Gay Film ‘Pride’ Released in the U.S., LGBT References Omitted

Gay Film ‘Pride’ Released in the U.S., LGBT References Omitted

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Pride, a film focused on the story of gay and lesbian activists supporting striking miners in the 1980s, is sure lacking pride with their DVD release in the UK and the U.S.

The film, which premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in early 2014, received a Golden Globe nomination and was named best film at the British Independent Film Awards, was released on DVD at the end of December. However, it was missing a few key elements.

According to Pink News, the American released DVD removed the line that says the film is about a “London based group of gay and lesbian activists,” and simply says “London-based activists.”

The banner on the front of the DVD, which should say “Lesbian and Gays Supports the Miners,” has also been removed.

Original Artwork
Original Artwork
Doctored Artwork for U.S. Distribution
Doctored Artwork for U.S. Distribution

CBS Films, which released the movie with Sony Pictures said, “We’re looking into this now and our page for the film remains the same as it has for months.”

Ben Roberts, director of the BFL film fund, which backed the movie, said: “I’m not surprised that the U.S. distributors have taken a decision to sell more copies by watering down the gay content. I’m not defending it, it’s wrong and outmoded, but I’m not surprised.”

“It’s an unfortunate commercial reality both here and in the US that distributors have to deal with and consider in getting films onto the shop shelf,” he said. “LGBT material is largely marginalized outside of rare hits like Brokeback Mountain.”

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