Olivia Wilde, famed movie actress and director of “Booksmart,” said that her “heart broke” when she first heard of the edits made to her movie in-flight on Delta airlines. For one, all mentions of LGBT relationships were removed.
“I finally had the chance to watch an edited version of Booksmart on a flight to see exactly what had been censored. Turns out some airlines work with a third party company that edits the movie based on what they deem inappropriate. Which, in our case, is … female sexuality?” Wilde tweeted. In another tweet, she adds: “By the way, they didn’t cut ANY cursing.”
Delta Airlines has also faced backlash recently regarding in-flight edits to “Rocketman.”
According to twitter users who had watched the Delta in-flight edits, “almost every gay reference or scene” in Rocketman was edited out.
One moment removed was a “simple chaste kiss.”
Delta works with a third-party company to edit movies for their in-flight entertainment offerings, and says that they don’t mandate homosexual content to be edited out. They state, ““We value our inflight entertainment options as a means to reflect the diversity of the world,” and that they are reviewing their editing vendors.
According to Jovitah Toh, CEO of Hong Kong-based company that edits movies for airlines: “Each airline will provide the distributors with their censorship guidelines and distributors will work with them on the edits — for example, nudity, implicit sex scenes, religious representations, plane crashes, competitor airlines’ logos, swear words and images or mention of pigs or pork for Muslim carriers are the general items that are edited.”
However, many passengers are not happy with the way these movies have been edited on Delta flights, and want Delta to make changes towards more inclusivity.
As of November 2, Delta has decided “Booksmart” and “Rocketman” will once again include the LGBTQ scenes, among others cut, as these scenes were “unnecessarily excluded.”