Russia Censors ‘Rocketman’ Gay Sex Scenes

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The Russian-language version of the Elton John biopic “Rocketman” removed “all” gay sex and kissing scenes, as well as some drug use scenes, according to the Moscow Times.

John himself denounced the censorship for the Russian market, according to HuffPost. The Russian film distribution company Central Partnership said the scenes, totaling five minutes, were cut from the movie to comply with the law, the Moscow Times reported.

“That the local distributor has edited out certain scenes, denying the audience the opportunity to see the film as it was intended, is a sad reflection of the divided world we still live in and how it can still be so cruelly unaccepting of the love between two people,” John said in a statement, according to HuffPost. 

Rocketman premiers throughout Russia on June 6.

 


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