In a country where gay scenes are banned on TV, the fact that Freddie Mercury’s story is being shown at all is a breakthrough
“Gay” and “Chinese”. Two words that have more cultural friction than a pair of bearded drag queens going in for a hairy hello kiss. China’s LGBT history has been difficult and fraught. Homosexuality only became legal in 1997 and same-sex scenes are still banned from their television. In fact, it was only last year that the social media giant Weibo decided to stop censoring “gay-themed” content after a huge online campaign, which gave birth to catchy hashtags like #iamgaynotapervert.