'Bohemian Rhapsody' loses GLAAD Award nominations after new Bryan Singer sexual abuse allegations
The Atlantic report accused Bryan Singer of inappropriate groping and sexual relationships with young men.
Queen biopic 'Bohemian Rhapsody' was pulled out of contention by GLAAD for its annual Media Awards in the wake of new sexual assault and misconduct allegations against the film's director Bryan Singer.
The movie has been removed as a best original film nominee this year after this week's story in The Atlantic "documenting unspeakable harms endured by young men and teenage boys brought to light a reality that cannot be ignored or even tacitly rewarded,” GLAAD said in a statement to Variety.
"Singer’s response to the story wrongfully used ‘homophobia’ to deflect from sexual assault allegations and GLAAD urges the media and the industry at large to not gloss over the fact that survivors of sexual assault should be put first," the statement continues.
"The team that worked so hard on Bohemian Rhapsody and the legacy of Freddy [sic] Mercury deserve so much more than to be tainted in this way. Bohemian Rhapsody brought the story of LGBTQ icon Freddy [sic] Mercury to audiences around the world, many of whom never saw an out and proud lead character in a film or saw the impact of HIV and AIDS in fair and accurate ways. The impact of the film is undeniable."
"We believe, however, that we must send a clear and unequivocal message to LGBTQ youth and all survivors of sexual assault that GLAAD and our community will stand with survivors and will not be silent when it comes to protecting them from those who would do them harm," the statement concludes.
GLAAD wasn't the only organization to release a public statement and take a stand on the issue. Time’s Up, the bellwether group that was formed in wake of Harvey Weinstein’s downfall is committed to provide legal support for accusers in Hollywood.
They also released a statement, calling the 'X-Men' helmer's behavior "horrifying" and the charges need to be "investigated."
"The recent allegations regarding Bryan Singer's behavior are horrifying and MUST be taken seriously and investigated," read part of the statement.
"Those who hire alleged abusers must recognize that these decisions not only subject their employees to possibly unsafe working conditions but also perpetuate a broken system that rewards powerful people and allows them to act without consequences."
The recent allegations regarding Bryan Singer’s behavior are horrifying and MUST be taken seriously and investigated. pic.twitter.com/twqwbO2TJp— TIME'S UP (@TIMESUPNOW) January 24, 2019
The Atlantic report accused Singer of inappropriate groping and sexual relationships with young men. One, a 13-year-old extra on the Singer film 'Apt Pupil,' said the director fondled his genitals without consent. One of them was 15 when Singer had sex with him, while the another was 17 years old. Singer was 31 at that time. The third accuser alleges Singer of having oral sex with him when he was 17 or 18 years old.