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Delta Air Lines Under Fire for Cutting Gay Romance Scenes Out of 'Booksmart,' 'Rocketman'

Thursday Oct 31, 2019
Taron Egerton in "Rocketman."
Taron Egerton in "Rocketman."  (Source:David Appleby/ Paramount Pictures via AP)

Delta Air Lines is coming under fire this week after it was reported that it removed same-sex romance scenes out of the teen comedy "Booksmart" and the Elton John biopic "Rocketman," according to The Washington Post.

Actor Olivia Wilde, who directed "Booksmart," took to Twitter Wednesday and wrote "some airlines work with a third party company that edits the movie based on what they deem inappropriate. Which, in our case, is....female sexuality?"


"Booksmart" follows two high school seniors who decided to go to a party on the night before their graduation. One of the teens, played by Kaitlyn Dever, is lesbian and shares some intimate moments in the film.

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"It's ridiculous," Dever told The Washington Post about the edits. "I don't even know what to say to that. That makes me so mad."

Delta released a statement to The Washington Post on Thursday, saying its "content parameters do not in any way ask for the removal of homosexual content from the film."

"We value diversity and inclusion as core to our culture and our mission and will review our processes to ensure edited video content doesn't conflict with these values," Delta said in a statement, but did not identify the editing company it uses.

Nevertheless, the newspaper also reports Delta passengers claimed that the in-flight version of "Rocketman" had cut a gay sex scene between Taron Egerton, who plays John, and Richard Madden, who plays John's former manager and one-time lover John Reid, as well as a kiss between the men. They also said that it kept in scenes where John is physically abused by Reid.

"What does it say that the edit left in a scene of John Reid assaulting Elton but removed any evidence of intimacy between them or for that matter Elton and any man?" Shana Naomi Krochmal, digital director at Entertainment Weekly, tweeted. "What is that saying is OK?"


The Washington Post reports that back in 2015, Delta came under fire for showing an edited version of the drama "Carol," which stars Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara as women in the 50s falling in love.

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