Airlines often show movies that have adult content edited out, but some people believe Delta Airlines went too far by recently showing a version of the critically-acclaimed 2015 film "Carol" that edited out two women -- Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara -- kissing while clothed.
According to AfterEllen.com, some passengers voiced their outrage on Twitter:
"Watched CAROL on a plane & they edited it so the main characters never even kiss. Booooooo. Two women kissing is fine for planes."
"BTW my seatmate totally watching something where Paul Giamatti was participating in BDSM w/ a lady but CAROL had no kissing!? VERY MAD."
"wait WHAT!? I saw it on a Delta flight and thought that the director/producer chose that creatively."
According to Mediaite, one passenger tweeted:
"I sent Delta a strongly worded complaint about this several months ago and they apologized + gave me a 25 dollar gift card."
In response to the controversy, Delta Airlines' representative Liz Savadelis said in a statement to AfterEllen.com:
There were two versions of this film that the studio makes available–one that is edited and one that is not edited. The edited version removes two explicit scenes that do not meet our guidelines. The edited version also removes all kissing.
The other version is fully non-edited and includes the kissing, but it also includes the explicit scenes. Unfortunately, Delta doesn’t have the rights to edit the movie, or to make the decision to keep some of that content (e.g. kissing).
Because of the explicit scenes included in the non-edited version, we chose the edited version. This is consistent with what is available to all airlines.
According to RottenTomatoes.com, "Carol" has a 94 percent rating with critics who gushed:
"Haynes taps into universal anxieties about love and relationships without ever letting go of the sense of imprisonment that came with being gay in the 1950s."
"This is about two people who didn't know what their lives were until they met each other, then scrambling, in their muted, buttoned-up way, to figure out what happens next. Haynes loves them so much that he believes they can. You will too."
"The lesbian affair at its heart is rendered with intelligence and care, and if there are speeches to be made, they are happily few, and far more personal than political."