Hollywood producer and writer Bryan Fuller feels the need to draw a conclusion from the one-minute-and-30-second trailer released on Tuesday for the Freddie Mercury/Queen film, Bohemian Rhapsody.
Fuller, who is gay, tweets, “ANYONE ELSE MILDLY ANNOYED (enough to tweet about it) THAT THE BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY TRAILER FEATURES GAY/BI SUPERSTAR FREDDIE MERCURY FLIRTING WITH AND TWIRLING WITH A WOMAN BUT NO INDICATION OF HIS LOVE OF MEN?”
He then goes onto say, “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 (three frames don’t count) is not a celebration of bi-sexual identity. It’s hiding it.”
Apparently those three frames occur at 32-seconds, when you see Mercury in what appears to be an intimate moment with a man, and then at 1:19 you see him walking into a gay club.
But regardless, it’s a minute-and-a-half clip, what does he expect? That’s why they call it a preview.
Bohemian Rhapsody opens in theaters on November 2nd.