Rami Malek’s “Gay Man” Oscar Speech Censored By Chinese Broadcaster

Chinese broadcaster Mango TV is facing criticism after its online transmission of the Oscars amended a reference to homosexuality in best actor winner Rami Malek‘s speech.

Rami Malek accepted the award for his performance in Bohemian Rhapsody, a biopic of British rock act Queen and lead singer Freddie Mercury. He said the film could help those struggling with their identity.

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Rami Malek said while receiving the Oscar:

“We made a film about a gay man, an immigrant, who lived his life unapologetically himself. The fact that I’m celebrating him and this story with you tonight is proof that we’re longing for stories like this.”

However, Mango TV, which is one of the most popular channels in China, removed the reference to “a gay man,” reportedly replacing it with “special group.”

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The mistranslation has generated significant reaction online. Tens of thousands of users of Sina Weibo, a Chinese micro-blogging platform, shared screenshots of the broadcaster’s coverage.

Prominent music blogger Linglei Guodu was among those to note the mistranslation. The blogger’s post on Weibo got shared more than 14,000 times.

A user added:

“Even the word ‘gay’ can’t appear on our screens, this is so sad.”

Even more users, in the tens of thousands, have shared screenshots and complained.

Another user said,

“There are still so many people in today’s society who show prejudice or discriminate by referring to so-called ‘special people'”

Lady Gaga’s face blurred:

Lady Gaga’s face was also blurred out during the Best Actress segment by Mango TV.

The singer-actress, Lady Gaga was nominated for her role in A Star is Born. She was reportedly added to a list of hostile foreigners by China’s Communist Party in 2016 because she met with the Dalai Lama.

Chinese rulers consider the Tibetan exile a separatist.They took issue with Gaga’s meeting with him at a conference in Indianapolis where they discussed yoga.

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Media organisations were reportedly instructed to ban Gaga from their platforms. And it looks as though Mango TV stuck with it as other channels did show her image.

It’s not the first time Mango TV has been in the spotlight for censorship. In 2018, the Chinese broadcaster blurred out images of audience members waving rainbow flags during the popular Eurovision Song Contest. The European Broadcasting Union banned Mango TV from showing the popular Eurovision Singing Contest.

Source – bbc.com, mirror.co.uk, time.com, yahoo.com, standard.co.uk, pcrfm.co.uk

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