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'Misogynistic, sexist and a bit rapey': Calls for iconic movie Grease to be banned

Newshub logo Newshub 3/01/2021 Jasmin Bull
John Travolta posing for the camera: "The message is pure misogyny," one user said. © File "The message is pure misogyny," one user said.


Social media users are calling to ban the iconic 1970s hit film 'Grease', condemning it for being "sexist", "homophobic", and "s-ut-shaming".

A Boxing Day viewing of the film on BBC1 sparked outrage online, with many Twitter users calling the film out-dated.

"Grease is on. It really has a terrible message doesn't it?" one user said.

"Sorry but "Grease" sucks on so many levels. No plot. Nothing interesting happens. And the message is pure misogyny," said another.

The film is a light-hearted romantic musical, centring around a high school love affair between Sandy, played by Olivia Newton-John, and Danny, played by John Travolta.

John Travolta et al. standing next to a man in a suit and tie © Provided by Newshub

Critics on Twitter complained about the lyric, "Did she put up a fight?" in the song Summer Nights, when Danny talks about 'hooking up' with Sandy. 

Others shared disapproval about Sandy's friend Rizzo, who was s-ut-shamed for having unprotected sex.

The drive-in scene where Sandy and Danny watch a movie together was criticised for being "rapey", one user saying that it "didn't age well".

The lack of LGBTQ+ representation and diversity in the cast angered others.

In the film, a radio announcer at the school dance announces there were no same-sex couples on the dance floor.

"All couples must be boy/girl? Well Grease, shove your homophobia."

a man and a woman standing in front of a body of water © Provided by Newshub

But many came to defend the musical, calling "woke" critics over-sensitive "snowflakes".

"Please don't ban #Grease. I know all the words and I've still got a crush on #DannyZuko," one user wrote.

A third wrote: "I really can't believe the #snowflakes want to ban #grease. #w-f"

At the end of the film, Sandy transforms from good-girl to bad-girl, impressing Danny with a new fashion style and attitude and smoking a cigarette. 

"I wish my girl Sandy would have recognised Danny Zuko was trash and she didn't need to change for anyone."

Newton-John, who plays Sandy, has previously dismissed sexism claims: "It's a movie and a fun story and I've never taken it too seriously."

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