It's been quite a year of social and political progress for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals as our community continues to gain validity and recognition within mainstream public consciousness.
However, Universal Studios Hollywood apparently missed the memo.
The company premiered a major Halloween event this month titled "Bill and Ted's Excellent Halloween Adventure." The show is reportedly supposed to be a twist on the plot line for "The Wizard of Oz," but incorporates major events and figures within popular culture throughout the course of the past year.
The "protagonists" of the show, Bill and Ted, reportedly get sucked into the land of Oz (by Cory Monteith's ghost) and must kill a number of witches in order to return home. For some reason, Superman joins the two on their witch-hunting quest -- that is, until a witch sprinkles the Man of Steel with fairy dust that turns him gay.
We're not sure which is worse -- the blatantly stereotyped and homophobic depictions of Superman or the audience's roaring laughter and applause.
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!"... 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... 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.
Universal Studios Hollywood has historically been considered an LGBT-friendly company, with the park playing host to an annual "Gay Day and Night" during Los Angeles Pride. Awareness surrounding the homophobic nature of "Bill and Ted's Excellent Halloween Adventure" comes not only during LGBT History Month, but immediately following GLAAD's Spirit Day that seeks to raise awareness surrounding the bullying of LGBT individuals.
If you're looking for considerably more pro-LGBT alternatives to celebrate the upcoming holiday, why not visit this insanely creative lesbian haunted house? Or, check out "Night Of The Living Dead" featuring your favorite queens from "Drag Race"?
Whatever you decide to do, make sure you don't get sprinkled with that witch's gay fairy dust.