Universal Studios Hollywood Pulls 'Anti-Gay' 'Bill and Ted' Halloween Show

10:55 PM PST 10/23/2013 by Aaron Couch

The show was criticized as being homophobic for featuring a Superman who was turned gay — and then displayed a series of homosexual stereotypes.

Bill and Ted's Halloween adventure is over.

Universal Studios Hollywood announced it was shelving its Bill & Ted Halloween Horror Nights show, which critics had charged with being homophobic.

The show featured Superman, who was "turned gay" by being sprinkled with "fairy dust," according to reports. The Superman character then displayed a series of gay stereotypes meant to be played for laughs.

"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," Universal Studios Hollywood said in a statement.

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GLAAD expressed concerns to NBCUniversal about the show Tuesday and referred to it as "anti-gay" in a story on its website. The organization praised the decision to pull the show.

"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 spokesperson Wilson Cruz said. "This decision falls in line with NBCUniversal's history of including groundbreaking and positive depictions of LGBT people across its brands."  

Universal Studios Hollywood's Halloween Horror Nights features other Hollywood-based attractions, including a maze and terror tram inspired by AMC's The Walking Dead.

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