Bohemian Rhapsody has been removed from the GLAAD Media Awards due to the latest allegations against director Bryan Singer. Four men came forward this week with new reports of sexual misconduct against the director dating back to the late 1990s when they were all under the age of 18 and Singer was in his 30s. As is the case with the several other allegations against Singer, he vehemently denies that they ever happened. However, GLAAD argues that the allegations "cannot be ignored."
GLAAD pulled Bohemian Rhapsody from their nominations, taking a stand with those accusing Bryan Singer of inappropriate behavior. The group had the Queen biopic up for Outstanding Film before they decided to remove it all together, which has been met with positivity on social media. The news comes after the movie was nominated for an Academy Award. GLAAD released a statement, which you can read below.
"In light of the latest allegations against director Bryan Singer, GLAAD has made the difficult decision to remove Bohemian Rhapsody from contention for a GLAAD Media Award in the Outstanding Film - Wide Release category this year. This week's story in The Atlantic documenting unspeakable harms endured by young men and teenage boys brought to light a reality that cannot be ignored or even tacitly rewarded."
GLAAD also took offense to Bryan Singer's claims that the journalist who wrote the piece for the Atlantic was homophobic. The director claims that he was vindicated because the sources for the article were not credible and that the writer has an "obsession" with him. Esquire magazine was set to originally run the piece, but they declined at the last minute. The GLAAD statement continues below.
"Singer's response to The Atlantic story wrongfully used homophobia to deflect from sexual assault allegations and GLAAD urges the media and the industry at large to not gloss over the fact that survivors of sexual assault should be put first. We are in the midst of a cultural reckoning. Though there was once a time when business as usual could continue amid credible allegations of sexual assault and violence, that era has ended forever. The recent allegations regarding Bryan Singer's behavior are horrifying and MUST be taken seriously and investigated."
As of this writing, neither 20th Century Fox nor Bryan Singer have commented on GLAAD's decision to take Bohemian Rhapsody out of their awards running. GLAAD urges others who are considering to work with Singer to look into his history of sexual assault allegations to keep him from possibly hurting others. The statement went on to talk about Freddie Mercury's legacy. You can read the conclusion below.
"The team that worked so hard on Bohemian Rhapsody as well as the legacy of Freddie Mercury deserve so much more than to be tainted in this way. Bohemian Rhapsody brought the story of LGBTQ icon Freddie Mercury to audiences around the world, many of whom never saw an out and proud lead character in a film or saw the impact of HIV and AIDS in fair and accurate ways. The impact of the film is undeniable. We believe, however, that we must send a clear and unequivocal message to LGBTQ youth and all survivors of sexual assault that GLAAD and our community will stand with survivors and will not be silent when it comes to protecting them from those who would do them harm."
Millennium Films announced yesterday that they will continue to work with Bryan Singer on the Red Sonja movie despite the new set of sexual assault allegations. It's pretty remarkable that Singer continues to get knocked down, but is able to stand right back up in the era of the #MeToo and Time's Up movements. Kevin Spacey, Harvey Weinstein, R. Kelly, and more have pretty much been blacklisted from the entertainment industry, yet Singer is still signing multi-million dollar deals to direct. The GLAAD statement was originally revealed by Variety.