Delta to Restore Same-Sex Love Scenes to “Booksmart,” “Rocketman” After Backlash

The decision comes after Olivia Wilde and others spoke out on Twitter

Passengers try out Virgin America airlines' in-flight entertainment system which includes on-demand movies, television, video games, music and onboard chat rooms during the first flights of Virgin America from Los Angeles and New York to its base of operations in San Francisco, California, Wednesday, August 8, 2007. (Photo by Bob Riha/WireImage)
Passengers try out Virgin America airlines' in-flight entertainment system which includes on-demand movies, television, video games, music and onboard chat rooms during the first flights of Virgin America from Los Angeles and New York to its base of operations in San Francisco, California, Wednesday, August 8, 2007. (Photo by Bob Riha/WireImage)
By Bonnie Stiernberg / November 4, 2019 10:08 am

After a recent controversy over edited versions of Booksmart and Rocketman on its flights that erased key same-sex love scenes, Delta announced over the weekend that it will restore the scenes to the edited versions available on its in-flight entertainment system.

“We are immediately putting a new process in place for managing content available through Delta’s in-flight entertainment,” the airline said in statement. “We selected the edited version and now realize content well within our guidelines was unnecessarily excluded from both films. We are working to make sure this doesn’t happen again.”

Delta, like many other airlines, works with a third-party editing company on its in-flight entertainment. The editing company provides an edited version based on guidelines provided by its clients as well as the theatrical version, and each airline must choose which version they will offer. (Read more on who’s censoring your in-flight movies here.)

Delta says it will receive a new edit “that retains the LGBTQ+ love scenes in both Booksmart and Rocketman that will be on our flights as soon as possible.”

It’s not the first time the airline has caught heat for showing edited versions that cut out any same-sex displays of affection; the edited version of 2015’s Carol on their flights eliminated a love scene between the two female leads, and a version of Bad Moms cut out a kiss between two women while leaving in a heterosexual makeout scene.

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