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Dan Levy Says Delta Hasn't Restored Rocketman’s Gay Sex Scenes

Dan Levy Says Delta Hasn't Restored ’Rocketman’s Gay Sex Scenes

Despite Delta’s claims that it has added queer love scenes back into its in-flight version of Rocketman, Schitt’s Creek creator Dan Levy says the film is still censored. 

In October, news broke that the Elton John biopic had been heavily edited, with its — rather tame — gay sex scenes removed. “On Delta today discovered that Rocketman is stripped of almost every gay reference or scene that [Elton John] fought to keep in the film’s mainstream release, including a simple chaste kiss,” Entertainment Weekly digital director Shana Krochmal tweeted at the time, adding: “[T]he 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?”

Rocketman’s censorship coincided with similar edits made to teen comedy Booksmart, and a Delta spokesperson eventually told The Hollywood Reporter that “content well within [its] guidelines was unnecessarily excluded from both films.” The company insisted it was “working to make sure this doesn’t happen again.”

But according to Levy, Rocketman’s gay content is still missing from the film. On Monday, the actor tweeted that Delta had “cut the gay love scenes out of Rocketman.”

“Censoring [LGBTQ+] love stories/intimacy is highly problematic and super disappointing,” Levy wrote.


In an interview with Vulture last month, Booksmart director Olivia Wilde spoke out about the “slanted” edits Delta had implemented. “[T]here are certain words and certain scenes that are cut out, that aren’t the swear words,” she said. “It’s ‘fuck, fuck, fuck’ all day, but they removed the word ‘masturbation,’ they removed the word ‘vagina.’ So I’m just curious what a woman is supposed to take from that. That it’s an obscenity. That it’s inappropriate.” 

The same double standard over what is and isn’t explicit — assault vs. queer romance — seems to apply to Rocketman. Is Delta merely taking its sweet time adding the scenes back in or is that just not happening?

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