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Bryan Singer Thanks Golden Globes Amid Backlash to Bohemian Rhapsody Win

Bryan Singer Thanks Golden Globes Amid Backlash to Bohemian Rhapsody Win

Rami Malek and Bryan Singer

Many questioned why the Globes honored the Freddie Mercury biopic when its director faced so many #MeToo accusations.

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Time is apparently not yet up for Bryan Singer.

The bisexual director of Bohemian Rhapsody thanked the Golden Globes for honoring the Freddie Mercury biopic Sunday in the category of Best Motion Picture - Drama.

"What an honor. Thank you #HollywoodForeignPress," Singer posted on Instagram, captioning a photograph in which he is sitting on the set of the production. He later shared a video of the rehearsal of the film's re-creation of Queen's performance at the Live Aid concert.

Singer -- who was fired from Bohemian Rhapsody before production completed -- was unmentioned by star Rami Malek, who portrays Mercury, in his acceptance speech for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama. Producer Graham King also avoided referencing the director while taking the award for Best Picture.

Singer, who is credited as the director of Bohemian Rhapsody, was absent from the stage at the Golden Globes. During a press conference backstage, Malek sidestepped a question about Singer by focusing on the late bisexual Queen frontman he brought to life.

"The one thing we needed to do was celebrate Freddie Mercury in this film," Malek said, reports IndieWire. "Nothing was going to compromise us and giving him the love and celebration he deserves."

However, many questioned why the Hollywood Foreign Press decided to honor Bohemian Rhapsody in the #MeToo era, as the film's director has faced a slew of accusations of sexual assault throughout his career. Critics saw the move as hypocritical since many honorees and presenters wore Time's Up pins to the awards ceremony and saw the evening as "a moment of change," in the words of host Sandra Oh.

Among those who protested the win was bisexual Westworld star Evan Rachel Wood, who compared Singer to other accused predators like Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey.

Among those who congratulated Singer on Instagram was producer Brett Ratner, who announced in 2017 that he would "step away" from a deal with Warner Bros., after several actresses came forward to accuse him of sexual assault. Singer is set to direct a remake of Red Sonja.

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Daniel Reynolds

Daniel Reynolds is the editor of social media for The Advocate. A native of New Jersey, he writes about entertainment, health, and politics.
Daniel Reynolds is the editor of social media for The Advocate. A native of New Jersey, he writes about entertainment, health, and politics.