After Bohemian Rhapsody’s big win for Best Drama at the Golden Globes last night, I braced myself when the squad got up there to accept the award because the specter of its erstwhile director, accused rapist Bryan Singer, hung heavy in the air even though he was conspicuously absent. It looked like things might get a little awkward up there on stage. Also, Brian May’s poodle doo fills me with existential dread. And I was right to be nervous. Judging from last night’s broadcast, you’d think BR directed itself because Bryan’s name was not mentioned once. That didn’t stop Bryan from finding a way to take the credit for the film’s win. Over the past few months, he’s filled his Instagram with behind the scenes footage and outtakes from the set. And last night, he really outdid himself with a self-congratulatory post about BR’s win.
Maybe Bryan’s in talks to direct a live-action Plastic Man starring himself, so he’s practicing by reaching around and patting himself on the back.
Here’s one where he tagged everybody but Freddie Jr., Rami Malek, who he shadily gave a hashtag to instead.
As a refresher, Bryan was fired late in the game after butting heads with Rami, throwing tantrums (and electrical equipment), not showing up on time, and eventually, for going AWOL. He was replaced by Dexter Fletcher but was able to retain full directing credit for the finished product. During the time of his departure, Bryan was sued for allegedly drugging and raping a 17-year-old boy in 2003. So you can see why, when asked about Bryan’s participation backstage after the ceremony, everybody dodged the subject like Neo dodges bullets.
— Bryn Elise Sandberg (@brynsandberg) January 7, 2019
According to the L.A. Times:
One of the first questions posed to the filmmakers and Malek backstage was whether Singer’s departure had been a big hurdle for the film.
“It’s not something I really wish to talk about tonight,” said producer Graham King.
Rami went on to say:
“There’s only one thing we needed to do, and that was to celebrate Freddie Mercury in this film.… Nothing was going to compromise us giving him the love, celebration, adulation he deserves.” (Malek didn’t want to directly address the Singer controversy on Golden Globes nominations morning either.)
Esquire better hurry up with that expose Bryan warned us about. Otherwise, I can’t wait to see the drama that’s going to unfold if BR does as well at the Oscars as it did at the Golden Globes. Freddie, was this you? You messy Queen, I love it! Never change.