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China Sanitizes Oscars

Published: 3.01.2019
Level 5   |   Time: 1:37
Accent: British
BBC Global News Podcast (2.26.2019)

A Chinese TV broadcaster has removed any reference to homosexuality in Rami Malek's speech at the Oscars.


You can download the file [ HERE ].


triangle Directions

  1. REVIEW the vocabulary.
  2. LISTEN to the audio.
  3. ANSWER the questions.
  4. CHECK your answers (Show Answers)

triangle Vocabulary

  • The Oscars [n] - an American movie awards ceremony
  • an online screening [n] - showing of a movie or TV program online
  • center around [v] - focus on
  • a portrayal [n] - a performance of an actor being a character
  • unapologetically [adv] - without shame or embarrassment
  • an immigrant [n] - a person who comes to live permanently in a foreign country
  • a broadcaster [n] - a TV or radio company
  • subtitles [n] - words shown at the bottom of a movie or television screen that translate the speaking of characters
  • legally [adv] - something done without breaking the law
  • blur [v] - made unclear or difficult to see
  • retract [v] - withdraw, take back
  • a rainbow flag [n] - the gay pride flag or LGBT pride flag (a symbol of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender social movements)
  • the rights [n] - a legal entitlement to have or do something
  • come under fire [exp] - be critisized

[n] - noun,  [v] - verb,  [phv] - phrasal verb,  [adj] - adjective,  [exp] - expression

triangle Questions

  1. What award did Rami Malek win at the Rami Malek win?
    Best Actor
    Best Song
    Best Speech

  2. Who did Rami Malek portray in a movie?
    Freddy Mars
    Freddy Mystery
    Freddy Mercury

  3. How did Rami Malek describe Freddy Mercury?
    As a great singer
    As a gay man
    As an immigrant
    As an apology

  4. What does the woman say about the Chinese broadcaster?
    They are the one of the largest broadcasters in China.
    They are government owned and operated broadcaster.
    They are well-known for liberal values.

  5. What did the Chinese broadcaster change in Rami Malek's speech?
    They removed any reference to homosexuality.
    They removed criticism of the Chinese government.
    They removed Malek's use of bad/harsh language.

  6. How did they make these changes?
    They cut out some of Malek's speech.
    They changed the Chinese subtitles.
    They dubbed over his speech.

  7. Why are people confused about this change?
    Queen's music is very popular in China.
    Most people in China are against homosexuality.
    The speech did not break any Chinese laws.

  8. What is the name of the Chinese broadcaster?
    Michael TV
    Mango TV
    Mangle TV

  9. What changes did the Chinese broadcaster make to a Eurostar Song Contest last year?
    They cut out a song about homosexuality.
    They blurred rainbow flags.
    They changed the subtitles for one of the songs.
    They prevented a singer from singing a Queen song.

  10. How did the European Broadcasting Union react to these changes?
    They sued the Chinese broadcaster.
    The rebroadcast the concert on a Chinese website.
    They cut the Chinese broadcaster's right to show the contest in the future.

triangle Script

Now the Oscars have come and gone, but an online screening of the awards ceremony is still causing controversy in China.

Our Asia Pacific editor Celia Hatton told me why.

It all centers around the speech given by the Best Actor Award winner, Rami Malek.

And he mentioned Freddie Mercury in his speech because he won an award for his portrayal of Freddie Mercury.

And in his speech, Rami Malek describes Freddie Mercury explaining that he was a gay man, an immigrant who lived his life unapologetically.

Now this Chinese broadcaster, which is one of the biggest broadcasters in China, (It's the second largest one in China.), basically took that event, took that speech and changed two words: the words gay man they change to special group in their Chinese subtitles.

But a lot of people noticed the change and got very very upset on Chinese social media, pointing out asking what they were so afraid of, why they couldn't put the words gay man in Chinese, and asking why such a change was necessary.

Legally it's not necessary.

And this is a broadcaster, a big broadcaster.

As you said, they've come under fire before, haven't they?

That's right.

Last year they lost the rights, the European Broadcasting Union retracted the rights, for this TV channel Mango TV to broadcast the Eurovision Song Contest in China after it cut a song describing a gay relationship.

And also they blurred rainbow flags that were seen in the audience.

And so they lost that right.

So they've come under fire for it for making such unnecessary changes before.

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