Delta Airlines is showing love for same sex romance by restoring steamy scenes the company had previously edited out of movies shown on its flights, including Olivia Wilde’s “Booksmart.”
The airline is putting a new process in place to manage the content on its in-flight entertainment systems after director Wilde griped on Twitter about censorship of her acclaimed movie.
Wilde initially responded to an Oct. 27 tweet complaining that a scene in which the main character hooks up with a woman had been cut.
“Like not even a KISS was allowed!” the post by a woman named Michaela Barton said.
The director initially called the editing “truly a bummer,” noting there was no nudity in the scene.
Three days later, Wilde posted a long thread examining the airline’s film service and the edited version of the movie.
“Turns out some airlines work with a third-party company that edits the movie based on what they deem inappropriate. Which, in our case, is … female sexuality?” she wrote.
To choose the movie on the in-flight service, a viewer had to agree to a “parental advisory” warning the viewer discretion is advised, Wilde noted.
The edited version muted or cut the words “vagina,” and “genitals,” eliminated half of an animated sequence featuring naked dolls, and removed a scene where the two main characters play porn through the speakers of an Uber.
But they didn’t cut out any cursing, she wrote.
“Most disappointingly, they cut most of Amy and Hope’s love scene in the bathroom, which involves zero nudity, but does involve an essential plot point for a lead character,” Wilde wrote.
“What message is this sending to viewers and especially to women? That their bodies are obscene? That their sexuality is shameful?” she asked. “I urge every airline, especially those who pride themselves on inclusivity, to stop working with this third-party company, and trust the parental advisory warning to allow viewers to opt out if they choose.”
She also posted a popular gif with a scene from the movie in which one of the main characters says, “Make it Stop.”
Delta they will restore the cuts to both “Booksmart” and the Elton John biopic “Rocketman,” which also had same-sex love scenes cut, generating criticism on social media.
The airline said it has titles including same-sex romances “Gentleman Jack,” “Imagine Me and You” and “Moonlight” on its flights.
“We are immediately putting a new process in place for managing content available through Delta’s in-flight entertainment,” the company told The Hollywood Reporter. “Studios often provide videos in two forms: a theatrical, original version and an edited version. We selected the edited version and now realize content well within our guidelines was unnecessarily excluded from both films. We are working to make sure this doesn’t happen again.”
“Thank you, @delta,” Wilde tweeted Friday in response to the news.