GLAAD Revokes Best Original Film Nomination For ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Following Sexual Allegations Against Director Bryan Singer
Written by KFAT on January 29, 2019
Maria Therese Agcopra Agcopra – Fourth Estate Contributor
Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation has revoked its best original film nomination for “Bohemian Rhapsody” in this year’s GLAAD Media Awards after the movie’s director, Bryan Singer, was accused of sexual assault and misconduct.
GLAAD confirmed to Variety that the organization decided to pull the film from the lineup in order to take a stand for sexual assault victims.
“In light of the latest allegations against director Bryan Singer, GLAAD has made the difficult decision to remove ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ from contention for a GLAAD Media Award in the Outstanding Film – Wide Release category this year,” GLAAD said in a statement. The organization added that they cannot ignore The Atlantic article narrating the harrowing claims of four men who were allegedly sexually assaulted by Singer when they were still underage. The director has since denied the allegations.
GLAAD also took note of how Singer responded to The Atlantic’s expose, which he called a “homophobic smear piece.”
“It’s sad that The Atlantic would stoop to this low standard of journalistic integrity,” Singer said in response to The Atlantic’s article. The piece involves the accounts of multiple victims who alleged that they have been molested by the “Bohemian Rhapsody” director. One victim, named Victor Valdovinos, said he was molested by Singer on the set of “Apt Pupil” in 1997, when Valdovinos was still 13.
Singer, through his attorney, also denied this particular allegation and said that he did not know Valdovinos.
Representatives for Singer and 20th Century Fox have not commented on the withdrawal.
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