After critics last week accused a new Bill and Ted play of homophobia due to its reliance on gay stereotypes, Universal Studios has since defended the performance, calling it a staple part of its intentionally “satirical” Halloween Horror Night.
Universal spokeswoman, Audrey Eig has responded saying the content is specifically designed to lampoon “all areas” of our culture.
She said: “[Bill and Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure] appears during ‘Halloween Horror Nights’ in limited run and is specifically intended to be shocking and satirical in tone, focusing on adult themes.
“The show lampoons across all areas of our culture and it was not our intention to offend or upset anyone.
“We know there are a range of opinions on this issue and we will respect them as we consistently review and refine the show’s content.”
Vice blasted the moment in the play when Superman becomes gay after being sprinkled with fairy dust: “After becoming gay, Superman’s voice and posture changes. His lips purse, his toes point inward, and his wrists become limp. His new voice sounds like a homophobic uncle doing a drunken impression of Richard Simmons, complete with lisps and frequent use of the word “faaaaaaabulous!”
Ted asks of the gay character: “Who could possibly make a worse superman?”
Superman is also portrayed as promiscuous and tries to make advances on other characters during the story. The play’s portrayal of black characters has also been called racist by Vice.