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Halloween Productions At Universal Studios And Knott's Berry Farms Are Frighteningly Homophobic

We don't expect much from Universal Studios' stage shows. But in 2013, we certainly expect that they don't turn into what amounts to an all-out homophobic minstrel show, like this year's "Bill & Ted's Halloween Adventure."

Vice's Jamie Lee Curtis Taete checked out the Universal Studios Hollywood production and reported back on its unashamed anti-gay, anti-black, anti-Asian, anti-Hispanic and pro-rape jokes. 

Through its disorienting potpourri of pop-culture references, this year's Bill & Ted show finds the duo running into Superman in Oz. (Don't ask.) Bill & Ted are stoked about having Superman join their journey, but their enthusiasm is quickly dashed when a witch sprinkles fairy dust on the superhero, turning him gay, of course. 

Taete's report of the show:

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!"

Bill and Ted, understandably, are bummed. Their initial excitement at having Superman with them on their quest turns to disappointment as, obviously, now that Superman is gay, he is not going to be of any use to them. "Who could possibly make a worse Superman?" asks Bill. "Ben Affleck?" responds Ted. 

Superman also rips off his shirt. Because gay dudes hate shirts almost as much as they hate pussy (which is to say, A LOT).

Then, because Superman is now gay, he minces over to Bill and Ted, blows kisses at them, and slaps Ted on the ass. As he does this, Bill and Ted say "awwww dude!" with disgusted voices. 

After a few more attempts at molesting Bill and Ted, Superman ends up aboard the Starship Enterprise, where he runs into Superman villain General Zod.

General Zod tells Superman to get on his knees. Because Superman is now gay, he assumes this is an invitation to give Zod oral sex. "Finally!" he squeals. 

Also aboard the Starship Enterprise, the gang runs into George Takei. Because George Takei is gay too, he and Superman share an instant mutual attraction. "Who's your friend?" asks George, in the same lisping, gay-minstrel voice that Superman uses. 

Before Bill and/or Ted can answer, Superman interrupts by yelling "Hey daddy!" to George. (If you're not homosexual, "Hey daddy!" is a mating call used by younger gays to initiate sex with older gays.)

George and Superman disappear to have sex. "Time to boldly go where no man has gone before!" says George, as they exit the stage. 

And that's the last the audience sees of Superman. Yep: the character was ONLY written into this production to provide the audience with an opportunity to laugh at outrageously stale gay jokes.

Universal's show continues to offend in other jokes targeting minorities and, in the case of Wreck-It-Ralph knocking out Nicki Minaj before dragging her off stage to "wreck it," rape, but Knott's Berry Farm (aka Knott's Scary Farm in October) continues the offensive anti-gay jabs in its Halloween production, "The Hanging 2013."

Knott's production abounds with jokes built around punch lines of "ewww, gay sex," but it's the entrance of its pop-culture-turned-homosexual-incarnate character, the Lone Ranger, that really leaves a bad taste in the non-homophobe's mouth. Announcing him as "Dances with Dudes," Knott's Lone Ranger lisps incessantly and cannot for the life of himself avoid limp wrists. But he brings good news! The Lone Ranger and Tonto have tied the knot, thanks to the Supreme Court ruling! "How is this possible?" the main characters demand to know, the disgust on their faces telegraphing all the way back into the nosebleeds. The answer, of course, comes in the form of a "YMCA" parody, complete with the Village People providing back-up. The characters make a few more gay sex jokes before exiting the stage, not to be seen for the duration of the production.

Again, the gay Lone Ranger and Tonto were written in this show SOLELY to provide an opportunity for audiences to laugh at gay men. 

Fast forward to the 9:30 mark for the Lone Ranger's entrance, though the rest of the full show provides plenty of homophobic material:

 

 

The outrageous affectations of gay men that were tired back in the 1950s and recycled in both of these shows are one thing, but the hypersexualized effeminate man that will stop at nothing to sexually harass ALL straight men is a dangerous stereotype to perpetuate. Can you name another gross stereotype of gay males (aside from the dispelled myths during the early AIDS era) that has lead to more homophobia and violence than this? Nope. No one in entertainment in their right minds would perpetuate this harmful caricature for cheap laughs of the lowest common denominator.

Besides, isn't Halloween supposed to be our holiday??

(Shirtless Superman image: Vice)

 

 

 

 

 

 

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First of all, how in the world are "bill and ted" relevant to this year in pop culture? They aren't even relevant to this CENTURY.     This entire show from what I've seen and heard seem to be geared to about the 7th grade.   It looks like a horrid piece of crap.  The gay jokes are the worst of it and clearly not something major companies should be involved in.  I can't believe this crap made it to production.  It needs to be cleaned up a bit.  

i want to have gay sex with Bill -AND- Ted. you can even film me, too! i bet you guys in the comment booth would eat that up. <3

put me in the iron maiden baby.... mmmmnnnnUNGH i think i just came

actually i kinda wanna rape some of you commenters too. reading forum debates is a huge turn-on for me.

i want to see bill and ted being gay. then get your reactions. bill would make a most excellent lover to ted. sweet jesus o'malley i'd tap that ass.

