Musical icon Elton John has slammed Russia's decision to censor the gay sex scenes featured in his autobiographical new movie, 'Rocketman.'
According to the L.A. Times, Russian distributor of the film, Central Partnership, said it had been edited to "conform with the legislation of the Russian Federation."
But Elton John is not impressed:
"We reject in the strongest possible terms the decision to pander to local laws and censor Rocketman for the Russian market, a move we were unaware of until today," Elton John said in a statement posted to social media. "Paramount Pictures have been brave and bold partners in allowing us to create a film which is a true representation of Elton’s extraordinary life, warts and all."
"That the local distributor has edited out certain scenes, denying the audience the opportunity to see the film as it was intended is a sad reflection of the divided world we still live in and how it can still be so cruelly unaccepting of the love between two people," the statement continues. "We believe in building bridges and open dialogue, and will continue to push for the breaking down of barriers until all people are heard equally across the world."
'Rocketman' has been revered by the LGBTQ community for not dumbing down the singer's sex life and sexuality, unlike the Freddie Mercury biopic - 'Bohemian Rhapsody.'