Airline kills off Killing Eve’s same-sex kisses.
Killing Eve, the acclaimed TV hit written by Phoebe Waller-Bridge, is among the content being censored by Emirates airline due to its LGBTQ+ scenes.
Emirates, the world’s fourth largest airline, has edited out footage of same-sex kisses from a variety of productions, including Oscar-nominated Ladybird, starring Saoirse Ronan, and at least one episode of BBC drama Killing Eve, written by Fleabag creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge. In the original programme, one scene saw psychopathic assassin Villanelle (played by Jodie Comer) seduce a woman. A kiss between them is removed. In Ladybird, the censored scene saw Ronan’s protagonist burst into a toilet cubicle to find her boyfriend kissing another boy from their drama group. In the edited version, the kiss is cut out and the film skips straight to the aftermath.
Comparable heterosexual romances were left untouched. A semi-nude encounter between Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts in comedy-drama Notting Hill is included in its entirety.
Although airlines routinely edit the films they show, this type of censorship seems to run counter to previous statements trumpeting Emirates’ progressive values. In 2017 it stated that “as a multicultural global company, Emirates does not discriminate against people of any race, religion or sexual orientation. Diversity is a foundation of our brand.”
The BBC did not comment. A source claimed that such edits should be banned. “If a company wants to remove same-sex moments from a BBC programme, then the BBC should put its foot down and not allow it to be shown at all,” he tells us. “It is in direct opposition to what we stand for.” Representatives for Emirates, owned by the Investment Corporation of Dubai, are yet to respond to requests for comment.