bohemian Rhapsody”
(Blogmensgo, gay blog May 29, 2018) The first trailer of Bohemian Rhapsody, a film about the band Queen and their charismatic singer Freddie Mercury, was released on May 15, 2018. Below is the trailer, technically well and skillfully made. We will then take a closer look, because there are certainly points to question or criticize.
Let's remember: Freddie Mercury was gay (he revealed his homosexuality in 1974), the name of the group was not chosen by coincidence, and Mercury died of AIDS on November 24, 1991. Almost 27 years after his death, the biopic Bohemian Rhapsody will be released in October.
Let's first look at the first trailer and the corresponding message on YouTube.
What does the trailer say about Freddie Mercury's homosexuality? Unfortunately nothing at all.
What does the text say about AIDS? Nothing either. It merely mentions “a life-threatening illness” without going into further detail.
It may be irritating or disturbing that in the trailer, the producers have completely erased Freddie Mercury's homosexuality and the disease AIDS, from which he died. Not to mention the problems in the production of the film, including the fact that the initially planned director was gay but was later replaced by a heterosexual colleague.
But this factual euphemism in the trailer may also have a positive effect – provided that Freddie Mercury's homosexuality and AIDS get their due place in the final version of the film, which will be released in October 2018.
Why is that? Because this inappropriate and reactionary euphemism in the trailer might attract viewers that would not watch the film if the trailer were overly activist or militant. People who are homophobic usually cultivate prejudices that they typically do not question later.
It could therefore make some homophobic people reconsider their opinions if they end up watching the film without first knowing that homosexuality and AIDS play a major role in it. Seen in this light, that euphemistic trailer may turn out to be a clever move on the part of the producers and may even have a positive effect in the end – who knows.