Film fans are not enjoying the musical classic!
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Rewatching Grease has outraged many film fanatics who have labelled it ‘sexist,’ ‘homophobic,’ and ‘misogynistic’ after originally loving the film!
Everyone is familiar with the cult classic musical that has essentially never left popular culture since it originally appeared on our screens back in 1978 starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John as high school heartthrobs!
Although many of us first saw the film as children, teenagers, or even young adults, it seems that people are just now becoming aware of the numerous ‘problems’ in it when viewed with modern ideals.
The dramatic movie begins when they are thrown back together at Rydell High School after parting ways over the summer, assuming they won’t see each other again (the drama!). But fate has other ideas, bringing them together once again.
The film earned a staggering $396.3 million because to its popular soundtrack, which included songs like “Summer Nights,” “You’re the One That I Want,” and “Greased Lightnin” as well as the famous Grease megamix.
But now, around 45 years later, critics are calling attention to some very significant problems with the storyline, characters, and overarching ideas.
Social media is being flooded with complaints about the movie. One X user slams it the movie saying:
‘I use to watch this movie so much growing up and it’s been a while since I’ve seen it and it’s all I remember it to be and more […] and by that I mean misogynistic, homophobic, and just a gross culture of toxic masculinity, rape culture, and pedophilia’
Another X user shared their opinion with: “I loved Grease as a teenager, now I see it as a pile of misogynistic c**p‘
A third posted ‘Rewatching Grease for the first time in years and realizing how problematic it is’
Those allegations that the film was sexist were already addressed by Newton-John in an interview with The Guardian from 2020.
‘It’s a movie. It’s a story from the 50s where things were different. Everyone forgets that, at the end, he changes for her, too. There’s nothing deep in there about the #MeToo movement.
It’s just a girl who loves a guy, and she thinks if she does that, he’ll like her. And he thinks if he does that, she’ll like him. I think that’s pretty real. People do that for each other. It was a fun love story‘
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Do you still enjoy the hollywood high school musical or is this something you won’t be watching again?