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Universal Studios Cancels Homophobic Halloween Show with Gay Lisping Superman

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Last week we reported on a homophobic Halloween production, Bill and Ted's Excellent Halloween, at Universal Studios which a writer at Vice had fully documented.

The show featured a Superman who developed a lisp and limp wrists after being dusted with 'fairy dust' and 'becoming gay'. After complaints reached critical mass and they received a nudge from GLAAD, Universal said they would look into the production.

And now they've decided to cancel it:

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.

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  1. And it only took mass, escalated public outrage to correct incredibly bad judgement in production design put on display! Who da thunk?

    Posted by: Rad | Oct 24, 2013 8:15:24 AM

  2. But don't you meet some "gays" here who preach effeminacy and would love to see that stereotype?

    Posted by: litper | Oct 24, 2013 8:41:17 AM

  3. Is something like this "homophobic" because the people behind it are presumably straight? If it was a gay bar skit or on "drag race" it probably would have got laughs.

    Oh well, good morning. What are we offended by today.

    Posted by: MIke | Oct 24, 2013 8:43:04 AM

  4. Hope wafts up from beneath the hetero-white superstructure that is Hollywood.

    Posted by: Just_a_guy | Oct 24, 2013 8:57:02 AM

  5. @ Mike

    It is offensive if every conceivable stereotype about gays are used.

    Posted by: Tobb | Oct 24, 2013 8:57:14 AM

  6. Why are minorities the only ones ever used as material to be made fun of? And then when we rightly complain, we're "too sensitive."

    Posted by: Tobb | Oct 24, 2013 9:02:58 AM

  7. Litper - I've never seen anyone on this site "preach effeminacy."

    Posted by: Jack M | Oct 24, 2013 9:06:27 AM

  8. "It is offensive if every conceivable stereotype about gays are used."

    Oh, like Nathan Lane and Hank Azaria in "Birdcage", one of my favorite got to movies on a boring day. I know I clean the house in Daisy Dukes and a red Lucy wig while jammin' to Gloria.

    Posted by: MIke | Oct 24, 2013 9:10:56 AM

  9. Remember the very fey wedding planner on "Golden Girls"?
    "Listen HERE, Stretch!"
    Dorothy: "Now butt out, Rambo!"
    Blanche: "You're just ready to fly right outta here, aren't you?"
    "Well excuse me, Anita Bryant!"

    I'm glad we were less offended in the 80s. Life was funnier.

    Posted by: MIke | Oct 24, 2013 9:17:34 AM

  10. But those were flamboyant gay characters to begin with Mike, Superman isn't and the idea that once he is depicted as gay he MUST become limp wristed and every gay stereotype is pretty wretched.

    "Life is funnier - (when we can always make fun of homosexuals without criticism)"

    Mike, I don't remember the 80s. From what I hear, it blew big time.

    Posted by: Tobb | Oct 24, 2013 9:21:42 AM

  11. I've noticed people here are selectively outraged. The "Rambo" parody with the lisping prancing sheriff -- and glory holes, and musical numbers -- was extremely "offensive" in anyone's book. If it was shown at Universal Studios, it would be banned. Here, people loved it. It's like the "N" word where black people can say it, though not anybody else. We LOVE (apparently) effeminate lisping stereotypes, but not in the general public.

    Posted by: will | Oct 24, 2013 9:44:57 AM

  12. @WILL - because being heteronormative is BAD. But, oh wait, when people make fun of not being heteronormative, then that's BAD too!

    The Rambo parody was terrible and I stopped watching after about 30 seconds. This is equally as terrible.

    Posted by: joe | Oct 24, 2013 9:47:36 AM

  13. @Will

    What are you talking about? Stop making it seem like we're this monolithic community with regard to humor. I've never even seen that skit. Again though, why are characters, when depicted as gay, given such treatment? It doesn't matter who it's written by or for whom. It just sends the wrong message. Actually, it seems to be about the only message that is ever sent. Some gays are mind controlled by the larger society in terms of how they even view their own sexuality, that's for sure.
    It's so lame.

    Posted by: Tobb | Oct 24, 2013 9:50:23 AM

  14. @Joe that's what I call propaganda of effeminacy. So why these people are upset "gay" men are portrayed like their ideal - limp-wristed sissy girls?

    Posted by: litper | Oct 24, 2013 9:52:07 AM

  15. By the way Mike, the character in that golden girls sketch you mentioned was revealed to be straight: his character was a play on the way people - like yourself - instantly assume that effeminate = gay.

    Also, the show runners were gay.

    Posted by: Tristram | Oct 24, 2013 9:58:09 AM

  16. @ Mike again: Also this show was a simple case of lazy writing, something you won't find on the golden girls.

    Posted by: Tristram | Oct 24, 2013 10:00:24 AM

  17. Haven't these jerks at Universal heard about the gay x-men? Jeez. Even I know about that. How could anybody think crap like that could be made to float?

    Posted by: Daniel Berry, NYC | Oct 24, 2013 10:01:58 AM

  18. Me, I personally like feminine men. One of the hottest encounters I've ever had was with a very fem skinny Asian dude with bleached out hair, a blousy shirt, perfume, lots of jewelry and jeans tucked into kinda silly showy boots. But chemistry is chemistry, and, thank God, I'm open to more than one kind.

    Btw (for all you gay-hating guys visiting this site) I wasn't on top.

    Posted by: Daniel Berry, NYC | Oct 24, 2013 10:05:39 AM

  19. @Daniel, most likely you're just bisexual who likes chicks with dicks.

    Posted by: litper | Oct 24, 2013 10:18:28 AM

  20. Well, I guess nobody got "any" last weekend 'cause we're all b.tiches this week.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Oct 24, 2013 10:22:42 AM

  21. I wouldn't say it's a double standard, it's a matter of quality. The universal studio play uses gays as the butt of the joke, the Rambo parody celebrates gays in it's jokes.

    This play had all the subtlety and subversion as one of those horrible parody "movies" (Disaster, "Not another...", etc.), and that can be fought.

    Posted by: Fenrox | Oct 24, 2013 10:27:21 AM

  22. After making fun of essentially every single group that aren't straight white men, this was only going to happen. As I said on Sunday, it's not the fact the characters were fem gay men that was the issue. The fact Superman being a fem gay man was used as a means to make a mockery of him...was the issue. The fact Superman being gay was used as a means to make fun of him...was the issue. Gay was being used as a means to point and laugh and take the piss of the lead character of this show and that's simply not acceptable.

    Posted by: Francis #1 | Oct 24, 2013 10:38:23 AM

  23. yeh Lipter, most likely.

    Posted by: Daniel Berry, NYC | Oct 24, 2013 10:56:49 AM

  24. Lots of stupid people defended the show's right to be stupid. They and the show were all wrong. The good guys won again.

    Posted by: oncemorewithfeeling | Oct 24, 2013 10:59:04 AM

  25. Lipter, "preaach effeminacy"? I didn't realize effeminacy was a religion but it has to be better than Christianity!

    Posted by: db | Oct 24, 2013 12:07:39 PM

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