Grease is the word, sang Frankie Valli in the title song for the renowned 1978 movie “Grease.”
“This is the life of illusion, Wrapped up in trouble,” Valli continued, “Laced with confusion, What are we doing here?”
Yes, life is now frequently wrapped up in trouble, and what are we – or at least some unhappy revisionist critics – doing to “Grease”?
Apparently trying to cancel it.
Cultural snipers seem to be opening fire on the rom-com musical set in the 1950s and starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John.
According to the pop culture website NME.com, the BBC aired the movie over Christmas and contemporary critics played their favorite game: judging decades-old stuff by today’s standards.
NME.com noted, “Grease,” which for the first 15 years after its release was the highest-grossing musical of all time, “drew complaints from viewers who labeled it sexist and misogynist.”
According to the Express of London, viewers honed in on a scene in which Travolta makes his loverboy move on Newton-John at a drive-in movie.
On social media, one critic wrote that the “botched make-out session” had not “aged well.” “Film kinda glides right into song … before viewers register the date rapey vibe of the scene they just saw #Grease.”
Another commented, “It was wrong on so many levels.”
The Express noted that another scene at the end of the film, when Newton-John seems to transform from naïve prude to sexpot also triggered the woke brigades.
“Grease is far too sexist and overly white and should be banned from the screen. It is nearly 2021 after all,” one said.
Another just concluded that it is “just the most sexist piece of s—.”
Appearing on a podcast in her native Australia, Newton-John put the film in context, and its recent critics in their place.
“I think it’s kind of silly,” she said of the manufactured controversy surrounding a movie that the Library of Congress added to its National Film Registry, meaning it’s worthy of preservation.
“It was a stage play, it’s a musical, it’s fun. It’s a fun movie musical not to be taken so seriously,” Newton-John added.
The wokesters, she said, “need to relax a little bit and just enjoy things for what they are.”
“I think it’s a fun movie that entertains people.”
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One Reply to “Canceled: After More Than 40 Years of Bringing Joy to Fans, ‘Grease’ Skids into Cancel Culture”
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