Bryan Fuller slams Bohemian Rhapsody trailer

Freddy Mercury biopic 'dodges issue of Aids'

Freddy Mercury biopic 'dodges issue of Aids'

Rami Malek stars as Mercury, and as the trailer progresses you could be forgiven for thinking that archival footage of the man himself has been interspersed into the movie.

The film traces the band's astronomical rise from the 1970s, when a young Indian immigrant called Farrokh Bulsara had well and truly transitioned into his new avatar as Freddie Mercury. The trailer is seen teasing Queen's formative years, along with scenes of the band working on their iconic track 'Bohemian Rhapsody' for the very first time.

Bohemian Rhapsody (20th Century Fox, Regency) will be released on October 24 in the United Kingdom and November 2 in the US.

The first trailer released this week faced a backlash from LGBT activists and Producer Bryan Fuller - who took to Twitter to vent his frustration at what was shown in the first sneak-peak of the biopic.

"ANYONE ELSE MILDLY ANNOYED (enough to tweet about it) THAT THE #BohemianRapsody (sic) TRAILER FEATURES GAY/BI SUPERSTAR FREDDIE MERCURY FLIRTING WITH AND TWIRLING WITH A WOMAN BUT NO INDICATION OF HIS LOVE OF MEN?" he wrote.

There were other users who said that Fuller was disrespecting Mercury's bisexual identity.

Mercury died of an Aids-related illness in 1991.

Fuller replied saying, "I disagree".

He later shared a screenshot of the film's YouTube channel, highlighting the part in its description that says Mercury faces a "life-threatening illness". Fuller concludes, 'Dear 20th Century Fox.

He added: "I feel what the trailer is doing is queer-erasure". From having gay sex with men.

Mercury's hit songs included "Bohemian Rhapsody", "We Are the Champions" and "Somebody to Love".

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