USA: Airline shows film with cut lesbian kissing scenes

US-based Delta Airlines has been drawing controversy for showing an edited version of Academy Award-nominated film ‘Carol’ on flights that cuts out kissing scenes between the film’s two female leads, Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, reported The Independent on 8 August 2016.

Airline spokesperson Liz Savadelis told LGBT magazine AfterEllen on 4 August 2016 that the company opted for the edited version of the film rather than the theatrical version as the explicit scenes “did not meet its guidelines”, explaining that the edited version not only removed the explicit scenes, but the lesbian kissing scenes as well.

There were two versions of this film that the studio makes available – one that is edited and one that is not edited. The edited version removes two explicit scenes that do not meet our guidelines. The edited version also removes all kissing. The other version is fully non-edited and includes the kissing, but it also includes the explicit scenes.  Unfortunately, Delta doesn’t have the rights to edit the movie, or to make the decision to keep some of that content (e.g. kissing). Because of the explicit scenes included in the non-edited version, we chose the edited version. This is consistent with what is available to all airlines.

The Weinstein Company, the studio that produced the film, has not commented as to why their edited version of the film cut the lesbian kissing scenes along with the explicit scenes.

‘Carol’ screenwriter Phyllis Nagy stated that two other US-based airlines – United Airlines and American Airlines – did not follow Delta’s suit and chose to have the full, unedited theatrical version as part of their in-flight entertainment programmes.

News about the cut scenes came as people took to Twitter to discuss the film, including people who thought the lack of kissing and intimacy was a purposeful decision. Nagy responded by saying that the film “makes zero sense without the intimacy” and was “sad” that people could not see the film as fully intended.

Photo: ‘Carol’ Facebook page


» MTV News – 8 August 2016:
Censoring Carol: Why you can’t see two women kiss on a plane

» The Independent – 8 August 2016:
Carol lesbian kisses cut from Delta in-flight movie

» The Huffington Post – 6 August 2016:
Delta Airlines is showing ‘Carol’ with same-sex kissing edited out

» AfterEllen – 4 August 2016:
Some airlines are showing edited versions of “Carol” with zero same-sex kissing

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