- The Washington Times - Monday, January 29, 2007

ATLANTA (AP) — So much for God and country, at least during some in-flight showings of the Oscar-nominated movie “The Queen.” All mentions of God are bleeped out of a version of the film distributed to Delta and some other airlines.

Jeff Klein, president of Jaguar Distribution, the Studio City, Calif., company that supplied the movie to the airlines earlier this month, said it was a mistake, committed by an overzealous and inexperienced employee who had been told to edit out all profanities and blasphemies.

“A reference to God is not taboo in any culture that I know of,” Mr. Klein said. “We excise foul language, excessive violence and nudity.”

Airline passengers watching the movie hear “[Bleep] bless you, ma’am,” as one character speaks to the queen. In all, the word “God” is bleeped seven times.

Mr. Klein said he discovered the bleeping after a London-bound Air New Zealand passenger complained. Jaguar has been sending out new, unedited copies to the airlines. Airlines routinely show movies from which graphic scenes and strong profanities are edited out.

“The Queen” is about Queen Elizabeth II and Prime Minister Tony Blair in the week after Princess Diana’s death in 1997.

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