GLAAD Withdraws ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Award Nomination After Bryan Singer Allegations

The rising record of sexual misconduct allegations towards director Bryan Singer simply price him his newest likelihood at a GLAAD honor. 

The Queen biopic “Bohemian Rhapsody” has been faraway from rivalry within the “Excellent Movie – Extensive Launch” class for the 2019 GLAAD Media Awards, Selection reported Thursday. The announcement got here at some point after an Atlantic article detailed claims from 4 males who stated Singer molested or raped them as teenagers. 

GLAAD officers stated the choice to withdraw “Bohemian Rhapsody” from consideration was a “tough” one in a press release despatched to HuffPost. “This week’s story in The Atlantic documenting unspeakable harms endured by younger males and teenage boys delivered to gentle a actuality that can not be ignored and even tacitly rewarded.” 

Although officers praised “Bohemian Rhapsody” for honoring Queen frontman Freddie Mercury’s life, their assertion continued, “We consider, nevertheless, that we should ship a transparent and unequivocal message to LGBTQ youth and all survivors of sexual assault that GLAAD and our neighborhood will stand with survivors and won’t be silent in relation to defending them from those that would do them hurt.” 

GLAAD additionally known as out Singer’s use of the phrase “homophobic” in his Wednesday assertion denying the allegations towards him. 

“Singer’s response to The Atlantic story wrongfully used ‘homophobia’ to deflect from sexual assault allegations and GLAAD urges the media and the trade at massive to not gloss over the truth that survivors of sexual assault needs to be put first,” the assertion learn. 

Although Singer was fired from “Bohemian Rhapsody” halfway by means of manufacturing and changed by Dexter Fletcher, he retained sole directorial credit score. 

Singer, whose credit embody “The Common Suspects” and the “X-Males” franchise, had blasted The Atlantic’s investigation as a “homophobic smear marketing campaign” in his assertion.

“It’s unhappy that The Atlantic would stoop to this low commonplace of journalistic integrity,” he stated on the time. “Once more, I’m pressured to reiterate that this story rehashes claims from bogus lawsuits filed by a disreputable forged of people prepared to lie for cash or consideration.”

The Atlantic investigation follows a collection of earlier sexual misconduct claims towards Singer, who has vehemently denied the entire allegations.

Nonetheless, whether or not or not the GLAAD announcement can have any resounding affect on “Bohemian Rhapsody” stays to be seen. Regardless of combined opinions, the film has been a worldwide smash on the field workplace and obtained 5 Academy Award nominations, together with one for Rami Malek’s portrayal of Mercury.