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November 4, 2019

Delta Changes Mind Will Restore Gay Scenes from 'Booksmart and Rocketman

Ryan Lattanzio

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According to a Delta spokesperson, the airline will restore previously omitted gay sex scenes from “Booksmart” and “Rocketman.” Earlier this week, “Booksmart” director Olivia Wilde expressed dismay over the in-flight censorship of a key moment from her acclaimed summer comedy, which finds the characters played by Kaitlyn Dever and Diana Silvers making out in a bathroom during a party and proceeding to have sex until Dever’s Amy throws up. (The latest news from Delta was originally reported by BuzzFeed.)
“We are immediately putting a new process in place for managing content available through Delta’s in-flight entertainment,” spokeswoman Emma Protis told Variety. Also being restored is a gay sex scene in the film “Rocketman” between Taron Egerton and Richard Madden. The Elton John biopic features the most explicit depiction of guy-on-guy sex in a mainstream film since 2005’s “Brokeback Mountain.”

According to Protis, the cut scenes were not the decision of the airline, which will work with the films’ studios to restore the slashed scenes. (“Booksmart” was released by Annapurna, and “Rocketman” from Paramount.)
“Studios often provide videos in two forms: a theatrical, original version and an edited version. We selected the edited version and now realize content well within our guidelines was unnecessarily excluded from both films. We are working to make sure this doesn’t happen again,” Protis said.
Protis added, “The studio has agreed to provide a special Delta edit that retains the LGBTQ+ love scenes in both ‘Booksmart’ and ‘Rocketman’ that will be on our flights as soon as possible. Currently, we have ‘Gentleman Jack,’ ‘Imagine Me and You,’ and ‘Moonlight’ onboard, and countless content in the past that clearly shows it is not our practice to omit LGBTQ+ love scenes.”
“This is truly a bummer,” Wilde initially wrote on Twitter in reaction to the censorship. “There is no nudity in this scene. What makes it too obscene for airplane viewing? What airline?”
At the Governors Awards in Hollywood on Sunday, she went on to say, “I don’t understand it. There’s censorship airline-to-airline of films. There must be some kind of governing board to determine. We rated a certain way. If it’s not X-rated, surely it’s acceptable on an airplane. There’s insane violence of bodies being ripped in half, and yet a love scene between two women is censored from the film. It’s such an integral part of the character’s journey. My heart just broke. I don’t understand it. It’s confusing.”
According to BuzzFeed, Delta does not know what the new cut will look like, as the edited in-flight version of “Booksmart” also elided additional moments of sexual innuendo.

November 3, 2019

Keep Censoring LGBT Delta, It Will Come Back To You

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. 

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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. 🛩🛩🛩🛩🛩🛩🛩🛫🛫🛫🛫🛩✈✈✈✈✈✈“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.”

September 28, 2016

Investigation Shows Missile Downed Airliner Came from Russia

An investigation that implicated Russia in the downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was able to track the movements of a missile launcher thanks to photos and video clips from witnesses.
Investigators revealed social media posts aided their efforts to meticulously chart the surface-to-air missile system's path - concluding it was brought into rebel-held territory in eastern Ukraine from Russia.
Prosecutors confirmed the plane with 298 people on board was shot down from the village of Pervomaysk by a Russian-made missile and the launcher was trucked back to Russia after the attack.
Reconstruction footage released by investigators contains witness photos and video that show the missile launcher traveling through the city of Donetsk and smaller towns towards the launch site. 

A spokesman had claimed: "First-hand radar data identified all flying objects which could have been launched or in the air over the territory controlled by rebels at that moment.
"The data are clear-cut...there is no rocket. If there was a rocket, it could only have been fired from elsewhere."
Russian officials also tipped off the JIT (Joint Investigation Team) that the rural town of Zaroshchenske was a potential launch site – claiming it was controlled by Ukrainian forces at the time.

A Dutch-led criminal investigation into the 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 released Wednesday found evidence the airliner was struck by a Russian-made Buk missile that was moved into eastern Ukraine from Russia.

The report confirmed multiple findings in the past of the cause of the crash of the Boeing 777, en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, killing all 298 people aboard.

Wilbert Paulissen, head of the Dutch Central Crime Investigation Department, said communications intercepts showed pro-Russian separatists separatists had called for the missile to be deployed, and reported its arrival in rebel-held parts of eastern Ukraine.

The missile which brought down Flight MH17 two years ago over eastern Ukraine was transported into the area from Russia, a Dutch-led investigation has found. Video provided by AFP Newslook

“It may be concluded MH17 was shot down by a 9M38 missile launched by a Buk, brought in from the territory of the Russian Federation, and that after launch was subsequently returned to the Russian Federation,” Paulissen said at a news conference, announcing the results of the two-year investigation.

Russia, which denied responsibility for the July 17, 2014, crash from the start, continued to do so Wednesday.

Initially, Russian officials suggested a Ukrainian fighter jet flying nearby could have shot down the airliner. On Wednesday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov the Dutch-led investigation was “biased and politically motivated.”

The Russian military insisted Wednesday that no air defense missile systems have ever been sent from Russia to Ukraine. The Defense Ministry spokesman, Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov, claimed the investigation's conclusions were based on information from the internet and Ukrainian special services, the Associated Press reported.

In Washington, State Department spokesman John Kirby said the latest findings are "another step toward bringing to justice those responsible for this outrageous attack."

Eliot Higgins, founder of the open-source research group Bellingcat, whose early reports pointing at Russian involvement were verified by the Dutch report, said Russia has consistently issued false information about the crash "from claims about satellite imagery to claims about the movements of Buk missile launchers."

Russia has repeatedly denied allegations that pro-Moscow rebels in eastern Ukraine were responsible for downing the plane. Russia also has denied supporting the separatists with arms and money, despite evidence to the contrary from foreign governments and news media.

Prosecutors from the Joint Investigation Team — made up of investigators from Australia, Belgium, Malaysia, the Netherlands and Ukraine — told the relatives of those killed that they would investigate about 100 people over the incident, the BBC reported.

Robby Oehler, whose niece died in the crash, told the broadcaster: "They told us how the Buk was transported [and] how they came to that evidence from phone taps, photo, film material, video."

A separate investigation by the Dutch Safety Board concluded in October 2015 that the plane was hit by a Russian-made Buk missile.

Eduard Basurin, from the Donetsk People's Republic rebel group, told the Interfax news agency: "We never had such air defense systems, nor the people who could operate them. Therefore we could not have shot down the Boeing.” 

In advance of the report's release, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Russia wanted "an impartial and full investigation of that tragedy."

"No conclusions can be made without taking into consideration the latest information that was published by our military — namely the primary radar data that recorded all aircraft or objects that could be launched or be in the air on the territory controlled by militia at that time," he told reporters, according to the Tass news agency.

He added that "the data are unambiguous and there is no missile (that allegedly downed the jet) there. If there had been a missile, then it could have been launched from other territory. In this case, I do not say which territory — this is a matter of experts.”


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