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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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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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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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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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"Utter bollocks"

Nuff said!
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A best Dramatic film win at the Golden Globes. That was unexpected. And a win for Rami Malek -- bit less surprising there.
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James Woodcock
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& people are accusing the judges of being racist because Black Panther didnít win. I guess India doesnít count in America?
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I guess India doesnít count in America?

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Not that I think the Black Panther argument has any merit, but Freddie reads as "white", and arguably, being of Parsi descent, he was more Caucasian than South Asian. You might as well be citing Charlize Theron as proof of African representation in movies.
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Bill Collins
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Black Panther was a decent superhero film, but does a
virtually all black cast make it the best film?
I have no idea how Freddie comes across as white, the
film featured his parents and ethnic origins.
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James Woodcock
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Neither do I Bill
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I have no idea how Freddie comes across as white, the film featured his parents and ethnic origins.

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You mean the scene that questions whether Freddie was trying to whitewash his roots by changing his name? As played by a non-Indian actor of Egyptian descent who also often gets cast in white roles? I mean, the other big name floated around to play Freddie before this movie came out was the equally non-Indian Sacha Baron Cohen. Freddie himself identified as Persian at times.

I mean, none of that really matters, but to suggest that Bohemian Rhapsody is some sort of counterpoint proof of Indian representation is weird
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The nationality of Malek is beside the point, it's called
acting.
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The nationality of Malek is beside the point, it's called  acting.

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Yes, I agree that itís beside the point. The point is that the casting for Freddie revolved around white and non-Indian actors, so itís disingenuous to claim that one cannot understand how Freddie read as white when the casting discussions went in that direction.
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Not disingenuous at all, they cast people who resembled
Freddie, the fact they were not Indian didn`t make them
read as white. How you can call an Egyptian white is
beyond me.
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How you can call an Egyptian white is beyond me.

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I don't know. Complain to the millions of viewers of THE PACIFIC who said nothing about Malek being cast as a Marine from Louisiana or the other millions of viewers of MR. ROBOT who say nothing about Malek playing a character in a white family with the surname Alderson. We're all part of a vast conspiracy to pretend that the blue-eyed Malek is not Egyptian.

Honestly, is saying that Freddie presents as white controversial? There's no short supply of people saying, "OMG, I didn't realize that Freddie Mercury was Indian." They even make a point of explaining his ethnicity to his bandmates in the movie. You're trying way too hard to cling to a point.

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My original point, was not whether Freddie presented or looked white. It was that he was Indian. A film that had an Indian person as its main lead won the best film category.

& people are saying the judges were racist.

The rest is noise.
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Iím reminded of a discussion about Jessica Alba being cast as Sue Storm and how was a Hispanic woman was all wrong for Sue. And then the person complaining suggested Cameron Diaz. :/
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