God's Own Country director asks fans to boycott censored Amazon edit

God’s Own Country director asks fans to boycott his OWN film on Amazon Prime after it streamed ‘censored’ version of gay sex scenes

  • Francis Lee tweeted Tuesday that his 2017 movie God’s Own Country appeared to have been censored on Amazon Prime in the US
  • He tweeted: ‘Until this is investigated please do not rent or buy on Amazon Prime. It is not the film I intended or made’  
  • Lee didn’t specify the edits but a Twitter user said ‘they cut most of the scene in the cattle trailer with Johnny and the trainee auctioneer’ and a mud scene 
  • Lee probed whether Amazon censors naked women or intimate/sex scenes within heterosexual stories… Or if they just censor queer stories?’ 
  • The streamed version of the film was not available on Prime as of Wednesday 
  • An Amazon representative told DailyMail.com that Amazon Prime Video did not edit this movie and that the US distributor has control 

The director of 2017 film God’s Own Country has asked people to boycott his movie on Amazon Prime which he claims has censored gay sex scenes.

Francis Lee tweeted Tuesday: ‘Dear friends in USA, God’s Own Country appears to have been censored on Amazon Prime. Until this is investigated please do not rent or buy on Amazon Prime. It is not the film I intended or made.’

The movie starring Josh O’Connor and Alec Secareanu won the World Cinema Directing Award at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival, and the Männer Jury Award at the 2017 Berlin International Film Festival. 

Francis Lee tweeted Tuesday that his 2017 movie God’s Own Country appeared to have been censored on Amazon Prime in the US. It stars Josh O’Connor and Alec Secareanu

He tweeted: ‘Until this is investigated please do not rent or buy on Amazon Prime. It is not the film I intended or made’

The streamed version of the film was not available on Amazon Prime as of Wednesday

An Amazon Video synopsis for the movie states: ‘Johnny works on his family’s remote farm in northern England where he numbs his loneliness with nightly visits to the local pub and casual sex.  

‘When a handsome Romanian migrant worker arrives to take up temporary work on the farm, Johnny finds himself dealing with emotions he has never felt before. An intense relationship forms between the two which could change Johnny’s life forever.’ 

Lee did not specify which scenes had been censored but a Twitter user said: ‘They cut most of the scene in the cattle trailer with Johnny and the trainee auctioneer and the same for the scene in the mud.’

Twitter user Dylan Sims continued: ‘I stopped watching after that because it was bugging me they’d done that so I don’t know if anything else was censored.’

In a follow-up tweet, Lee wrote: ‘Dear friends in USA. I’m interested if any of you have evidence of @PrimeVideo (Amazon Prime USA) censoring naked women or intimate/sex scenes within heterosexual stories on their streaming service? Or if they just censor queer stories?’

That tweet was no longer available on Wednesday.

A message on the Amazon Prime website Wednesday stated that LGBTQ romance drama was also ‘no longer available’.

But critical comments remained from Amazon customers.

‘The movie itself is a good story; I am just disappointed in Amazon Prime for editing out certain scenes. Shame on you for censorship,’ one reviewer wrote. 

Another said: ‘This version on Amazon Prime is missing the graphic scenes, which really takes away from the film.’

An Amazon representative in the EU told DailyMail.com that Amazon Prime Video did not edit this movie.

The company told DailyMail.com that the distributor edited the movie that was available on Prime Video in the US.

Samuel Goldwyn Films distributed the movie. They also distribute Super Size Me 2, Submergence and Allure.

DailyMail.com has reached out to the company.

In the past, Amazon has been accused of censorship for removing a heavily-criticized gay conversion therapy book in 2019. 

An anti-gay app was also removed from an Amazon service in 2018. The app from Living Hope Ministries featured homophobic podcasts and articles. 

An Amazon representative told DailyMail.com that Amazon Prime Video did not edit this movie

US distributor Samuel Goldwyn Films has control of the upload and removal of the movie

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