Words: Steve Brown
Bohemian Rhapsody has been pulled as a nominee in this year’s GLAAD awards following sexual assault allegations made against director Bryan Singer.
The Golden Globe-winning movie – and frontrunner for multiple Academy Awards – stars Rami Malek as the bisexual Queen frontman Freddie Mercury and has been praised for its portrayal of the LGBT community and of Aids.
However, Singer – who helmed the movie – has been accused by four men in a recent article in The Atlantic of multiple accounts of sexual assault when the men were underage in the 1990s.
The film was a nominated for a GLAAD Media Award but now the LGBT+ organisation has dropped the movie from their awards following the new allegations.
In a statement to Variety, GLAAD said: “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."