Elton John Slams Russian Censorship Of “Rocketman” Sex Scenes

(Photo: Taron Egerton in Rocketman)

Elton John has hit out at Russian film distributors for editing out gay sex scenes from his biopic Rocketman, adding that it was a “sad reflection of the divided world we still live in,”  reports CNN.

The local film distributor, Central Partnership company, cut the scenes to “comply with Russian legislation,” it told state news agency TASS. 

According to high-profile Russian film critic Anton Dolin, who has seen both the edited and unedited versions, “all scenes of kisses, sex and oral sex between men were cut out.”

John and the filmmakers said in a statement that they rejected “in the strongest possible terms the decision to pander to local laws and censor Rocketman for the Russian market.”They said film company Paramount Pictures had been “brave and bold partners in allowing us to create a film which is a true representation of Elton’s extraordinary life, warts and all.”