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Bill & Ted Universal Studios Show Shuts Down After Homophobia Accusations

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Bill And Ted’s Excellent Halloween AdventureIt’s that time of the year when amusement parks across the country extend their operating hours and turn their water park section into a haunted house and maze for Halloween. The same is true for corporate theme parks such as Universal Studios. With the addition of the “Cabin in the Woods Halloween Horror Nights,” Universal Studios’ annual “Bill And Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure” has hit some hard times, as theme park operators have decided to close down and re-tool the live show because of its homophobic themes and content.

The adult-themed show follows Bill & Ted’s journey through history as they meet historical figures and pop culture icons from the past and present. While Bill & Ted are fun-loving guys, it appears their live show at Universal Studios is surprisingly full of gay slurs and stereotypes and is described by Vice.com’s Jamie Lee Curtis Taete (via A.V. Club) as “super homophobic (and also racist and terrible).” Say it ain’t so, Bill & Ted! Say it ain’t so!

While the show is broad and has to entertain all walks of life from across the country, there is a thing called taste when it comes to poking fun at the LGBT community (or any group of people, for that matter). I mean, we don’t see minstrel shows with white people in blackface anymore. Do we? There is a way to be as appealing to a wide audience without resorting to bad stereotypes that have no place in a modern society.

Taete takes issue with Bill & Ted’s jokes at the expense of gays, specifically with Superman, who is sprinkled with “fairy dust, turning him gay,” which results in the Man of Steel ripping off his shirt and starting to make sexual advances on Bill & Ted, as Superman “sounds like a homophobic uncle doing a drunken impression of Richard Simmons, complete with lisps and frequent use of the word ‘faaaaaaabulous!’” He is later described flying away to have sex with George Takei on the Starship Enterprise.

Vice’s review was eventually picked up by other media outlets and a firestorm of emails and comments were directed towards Universal Studios, who issued a statement saying they were going to “review and refine the show’s content.” However, the theme park later issued another statement saying, “After thoughtful consideration, Universal Studios Hollywood has made the decision to discontinue production of the Halloween Horror Nights’ ‘Bill & Ted’ show for the remainder of its limited run.”

Bill & Ted has always been seen as an easy-going duo who only wanted to start the world’s greatest band. Unfortunately, when you watch Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure or Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey, you can easily see the pair making horrendous comments and slurs against gays. How many times do you hear them say the word “fag?” I attribute that way of thinking as a product of the time; after all, these movies were made in the late ’80s and early ’90s when people didn’t think much of gays and lesbians.

If Bill & Ted 3 ever comes out, you’d be hard-pressed to hear language like that in a new film from 2013 (or whenever it would be made). The world is changing for the better when it comes to gay rights and how LGBT people are seen and treated in the United States. Shutting down and re-tooling “Bill And Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure” is a good example of that changing tide.

Whatever happened to Bill S. Preston, Esquire & Ted “Theodore” Logan preaching to the world that everyone should “be excellent to each other and party on, dudes?”

Comments

  • woodbeans

    Ummmmm….really? You can’t be serious! I seem to recall a popular Broadway play that blatantly poked fun, in some pretty offensive ways, to a particular religion! Oh, but that’s OK, isn’t it! So, it’s ‘anything goes’ when it comes to Mormons (and others), but for heaven’s sake, don’t touch the sanctity of the LGBT! I guess the bounds of ‘good taste’ are limited to the politically correct culture of the day….and no further!

  • All Nonsense Considered

    Not having seen this years show, I can’t chime in if it is any more homophobic than years past, however the show in the past has picked at ALL groups. From Gay – Straight – Black – White – Hispanic – Obese – Skinny and various religious groups. No target was safe. The show even warns that it includes raunchy humor that is not intended for all audiences before it starts.
    I remember when Superman Returns was released several years ago, they poked fun at Superman’s new outfit then too. When SNL did the Ambiguously Gay Duo, they poked fun at it as well and there was no problem.
    As for the movies, my memory might not be as keen as it used to be but I only remember one time where the word “fag” was used and that was in Bogus Journey right before they were ‘killed’.
    This was one of the key-note events at HHN and it’s a shame that it is being cancelled.

    • Tuco

      I saw the show this year and the whole Superman thing is no worse than your average Family Guy or South Park episode on the same material. The show was hilarious and it insulted everyone equally.

  • Chris

    To bad we don’t live in a country that allows you to not go or watch things that you don’t agree with. It’s great that our country wasn’t founded on free speech or expression. I guess only the hate group LGBT can get their own way.

  • Asshole

    Leave it to the fags to get mad at a good gay joke. Theyre the most sensitive damn people. I bet the person that complained originally wasnt even gay. Just some lib-asswipe feeling the urge to start shit. I hope they die. Thankfully, we still have Matt Stone and Trey Parker… guys who dont give two fucks or a shit about whiny tampons trying to ruin their show :)

  • Asshole

    LGBT: Lick Gay Balls and Taints :)