Home Airlines Aftermath of Delta Playing In-Flight Movies With The Same-Sex Love Scenes Cut Out (a.k.a. The Rest Of The Story)

Aftermath of Delta Playing In-Flight Movies With The Same-Sex Love Scenes Cut Out (a.k.a. The Rest Of The Story)

by SharonKurheg

Last week, Delta was under fire because it was playing versions of  “Booksmart” and “Rocketman” that had excluded the films’ respective same-sex love scenes.

The coming-of-age comedy “Booksmart” had a lesbian kissing scene removed, while kissing scenes between males and females remained. Coincidentally, the movie’s director, Olivia Wilde, saw the film on a Delta flight and said that the word “vagina” and genitals” were also edited out, while all curse words were left in.

Wilde took to Twitter with her disappointment – I won’t give screen shots because several of her tweets include adult language, but you can read them here.

Meanwhile, in Elton John’s biopic “Rocketman,” a gay sex scene and a kissing scene between two men (Taron Egerton and Richard Madden) were both taken out.

To be fair, the edits were not done by Delta; they were done by a third party. These contracted editing companies, or sometimes the studios themselves, regularly edit movies to remove, for example, references to plane crashes, brands of competitor airlines, and, apparently LGBTQ+ kissing scenes and appropriate terminology for “girl parts.”

However, after much backlash, this is Delta’s response about the removal of the LGBTQ+ kissing scenes and other things that had been cut…

The airline claimed that Deltas staffers usually pick between the original or edited versions of films it wasn’t aware that some scenes were edited out of the versions of “Rocketman” and “Booksmart” that were shown on its flights. Delta also says the two movies will no longer skip the same-sex love scenes and the scenes on both films were “unnecessarily excluded.”

“Currently, we have Gentleman Jack, Imagine Me and You, and Moonlight onboard and countless content in the past that clearly shows it is not our practice to omit LGBTQ+ love scenes,” the airline said. They admitted that the cut scenes were “well within” the airline’s guidelines.
“We are immediately putting a new process in place for managing content available through Delta’s in-flight entertainment,” Delta said in a concluding statement.
A Delta representative aid that new versions Booksmart and Rocketman will be shown on future flights, although an exact date was yet to be determined.

Like this post? Please share it! We have plenty more just like it and would love if you decided to hang around and clicked the button on the top (if you’re on your computer) or the bottom (if you’re on your phone/tablet) of this page to follow our blog and get emailed notifications of when we post (it’s usually about 3 or 4 times a day). Or maybe you’d like to join our Facebook group, where we talk and ask questions about travel (including Disney parks), creative ways to earn frequent flyer miles and hotel points, how to save money on or for your trips, get access to travel articles you may not see otherwise, etc. Whether you’ve read our posts before or this is the first time you’re stopping by, we’re really glad you’re here and hope you come back to visit again!

This post first appeared on Your Mileage May Vary



Randy November 3, 2019 - 5:57 pm

This took be by surprise because on the jet bridges, the ad for Comfort Plus has a male couple as the subjects in the ad.

joeheg November 3, 2019 - 7:21 pm

I was surprised when I read the story as Delta is proud to advertise how LGBTQ+ friendly they are. I’d believe them when they say it was a case of the IFE people doing the edits and it slipped through the cracks.


Leave a Reply

%d bloggers like this: