Universal Studios Shuts Down Controversial ’Gay Superman’ Show
Officials from Universal Studios have shut down the "Bill and Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure" show just a few days after reports surfaced claiming the show was homophobic for depicting Superman as an extremely flamboyant stereotype, GLAAD reports.
"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," a statement reads on the website for "Bill and Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure."
According to a number of news reports, the character of Superman was sprinkled with "fairy dust" and transformed into a flamboyant gay stereotype, allegedly shouting "fabulous!" and flirting with other male characters.
"NBCUniversal has taken quick and strong action regarding this matter and also started a productive dialogue around future ’Bill & Ted’ programming to ensure that all park visitors can have an enjoyable experience," GLAAD national spokesperson Wilson Cruz said in a statement. "This decision falls in line with NBCUniversal’s history of including groundbreaking and positive depictions of LGBT people across its brands."
The British newspaper the Guardian reports the show screens annually at the Universal Studios theme park in Los Angeles and centers around Bill Preston and Ted Logan from the classic 80s comedy "Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure." The characters, however, are set in the Land of Oz and encounter a number of pop culture characters. In order to return home, they must kill four witches.