The Knott's Scary Farm show was pretty hilarious overall.  Yes, the gay stereotypes were offensive, but I disagree that the characters were written in purely to mock gay people.  It's a comedy show about major pop culture and political events from the past year, and I'm sure the Lone Ranger scene originated from a brainstorming session about major news headlines.  Fortunately, DOMA being struck down earlier this year was huge news for gays and lesbians.  Unfortunately, the show writers were less than tactful in finding a way to broach the topic comically.

I know we're in a tough spot at the moment, in that we don't want to allow any back-tracking on acceptance of and respect for LGBT folks, but we also don't want to be humorless sticks-in-the-mud that can't laugh about ourselves.  We have to learn to parse out the intent behind comedy that's directed at us, although I certainly can't blame those who withhold the benefit of the doubt. 

Sorry, Hank, but no. This is meant to make fun of gay men. You may be OK with being considered a mincing stereotype, but I'm guessing most gay men aren't. "Laugh about ourselves?" Really? I've never minced in my life and I've certainly never acted the way these characters act. There's sharp satire and then there's just cruel, homophobic joking, and this is certainly the latter. That any gay person could defend this amazes me.

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There is no way this is funny. People have made attempts on our lives because of this type of "humor". 

Examples please.

Let's start the list with Mathew Shepard and Brandon Teena and include every other anti-gay physical assault, murder, and/or mugging over the last fifty years or so (just since the invention of television.  Before that, this type of performance would reach maybe 200 people worldwide but now with TV and the internet (and videophones) just about everyone on the planet can watch Miley humping a wrecking ball.  Did this specific show inspire any homophobic murder attempts, no BUT shows like this are responsible for international gay stereotypes and they make bigots feel as if they are in the majority (which of course leads to them feeling like it's perfectly okay to go out and bash some effeminate person's head in) and that they are totally justified in hating all gay people simply for existing.

The commenter above you is not obligated to make up for the fact that you apparently haven't read a newspaper in 30 years.

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But if you seriously don't know, try googling the words 'gay panic defense'.

A Question: Are there little kids watching these shows? Because even if I DID approve (and I don't) this is not the sort of entertainment I'd want young children to see.

I saw this show two weeks ago and it was fucking hilarious. You self-martyring homos need to get the fuck off of your cross and have a good giggle every now and then. They made fun of EVERYONE. It was the whole point of the show.  I'm as gay as the day is long and that was one of my favorite performances ever! I highly recommend it. You'll laugh your ass off.  I wasn't offended in the slightest, probably because I have a healthy sense of self-esteem and some really well-done humor about entire cultures at large doesn't threaten to destroy my personal confidence. 

But you know, if all you want to do is whine about how no one is nice enough to you or about you, you'll always have support groups, therapists and forums full of whiny bitches to cling to.

For the rest of of, totally go see that show. Absolutely worth the price of admission.

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I want to fuck you in the ass so hard. You sound like the guy who loves it rough'n'ready with his children. <333 c'mon baby talk dirty with me.

actually, how about shut the fuck up. your opinion is dumb. rot in hell next to hitler.

Your day is probably the only thing that's long. You sound miserable.

Glad you enjoyed it---So, you'll be enjoying Fred Phelps Sermon this Sunday too, right?

Hell yeah if it's funny! But if you're trying to compare this show to a Westboro Baptist Church preaching, you're a moron.

Unless WBC is showing up to protest this show, which is a universal sign that it's awesome.

Why do I think you'd be front row at minstrel shows? Of course it's not the same as the WBC madness, but it has the effect the WBC attempts - to reduce us to mincing stereotypes that deserve to be beaten up. You find this funny? In your earlier post, you basically tell gays to get a sense of humor. I know few gays that DON'T have a sense of humor and few of them would find this funny. This dumb, lowest common denominator humor. If I sound like a snob saying that, then I'm proud to be a snob.

This is beyond terrible. Whoever runs the Bill and Teds show should seriously be fired. Actually whoever approved this piece of crap should be too. I'm sure it was the same incompetent morons that were responsible for "Creature of the Black Lagoon the Musical". WTF!?  They need to just clean house and bring in people who actually make good quality shows that appeal to everyone. Universal needs to spend all that money on great comedic writers who actually work, and on people who produce shows that get great reviews. The entertainment dept in the theme park has needed an major overhaul for a long time now. I say clean house and bring in professionals that know what they are doing. These idiots in their entertainment dept have been way too comfortable in their positions for way too long now, and have somehow managed to stay employed after all the sh*t that they produce. Its an embarrassment. Universal should be ashamed. 

The weird thing is there is no doubt that nearly all the males involved in this are gay - the writers, the actors, the producers ... uggh.

Even more sad knowing this...

Okay I used to love Universal Studios stage show Beetlejuices Monster Bash but this is upsetting, its not funny and even makes my skin crawl like that other famous homophobe Andrew Dice Clay.

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