Delta Airlines have announced they will restore same-sex love scenes to the films Booksmart and Rocketman after previously showing edited versions as part of their in-flight entertainment.
The announcement comes after Booksmart director Olivia Wilde tweeted that, watching the film on a Delta flight, she realised scenes showing two women kissing, as well as the words “vagina” and “genitals”, had been cut out.
Olivia tweeted, “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?”
Olivia added that a parental advisory warning was placed before the film, and that the cut scenes include scissoring, masturbation, UTIs and a love scene between two female characters, Amy and Hope, even though it doesn’t contain nudity.
Olivia continued, saying, “What message is this sending to viewers and especially to women? That their bodies are obscene? That their sexuality is shameful?
“I urge every airline, especially those who pride themselves on inclusivity, to stop working with this third party company, and trust the parental advisory warning to allow viewers to opt out if they choose.”
Delta have now said they will restore the scenes. Speaking to Variety a spokeswoman said, “We are immediately putting a new process in place for managing content available through Delta’s in-flight entertainment.”
She continued, “Studios often provide videos in two forms: a theatrical, original version and an edited version. We selected the edited version and now realise content well within our guidelines was unnecessarily excluded from both films. We are working to make sure this doesn’t happen again.
“The studio has agreed to provide a special Delta edit that retains the LGBTQ+ love scenes in both Booksmart and Rocketman that will be on our flights as soon as possible.
“Currently, we have Gentleman Jack, Imagine Me and You, and Moonlight on board and countless content in the past that clearly shows it is not our practice to omit LGBTQ+ love scenes.”
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