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Jim Petersman
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Posted: 25 November 2018 at 9:51pm | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Iím still wondering what Sasha Baron Cohen had in mind for the movie that made him leave the project.

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A movie about Freddie Mercury, not about Queen.
 
In my best Freddie Mercury imitation, "Dahling, those are not two different things."

And that sums up my concerns with this film. It felt like there was a concerted effort to increase the contributions of other band members and downplay the overwhelming genius of Freddie Mercury.

Queen was Freddie Mercury and Freddie Mercury was Queen.
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Adam Schulman
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Posted: 25 November 2018 at 11:45pm | IP Logged | 2 post reply

As a musicial unit, Queen was not only Freddie. But I don't want to argue about that.

I am pissed about, well, everything that this article explains.

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"Then the screenplay rewrites history. Mercury reveals to his bandmates that he has AIDS while theyíre rehearsing for their Live Aid performance. But Live Aid was in 1985. Mercury was diagnosed in 1987. Bohemian Rhapsody insinuates that itís this tragic news and some sort of existential confrontation with his own mortality that motivates his triumphant Live Aid performance, a cruel and manipulative version of tragedy porn that is inaccurate and perpetuates the trope of AIDS as punishment for gay promiscuity."

I'm disgusted. Particularly disgusted with the remaining Queen members who went along with this, knowing it wasn't true whatsoever. It really is an insult to Freddie, distorting his life for the sake of "narrative punch" or whatever. 

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David Miller
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Posted: 26 November 2018 at 10:02am | IP Logged | 3 post reply

Freddie Mercury was a guy who changed his name to Freddie Mercury, and when he was alive, delighted in habitually fibbing about his biography to journalists and fans. Live Aid wasn't "history," it was a concert, and changing which concert the band performed after learning about Mercury's diagnosis barely counts as distortion and is certainly no insult. "The remaining Queen members" actually had a relationship with the man and probably have a better sense of what's insulting to Freddie than some blogger born after Mercury died. 

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Peter Martin
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Posted: 26 November 2018 at 10:22am | IP Logged | 4 post reply

Queen was Freddie Mercury and Freddie Mercury was Queen.
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Utter bollocks.
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Bill Collins
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Posted: 26 November 2018 at 12:08pm | IP Logged | 5 post reply

"Utter bollocks"

Nuff said!
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