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Chinese Censors Cut Gay Kiss From ‘Aliens: Covenant’; Viewers Call It A ‘Jarring’ Gap

The Chinese censor board has cut up to six minutes of scenes in Michael Fassbender’s Aliens: Covenant, including one that shows a same-sex kiss between the two cyborgs Walter and David, both played by Fassbender. The film was released on 16 June in China. Viewers said that removing the gay kiss was more jarring than the cuts showing violence.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, China’s stance on gay content has been inconsistent over the years. Earlier this year, censors had removed around 14 minutes from Logan and eight minutes from Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

Speaking to the outlet, a Chinese ad person said, “For the other missing parts, you don’t notice or know when it happens, but you can really feel something is missing where the gay kiss is supposed to be.”


Alien: Covenant is a 2017 American science-fiction horror film directed by Ridley Scott. The film is a sequel to the 2012 film Prometheus, the second installment in the Alien prequel series, and the sixth installment overall in the Alien film series, as well as the third directed by Scott. The film stars Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, and Demián Bichir.

According to data from Beijing box-office monitor Ent Group, Alien: Covenant opened at the top of the Chinese box-office over the weekend with $30 million. The movie has pulled in $215 million worldwide as of Sunday.

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