A US airline is facing a backlash after a passenger shared their outrage after watching a film on a flight only to find “almost every gay reference” had been removed.
However, the digital director of American Weekly Shana Krochmalkly discovered all gay love scenes and references to the British singer’s sexuality had been censored.
A Delta Air Lines spokesman said that the company values diversity and inclusion and will “review our processes to ensure edited video content doesn’t conflict with these values”.
Ms Krochmal took to Twitter to explain her outrage, writing: “On Delta today discovered that Rocketman is stripped of almost every gay reference or scene that [Elton John] fought to keep in the film’s mainstream release, including a simple chaste kiss.”
She added: “What does it say that the edit left in a scene of John Reid assaulting Elton but removed any evidence of intimacy between them or for that matter Elton and any man? What is that saying is OK?”
A number of Twitter users told Ms Krochmal she was not alone and they too had noticed the disparity between the edition they were expecting to see and the one they were shown mid-flight.
One person wrote: “I first watched that movie on an airplane and was like ‘huh, this is a lot less gay than I heard.'”
Others pointed out that the airline had reportedly not censored certain other explicit scenes in other films including in the R-rated movie Long Shot featuring Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron.
Since the release of Rocketman in May, Mr John – along with LGBTQ+ groups – has called out countries, including Russia, which have chosen to strip gay scenes from the film.
A Delta Air Line spokesperson told PinkNews: “Delta’s content parameters do not in any way ask for the removal of homosexual content from the film.
“We value diversity and inclusion as core to our culture and our mission and will review our processes to ensure edited video content doesn’t conflict with these values.”
Delta Air Lines is the latest to come under fire after removing references to gay relationships and culture from the movie.
However, Rocketman is not the only film to be censored that has received global attention.
American actress Olivia Wilde has recently criticised the decision of airlines to censor same-sex love scenes from her new film Booksmart.
Wilde, who directed the film, also vented her fury on Twitter, revealing how a third-party editing company that services films for airlines had removed scenes which focused on female sexuality.
Among the changes made was the removal of the words “genitals” and “vagina” and consensual love scene between two women also did not make the cut.
Wilde wrote: “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.”