Olivia Wilde's 'heart just broke' when airline cut lesbian sex scene from 'Booksmart'

Jami Ganz

Olivia Wilde is smart, and fun, and probably not backing down anytime soon.

The actress-turned-director told Variety she was devastated to learn an airline was showing a version of her directorial debut “Booksmart” that doesn’t show a pivotal sex scene between two women.

“There’s censorship, airline to airline, of films, which there must be some kind of governing board to determine,” Wilde, 35, explained at the Governors Awards Sunday. “We rate it a certain way. If it’s not X-rated, surely it’s acceptable on an airplane.”

The “Life Itself” mother of two then drew comparisons between the frequent brutality shown on-screen and consensual sex between women.

“There’s insane violence of bodies being smashed in half,” Wilde said. “And yet a love scene between two women is censored from the film. It’s such an integral part of this character’s journey. I don’t understand it. My heart just broke. I’m trying to get to the bottom of it; I want people to experience the entire film.”

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At a party gone wrong, the scene in question (spoiler alert) shows Amy (Kaitlyn Dever) engage in a sweet, realistic, exploratory sexual experience – infused with all the awkwardness of adolescence – with a female classmate (Diana Silvers).

“Our movie is a beautiful representation of the queer experience as young people,” said Beanie Feldstein, who costars as Molly and identifies as queer. "We’re getting to the bottom of it, don’t worry. If you can watch me and Skyler [Gisondo] kiss, you can watch Diana and Kaitlyn kiss.”

Though Wilde did not mention which airline this was, she retweeted a user Monday who pointed to Delta for cutting the sex scene and "the use of the word lesbian and not legitimate expletives.”

“Censoring the word lesbian is just bats--t insane what is going on,” Wilde tweeted.

Ahead of the film’s release in May, Wilde told the Daily News that “Booksmart” is “a reflection of the times we’re in.”

About the “love scene,” screenwriter Katie Silberman also told The News it “felt authentic in how awkward it is,” which “can be as intimate as anything else that’s happening.”

According to Variety, a statement issued by Delta said the airline’s “content parameters do not in any way ask for the removal of homosexual content from the film.”

The statement continued, “We value diversity and inclusion as core to our culture and our mission and will review our processes to ensure edited video content doesn’t conflict with these values.”

A Delta spokesperson told the outlet the airline partners with studios as well as a third-party editing company, whose edit Delta uses if the film’s unedited version “does not meet Delta’s guidelines,” Variety reported, adding the airline didn’t offer its standards or guidelines for films shown on flights.

UPDATE: Olivia Wilde took to Twitter to share more of her thoughts on the censorship after watching it herself:

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