wake snowflakes called the iconic ’70s movie grease a “rapist, racist, and homophobe” as they demand that it “never be shown on TV again.”
The hit musical starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John was shown on Boxing Day on BBC1, and after rewatching the film, many viewers felt it was outdated and hadn’t aged well.
grease is the story of a boy meets a girl with a few coming-of-age lines and stolen cars thrown in for good measure.
Ultimately, it’s a fun and enjoyable movie with a plethora of songs that stick in your head for a long time.
however, in light of the #metoo movement, black lives matter and lgbtqia rights and awareness, many viewers felt that it no longer has a place on today’s television show.
In one particular scene, Danny and Sandy are at the drive-in when the greasy-haired Lothario plays an unwanted game for his girlfriend and, awkwardly, her chest.
on twitter, one wrote: “the failed makeout session between danny and watermelon has not aged well. the film slides into song (“sandy”) before viewers register the rape vibe of the scene they just watched. #fat”
“ahhh man. just watching #grease one of my favorite movies and it’s so on time with him. misogynistic, sexist and a bit of a rapist,” added another.
while a third wrote: “damn. It seems Danny is a bit of a drive-in rapist with Sandy. #fat”
The film, set in an American high school in 1959, was one of the highest-grossing films of the 1970s and has had a sequel and a hit Broadway and West End show created in its honor.
but now viewers seeing the hit musical with fresh eyes and a greater appreciation and education for performance, have condemned it for racism, sexism, homophobia and “slut shaming”.
In particular, many felt that “bad girl” Rizzo, played by Stockard Channing, was condemned by her peers for having sex.
Even in one of the songs, she sings: “There are worse things I could do than go with a kid or two.”
at the school dance there is a scene where the clearly middle-aged host vince fontaine flirts with teenage student marty, while also telling her that same-sex couples are not allowed on the dance floor .
A clearly angry viewer complained: “Do all couples have to be boy/girl? well fat, push your homophobia.”
“Homophobia fat spike,” added another.
Although the film is set 45 years before homosexuality was universally decriminalized throughout the United States, the visibility and activism of LGBT people in the 1970s helped the movement progress on multiple fronts.
Other areas that were criticized by viewers was the distinct lack of non-white people in the film.
one viewer wrote: “hey there’s a non-white couple at the dance! a! #fat”
“I saw the end of grease the movie and realized there were no black actors or students in high school,” added another.
While a third wrote: “I saw fat on the bbc, I was surprised they let it through, full of white people.”
The film is rated pg with a warning of “frequent mild sexual references and mild language.”
olivia newton-john, 72, has previously pushed back against claims of sexism, saying “it’s a funny movie and story and I’ve never taken it too seriously.”