Adam Lambert responds to Bohemian Rhapsody 'whitewashing' claims

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From Digital Spy

Adam Lambert has weighed in claims suggesting Bohemian Rhapsody 'whitewashed' Freddie Mercury's sexuality.

Directed by Bryan Singer (officially, although Rocketman's Dexter Fletcher completed the final portion of shooting as well as the edit), the film stars Rami Malek as Mercury in the Oscar-winning biopic based on the singer's life.

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However, although the movie does touch upon Mercury's love life, several audience members shared their disappointment with some of the representation on screen.

Regarding the backlash, Lambert – who sings lead vocals for the band as Queen + Adam Lambert – told The Sun: "The film is a specific interpretation of this man's life and I think a lot of people really felt inspired by going to see it.

"People walk out of the film loving him and I think that's the most important thing."

Meanwhile, Bohemian Rhapsody actress Lucy Boynton was forced to defend the movie's first trailer last year after viewers (and Hannibal's Bryan Fuller) accused the filmmakers of 'ignoring' Mercury's sexuality.

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Speaking to Digital Spy, Boynton explained why the initial reactions were so frustrating: "It's when people want to have something to criticise that is kind of jarring, especially because it does and the one thing that we're so proud of with this film is that I don't feel it ever steps over the line into any kind of expose or intrusiveness.

"I don't know what people wanted to see in terms of... they always ask about the darkness of Freddie and such and it's like, it's a celebration and ode to [him]."

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