Bohemian Rhapsody, a rock bio based on the band Queen and their iconic frontman Freddie Mercury, was released recently to generally favorable reviews, with people praising its sheer entertainment value whilst pointing out a slight lack of depth and accuracy that makes it fall short of a true classic.
One writer, publishing on Thrillist Entertainment, wasn’t overly impressed however. She pointed out the gratuitous glossing over and editing of Queen and Mercury’s history, and explained the ways that the music on the movie was sourced (spoiler, it wasn’t lead actor Rami Malek doing the singing). As an opinion piece it is informative and perfectly valid, even if a lot of fans out there disagree with the writer’s opinions.
However, Thrillist’s choice of the byline ‘called out’ rankled many readers, who were quick to point out the fact that Malek is an actor and is therefore required to act, not accurately recreate the voice of one of the greatest singers of modern times. And while the article goes on to praise Malek’s incredible performance as Mercury, the title of the piece denigrates his contribution as ‘just lip-synching to Queen.’ I sympathize with the writer here, because there is nothing more frustrating than having a piece completely overshadowed by a clickbait headline, which sets the tone for the article and the comments that follow.
The top comment, which garnered more likes than the article itself, hits home by pointing out the glaringly obvious, and had many people nodding along in amused agreement. I wonder how many of them read what the author had to say?
Scroll down below to check it out for yourself, and let us know what you think in the comments. Do you always read the article before commenting? Or is a sensationalist title enough to get you typing away furiously? Join the discussion!
A popular website tried to ‘call out’ actor Rami Malek for lip-synching on the movie Bohemian Rhapsody
But got shut down by a commenter
Here’s how people responded to the amusing post