The Chinese government maintains one of the most extensive censorship operations in history — an effort to hold the world at its physical and virtual borders. It is not only an effort to prevent citizens from reading of civil liberties or government abuses. It is also a ban on such subjects as homosexuality. That effort has taken a ridiculous term with the censoring of gay language and plots from the hit movie “Bohemian Rhapsody.” The cuts have left audiences reportedly confused by the disjointed dialogue and story.
The film explores Freddie Mercury’s homosexuality, so cutting such references leaves unconnected pieces.
I read once of a Taiwanese movie theater owner who wanted to show two films but did not have time for two full length productions. So he cut the songs from the movie Sound of Music. It terms out that the movie is quite short when all of the music is cut.
China however has never been bothered by the need of pretense. Movies are as incomprehensible as the Chinese legal system: bits and pieces of a story untold.