Vice magazine slams Bill and Ted play as ‘super homophobic’
Vice magazine has described the new Bill and Ted play as homophobic due to its reliance on stereotypes.
The Hollywood production is based on the 1989 time travelling teenage film characters made famous by Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter.
Bill and Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure, which features a gay Superman character, has been criticised for its stereotyping by Vice Magazone.
The performance, which is part of a big annual Halloween event called Halloween Horror Nights, has received a scathing review, describing it as “super homophobic”.
Vice blasts 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.