Bohemian Controversy

by Zainab Malik
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Extremely serious allegations of sexual misconduct have been brought forth against “Bohemian Rhapsody” director, Bryan Singer. He has been accused of having sexual relations with underage boys, as well as raping four men. These allegations are so serious that Singer’s BAFTA nomination for the film has been suspended such that the allegations can be investigated appropriately. GLAAD also removed “Bohemian Rhapsody” from the Best Picture category.

This has all come to light in the thick of awards season and very near the Academy Awards, arguably the most well-known and prestigious award show of the year. Much speculation over whether or not “Bohemian Rhapsody” truly stands a chance at winning Best Picture this year due to all the controversy surrounding it.

Though these allegations against Singer are indeed horrible and must be investigated thoroughly, we must consider the hundreds of others involved in this project, such as recent Golden Globe winner, Rami Malek, who won his Golden Globe for his portrayal of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in the film. Malek has no controversy marring his record and is fairly innocent in the eyes of the public. His performance in the film has been nominated for an Academy Award. Should Malek and the rest of the cast and crew have to pay for Singer’s actions?

Sarah Bae, 26, a pre-psychology third-year student at UCLA does not think so. “I don’t think everyone else should be punished,” says Bae, “It’s not fair, that movie was still amazing. But underage boys? Ugh.”

Either way, we will see how this all pans out on February 24th.

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