The GLAAD Media Awards pulled Bohemian Rhapsody from its nominees for Best Original Film, after further allegations of sexual abuse made against director Bryan Singer.
Singer denied the new sexual abuse claims, describing The Atlantic‘s reporting as a
“homophobic smear piece.”
Four new accusations of sexual misconduct were made against Singer in the March issue of the magazine.
GLAAD told Variety in a statement,
“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. 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.
Singer’s response to The Atlantic 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.”
Bohemian Rhapsody is nominated for five Oscars, including Best Picture. Singer was not among the Best Director nominees.
Time’s Up, a group formed following the Harvey Weinstein scandal, praised GLAAD for removing the film from the award nominees. In a statement to Variety, they said.
“We are in the midst of a cultural reckoning. Though there was once a time when business as usual could continue amid credible allegations of sexual assault and violence, that era has ended forever.
The recent allegations regarding Bryan Singer’s behaviour are horrifying and MUST be taken seriously and investigated.”
The Atlantic‘s article includes sexual misconduct claims made against Singer involving four teenagers, including a then-13-year-old boy.
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