Lesbian kiss between Sarah Michelle Gellar and Selma Blair cut from Cruel Intentions
The iconic lesbian kiss in Cruel Intentions has been cut from a US broadcast.
Sarah Michelle Gellar and Selma Blair shared one of the most memorable LGBT moments on screen during the classic 1999 film.
But the kiss between the experienced antagonist Kathryn Merteuil and ingenue Cecile Caldwell was cut from E!’s showing of the film over the weekend.
According to TVLine, the version of Cruel Intentions shown on Saturday night was a heavily sanitised and “older” one.
E! will probably seek out the uncensored edition of the movie if the network shows it again, the report added.
This may be a good idea, considering fans were not happy with the edit on Saturday night.
One commented, quite rightly: “What year are we in?”
— Manda Delmastro (@mandamarie226) March 6, 2017
Shame on E Network for cutting out the kiss between SMG and SB in #CruelIntentions! What year are we in??
— Joshua Gannon (@blueyedguy86) March 6, 2017
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The incident added insult to injury after the news that the TV show spin-off of the film, which was due to be screened this year, was dropped by NBC.
Despite a reunion of the film’s stars prompting mass excitement among the film’s fanbase, the pilot will not be followed up with a series because the network has no room.
The show picked up about 15 years after the first, with producers saying initial episodes saw Kathryn trying to take control of the family business, Valmont International, and fight to win the affections of the son of her late brother, Bash Casey.
The series would have been the star’s first return to a regular series since she played Robin Williams’ daughter in The Crazy Ones.