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  1. Even though we had Front of the Line passes, we didn't have time to hit quite everything at Universal Halloween Horror the other night. We had to skip one attraction, and boy am I ever glad it was the Bill & Ted Show. We figured it would be stupid, but I'm super glad we missed it if it was also offensive!

    Posted by: Zlick | Oct 23, 2013 4:00:47 PM

  2. If "GLAAD has a long standing relationship with NBCUniversal", then why are we right back here after "Previously, in 2006, Universal Studios Hollywood offered a version of the Bill and Ted play that featured a gay Superman more interested in ribbon-dancing and saying the word "rainbows" than fighting evil."

    Posted by: Eric | Oct 23, 2013 4:02:07 PM

  3. You text says that NBC Universal is addressing the anti-gay content in theit Halloween show. But, the link to the story ends up telling us that it is GLAAD that is addressing the situation with NBC Universal.

    I thought from your blurb that NBC Universal had acknowledged their stupidity. But, that is not the case.

    Posted by: anon | Oct 23, 2013 4:05:50 PM

  4. FYI- Here is the response I received from Mary, a Guest Communications Coordinator at
    Universal Studios Hollywood regarding my comments about their "1 rated attraction", Bill and Ted's Excellent Halloween Adventure:

    Dear .....

    Bill and Ted's Excellent Halloween Adventure is a theatrical production that spoofs a broad array of pop culture icons and current events from the past year and is the #1 rated attraction at "Halloween Horror Nights." The show is intended to be shocking and satirical in tone, focusing on adult themes. Prior to each performance, verbal and printed notifications candidly advise guests of the show's content empowering them to voluntarily elect to watch the show. It is not our intention to offend or upset our guests.

    Guest Communications Coordinator
    Universal Studios Hollywood

    Posted by: NotSafeForWork | Oct 23, 2013 5:03:18 PM

  5. @Anon

    "We have reached out to NBCUniversal and are engaging in a productive dialogue around this and future shows."

    "reached out"
    "engaging in"

    Seems to indicate both Glad and NBC Universal are engaged in a dialogue with each other. No?

    Posted by: NotSafeForWork | Oct 23, 2013 5:07:05 PM

  6. End of Days. "The Queen is Dead" greatest album of all time? Puh-leeze. In someone's dream.

    The New York Times is now a Tea Party tool. Read the Sibelius article. The New York Times now attracts Tea Party commentors. Read the comments. I'm cancelling my subscription, generally and most recently the NYT doesn't present real news. It's not like I need to read only what I want to hear, but a little truth in journalism never hurt. The NYT sucks.

    Posted by: tinkerbelle | Oct 23, 2013 5:18:08 PM

  7. @NOTSAFEFORWORK..... What I am pointing out is that the blur here on Towleroad does NOT MENTION GLAAD at all. The blurb here makes it sound as if it is all about NBC taking care of its own issue. In fact the quote printed here is actually a quote from GLAAD. But, you wouldn't know that from what is written here on Towleroad.

    Posted by: anon | Oct 23, 2013 5:27:13 PM

  8. I just received this response in follow up to the follow up I posted above:

    Dear ...........,

    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.

    Guest Communications Coordinator
    Universal Studios Hollywood

    Posted by: NotSafeForWork | Oct 23, 2013 5:27:41 PM

  9. @Anon

    And I agree and thought the same thing, until I read it again.

    Posted by: NotSafeForWork | Oct 23, 2013 5:28:36 PM

  10. @Anon

    I meant until I read it again at the cited link...

    Posted by: NotSafeForWork | Oct 23, 2013 5:29:36 PM

  11. FYI - The post crowing about "the #1 rated attraction" Bill and Ted's Excellent Halloween Adventure, on the Universal Studios Hollywood Facebook page has been removed.

    There were a few negative comments when I posted there several days ago, when the post first appeared on Towleroad. Today, the entire post has been removed from their FB page.

    Posted by: NotSafeForWork | Oct 23, 2013 5:34:31 PM

  12. Oh, I thought that was a joke about them cancelling the Bill & Ted show, but it actually happened. I suppose that's good, but I also feel there should be a little pc leeway when it comes to comedy. As I wrote above, I haven't seen the show, so I can't fully assess how offensive it might have been. But Wow.

    Posted by: Zlick | Oct 23, 2013 5:51:31 PM

  13. Plus, my inside source says they were rehearsing some rewrites just today that got rid of the superman bit. Half the cast and crew are gay. And Universal posted the cancellation to its website before telling the cast and crew. Kinda cold.

    Posted by: Zlick | Oct 23, 2013 5:53:28 PM

  14. "San Jose, California [appeases]".
    Fixed that for you.

    Posted by: Randy | Oct 23, 2013 6:08:49 PM

  15. And the Dems can get the domain USA, since that is their target market.

    Posted by: Bubba | Oct 23, 2013 6:58:49 PM

  16. Give me a break. The Queen is Dead isn't even the best Smith's album. Meat is Murder was by far superior and even that album isn't the best album of all time.

    IMHO, it's definitely New Order's Technique.

    Posted by: Michael | Oct 23, 2013 9:44:40 PM

  17. Gutfeld needs to be slapped. For starters.

    Posted by: FFS | Oct 23, 2013 10:17:39 PM

  18. @Michael: I agree with you on the Smiths. As for best album, I'd say Siouxsie's Juju or Bowie's Ziggy Stardust. And I prefer Power, Corruption, and Lies or LowLife to Technique. Which is why lists like that are so stupid. Everything is subjective.

    Posted by: Paul R | Oct 23, 2013 10:40:23 PM

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