Delta Air Lines will reportedly stop showing edited versions of the films “Booksmart” and “Rocketman” on its in-flight offerings and will restore the deleted same-sex love scenes.
The issue came up when a fan tweeted the information to “Booksmart” director Olivia Wilde complaining that a key love scene was deleted – one with zero nudity but one that involves an essential plot point for a lead character.
Wilde herself then saw an edited version on a flight and noted there were many other cuts, but they were very specific. Gone were words like ‘vagina,’ ‘lesbian’ and ‘genitals,’ a female masturbation scene, an animated sequence with naked dolls, and a scene where the two teenage girls watched porn.
At the same time, none of the film’s coarse language was cut, with every f–k work still intact while a man deep-throating a microphone was still there. As Wilde says: “What message is this sending to viewers and especially to women? That their bodies are obscene? That their sexuality is shameful?”
With “Rocketman,” it was reported that the brief love scene between stars Taron Egerton and Richard Madden was edited out. Even with all the cuts, viewers of the film have to agree to a ‘parental advisory’ that warns them that viewer discretion is advised when accessing the film.
Delta issued a statement saying it didn’t ask for any “homosexual content” removed and says: “We value our inflight entertainment options as a means to reflect the diversity of the world. We are reviewing the processes of our third-party editing vendors to ensure that they are aligned with our values of diversity and inclusion.”