Today, Universal Studios Hollywood announced that they are cancelling their homophobic, racist and terrible show Bill and Ted's Excellent Halloween Adventure.
Last week, I wrote about how the show features a plot in which Superman is sprinkled with fairy dust and turns gay. As a result of becoming a homosexual, Superman becomes a mincing, lisping girly-boy who is no longer able to fight crime and makes numerous attempts to molest other men. The implication being that this is what being gay does to a person. Lots of people said that calling this "homophobic" was PC or overly sensitive, or claimed that the Gay Superman character was a satire of something (though what it was a satire of was never specified). Those people are idiots.
The story was picked up by other media outlets, and on Monday Universal Studios released this statement saying they were going to "review and refine the show's content."
Then, in what seems like a massive overreaction, rather than sticking to their guns or simply cutting out the homophobic and racist parts, today Universal Studios posted a message to their Halloween Horror Nights site announcing that the show is cancelled altogether. It reads:
"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."
Today I got an angry email from some kind of Universal Studios superfan that told me that the cancelation of the show will result in the cast and crew losing their jobs for the remainder of the Halloween season. "Just wanted you to know, you're a sack of shit," is how the guy signed off. I don't know if that's true, but I never wanted to cause people to lose their jobs when I wrote that original article – I just wanted to, you know, maybe get them to be less viciously homophobic. If there were mass firings over this, it seems like a very, very extreme reaction from Universal Studios.
I made several attempts to speak with someone from Universal Studios about this on the phone, but nobody was willing to.