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AIDS Epidemic Dazzles Audiences with Split-Second Cameo in Bohemian Rhapsody

The real takeaway here is how cool these sunglasses are.

OSCARS-At the Golden Globes, Bohemian Rhapsody cemented its status as a solid Oscar contender after winning the award for Best Motion Picture-Drama. The movie centers around the late Freddie Mercury but to the untrained eye you might have missed the greatest star of all: The AIDS Epidemic scrolling through the credits in size 5 font. One of the only scenes that mentions Freddie’s diagnosis is when he emotionally reveals to his bandmates right before their 1985 Live Aids performance that he has AIDs, even though in reality he had not been diagnosed until 1987. A diagnosis that truly transcends time!

Although this timeline of Queen may not match reality, the directors decided the story needed a more complete ending than the extended trials and tribulations the band experienced for their entire lives.

"We wanted everyone to leave with that warm fuzzy feeling you get after a good rom-com," director Bryan Singer commented, "After-all, historical movies that require complex analysis often don't perform well with a normal American audience."

Nevertheless, the movie contains approximately three five second references to Freddie Mercury's diagnosis with AIDS, which was just the amount required for the movie to reach $212,393,481 in domestic box office earnings. While exiting the theater, Thomas Jones, said he "left the film feeling a complete sense of calm over the resolution of AIDS as a problem in the United States. " Jones, who likes to sing along to "Bohemian Rhapsody" in the car, commented that the film was "such a win for LGBTQ, oh and POC."  

Singer's strategy has paid off, with Bohemian Rhapsody receiving rave reviews and an Oscar nomination. Maggie Glenson, a former PTA president and avid Queen fan gushed “'I loved every second of it, especially the part when Freddy looked at a woman AND a man in the club! Talk about a bisexual! Truly, Oscar worthy! What can you expect from the director who brought you the first X-Men movie and has been accused of sexual assault since 1995!

Singer is looking forward to the Oscars, in which he hopes Bohemian Rhapsody will be recognized as paving the way for future films mischaracterizing LGBTQ and POC history.

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