A Salt Lake City cinema, owned by Larry Miller—the man behind basketball team the Utah Jazz—changed its screening plans last week and decided not to show the controversial western, which currently leads the race for this year's Best Film Oscar.
The R-rated gay romance story was supposed to open on Friday at the Megaplex at Jordan Commons in Sandy, a suburb of Salt Lake City.
The management of the cinema has refused to comment further on its reasons for pulling the film.
Mike Thompson, the executive director of the state's leading gay rights advocacy group Equality Utah, says, "It's just a shame that such a beautiful and award-winning film, with so much buzz about it, is not being made available to a broad Utah audience because of personal bias."
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