November 3, 2019

Keep Censoring LGBT Delta, It Will Come Back To You

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Delta Air Lines has reportedly straight-washed an inflight-movie — “Rocketman,” the biopic musical about Elton John.

Reaction to the airline’s use of the sanitized movie populated social media timelines after it was spotted by Entertainment Weekly’s digital director Shana Naomi Krochma.

On @Delta today discovered that is stripped of almost every gay reference or scene that @eltonofficial fought to keep in the film’s mainstream release, including a simple chaste kiss. This ⬇️ is good context but it’s still frustrating. https://twitter.com/thepointsguy/status/1189301368479199232 

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On Tuesday, Krochma took to Twitter to express her disappointment with the airline, which has been a long-time LGBTQ supporter, and whose current slogan “Keep Climbing,” was adopted in 2010. πŸ›©πŸ›©πŸ›©πŸ›©πŸ›©πŸ›©πŸ›©πŸ›«πŸ›«πŸ›«πŸ›«πŸ›©✈✈✈✈✈✈“On @Delta today [I] discovered that #Rocketman is stripped of almost every gay reference or scene that [Elton John] fought to keep in the film’s mainstream release, including a simple chaste kiss,” she wrote.

She then goes on to point out that, while the same-sex love references were stripped, a scene of domestic abuse remained.
“What does it say that the edit left in a scene of John Reid assaulting Elton but removed any evidence of intimacy between them or for that matter Elton and any man? What is that saying is OK?”
Delta has also been blamed for offering passengers a version of “Booksmart” that omits a sex scene between two high school girls.
The movie’s director, Olivia Wilde, said Sunday that her “heart just broke” after she learned that a different cut of the film was being shown on the airline, which she did not name.
“There’s insane violence of bodies being smashed in half,” the 35-year-old director, actor and activist said, noting the double-standard used by the airline.
“And yet a love scene between two women is censored from the film. It’s such an integral part of this character’s journey. I don’t understand it. My heart just broke. I’m trying to get to the bottom of it; I want people to experience the entire film,” the mother-of-two said.
In a statement, Delta said its “content parameters do not in any way ask for the removal of homosexual content" from its in-flight movies.
“We value diversity and inclusion as core to our culture and our mission and will review our processes to ensure edited video content doesn’t conflict with these values," the statement said, noting that in-flight movies are edited by studios or third-party vendors.


I urge every airline, especially those who pride themselves on inclusivity, to stop working with this third party company, and trust the parental advisory warning to allow viewers to opt out if they choose.
In 2016, Delta came under fire for removing a lesbian kiss between the characters of Rooney Mara and Cate Blanchett in the Oscar-nominated movie “Carol.”

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