4K Edition of 'Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure' Includes Homophobia Disclaimer

by Kevin Schattenkirk

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Wednesday September 30, 2020

Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter
Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter  (Source:AP Photo)

The new 4K resolution edition of the hit 1989 film "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure" will include a disclaimer: "This film reflects historical attitudes which audiences might find outdated or offensive."

In an interview with BBC Radio 5 Live promoting the third installment in the "Bill & Ted" series — the recently released "Bill & Ted Face the Music" — host Simon Mayo read the disclaimer to Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter to get their reactions. The actors surmised that this is likely a consequence of homophobic slurs in the series' first two films.

Winter explained that while use of the word "fag" was common in 1980s films, "but totally disparaging and not appropriate terminology," the otherwise PG-rated film was "extremely wholesome." Both actors were cognizant about eliminating homophobic vocabulary from their latest film.

For Reeves, it appears to be necessary in providing context to new and younger viewers who might not be aware of how commonplace homophobic dialogue in films was at that time — especially in comedies where being gay was either an insult or making someone the butt of a joke. "I guess it's kind of reflecting some of the content and letting somebody who's watching the film know exactly that, so they're not taken by surprise by it," Reeves contends.

Kevin Schattenkirk is an ethnomusicologist and pop music aficionado.

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