Bryan Singer, the director of Bohemian Rhapsody, who was recently outed for sexual assault, had his named scrubbed from the BAFTA award on which he was recognized as a contributing director for the massively successful movie regarding the legendary band, Queen.
Bohemian Rhapsody, starring Rami Malek and with Mike Myers in a small role, was recognized by every major award’s ceremony this year, including the Oscars, Golden Globes, as well as the BAFTAs. Unfortunately, the film’s director has been marred by rape, assault, and harassment allegations.
According to a new report, the director’s name was removed completely from the BAFTA awards, despite the fact that his brand new film has earned not one but seven total nominations from the prestigious academies.
The new report from The Atlantic was just another expose in which several young men accused Singer of abusing them as young children. However, the altercations in question were all listed as being consensual, even though the boys were underage at the time.
The other names associated with the movie, Graham King and Anthony McCarten, would stay on the award, but for now, Singer’s name cannot be included.
As a way of undoubtedly avoiding a future disaster PR situation, the BAFTAs said they had to distance themselves from Singer as well as his work because they abhor the allegations against him if they are, in fact, the truth.
Although, to their credit, the organization admitted the suspension was temporary and would resume back to normal following the outcome of the investigation unless of course, he is convicted as guilty. A spokesperson for the studio, Fox, later corroborated their statement and said they stood by BAFTA’s decision.
Reportedly, Singer was the director for almost the entirety of the production but exited with three weeks left in filming. He was replaced by fellow director, Dexter Fletcher.
This situation has been criticized a lot by social media users, who’ve suggested that the circumstances are merely another example of Hollywood elites pretending to be the moral authority, while at the same time benefiting greatly both financially and in prestige from talented but supposedly morally corrupt individuals.