Oscars nights are always one of the biggest nights. As all the big actor and actress are present there. With the whole world tuning in to watch it.
Bohemian Rhapsody won four of its five nominations. And was one of the big winner of the night.
One of the awards went to Rami Malek, as the Best Actor, for his portrayal as Freddie Mercury. However, he is being criticized for mentioning Mercury’s sexuality during the speech at the award ceremony.
“We made a film about a gay man, an immigrant, who lived his life just unapologetically himself,” Malek said in the midst of his speech. “The fact that I’m celebrating him and this story with you tonight is proof that we’re longing for stories like this.”
This didn’t go with the fans and they started criticizing him for his speech. And even reminded him about the Queen frontman relationships with women.
A reminder that Freddie Mercury never revealed his sexuality to the public so it’s not okay to spread things around like “HE WAS BISEXUAL!!” Having a relationship with 1 woman doesn’t determine your sexuality and he’s the only one who truly knew himself.
— kayleigh☁️ (@aimeralafolie) February 25, 2019
Freddie Mercury was unapologetically himself, as a bisexual man, yet Rami Malek erased his sexuality by calling him a gay man during his acceptance speech. But OKAY. #Oscars #LGBT #LGBTQ #BiErasure https://t.co/S6bKYWd4AK
— DB (@db) February 25, 2019
rami malek got an academy award for playing freddie mercury but doesn’t know him well enough to know that he was bisexual and not gay, ok.
— ✨ɯɐɥɓuıuunɔ uıɹǝʞ✨ ECCC Q9 (@KerinCunningham) February 25, 2019
It’s probably safe to say that HIV/AIDS activsists, gays AND bisexuals *all* feel a little cheated by the chat around Bohemian Rhapsody. Queen are happy, as are their straight fans, which was who the film was aimed at. So, there’s that. pic.twitter.com/GfuW64H3Ay
— Stewart Who? (@DJstewartwho) February 25, 2019
How are you at the pinnacle of awards season and STILL calling the REAL PERSON you portrayed gay when he was NOT GAY?! Dammit Rami!
— Mx. Amadi (@amaditalks) February 25, 2019
Wellll….I’m happy Rami Malek identified Bohemian Rhapsody as a movie about a gay man. I wish someone had told the screenwriters.
— Mark Harris (@MarkHarrisNYC) February 25, 2019
You know what? We don’t know what Freddie Mercury’s sexuality was! We don’t know. (I mean, obviously, queer as the sea.) But he lived and was famous in a hugely homophobic time and was EXTREMELY private. So maybe he isn’t the right poster child for the ~bi erasure~ discourse
— death nell (@theneliad) February 25, 2019