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Anger Ensues After Delta Offers 'Carol' Sans Kissing Scene

Airlines & Airports | Delta Air Lines | Gabe Zaldivar | August 09, 2016

Anger Ensues After Delta Offers 'Carol' Sans Kissing Scene

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Delta, stuck in an outdated past, decided its passengers weren’t human enough to understand a story wherein people from the same gender share a kiss, so they offered “Carol” with a deleted key scene across its flight’s entertainment offerings.

And its passengers are now understandably upset.

As CNN Money reports, Delta decided to offer an edited version of the movie starring Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara.

In the film, Blanchett, playing Carol Aird, shares a kiss with Mara’s Therese Belivet. However, some who flew Delta noticed that one pivotal scene was axed from the movie.

CNN Money points to a couple of tweets:

The above may be anecdotal but illustrates some of the anger and bewilderment over the scene’s omission.  

Now CNN Money is careful to point out a few things that should be noted to measure any kind of outrage.

First, airlines are not in charge or allowed, for that matter, to edit movies offered through its in-flight entertainment options. Rather, airlines choose from either full theatrical releases or pre-edited versions of the film.

In this case, Delta made a decision it says had nothing to do with smooching but everything to do about the human form.

The report cites a statement from Delta spokesperson Liz Savadelis: “If we were worried about kissing we wouldn't be showing the film, but because there are scenes with more than a few seconds of nudity, we opted for the edited version instead of the theatrical version.”

Now despite the tweet from Phyllis Nagy, CNN Money couldn’t confirm that “Carol,” in its entirety, was actually offered on American or United. In fact, United states that it hadn’t offered the movie at all. This is further proof that Twitter should be taken with a healthy grain.

The outrage over the kissing omission really should be aimed at the entities that perhaps have a hand in whittling down the edited version.

The report does provide an explanation from Cinesky Pictures, one arm of the movie’s distribution process: “Any film over a rating of PG has standard edits for airline use. They include such topics as airline tragedies, inflight terrorism, language, excessive violence, sexual content, racial and religious slurs, etc. There is nothing out of the ordinary in the global edit airline guidelines.”

While outrage may perhaps be misplaced, passengers were perfectly content to let Delta have it – illustrating how truly innocuous something like two women kissing is to travelers. Would the editors of the film really take out a man and woman kissing from any film? We like to think not.

Here are some tweets that feature an irate public:

And, again, a word from Cameron Esposito:

We understand that Delta didn’t have a hand in actually ripping out the kissing scene itself. However, it chose to go with a version that was devoid of a harmless scene when people point to other examples of sex scenes remaining in in-flight versions from other films.

And this passenger purports that “Deadpool” was offered with nude scenes, of which there was plenty, with blurred out content:

Sometimes it’s not what you say but what you choose to delete that speaks the loudest. Delta may only be guilty of unknowingly showing a movie that was egregiously edited down to its currently offered state.

Perhaps this should be a lesson for airlines to be more aware of the type of content it provides. If you have the stones to buy movies that highlight violence, profanity and heterosexual sex and kissing then you better have the wherewithal to offer the same level of content in its homosexual form.

It’s 2016 after all.

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