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‘Carol’: Same-Sex Kissing Scenes Edited Out of Delta Flights for Not Meeting ‘Guidelines’

If you saw "Carol" on a plane, you might think there is no physical intimacy in Todd Haynes' award-winning drama.




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Somebody thinks the sight of Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara kissing in “Carol” is not suitable viewing at 30,000 feet. As AfterEllen reports, Delta (and other airlines) showed a version of the film that had every kissing scene between the two actors edited out. When a viewer complained to the airline about the cuts, she received this response from Delta:

On behalf of Delta Air Lines I apologize for your disappointment with our in-flight movie selection. As you can imagine, choosing entertainment that meets all of our passengers’ needs is a tricky business. Although we try to show a variety of videos that have been edited for an airline audience, I’m sorry the edits for the movie “Carol” offended you…Please know it is never our policy to discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, national origin, religion, disability, sexual orientation or similar classification.

We know that our success as an airline heavily relies on how well we treat you. To be helpful, I’m forwarding your thoughts to our Airport and In-flight leadership teams for internal review. We’ve made positive updates before based on our customer’s feedback and Delta is committed to being the best airline in the world!

It’s worth noting that Delta didn’t edit the movie. The company’s corporate communications representative Liz Savadelis told AfterEllen:

There were two versions of this film that the studio makes available–one that is edited and one that is not edited. The edited version removes two explicit scenes that do not meet our guidelines. The edited version also removes all kissing. The other version is fully non-edited and includes the kissing, but it also includes the explicit scenes.  Unfortunately, Delta doesn’t have the rights to edit the movie, or to make the decision to keep some of that content (e.g. kissing).

The studio being referred to is The Weinstein Company, but it’s unclear why even kissing scenes between Blanchett and Mara were cut, as opposed to just editing the more explicit scenes.

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