Chinese streaming site Mango TV cut the phrase "gay man" from the actor's words of encouragement to young people struggling with their identity, replacing it with "special group."
Chinese streaming site Mango TV is under fire for censoring Remi Malek's best actor acceptance speech during Sunday night's 91st Academy Awards ceremony. Clutching his new Oscar trophy, Malek said the acclaim surrounding his performance as Queen singer Freddie Mercury should be taken as encouragement by all young people "struggling with their identity."
"Listen, we made a film about a gay man, an immigrant, who lived his life unapologetically himself," he said.
Mango TV, however, replaced the words "gay man" with the phrase "special group" in its translated subtitles. Screen grabs of the moment — many of them accompanied by statements of outrage or complaint — have been circulating on Chinese social media ever since.