While the trailer was largely embraced upon its debut,
Star Trek Discovery
creator Bryan Fuller took to social media to bash the trailer for failing to recognize Freddie Mercury's open homosexuality.
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"It's important because of Hollywood's long history of erasing queer history, or at the very least minimizing it," Fuller writes. "Even Mary Austin, who Freddie Mercury called the love of his life, somewhat famously corrected Mercury when he told her he was bisexual: 'No, Freddie, you're gay.'
Look at the
trying to dictate what made Fred Jr. stand at attention. Freddie said he liked to rock fat-bottomed girls. Good old-fashioned lover boys. Maybe even both at the same time. That was his business and nobody else's.
By emphasizing heteronormative images without a balance of same-sex images, the marketing folks are making a statement of what content they feel more comfortable putting forward about this film," he continues. "Judging from this trailer alone, it felt to me like queer erasure.
It's a trailer. What was the guy expecting? Two minutes of gay orgy footage with "Bicycle" playing in the background?