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“Spider-Man”: British TV censors homophobic slogan by Tobey Maguire

“Spider Man”
British TV censors Tobey Maguire’s homophobic remarks

Tobey Maguire in his first film as Spider-Man in 2002.

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A British TV station censored a scene from “Spider-Man” (2002) starring Tobey Maguire. A homophobic joke was missing.

The British TV station showed a censored version of “Spider-Man” (2002) with Tobey Maguire (46). A homophobic saying by Spider-Man aka Peter Parker was not heard during the broadcast. A Twitter user who is bisexual according to his profile description posted a video of the scene. Multiple media such as “Screenrant” echoed his observation.

Missing reference to wrestler’s husband

In the scene in question, Peter Parker gets in the ring with a wrestler. He was just bitten by a radioactive spider and now he wants to test his superhero powers. To his opponent, who is wearing a classic, skin-tight wrestling outfit, he says: “That’s a cute outfit. Did your husband give it to you?” So in German: “Sweet costume. Did your husband give you that?”.

Only the first sentence was heard in the TV broadcast. The allusion to an alleged husband is missing.

Spider-Man was Tobey Maguire’s first appearance as Spider-Man in 2002. Along with “X-Men” (2000), it is regarded as the film that started the current superhero boom.

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