According to director Francis Lee, the film God’s Own Country–gay romance that features several sex-censored scenes as it begins to flow on Amazon Prime Video in the United States.
On Tuesday night, British filmmaker tweeted, “Dear friends in the US, God’s Own Country seems to have been censored at @PrimeVideo (Amazon Prime). Until this is investigated, don’t rent or buy on Amazon Prime. This is not a film that I intended or made. I will report back “
Since a long time ago, God’s Own Country has been removed from Prime Video. this registered as “currently unavailable” in the U.S. still available for rent or purchase on other digital platforms, like Google Play, Youtube, and Vudu.
Decider contacted representatives at Amazon to comment but did not hear back before publication time.
Starring Josh O’Connor and Alec Secăreanu, God’s Own Country first aired at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, where he won the award for world cinema directing. It tells the story of a sheep farmer in Yorkshire (O’Connor) who meets a Romanian migrant worker (Secăreanu). The two men began working together, sleeping together, and falling in love together, in that order. While Lee did not specify what, precisely, was censored, the film featured sex scenes between the two main actors, including full frontal nudity. Had been compared with Call Me By Your Name, another gay romance that appeared in the same year, but, instead of getting away during sex scenes like director Luca Guadagnino did, Lee let the scene play. That said, there are many others sexually explicit films on Amazon Prime Video.
When asked for comments from Decider about the nature of censorship, Lee said he “cannot provide comments until fully investigated.” The director also sent another tweet asking followers for proof that Amazon Prime also censored “intimate / sex scenes in heterosexual stories,” as well as LGBTQ stories.
LGBTQ content censorship has long been a problem. Up past prohibited in some Middle Eastern countries only for reference to lesbian relationships, and movie likes Reply: Endgame and Rocket Man censored in Russia to edit gay references. Last year, Booksmart director punish the airline to censor lesbian sex scenes when showing his film as a flight movie. Following Wilde’s tweets about the scene being cut, Delta Airlines said the company will return the same-sex love scene Booksmart.
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