Bryan Fuller has hit out at the Bohemian Rhapsody trailer for ‘ignoring’ important aspects of the singer’s life.
The trailer for the much-anticipated Queen biopic dropped yesterday, starring Rami Malek as frontman Freddie Mercury.
The visuals are pretty vague, with clips teasing Queen’s formative years, along with another scene that sees them presenting the iconic track for the very first time.
Writer and producer Bryan Fuller, who’s credits include the Star Trek television series, American Gods and Pushing Daisies, was quick to criticize the footage.
Taking to Twitter, Fuller wrote: “Anyone else mildly annoyed (enough to tweet about it) that the #BohemianRapsody (sic) trailer features gay/bi superstar Freddie Mercury flirting with and twirling with a woman but no indication of his love of men?”
Other users said Fuller was disrespecting Mercury’s bi-sexual identity, while another Twitter user suggested that the filmmakers may be holding back scenes surrounding Mercury’s sexuality and AIDs-realted death in order to “thrill-audiences.”
Fuller replied: “I disagree. It’s #HETWASHING (hetero-washing) for marketing sakes.”
He later shared a screenshot of the film’s YouTube channel, highlighting the part in its description that says Mercury faces a “life-threatening illness”.
“Dear 20th Century Fox,” he wrote. “Yes, it was a life-threatening illness, but more specifically it was AIDS. From having gay sex with men. Do Better.”
He added: “I feel what the trailer is doing is queer-erasure. If they were out and proud with his bi-sexuality they would have indicated he was bi-sexual. Showing him romantic with a woman, but not a man (3 frames don’t count) is not a celebration of bi-sexual identity. It’s hiding it.” You can see his tweets below.
Bohemian Rhapsody is released in the UK on October 24. The film also stars Mike Myers, Allen Leech and Game of Thrones’ Aidan Gillen.