ITV removed a line of dialogue from its 2002 broadcast of the film Spiderman.
The network aired ITV2 on Saturday (23 April) Sam Raimi’s superhero film, which stars Tobey Maguire as the eponymous Webslinger.
A joke that many viewers have criticized as blatantly homophobic was cut from the film by the broadcaster.
The line appears early in the film when Maguire’s Peter Parker enters a wrestling competition after discovering his superhero powers.
“That’s a cute outfit. Did your husband give it to you?” Parker says to his opponent.
ITV removed the second part of his dialogue so Parker just says, “That’s a cute outfit.”
In a statement to diversityThe network said: “We carefully consider the suitability of the content we broadcast and the appropriateness of the language used to ensure it meets audience expectations, particularly when intended for families.”
Earlier this week it was reported that Disney is refusing to remove a line of dialogue from the upcoming Marvel film Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness which relates to a lesbian relationship, which means it will not be allowed to open theatrically in Saudi Arabia.
Other Disney movies including Continue and eternal were banned from the region for similar reasons.
However, Warner Bros agreed to remove gay references from the recently released one Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore to secure a release in China.
Raimis 2002 Spidermanwhich also stars Kirsten Dunst, is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.
https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/news/itv-spiderman-homophobic-joke-b2066056.html ITV is editing Spider-Man to remove Peter Parker’s homophobic joke