Universal Studios today posted a notice on its website that it would be discontinuing "Bill and Ted's Excellent Halloween Adventure" for this season. "Bill and Ted's Excellent Halloween Adventure" ran during "Halloween Horror Nights" at Universal Studios Hollywood. In the show, which was widely reported on in LGBT media, the character of Superman was sprinkled with 'fairy dust' and 'turned gay.' According to reports, the character then engaged in a series of gay stereotypes for the audience to laugh at.
On its website today, Universal Studios posted:
"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."
GLAAD has a long standing relationship with NBCUniversal and responded to this decision. GLAAD National Spokesperson Wilson Cruz said:
"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. This decision falls in line with NBCUniversal's history of including groundbreaking and positive depictions of LGBT people across its brands."
Yesterday, GLAAD announced it was working with NBCUniversal and the company indicated that it was addressing the content of the show.