US: DVD cover for ‘Pride’ removes all references to homosexuality
The cover for the American DVD release of Pride has removed all mention of homosexuality.
The film, about a group of gay and lesbian activists who rallied in support of striking miners in the 1980s, was released in the UK to acclaim last year.
However, the US DVD cover makes a number of shocking changes, entirely removing homosexuality from the story.
Firstly, the film’s synopsis has been changed to state the film is about “a group of London-based activists”, removing a mention to sexuality.
The synopsis states: “PRIDE is inspired by an extrodinary true story. It’s the summer of 1984 and much of blue-collar Great Britain is on strike.
“For one tiny Welsh village, the strike brings unexpected visitors – a group of London-based activists who decide to raise money to support strikers’ families and want to make their donations in person.
The text appears to be an edited version of the film’s original synopsis providing more context to American audiences while failing to mention homosexuality.
The orignal synopsis said: “PRIDE is inspired by an extraordinary true story.
“It’s the summer of 1984, Margaret Thatcher is in power and the National Union of Mineworkers is on strike, prompting a London-based group of gay and lesbian activists to raise money to support the strikers’ families.
“Initially rebuffed by the Union, the group identifies a tiny mining village in Wales and sets off to make their donation in person…”
PinkNews has also discovered that a picture on the back cover has been digitally altered from a widely-circulated promotional image – removing a sign stating ‘Lesbians & Gays Support the Miners’.
The original image is below:
Now you see it, now you don’t:
The DVD was released by Sony Pictures and CBS Films on December 23. Pride is released on DVD in the UK in March.