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Emirates Accused of Discriminating Against LGBT Scenes

Emirates Accused of Discriminating Against LGBT Scenes
Meg Butler

Have you caught an in-flight movie on Emirates recently? If you watched the hit show Killing Eve, or Oscar-nominated Ladybird, you may have noticed that the same-sex scenes were omitted.


Writers at The Standard certainly did, and they are taking Emirates Airlines to task for contradicting its policy of inclusion.

In 2017, Emirates publicly 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.”

But, while several airlines censor content, The Standard points out that although you aren’t allowed to see Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer kiss in Killing Eve, you can see Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts get romantically semi-nude in Notting Hill. And, they argue, choosing to censor LGBTQ+ content while leaving in the hetero stuff is contradictory to their inclusive stance.

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for Emirates has responded to say that while they acknowledge that those scenes were censored, they weren’t the ones who did the censoring:

“Emirates does not have rights to edit any licensed movie or TV content, as we acquire content produced by the studios and distributors. Emirates acquires mostly theatrical unedited versions of content, but as a family friendly airline serving an international audience, where there is excessive violence, sex, nudity or language, we opt to license the edited versions created by the studios/distributors.”


But should they feel obligated to do something about it?

To read more on this story, go to The Standard.

View Comments (11)


  1. Sabai

    January 5, 2019 at 9:14 am

    Corporate doublespeak at its best: We don’t censor content unless we do.

  2. 84fiero

    January 5, 2019 at 12:55 pm

    Who cares? No one is being harmed by not seeing a scene in some stupid in-flight movie. If they’re actually discriminating unfairly & illegally against passengers or employees, then we can talk. Lots of things are edited out. Different countries, different cultures/values. If it’s a major issue for someone, there are myriad other airlines to patronize.

    FT could have added some value by researching what actually happens with the companies that provide – and edit – movies and shows for airlines. Hint: While it’s true the airline itself doesn’t do the editing, they do in most cases provide the general parameters of what they wish to have cut.

  3. cbr123

    January 6, 2019 at 6:56 am

    Well my God. If this airline has decency standards let them keep them, that’s their choice. If you don’t have decency standards, fly any number of other airlines. Very simple.

  4. jaybos

    January 6, 2019 at 6:33 pm

    Spoken like a person who has never known what it feels like to be rendered invisible by a privileged majority. It’s a major issue, it’s newsworthy, and if you’re not satisfied with the depth of reporting, then I’m sure there are a myriad of other airline news websites to patronize.

  5. chavala

    January 7, 2019 at 1:53 am

    cbr123: “decency standards” ???? Seriously in this day and age you have the audacity to post on a public forum you think 2 women kissing is indecent? But hetero sex is fine? Shame. Shame. Shame.

  6. fotographer

    January 7, 2019 at 3:49 am

    so would a sex scene between a man and women be ok
    airlines often edit movie content… get over it please

  7. cairns

    January 7, 2019 at 7:04 am

    “Spoken like a person who has never known what it feels like to be rendered invisible by a privileged majority.”

    Oh lord. Get over yourself already.

  8. Hawkeyefan

    January 7, 2019 at 5:14 pm

    well played jaybos.

  9. jaybos

    January 8, 2019 at 7:58 am

    Cairns, if my calling out systemic homophobia makes you uncomfortable, then clearly it is you who needs to get over something.

  10. secondsoprano

    January 9, 2019 at 2:06 pm

    “Decency standards”??? Well oh mah lord.

    I do hope CBR is just your name and not your location. We really dont need any more of you.

  11. Pete.Felten

    January 11, 2019 at 2:39 pm

    Emirates is a Dubai, UAE based company. In the UAE open homosexuality carries punishments that range from jail time to floggings, beatings, torture, death, fines and deportation if you are a non-citizen. Most of the law in the UAE regarding homosexuality is based on Sharia Law, which is related to Islamic teachings. Is Emirates, a company located in an Islamic country, owned by people who practice Islam, wrong for editing out scenes of homosexuality in movies they paid for to show on their planes? I think not.

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